What to expect
Results: we help you solve problems and guide you through making decisions.
Hands-on-help: we help you sort through items on a 1:1 basis
Peace-of-mind: We are dedicated to giving you peace of mind by saving you time and money. We tend to the details that make most people crazy. We help you save time by not having to search for things and save money by not buying items you already have.
Professionalism: We arrive on time, establish what the goals are, figure out what's necessary to achieve them, and help you accomplish them. All services are confidential and provided with kindness and patience - without judgment.
Enthusiasm: we have a passion for organizing - whether it's paper, clutter, or planning a move, we are excited and happy to help you and that makes the whole process less stressful for you and more enjoyable.
Meticulousness: we really do dot our i's and cross our t's. We notice details you may have gone blind to.
A proven process: The Dotted i methodology works for all clients because there is built-in flexibility to customize solutions for your particular problem. The approach is the same, the solutions are individual and the results are lasting.
First, we meet to determine the issues/challenges. You'll need to answer a few key questions; the first question is: what do you want to do that you can't do now? Then we set goals and achieve them, working with you so you learn how to organize yourself. We help arrange for disposal of items if necessary. We then follow up to ensure the solutions are working.
We offer 100% customized solutions - there is no "one size fits all" answer. A myriad of organizing tips and tricks are available online, in magazines, and in stores. Our job is to filter all of those solutions by what we learn about you and suggest what has the best chance of working for you. Some clients aspire to be minimalists while others prefer a cozier aesthetic - we keep your desires in mind. The Dotted i does not show up with a preconceived notion about what is best for you.
Be prepared to make decisions - your ability to make decisions is crucial to controlling clutter. Clutter happens when you don't make decisions. Items end up in a temporary area and then pile up. Then the pile gets big and it's too overwhelming to tackle. This happens to many people - you are not alone. There is a phenomenon called "decision fatigue." The New York Times wrote a piece about it: https://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-fatigue.html The Dotted i helps you through all the decisions that need to be made.
Before an organizing session, please don't feel the need to tidy up - we are not house guests and we are not your business clients. Please do have garbage bags, recycling containers and cleaning supplies available.
every item in your space needs to be of value. Not monetary, but of value to you. Everything needs to either be something you love or something you need. That's it. Pretty simple, right? The Dotted i helps you sort out what's clutter and what's not.
everything that takes up space "costs" something to keep. It costs you time and energy to dust it, move it if it's in your way, and if it's got contents that are difficult to make a decision about, then it costs you peace of mind. Think of it this way: if you have one room that's really cluttered and you cannot use that space, it could cost you $720 per year (based on a mortgage payment of $1,500 per month on a 2,500 square foot house). The Dotted i guides you to keep only the things that are worth it.
everyone has a stuff-to-space ratio they are comfortable with - even if they don't realize it. You may already know yours, you may not. You may have one ratio in mind, but others in your home may have a different ratio and that can be a source of conflict. The Dotted i helps you restore it and helps you figure out ways to maintain it that work for everyone.
everything should have a "home." After all, how can you put things away if they don't have a place to go? If you have to decide where to put something every time you want to tidy up, it's going to be exhausting. The Dotted i helps you decide logical and convenient homes for everything.
everyone can learn how to be organized. It's simply a set of skills and we can teach you.
About The Dotted i...
In 2006, Alicia Leibowitz started the company. She's been maintaining order since childhood (her mother knew something was up when she was color-coding her M&M's). She learned to organize household tasks to help out her hard-working parents. She learned to run an office in her father's photo studio and how to proofread at the newspaper where her mother was a journalist. She's worked in both the video production and executive recruiting industries. Wherever she goes, she makes order out of chaos, develops systems to keep things organized, and she is delighted to help others learn how to do the same.
Alicia lives in Croton-on-Hudson with her husband and two daughters, one dog, one bearded dragon and one leopard gecko. Her passion for her work is obvious. Her enthusiasm and sense of humor keep organizing sessions lighthearted and fun.
"Seeing Alicia yesterday was such a big help. She inspired me by laying out a plan to get this big move done that makes sense and will save me a lot of stress. I was really worried that I wouldn't be able to enjoy the upcoming vacation with my mom, but now I have a way to get this all done before then so I can really relax! - Margie M., White Plains