I have always been naturally organized. I volunteered in my
local library at age 13 because I loved alphabetizing the books. I was
even one of those rare teenagers with a neat bedroom. In college, I was an english major.
I narrowly escaped the fate of teaching high school english, but I was
kind of fuzzy on what other sort of work my expert skill in literature
analysis might qualify me for. After college, I spent some time working
in bookstores (B. Dalton, and my personal favorite The Montclair Book Center), and then spent several years as a writer and editor, both employed and freelance. I wrote four non-fiction books
on NeoPaganism, but that career had no future, as there weren't enough
of us Pagans and we don't tend to have a lot of money anyway. In 2003,
I was getting bored with writing, and I noticed that on my breaks from
writing, I was re-organizing my closets for fun. Around this time I
began helping friends get organized, and I realized that perhaps
strangers would pay me to do the same for them. Then I dove in, and my
business has been growing ever since.
Why Do I Organize?
Sure, the act of creating order out of chaos is intrinsically
satisfying to me. But I also have a goal. I organize for myself
because I want to be able to do what I want to do, when
I want to do it. I organize for other people because (they pay me, it's
fun, and) it is a powerful kind of transformational magic. When I help
them release their excess stuff, it opens the space for them to
move, not just physically, but in every way. When I help them
clarify what they need, use, and love, it helps them understand what's
important to them, so they can see what they most need and want to do
next. I love cutting away the excess clutter and giving people room to
breathe. I love making it easier for them to find their stuff, use
their stuff, enjoy their stuff. Also, I just think people are interesting and their stuff is interesting.
My Personal Life:
I'm 43 years old, and I'm a virgo (surprise, surprise). I live in West
Medford, Massachusetts, with my partner Andrew and my daughter Ilana.
Stuff I Like to Do: