Life Raft Program - FAQs

What is the Life Raft program?

The Life Raft Program is a 3-month in-home transformation program. It’s like having a personal trainer helping you implement new systems, rhythms, and habits into your home so that the space can run more smoothly for you.

It is weekly support from Megan, your professional organizer, to understand why certain home and care tasks pile up, create personalized systems, and have the weekly accountability and follow up to ensure you are giving the new systems a fighting chance to bring more ease into your life.

This program requires you to commit to 2-hrs per week with Megan for 12 weeks. Each 2-hr session will look different, but it always starts with a grounding check in, then includes time working with the physical stuff in your home, learning or practicing a new skill, and discussing the role of mindset in meeting your goals.

How is the Life Raft program different from regular decluttering and organizing?

The Life Raft program is always scheduled in 2-hr sessions at a consistent time each week for 3 months, whereas regular decluttering/organizing sessions can be scheduled in 2-, 4-, or 8-hr sessions as regularly or irregularly as you'd like.

During the Life Raft program, our time is split more evenly between physically going through and organizing your belongings and discussing/practicing new habits, routines, and rhythms. During regular decluttering/organizing the bulk of our time is spent working with your physical stuff. I only offer suggestions about habits if you request that or if it's specifically related to a system we are creating.

Our session topics are planned well in advanced for the Life Raft program so that we are making consistent progress to your goals. There is more flexibility during regular decluttering/organizing sessions if you want to switch the space or focus.

Is the Life Raft Program right for me?

Honestly, if you are willing to commit the time and effort and you really want your home to function more easily for you, then yes, this is a good program for you.

However there are a few situations/characteristics that might make this program extra perfect for you:

  • If you have tried multiple times to declutter and organize or set up efficient systems throughout your home but they just don’t stick.

  • If you get overwhelmed by most care and home tasks.

  • If you have read (or bought) multiple self-improvement books, but never seem to implement the suggestions and protocols.

  • If you were late-diagnosed neurodivergent and want to unmask your home.

  • If you are willing to do some work outside of our sessions.

    One note - if your home has a high volume of clutter, then we may want to add in a few full-length decluttering/organizing sessions at the beginning of the program. These are discounted for current program members. And will give you the big transformations that provide motivation and more ease through the system/habit change process.

How much will we get done in 3 months?

So much can change in 3 months! Obviously every situation and home will be different, but we can usually achieve the following:

  • Implement strong tidying and reset habits that you can use in every space;

  • Set up systems for constant-rotation categories such as dishes, laundry, and mail/paperwork;

  • And declutter/organize either one main space (like a living room or toy room) or a couple little spaces (like a linen closet, fridge, bathroom, nightstand, or changing station).

How much does it cost?

The investment for this program is either 3 monthly payments of $525 ($1,575 total) or a 1-time payment of $1,500.

Can I cancel at any time?

If you need to cancel and reschedule a session occasionally, I am very flexible and open to that. If you repeatedly cancel or reschedule sessions, then we may need to discuss your commitment to the program and your goals.

Of course at any time you could cancel all of our sessions, I won’t force you to meet with me. However, once you have signed up for the Life Raft program, you are committed to paying for 12 sessions either in 3 monthly payments or in the 1-time payment. That does not change if you cancel sessions. The sessions cannot be rescheduled after the 3 months or refunded at any time.

This is not an auto-renew program, so after the 3 months, it will automatically cancel unless we discuss and agree to continuing together for a second round.

If a life hardship comes up and something needs to change, just talk to me. I am an empathetic human and I genuinely want to help you. I would much rather come up with a specific plan for you than to have you feeling stressed or trapped by our sessions.

Why is there a 3 month commitment?

The 3 month commitment is because habits, rhythms, and routines don’t change overnight. And even when they do change, they don’t always stick past a few weeks. Meeting every week for 12 weeks provides accountability and support through every phase of trying something new.

It also allows us to make multiple changes in a slow and sustainable way. Learning 5 new routines in one week and then trying to implement them all everyday can be overwhelming and lead to burnout. When we give ourselves the freedom to practice and become comfortable with one thing at a time, we are more likely to create lasting change.

What happens at the end of the 3 months?

At the end of the 3 months, we have a few options:

  • Go our separate ways. Hopefully you feel good about the changes and ready to keep them going on your own. Of course you are always welcome to reach back out if you want support in the future.

  • Start a second round of the program. If you are feeling good about the changes but want to continue to tackle more systems and spaces, we can keep going for another 12 weeks!

  • End the program but continue to meet in different ways. Maybe you just want weekly or monthly virtual body doubling sessions to keep the accountability aspect of the program going. Or you might want to dive into a specific space from a straight decluttering/organizing perspective now that the basics of your day are running a little more smoothly.

Why are you qualified to help me?

I created this program using many different sources:

  • The experiences of my clients over 3 years as a professional organizer. I kept seeing how I would help clear space and set up systems for my clients, but they had a hard time putting the routines/rhythms/habits into their days once I left. I always say - I can make this system as easy as possible, but at the end of the day it won’t work if you don’t do it. And the fact is that some people need more help “doing it” (and that's okay!)

  • I am a member of the Institute for Chronic Disorganization and complete continuing education courses there all the time to stay up to date on best practices and gain tips and tricks from researchers and other organizers.

  • I have read just about every self-help book out there on organizing and habit formation. I genuinely love these books and I’m able to pull out the common threads and pieces of inspiration so you don’t have to waste time wading through all the extra.

I also used to write curriculum for after school programming. This is obviously different, mostly because it’s a 1-on-1 program and much more relaxed than trying to keep the attention of thirty 5th graders. But the principles of setting objectives and creating activities/prompts that move us towards those objectives in a limited period of time is incredibly relevant.

And the last point I’ll give is maybe me being too modest in saying that I’m not the “expert”. But I truly believe that in this relationship, you are the expert. You are the expert in your own home and experience. You don’t need another expert, you need a support, an interpreter, an idea generator, a sounding board, a cheerleader, and an accountability buddy. All of which I’m highly skilled and qualified in.

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