Do you ever have a hard time enjoying life when your home is a mess? Is it hard to focus on your family when your to do list is a mile long? Do you find yourself getting cranky because of the never ending mess?
Me, too. That’s why I became a professional organizer.
Let me start at the beginning… back in 2009 I was a 2nd grade teacher in New Jersey. After 5 years in the classroom and a master’s degree under my belt, life was good. I was confident and in-control (as much as any teacher ever is, anyway).
But change was coming.
In 2010, I had a new baby in my arms, had quit my job to stay home and raise said baby, and had moved two and a half hours away to a new state for my husband’s job.
Going from a confident, competent classroom teacher to an isolated, insecure, seemingly incompetent new mom 3 hours from family and friends took a toll on my sanity, for sure. To keep myself busy, I focused on unpacking, home projects, decorating, and organizing all the things.
Two more babies and another move later, I totally and utterly rely on organization and routine to battle the chaos. And there’s a lot of chaos. But when my home is organized, when my spaces are neat(ish), I feel better. I’m a happier mom and can focus on my family instead of focusing on the mess. Plus, when my home is organized, I’ve got more free time.
Over the past 10 years, I’ve learned organizing tips and tricks, done more organizational DIY projects than I can count, created a family budget, planned and cooked thousands of meals, cleaned so many things, parented three children, and, well, survived. I’ve learned about minimalism and simplifying and, while there’s no one right answer, they do have their benefits.
I’ve also upped my organizing game. Nice baskets, glass jars, custom labels… I wanted to maintain the function, but also add some style. After creating looks I loved in my own home, I realized I could help others achieve stylish organization, as well.
In 2018, I became a professional organizer and started Life with Less Mess, an in-home organizing service. Through this business, I now help clients organize their spaces spaces and find peace and joy in their homes.
In March 2020, when COVID hit, I opened my Etsy shop so I could help people across the country get organized, even though we were all stuck in our own homes.