Meet Tina Herrmann of Watermark Organizing
Today we’d like to introduce you to Tina Herrmann.
Tina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
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.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The hardest part of starting Watermark Organizing has been getting our name out there without spending a lot of money on advertising. Most new small business starts with very little cash and it takes time to build your base of customers. Once you do they start referring you to others who refer you to others and you’re off and going.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Watermark Organizing is a residential and small business professional organizing company. We meet with a variety of different types of clients from those needing clothes folded and organized in a closet to those who are planning to move and need help organizing parts of their house for sale, as well as, the packing/unpacking process.
Once you have contacted us, we like to meet in the space to be organized and get to know you. This gives us a better understanding of who you are, what you need and what your desires are for space.
Organizing is not a one size fits all and taking the time to get to know someone, to go that extra mile is something I am very proud of as an owner. Everyone functions differently and in order to understand how your brain functions, we need to spend time getting to know you. The way I organize my paper filing system at home may not work for you and in order to help a client be successful at maintaining what we have set up, the system must make sense and work for you.
We don’t just come in and set it all up for you. We want you to be involved in the choices made in all aspects. What type of containers do you like, what colors do you like, what things in your space make you smile? These seem like trivial questions, but they help us get to know you so when your space is finished you smile every time you walk into it.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was very outgoing, wanted to talk to everyone and help in any way possible. Always trying to come up with a solution to help others solve problems. I truly have a servants heart and helping and teaching others makes me happy.
I spent a lot of time playing a variety of sports, reading, and puzzles. I love puzzles of any kind. Puzzles from a box, Sudoku, Tetris, anything that requires figuring out a solution.