Organizing always came naturally to me as far back as I can remember. As a child, all my things had to be in their homes. It probably had something to do with my very small bedroom. If things were out of order, it made it difficult to navigate, and it just didn’t feel right.
What I didn’t realize then, was that clutter was causing my stress. My grandmother always told the story of an overnight stay with her when I was about 5. The next morning I was up, dressed, and had my little suitcase packed and ready to go!
As a child, all my spaces needed to be clutter free and organized and still do. There have been times when my desk ended up as a dumping ground for papers ready to file, bills that needed to be paid, or a note that needed a response. When I sat down to work on an article or to do some planning, I found myself stressed out, distracted by all the clutter, unable to think clearly. Taking just a few minutes to get organized by clearing my work space, relieved the stress and cleared the cobwebs from my mind to get back on track to get things done.
My living environment has a profound effect on everything I do and the way I think. It’s my sanctuary, a place to retreat, regroup, and relax. After a busy workday, all I need to do is walk in the door and the order of my spaces causes the stress of the day to quickly melt away. It’s as comforting as soaking in a nice warm bubble bath.
My working career began with data entry. From there I went into solving problems on a computer help desk, to installing computer networks in branch offices and naturally progressed into project management. Time management, problem solving skills, and effective organizational systems became paramount in successfully managing multiple projects varying in size and complexity. The organizational systems I created were simple solutions based on my natural habits and routines. This approach proved to be most effective in maintaining these systems. As new project leaders came on board, my role expanded to include educating them on the company culture and the processes that I helped to create to manage multiple projects effectively and efficiently.
Over the years I helped family members, friends, and co-workers clear their clutter and get organized. Almost immediately after transforming their spaces, I noticed a sense of calm about them. They were able to think clearly and achieve goals that were not within reach because of the clutter creating the stagnant energy that caused them to be stuck. This is my true passion, to help others eliminate stress and achieve the peace I’ve come to know from organized living spaces.
I’m a member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals), and serve the St. Louis Chapter in the position of Secretary. I’m also a member of ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization), where I receive the training needed to work with special needs clients.