I’ve been told that some people are born organized. I wasn’t one of them. I was born daydreaming. In time, I came to realize that I didn’t have to be born organized to be organized. I didn’t have to stop dreaming either. I simply needed to find easier ways to structure my life so that my daydreaming tendencies didn’t interfere with my responsibilities.
When I was in college I took classes on how to study more effectively. After I got married, I asked other busy women how they managed their lives. I also discovered all kinds of helpful books on how to run a household. The concepts I learned were simple and helped make home-life easier. Becoming more organized does not mean becoming rigid or militaristic. Naturally, it takes some time and effort to develop new habits and skills, but it really just takes an element of self-discipline and a willingness to change.
I love to read books. In fact, when I was introduced to the idea of becoming a professional organizer, the first thing I asked was, “Why would someone hire me to help them get organized if they can just read a book and do it themselves?” Working with clients over the years has taught me that real change doesn’t happen when we read a book. Real change happens when we become the book. It’s about making decisions, taking action and following through on the littlest things in life. It’s about being aware of what we have, who we are and where we want to go. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by too much–too much stuff, too many decisions, too many choices. How many times have you heard someone say, “There’s just not enough time in my day!” They’ve fallen behind and can’t catch their breath, let alone catch up. It’s not always easy to translate and adapt organizing principles to fit our unique bents and circumstances, especially when we are already feeling overwhelmed or working alone.
Today, when I share the treasures and tidbits I’ve collected from books, my own personal experience and working with clients, I come alongside as a companion guide. I coach, consult and facilitate the process. I hold the door open for my clients to take action and make progress toward reaching their goals.
THE ART OF LIVING SIMPLY
I chose to build my current business around professional organizing in 2003. In addition to using my own life’s experience with “getting organized,” I found I could also draw from what I’ve learned through successful home-based business ventures, homeschooling my two children for more than a decade and the skills I acquired as a former military wife. I joined the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) in January 2004. In 2005, I trained under Kathy Waddill, professional organizer and author of The Organizing Sourcebook, to become a licensed Eyes of A Stranger™ consultant.
One of the things I love most about what I do today is searching for new ideas and easy solutions that increase productivity, reduce stress and help my clients manage their time, space and activities more effectively. I have the opportunity to apply what I learn to my own life first, and then to share it with the people I work with. It’s a perfect match.
I have the pleasure of working with women, in all phases of life, and with the people who are most important to them. I understand how the demands of family, work, church and personal needs can be overwhelming sometimes. With that in mind, I custom weave a variety of principles to match the individual styles of my clients. I like the fact that we work together to create a unique plan that truly supports them.
Why do I do what I do? Because I want to give back to others what I’ve been given: the inspiration and encouragement to let go of the things that are not actively contributing to my life today. I have the opportunity do this when I work one-on-one with my clients and when I’m sharing the “ins and outs” of organizing in a larger group setting.