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My Story

I have always had a passion for organizing and efficiency. The path I have traveled with this passion has been very diverse and interesting.

Then:

As a teenager, I must have driven my parents crazy. I often had bouts of insomnia and they never knew when they were going to wake up to rearranged rooms, closets and drawers throughout the house. Several times when my need for clean transformation was particularly strong, they would need to be wary of wet paint hazards.

Being the oldest child of a small business owner, I entered college under the business/management discipline. I took particular interest in courses on efficiency studies, productive practices, and team or project management. Along the way I found I had a knack for quickly learning many computer software programs. I genuinely got excited about how software could be implemented and manipulated to improve so many facets of workflow throughout an organization while at the same time reducing the demands on the individual users. I chose Information Systems as my profession.

Because of the knocks that life sometimes deals us, many years later I found myself with all the balls in the air and many hats I had to wear. I was suddenly a mom of a teenager and a baby; I was a wife to a big DIYer with many projects up his sleeve; and I was a daughter to a parent who had quickly become severely physically disabled. Along with these loved ones, I somehow had become responsible for maintaining two large yards and three houses. The houses all needed regular cleaning and maintenance, but additionally each provided their own unique challenges. One was clean, but was definitely a fixer-upper with several structural issues. One was sound, but dirty and very poorly maintained. The last was very out of date and filled from wall to wall and ceiling to ceiling with stuff.

Now:

Everything is a work in progress. The very first stereotype most people apply to a professional organizer is that their spaces are perfect and their time is beautifully scheduled. I can not say that I fall in either category. (Did I mention I had a toddler and a teenager?) I have a natural inclination for organization and have been tried by fire. I have had to learn to prioritize day by day. I have learned that I have to have a plan and that the plan has to be elastic. I have learned to have small dreams, big dreams, small goals and big goals to work toward so that I do not let life pass me by while handling the daily obligations. I have learned to use tools and systems to work smart instead of just working hard. I have learned how to find a balance that works for me and the necessity of continuing to readjust toward balance each time life throws another curveball.

I have helped myself, my family, and my friends get organized for several years. When the time came for me to start the next chapter in my life by turning this into a profession, I leapt at the opportunity.

Summer 2008,

As this new adventure starts, my baby has one year before starting kindergarten and my teenager has one year before going to college. I want to spend as much time as possible with each of them this year. My personal project list also always stays very full. So, this year I will purposely grow my new business slowly.

At the same time, I am excited and busting at the seams to get started. I can not wait to share. I look forward most to meeting and learning from new friends. I love the laughter and happy tears that someone gets when a space comes together. I love it when someone lets me know months later the unexpected ways they were impacted by an implemented solution.

That brings me to why I started this website.

While formally organizing my methodologies, tools, and the like in print for references for my business, my teenager pointed out that I could reasonably write a book or that I could easily start an interactive website using all of the information I had. I really love books, but I imagine writing one would be a lonely, solitary achievement. With my computer background and my anxiousness to start turning this little dream into a reality, the website seemed a perfect fit.

Thank you for reading my story. I truly hope that you will bookmark my site and help me to build this into a true little community of friends.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jess Sanders November 9, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Laurel I’ve slowly gotten to know you via our various online mediums but have not (until now) known anything about your history! It sounds like you come by your organization out of both love AND need – that’s how the world makes experts, that’s for sure.

I’ve added you to my own blogroll, both because I WILL be back, and because I’d love to share your tips for making life easier (and who couldn’t use more of that?) with friends & family!

Looking forward to hearing more about the business as you ramp up :)

2 Caitlin Langevin July 22, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Laurel,

It was just this afternoon that I stumbled across your website and I’m excited to say that I can already tell it will be one of my favorites. Your organizational tips are ingenious, and you express your ideas very eloquently and effectively. As a young, newly-wed just stepping into the joys and responsibilities of homeownership, I am extremely appreciative of the service you’re providing. I look forward to reading your entries and getting to know you more!

–Caitlin

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