In 2011, I made the life-altering decision to leave the corporate world of staffing and strike out on my own. After years of organizing for friends and family, I decided it was finally time to become a professional organizer. In my first year, I joined National Association of Professional Organizers (our professional organization), mentored with several experienced organizers to further expand on what I already knew.
Within a few months of celebrating my first year in business, I was invited to take part in two episodes of A&E’s Emmy-winning show, HOARDERS. It was a highlight of my organizing career for many reasons – working with a large team committed to helping those in need, seeing first hand the role that mental illness plays in hoarding, working with nationally recognized experts Dorothy Breininger and Cory Chalmers.
Clutterninja has been featured in several magazines and newspapers and was recognized as the Best of Gwinnett by Gwinnett Magazine for three years, which was thrilling. I was accepted into NAPO’s Golden Circle – an award given to those who have been in our industry for at least five years.
During this time, I also served on our state chapter’s board of directors as Secretary – the organizer who keeps the other organizers organized! I enjoyed my time on the chapter board and learned how a non-profit board functions.
But throughout this past year, I felt a shift begin to occur. And so, after months of soul-searching, I’ve decided to close Clutterninja and explore new opportunities that will allow me to continue to both share my skills and above all, help make the world a better place.
There were numerous people who helped make Clutterninja my career dream, from my ever-patient partner John to my funny, insightful, and caring colleagues at NAPO and NAPO-Georgia, and without a doubt, my fabulous clients – from those with one-time projects to the clients I’ve worked with all five years of my business. I love you, and above all, thank you for allowing me into your homes and lives.