Get in touch for your free consultation call. This one-hour call will allow us to discuss what challenges you are facing, what areas you find are not working for you or where you need support and finally what you hope to achieve. We will break it down into smaller sections and discuss how we can help you find calm with an organised home. There is no obligation after this call to go ahead with the service.
Let’s Create Your Vision
If you decide, following your consultation call, that you would like to go ahead and book a session we will work together to create a vision plan for what you hope to achieve. We will carry out an in-home visit where we will go through the space, identifying strengths, weaknesses and areas that need to be reworked. You will be given a link to your own private Orka Living Pinterest Board to help visualise your space. In addition to this you will be given an Orka Living Plan which will help to keep you focused on the tasks and allow you to carry on at your own leisure outside of our sessions if you wish to.
Let’s Get Organised
Now we have a plan in place we will work out how much time you will require, and we will book it in at a mutually suitable time. During our sessions we will work to declutter first and then organise your space as per your plan. We can work together or, if preferred, you can leave me to it and just pop in and out to make decisions. Then we will let the Orka Living magic do its thing! At the end of each session, we will allocate some time to review where we are and what, if anything, still needs to be done.
Frequently Asked Questions
Life is busy – there is no doubt about that. We are living in times when access to material things is easier than ever before, and we often feel like we need the next new thing. With more ‘stuff’ and less ‘time’ it can become an impossible task to keep on top of everything. When time is not on your side, or you just can’t see past what is right in front of you, it can be a huge help to have someone come in with fresh eyes and ideas. Your circumstances may mean that you don't have the physical time or strength to take these tasks on so we can take them on for you. Or you may find that you just need some guidance on how to be more productive and efficient in the way you live. By hiring a professional organiser, you can have someone there to guide and support you, encouraging you to make the final decisions. We can save you time, space and money while bringing clarity and peace to your life.
Before a visit from Orka Living we will have a phone or virtual consultation session to go through what your problem areas are and what you are hoping to achieve. We will ask you to fill out a questionnaire, a client intake form and to send us some pictures to make sure that we can plan out the sessions efficiently and make the most of the time available. If your project is a larger one it may be beneficial to do this session in person so that we can physically walk through each space. It is helpful, before a visit, if you can make sure you have plenty of bin bags, boxes (if you have them available for sorting items), a hoover and cleaning products so that we can make sure that all spaces are clean before putting items into their final place. If you have any large pets we ask that they be secured in a different room from the one that we are working so ensure that there are no distractions and for our own personal safety.
We have many different packages available to suit everyone’s needs. Your package can also be tailored towards your personal requirements. Our main packages focus on general decluttering and organising. We also specialise in big life moment areas including: moving home, the arrival of new babies, family living, downsizing, making sure your affairs are in order for the future and life after a We have many different packages available to suit everyone’s needs. Your package can also be tailored towards your personal requirements. Our main packages focus on general decluttering and organising. We also specialise in big life moment areas including: moving home, the arrival of new babies, family living, downsizing, making sure your affairs are in order for the future and life after a bereavement. If you are unsure what package may be right for you, get in touch and we would be happy to discuss your requirements and work out a package that fits your needs.. If you are unsure what package may be right for you, get in touch and we would be happy to discuss your requirements and work out a package that fits your needs.
We have a minimum booking time of three hours. In your initial consultation we will work out the approximate size of your project and your budget and will set out how much time you will roughly need. These projects can evolve as you work through them so the length of time may vary. Beyond the first three hours we can decide how much additional time you may require as we go. On average we would expect that a small room may require a half day and bigger rooms such as bedrooms, kitchens and playrooms may take 1-3 full days or more depending on what is required.
We can be tempted when moving house to just pack everything up and deal with it when we get to our new home. This is a mistake! Not only will it cost you more in moving vans, boxes, time, and energy but you are simply moving clutter from one house to another. Before moving home, the best thing you can do is literally go through every item and declutter whatever you will not need in your new home. In addition to this – by decluttering before you even put your house on the market you will be able to create a more attractive space for viewers and are more likely to sell your home faster and for a better price. We can help you to create a space that potential buyers can envisage themselves in.
Each session will include the option for one carload of items to be removed for donation. Items to be binned, taken to the dump for recycling or larger items for donation should be removed at your own discretion. I am currently working with a large selection of charities to ensure that, as much as possible, items can find a new home and be enjoyed by others. For more information on some of these places please see the Sustainability section of our website. I can also provide information on removal companies where required.
Yes – virtual sessions are possible. This can be more difficult than in person sessions but with the right preparation these can be very effective. As with normal sessions we can go through the space, and I can give you tasks to break it down into manageable sections. I will be available online and, on the phone, to guide and support you as you do the work.
We ask for a deposit to secure your booking. If you need to cancel, we ask for 48hrs notice to have your deposit refunded. We understand that things can come up at the last minute, especially during this pandemic. Where possible we will try our best to reschedule your appointment first before cancelling fully. If we can reschedule the booking for another date, you will not lose your deposit and it will simply be moved forward to the new booking. We encourage you not to cancel if you are feeling nervous about the project. You will become more motivated as you start to see the difference being made. We are happy to talk through any concerns you might have ahead of the session.
We work on a flexible schedule to help accommodate your needs. In your initial consultation we will discuss your time frame and your availability and do our best to find a mutually suitable time to carry out the sessions.
Whether you stay or go during the session is up to you. This will depend on how comfortable you are with us making decisions. We recommend that for the decluttering process you are present to decide what needs to be kept and what can go, there is less need for you to be there for the organising process. If you prefer not to be there, we will carry out an in-depth conversation about your organising style and how you like to access/see your items to make sure we complete the job in a way that will work for you. If you cannot be present, we will set items that need a decision aside into categories for you to make decisions on when you return.
No. It is possible to spend a fortune on organisational products, but it is not essential. We will look at your budget and your desired style and find the best solutions to fit these. We will also look at what products you already have in your house to see if these can be used more efficiently. We are constantly checking what is available on the market and price checking them against different suppliers to ensure that we can get you the best value for your money.
No. We do not force you to get rid of anything. Being organised is not about getting rid of everything but it is about finding the right space for the things that you need to keep. We will work with you and encourage you to think about what items really add value to your life and what may just be taking up space. We will help you to look at things with fresh eyes and support you in finding the right storage solutions for the items that you wish to keep.
Yes. Yes. Yes. What better gift than to give someone the time and support to help them simplify their lives. We would be delighted to offer gift certificates for those special people in your life. (They are particularly great for people who are moving home, starting a new job, returning to work after extended time off, or the arrival of a new baby.) We are happy to discuss what they need and tailor the certificate to suit. We would ask however that before purchasing a gift certificate that you are sure it is a service that the recipient will want. We cannot force someone to make these life changes if they don’t want to.