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Posts by Anne Blumer

Grow Your Business – Subcontracting

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The Container Store is an organizing products store. I equate it to a professional organizer’s candy store. They have stores all over the United States. Late in 2015, I was contacted by the Container Store, asking if I would be interested in interviewing for their Contained Home Consultant position. I was hesitant because I felt…

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How to Get Started as a Professional Organizer

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Not sure how to begin a Professional Organizing business? Listen to my podcast with Susan Creal and hear about how I began my business, the obstacles I had to overcome, what my typical day is like, tips on organizing, and more. Ready to begin? Register for our Fast Track Method Training Program for Professional Organizers. 

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Grow Your Business – Packaged Services

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The recession may have ended in 2009, but the US economy was still in recovery well into 2011. People were quite hesitant to spend their discretionary income on organizing services. I did have clients stay with me who financially could during the recession, and some are still my clients today; they are chronically disorganized, and,…

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Grow Your Business – Virtual Organizing

Sheila Delson, former ICD president, launched her Virtual Organizing Training Program in 2014, and I attended one of her first training sessions. As a veteran organizer with many years of working hands-on with clients, it was becoming increasingly more difficult to keep up with client demand and physical aspects associated with hands-on work. Additionally, not…

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Grow Your Business – Continuing Education and Certification

I attended my first NAPO conference in May 2003, and there I discovered the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD), now Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), and Judith Kolberg. I picked up Judith’s book ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, and I could not put it down. I read the entire book on my…

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Grow Your Business – Volunteering

At the beginning of my professional organizing business, I immediately joined NAPO and NAPO Oregon.  I attended NAPO meetings monthly, and within six months, I was asked to serve on the Oregon board as board secretary. I was thrilled that they wanted me and of course, said yes! I remained on the Oregon board for…

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10 Best Organization Apps to Simplify Your Life

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I was asked as a female business owner to share my favorite organization/productivity apps and why for an article in Oprah Magazine. I responded with: Wunderlist – to track all of my tasks both personal and business. Why? It is easy; I can set reminders, I can see the day, week or entire list, I…

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