Area You Live In: Eugene, Oregon
I am a mother of two great children, 7 and 4 years old. I have been married for almost 9 years to my best friend. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my life and I love it. I love to scrapbook, read, and play with my children, my husband, my friends and family! I love college football and I am a big fan and alumni of Oregon State University.
Blog & Column: www.takecontrolorganizing.com/blog/
Twitter ID: @TCOrganizing
How long have you been a professional organizer?
Going into my second year this summer.
How did you get started?
It all started with an article about organizing in our local paper. I had been a stay at home mom for the last 6 years, and really wasn’t planning on going back to work, but there was something about this article that made me decide to research on how to start a business and the organizing industry, I felt it would be a perfect fit for my background and interests. I was able to apply my business sense and something I enjoyed doing into a profitable business. Once I started doing the research, I never looked back. And I absolutely love what I do and the difference I can make in people’s lives.
What advice would you give someone that may want to begin a career in Professional Organizing?
Do your research. Find out as much as you can about the industry. Ask to job shadow a Professional Organizer or at least interview a couple to really get a good sense of the profession. Join NAPO and take advantage of the New Member list servs and Organizing classes. The list servs are a great way to reach out to other Organizers all over the nation about different aspects of the business. I would also recommend teaming up with a business or marketing coach. This has been extremely helpful in my business from the beginning to now as ongoing support.
What are 3 of your trade mark organizing tips that you are constantly telling clients?
1) Start small
2) Build systems, build habits
3) For everything, there is a place
What makes you a great organizer?
I love what I do, and I am very passionate about making a difference in my client’s lives. I really take the time to listen to their needs and get to know them. I base my organizing suggestions on their lifestyle and what works best for them. Organizing is not a one size fits all. I love to encourage clients, give them support and motivation they need to get through the process. I am very compassionate and place no judgment on them at all. We work together and I do not push them into anything they are not comfortable with. I want to get my clients organized but it is more important to me to build systems for them that will keep them organized. I do a lot of teaching in my organizing sessions.
What makes you different from other PO’s?
The flexibility I provide for my clients. I do not have one set way I do business with my clients. I individualize my plans and work with what is best for them. If a client is only able to work one an hour at a time, then we only work one hour at a time. If someone wants to work all day, I can do that too. If they want to mix hands on organizing with virtual organizing and coaching, I can do that too.
What advice can you give busy moms to help them stay organized?
I think the more you can plan and be proactive the more efficient you will be. There is no doubt a mom has to be flexible and you almost have to expect things will not go exactly the way you plan for them. But just taking the time to plan ahead can really make a big difference in how a mom’s day is started.
How can parents teach their children to be organized?
You teach your kids to be organized by being organized yourself. By setting the example that organization is an important part of life. Setting up daily routines and structure in your home. Teaching them to be organized is teaching them to value their belongings and space. Taking pride and being grateful for what they have.
Favorite Organizing Tool:
Label Maker – I use it the most! Whether it is to label a file or container. It’s always good and easier to have a label. It takes away any of the guessing.
Favorite Organizer to Network with:
I love all of the Organizers I have networked and met through Twitter. I have also been in contact with some great Organizers through NAPO and Faithful Organizers. To name just one would be difficult. I love the passion you find in Organizers. We all have great ideas and we all can learn from one another.