In 1995, I graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor's degree in business with a concentration in Human Resources. I spent 7 years in the corporate world as a Human Resource Director. And in 1999, our first child was born. Our lives changed drastically, including me leaving work to stay at home with our precious little one. After adjusting to my new role, I began to get a little overwhelmed with life.
Today many people are so busy, they tend to look for the fast and convenient things in life. As a working mom, I found that the day to day things tend to add stress. I felt as though I was running in circles chasing my tail like a dog, doing the same things repeatedly. So, I began organizing my day-to-day life in order to relieve some of the stress.
I started with the easy things, like organizing the drawer for all of our keys and miscellaneous stuff. The areas that tend to get cluttered every day. Then I moved on to scheduling a weekly meal plan, including a shopping list. I began to notice that my life was more structured and less stressful. I also realized that I enjoy organizing and am pretty good at it (although looking back, I've been a type A obsessively organized person forever). So I moved on to bigger projects. I removed wire shelving from the pantry and built my own wooden shelves to cover not only the back wall of the pantry but both side walls as well. Once the shelves were done, I started shopping for glass containers to house all our dry goods. I absolutely loved the result. And so did friends and family. I was constantly getting compliments.
Today, I have clients who ask for help getting organized while their houses are being built. Boy, do I wish I could rewind time and do this with the houses I have lived in. My closets, laundry room, pantry, kitchen, and bathroom would have been totally different and organized from the beginning.
It wasn’t long until I was helping friends with their homes. Then one day, I had a former boss call me to ask if I could help him start his business. What? A paying job to do what I love? I was beyond excited and scared.
Well, I am happy to report that it was a success! I put my Human Resources education along with my organizing skills to use and established the companies policies and procedures along with many other procedural forms and processes.
I began getting phone calls from friends of friends to help them get organized. Thirteen years later, I still enjoy organizing and helping other's lives become less stressful by helping them get organized, in many facets of their daily lives.
The greatest reward is the smile on someone's face when I have helped lessen the stress in their lives. Allowing business owners or parents more time to focus on other, more important things in their lives.