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2020 – Your Year to Start a Professional Organizing Business

2020 Fast Track Method Training™ Program for Professional Organizers Layers 1 and 2 Now Available for Registration Meet our Certified graduates 2004-2019   A few fun facts about our participants 400+ participants have completed our program 17 countries represented 51 Layer 2 Seminars 193 Certified 7 Master Professional Organizers® Will you be next?

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Grow Your Business – Senior Move Management

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In 2003, when I started working as a professional organizer, my clients were moms with young children, much like myself. I helped them set up household systems and routines and organize their physical space. At that time, I knew I didn’t want to work with seniors because I didn’t think I could relate to where…

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Grow Your Business – With Subcontractors

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In 2013, something startling and unexpected happened. I woke up one day and was not excited to go to work with my client. What happened? I love to organize. That was not what I wasn’t excited about. It was the client. I found myself thinking of this client all the time. How could I help…

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Want in on a Secret?

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When I started working as a Professional Organizer, I didn’t have a step-by-step process for working with my clients.  I quickly learned that it is as important to teach my clients organizing skills as it is to organize with them.  It is similar to the adage Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. …

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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


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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