Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost involved in hiring a professional organizer? 

Currently, TidyFox will create a curated formal estimate for your space after a complimentary consultation, and will send to you for review before moving forward.
This is because each project varies in how long they take. 
If you have a certain aesthetic style in mind, and therefore would like to invest in organizational products (think baskets, lazy susans, bins, etc.) then the total cost will vary.

Organizational products can be purchased at a variety of budget points, and TidyFox works to present those different price options. 


You do not need to purchase any organizational products in advance - TidyFox will provide these or work with you - sometimes you already have what is needed, so wait to shop!
 

Overall, TidyFox works very hard to be open and upfront about the cost of organization and we will work with whatever budget you have. 

How do I book Amy for a consultation or project session?

Currently, we are not taking on any new projects. 

You can email us directly: getorganized@tidyfox.llc

Call or text us at 971.270.5809

Consultations: these complimentary (and no-obligation) meetings are a get-to-know-each-other time.
And they are a necessary step in the organization process.

This allows us to assess your project space(s), get to know you, and see if it's a good fit to work together! 


[Note: We are not certified in assisting clients who deal with hoarding or hoarding tendencies, but would be happy to refer professional organizers who are certified in that area. 

Also Note: We have had a few clients who think they are hoarders, but are actually in a very normal category of clutter and disorganization.

Project Sessions: these are where you and our team will sort, edit, and remove the items not needed/wanted, and then organizing what is left into a simple-to-maintain system. 

 

We work hard to create a system that is going to bring maximum to success to you and your household, team, etc. This can take time and reworking different ideas together until you're satisfied!

How should I prepare for TidyFox to come over to my space?

First off, we are not the in-laws! There is no need to clean up (and hide away) everything!
In fact, I insist you don't tidy up any clutter. Especially during the complementary consultations, it's best to see your space in its "normal" state. This helps to address where the clutter is piling up and then we can brainstorm about ways to help eliminate the clutter and pile up of items. 

That said, when doing closets, bedrooms, laundry rooms = projects involving clothes:
please have all of the clothes you own washed and ready to be assessed.
Without all of the clothing items present, it can be tricky to ensure all items have a home/fit well in the allotted space.

Please do sanitize spaces, and vacuuming/dusting before we organize is always helpful if you can

If we are doing your bathroom, please be sure to sanitize!
That said, we know you might be feeling overwhelmed by the space, so do whatever you can.

 

One of the best things that you can do is dream up how you'd like the space. Jot down a few goals, create a Pinterest board with inspiration and styles that you like, or just be thinking about what you would really love as an end result. This helps TidyFox realize those dreams and goals! 

What does TidyFox do to prevent the spread of Covid-19?

During this pandemic, TidyFox is committed to health and safety for all involved.

 

Our team will always come wearing a mask.
We will always do our best to keep you and your family safe. 

 

If any of our team members have any signs or symptoms, or came in contact with someone who had signs or symptoms, or tested positive for covid-19, we will let you know immediately and will reschedule/postpone our session.
We encourage you to do the same - no risks need to be taken!


Note: You are not required to wear a mask, though we encourage it if it does not impede your health. Since we are in your space, that is up to you. You are also welcome to eat or drink anything in your home, especially if our project session is for a longer period of time. No need to offer any food or drinks to our team! Promise

What is it like to work with Amy during project sessions?

There are 3 stages to organizing a space.

1) Editing: sorting through all the items in a category and assessing if they are wanted, in good quality, helpful, or should be tossed or donated.

[Ex: clothes that don't fit, food that has expired, toys that are broken beyond repair or repurposing.]


This part is always done with you present. It is impossible to assess someone else's stuff. You make the decisions and we'll help along the way. We like to say, "You're the head, so you can sit and we will bring you items and help you assess if you need it. We are the hands and feet, and we will place items in different piles as we sort."

There usually are several category piles created: Yes piles (stays in your home) No piles (donated, tossed or recycled) Maybe piles (to be decided on at the end). And often there are sub-categories that are created from these. 
Ex: Sentimental items you want to keep but can't/never use can be stored in containers in storage spaces vs taking up "prime real-estate" in your kitchen or bedroom closet, etc)
 

2) Organizing: placing the items back in a system that is catered specifically for you and your needs, style, desires, etc. This is the super fun part!

Once you have given our team input into your style, desires and goals, then this part can be done with or without you. Ideally, we always want you present or the person whose items we are working with to be present. We can also work on this while you're doing something else, then the big reveal!

3) Evaluation: Once everything is given a proper place, try it out!
Does the system work? 
If yes, then great! You're done and TidyFox will send an invoice.
Not quite there yet? Then our team will come back to rework things until you're satisfied!

 
Note: TidyFox really wants you to be honest about what you like, what you need, what's working for you and what's not. If the system needs adjusting, then invite us back to ensure maximum satisfaction for the space. 

What does TidyFox do with items I no longer want or need?

TidyFox will remove from your space any items that can fit in our cars!
Donations: 
We donate as much as we can!
We work hard to find good homes for each of the items we bring back to our HQ.
We sort and distribute those items on our own time.
Our mission is to have as many items avoid the landfill as possible!

TidyFox can bring hardware and houseware to ReStore: Habitat for Humanity

Good-condition clothing and unused hygiene products to Rose Haven: A women's shelter.
Food and dry goods to Good Neighbor Center.

Unique items can often be donated to the Community Warehouse: Estate Store.

Craft and Art supplies to Scrap PDX

Many items go to William Temple House Thrift Store

 

TidyFox can also take hazardous waste (within reason) to Metro Waste Transfer
Styrofoam we take to Agilyx

Mattresses can be taken to be recycled at Environmentally Conscious Recycling 

E-waste is taken to Green Century Recycling or Far West Recycling.

Note: If you need a tax receipt for your donations, please let our team know ahead of time so we can be sure to get one and write the items down. Once the items are donated, it can be very difficult to keep track. 

Disclaimer: Once we have taken your donated items, they will not be able to be returned to you.

We usually donate items shortly after receiving them. 

TidyFox believes letting go of items no longer serving you is great! And we also want to make sure you aren't accidentally losing anything you truly need. 
During the editing process, don't feel rushed to decide on items. We will create a "maybe" pile for you to assess before final decisions are made. 

I want to gift your services to someone, how do I do that?

We are currently not offering gift certificates, although we can work with you to if you would like to cover the cost of our services for someone else. This is a whole process, and typically involves connecting with the main person to receive our organization services to see if we are a good fit. This is done through a complimentary, in-person consultation, and then an estimate is built and sent to whomever will cover the charges. 

What methods of Payment does TidyFox take?

We now have a system of invoicing through PayPal.

Are there any Non-profit Organizations that TidyFox gives to?

Yes, in the wake of the 2020 protest for the uplifting of Black lives and the call for justice and anti-racism in polices and organizations, we have been working hard to do the work. 
One of the ways TidyFox is choosing to do that is to financially support Equitable Giving Circle (they are amazing, go check them out!!) as they work to support the BIPOC community in the Portland area. 
We are also seeking out other ways to support BIPOC owned businesses and service providers.
TidyFox is saying all of this so you can know that a portion of what you pay is going toward supporting this incredible organization.

What methods does TidyFox use during the organization process?

Before launching TidyFox LLC, Amy read every book on organization she could get her hands on to develop the best strategies and tools for her clients.


Our team utilizes many ideas from the KonMarie method, The Home Edit method, Swedish Death Cleaning , and has developed our own methods around the organizational process from our own experience.
We are not a consultant for any of these organization companies, but you'll still receive some of the gold from these methods. 


TidyFox is a member of the National Association of Organization and Productivity (NAPO) and therefore has agreed to their Code of Ethics and is furthering her education through NAPO University to ensure she is always learning and bringing the best services to her clients. 


TidyFox LLC has also been accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has recently been awarded

Expertise Tip Organizer in Portland for 2021!