Joan McCreary Professional Organizer, LLC

Space is for people not for stuff! in Campbell, CA

Campbell, CA

About Joan McCreary Professional Organizer, LLC

JMPO provides estate clean out and residential organizing services. Decluttering and bringing order back to homes are our priorities. For estates, JMPO assists trustees and estate executors in the processing of papers and personal belongings after a loved-one's death. We collaborate with fiduciaries, attorneys, therapists and other professionals in the care of sensitive client situations.

Many of our clients have severe household disorder and live in dysfunctional environments. We are specifically trained to work with all levels of clutter and client need.

Organization is a fluid and sometimes emotional state, and it doesn't always mean throwing out all your stuff! Our work is guided by a Professional Code of Ethics that emphasizes client confidentiality, fairness and compassionate conduct.

Serving Santa Clara County and beyond

Services

My services include:

  • Estate clear out - sorting, inventory, removal, coordination of services.
  • Paper Management and Filing systems
  • Business organizing
  • De-cluttering
  • Process Design and Improvement
  • Storage Strategies
  • Space Optimization
  • Room Reorganization
  • Disposal Solutions

Brands

The list of good organizing supplies is nearly endless! Monkey Bars garage storage is one of my favorite lines. Rubbermaid has a broad range of products for home and garage. The advantage that I bring to my clients is knowing what products are appropriate for their space, and guiding them to decisions more quickly and cost effectively than they could do on their own.

Remodeling cost guides

Closet Organization Installation Cost
Typical average cost to install closet organizers in Campbell is around $2,660 - $3,990 (prefab wood or laminate system with minor upgrades)

Garage Organizer System Cost
Typical cost to install a garage organizer system in Campbell is over $3,470 (medium mid-grade garage organizer system, delivery included)

Campbell, CA 95008
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Payment options
Joan McCreary accepts cash, checks and credit cards
Hourly rate: From $75 to $100
Certifications/licenses

I am an active member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (napo.net) at both national and local levels. I hold several certificates in chronic disorganization from the Institute on Challenging Disorganization.

I am also a member of the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, Women's Networking Alliance and Senior Roundtable of Santa Clara County.

Cities served
San Jose, Fremont, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Redwood City, Mountain View, Union City, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz and other cities within 45 miles of Campbell.
Services offered

Garages, closets and kitchens seem to be the most common areas. But paper filing and systems for processing new paperwork are the most common problems people have.

Are you a member of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers?

  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • What is your policy on breakage?
  • What is your policy on cancelations?
  • How do you handle sensitive situations?
  • Do you have an organizing specialty?

I work with 3-6 clients a week, some of which are long term and others are one or two sessions. The annual average is 75.

I am an active school volunteer and a school board member. Working with volunteers has taught me to be very delicate in choosing words and assuming involvement. With my clients, I give them the lead in directing our work, while providing appropriate direction and encouragement.

I wish customers understood the breadth of support that professional organizers provide. Many have never heard of the service, due to its emerging status (we're only about 25 years new!). Organizers are like therapy for your space and for your stuff!

I recommend that they hire an organizer to get their space in order. Believe it or not, so much money is wasted buying duplicate items when the client just can't find what they already have!

Another important thing to consider is to never buy storage bins or other organizing products until you know exactly what you will use them for and whether they fit the contents and the place you will keep them.

It's hard to pinpoint a single job to highlight - they are all so fulfilling. That's the wonderful thing about organizing: it is a positive effort toward improving one's space and state of mind.

I recently worked with a widow who had to transition to a smaller, one story home for her health. The transition from her family home was difficult, but we worked together over a long period of time to go through her life's collection of treasures and the more current accumulation of medical papers. Her ability to find peace in her new home was incredibly satisfying.

I send a write-up that summarizes our work together after every session. It also includes any product or service recommendations, tasks to follow up on, and plans for the next session.

Many of my clients request follow up visits to keep them on track with their new systems or new skills. These may be shorter visits to simply review and motivate.

In my professional life, I've worked in administrative, clinical research, customer service and education areas. I've designed medical devices, trained physicians, created marketing materials, and collaborated with schools. As a mother of two school-age children, I understand that life gets busy and everyone can use some help.

As a professional organizer, I share my knowledge and resources with you. My skills go back to my youth and my natural inclination to investigate cluttered spaces and make sense out of them - I took it upon myself to clean out my mother's closets and cupboards! Since then, my skills have gone far beyond straightening drawers and storage areas.

You will love my cooperative approach to meeting your organizational needs. In both my personal and professional life, it's become clear that there are many ways to conduct business and run a household. But everyone can benefit from a re-organized, tailored system.

My customers are always looking for good ways to avoid the landfill. They want to know where to recycle batteries, take ewaste and give-away furniture. I've created a list with local and national resources.

It is often helpful to know your basic goal in hiring an organizer, but frequently I find that I'm needed to help define the goal when a caller just knows that things are not working. The more specific you are with your goals and your space to be worked on, the easier it is to give an estimate of time and cost for the job.

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