People often ask me how or why I became a professional organizer. I generally say because I like to organize things. My brain is wired towards problem solving and organization. When I realized that I could have a career in professional organizing, I took classes and worked with other established organizers to gain more experience.
Saying that I have always been an organized person or am totally organized all the time now is not being authentic. Part of my passion for organization has been to learn skills to cope with my chaotic brain. I love sharing the skills and strategies I have learned with my clients to create calmer and more productive spaces for them.
For a long time I felt like my education and work experience was random and unrelated. I have realized that the knowledge I have gained has all led me to my organizing business!
I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in accounting. I have always been a numbers person and it was during college that I recognized my passion and talent for organizing items and numbers. My business education has also been critical to running KMA Organizing as well as helping others to create systems and workflows in their businesses.
My first career was in organized labor and community organizing. I worked with union and community members to improve their workplaces and neighborhoods. This experience taught me how to have constructive conversations with people, really listen to what they are saying and ask meaningful questions to get to the root of their disorganization. This aspect of my job is extremely important to me. By digging deep with clients I am able to create custom solutions that will work for them and that they will stick to. I also gained valuable communication skills working with people from all different backgrounds and points of view.
It was during my time as a union organizer that I realized how much joy I got from turning a disorganized space into an organized and functional one. My job was stressful and often unpredictable. Organizing gave me a sense of control and calm amid the often chaotic environment.
It was also during my first career that I found yoga. I have struggled with anxiety for most of my life and yoga has been the most important tool I have found to keep me grounded. I am able to take what I have learned through yoga off the mat and to my organizing business by helping clients to release what is no longer serving them presently. I am told on a regular basis by clients that my patience and calming energy helps them to feel at ease.
There are people who are more organized than others, but organization is a learned skill. I have found that clearing a space also clears my mind of mental clutter as well. Over the past 8 years I have gained more skills to keep my physical space, digital space, and business more organized. This order allows my mind to be more focused and calm.
I love sharing the skills I have learned with others! Getting organized can be an extremely personal journey. I listen to my clients needs and create custom organized plans for them.
My mission is to share the tools and expertise I have gained to empower others to declutter their spaces and minds so that we can all live more fully.
Katy is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and NAPO New England.
Through NAPO, Katy has received the Residential Organizing Certificate. the Workplace Productivity Certificate and the Life Transitions Certificate.
Katy is also certified by QC Design School in Professional Organizing.
WHAT TO EXPECT
After our initial phone conversation, we will set up a time to do a walkthrough of your home. We will discuss the goals you have for each space and what road blocks are preventing you from reaching them.
During our sessions together, we will go through the items in that space and decide what you would like to keep and what you are willing to donate, discard, or sell. At this time, we will also categorize the items you are keeping.
Once all items have been sorted, we will determine the best way to arrange them in the room. I will suggest storage containers and other options for you as well.
Hours Are Flexible. All Services Are Confidential.
WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER?
Professional organizers help people create order where it is lacking in their lives, so that they can make long-term improvements and keep disorder at bay. Sometimes you need an objective opinion to help you move forward. Organizers can offer that opinion, or help you discover options you wouldn't have thought of on your own.
Decluttering is rarely as easy as "just throw it out" or "anything you haven't used should go". Just as there are those professionals who help in other areas of our lives, there are those whose profession it is to assist others to put their homes in order and be more efficient.