My husband and I are fortunate enough to have just purchased a vacation home. One of my friends has suggested that I hire a professional organizer to help me make the transition to second-home life, but I'm not sure what a professional organizer could do for me.
A professional organizer will be a great boon to your making the transition. I have had several clients fortunate enough to be in your position, and I was able to help them tremendously!
The first step in this process is for the organizer to come to your primary residence. Once there, closets, attic, garage and basement are scoured. This accomplishes two things; it makes your home more organized thus providing you with more space, and the things that are slated to be moved up to your second home mean that you need to spend less money furnishing and outfitting it. After all, most of us have duplicates and sometimes triplicates of household goods.
The next step is an assessment of what you need to finish furnishing your vacation home. Often with my clients, we create a budget, and I do much of the shopping on their behalf. In addition, as a home stager, I often help my clients choose wall colors, lighting fixtures, window treatments and other decorative elements. Another service that I have provided is finding people to work on their homes such as painters, electricians, pool services, house cleaners, etc...
Remember, your organizer will be willing to provide a level of service that will cater to your needs and budget. They will do as much, or as little, as you wish!