I have spent a lot of time reflecting on what brought me to where I am today. It certainly wasn’t because I kept my room clean or I was particularly organized as a teenager! My mom was very particular with a few items – I can always recall how ‘her’ scissors lived in the kitchen cupboard where the plates were – you could always find them there if you needed scissors but God help you if you didn’t put them back. There was some logic in that!
I have also experienced clearing out of family homes, where that experience can be very emotional for those concerned and family dynamics can sometimes create lifetime rifts between family members. It can also be an overwhelming experience because there is so much stuff.
I think as I got older I found a system that worked for me, saved my family time and money. Things like, find a permanent place for everything; if you bring something new in, what are you giving up/donating in its place; if you haven’t worn it in a year – pass it along to someone who will, pay your bills on time and start thinking about your retirement when you are young! But most importantly – have fun and enjoy your life!
After a 34 year career in healthcare, I retired in December 2017, it was time for something new and completely different. Knowing that I had a good handle on being organized myself and thinking about the experience I gained in my work life working in logistics, move management and project management, I took the courses required through the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) and obtained my Trained Professional Organizers Certificate. As a member of POC , I have access to great resources including a large network of experienced organizers and opportunities for further education.
I had the opportunity to attend the annual Conference and AGM in 2017 and I am signed up to attend the 2018 Conference and AGM this fall in Kelowna, BC.
This new career has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing new people – I think that is what I like the best, hearing their stories and helping them with customized organizing solutions, so they can also enjoy life and stop worrying about clutter or overwhelming spaces.