Q. Why is PPR concerned with Clutter?
A. PPR needs a cleared or empty space to efficiently and cost-effectively manage a real estate sale; an exhaustive property inspection; or a renovation. Clutter impedes sale attractiveness and/or access to structures, systems, and rooms during inspection and renovation efforts.
Topic 2. Most all of us are clutterers at one time or another.
Q. How is a Clutter defined?
A. A Clutterer is someone who has accumulated a large group of usually unrelated or marginally related objects which are piled together in a disorganized fashion in spaces designed for other purposes. A Clutterer can make rational decisions when confronted with the clutter problem.
Generally, the Clutterer’s mess does not interfere with day to day life and is not a threat to health or safety. Most Clutterers, according to clutterless.com, call themselves hoarders, but fortunately, only a very small percentage of Clutterers are truly hoarders. With assistance, a Clutter will help with the process of organizing and cleaning-up clutter: the sorting, storage, donating, and disposal of the items, room-by-room.
Topic 3. The spaces occupied by Hoarders present safety and health hazards which prevent PPR from assisting them. With professional services, together with medical intervention and medication, however, Hoarders can be assisted to create safe living spaces.
Q. How is a Hoarder defined?
A. A hoarder is someone who collects things in their home obsessively, including things that would commonly be thrown away: bags, old food, or broken items. Hoarding is a mental illness characterized by the compulsive need to purchase or acquire items from various sources and to keep them even when they are no longer useful. Hoarders cannot make rational decisions about what is useful and what is not. Hoarding differs from clutter due to the sheer size of the mess. The hoards are gigantic and debilitate the quality of living for the hoarder. Hoarding items like food, garbage, waste, and bodily fluids can pose serious threats to the home’s inhabitants. Media stories often focus on hoarding, since hoarding makes better copy than cluttering, but less than 1% of the population are hoarders. Hoarding needs to be treated by a psychiatrist and medications are often prescribed.
Topic 4. PPR can assist Clutterers to organize their living spaces utilizing “The Three Category Sort”– Save It. Donate It. Throw It. The process can be challenging, so PPR assists Client’s empathetically and with organizational strategies which make the job manageable and as stress-free as possible. PPR does not have the capacity to assist Hoarders.
Q. Why can’t PPR assist Hoarders?
A. As defined above, hoarding is a psychiatric condition which most often requires medical and medicinal intervention. PPR does not have the expertise or resources to offer such a service.
“Happiness is a place between too little and too much” – Finnish Proverb
Topic 5. Clutterers are generally aware that they would be happier living in a Decluttered living space.
Q. What are the most common reasons people do not begin the decluttering process?
A. The item(s) may be needed someday. The items have sentimental value – they are all about family. The items were gifts from friends and family. Certain objects symbolize some type of dream which the Clutterer chooses not to relinquish. Other objects were expensive. The sheer magnitude of the project ahead can be overwhelming.
Topic 6. For a variety of reasons, Clutterers often get to a point where they are driven to clear their living spaces.
Q. Who are PPR’s Ideal Clients for Our Decluttering Services?
A. Individuals, Partners, and Families who are seeking a better lifestyle; not able to physically carry or lift items to their proper space; working with family properties that are in transition; preparing to start a renovation project; preparing to sell a residential property; preparing to downsize for an eventually move; making a work space more user friendly.
Topic 7. Asking for assistance to manage a cluttered living space can be a challenge. PPR understands that challenge and consistently assists and supports our Clients without judgment. Our goal is to have our Clients view their efforts as a self-satisfying and tangible set of step-by-step actions.
Q. What Does PPR—the Project Manager and the PPR Trained Associates–Do to Assist a Client in the Decluttering Process?
A. The PPR Project Manager and trained associates are compassionate and caring throughout the entire process. Working with the Client, PPR will outline the systematic decluttering process room-by-room, and storage space-by-storage space, including the basement, attic, garage, etc. PPR personnel will help sort and organize items into three categories: Save it. Donate it. Throw it. PPR will clearly mark all storage boxes of saved items as well as maintain an inventory of donated items. PPR will also work closely with all professionals and trades working on renovation or other projects for the client.
PPR will be in constant communication with the Client and discuss the status of all possessions being sorted. Upon Client approval dumpsters and trash removal will be ordered for the Client by PPR as required; likewise, PODs and other storage units will be ordered and maintained by PPR for the Client, as required.
The PPR project manager and the trained associates will be insured and bonded. PPR will provide the Client a weekly invoice based on the agreed-upon hourly wages as well as a detailed breakdown of services rendered by the Project Manager and the Trained Associates working on the Client’s Decluttering Project.
Topic 8. Decluttering and Organizing a space or set of spaces can be time-consuming.
Q. How does PPR Determine a Price for its Time when Offering its Home Organizing and Decluttering Services?
A. The PPR Initial Home Organizing and Decluttering Consultation is FREE and for convenience, PPR conducts it over the phone! Call 216.577.5579. For even faster service and an expedited estimate, PPR asks prospective clients to E-Mail us their digital pictures of the spaces under consideration. PPR has a series of non-personal questions to ask about the prospective Client’s home organizing needs; there are no wrong answers! The free preliminary call is to determine whether or not the PPR professionals can be of assistance. Barring unforeseen circumstances, PPR will be in touch within 24 hours with our determination.
Should PPR ascertain that it can be of service and the prospective Client agrees to move forward, PPR will schedule an onsite, in-home consultation. This consultation costs $75 for up to 90 minutes. During the consultation, PPR will discuss the scope of the project and decide which services are best. With a mutual agreement to move forward with the project, PPR will schedules a second home visit with the Client to determine the scope of the project room-by-room, discuss desired outcomes, review the estimated cost for PPR to complete the project, and, to collect an initial agreed-upon deposit/payment of not less than 20% of the estimated total cost.
Topic 9. Most of us are reluctant to admit that our living spaces have gotten so cluttered that we need assistance to get the job done. But, asking for help with cleaning-up the clutter in your home doesn’t have to be time-consuming, overwhelming, frustrating or embarrassing process.
Q. How do I ask the PPR WatchDog for help in determining whether or not they can help me Declutter my living spaces?
A. Just call 216.577.5579. You will be talking to or leaving a message with Phil, our President and Senior Project Manager, who is an all around nice guy who totally gets how challenging the process of getting started with a decluttering project can be. If that seems too daunting, just email Phil at [email protected] and tell him about your project; he’ll get back to you to figure out the best next steps!
“A place for everything, everything in its place.” – Benjamin Franklin