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Q&A with a Professional Organizer – Brandie Kajino

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Brandie Kajino – Vancouver, WA  – www.TheHomeOfficeOrganizer.com

1. How long have you been a professional organizer?
I've been doing this for 3 years now.

2. What inspired you to become a professional organizer?
I have always loved rearranging rooms and spaces to make them work more efficiently. Then I found out I could make a career out of it!  Like most people in the US, I had seen television shows where people would clean out their rooms in 30 minutes and have a huge change. I was inspired by the changes and how that would feel to help others do that (knowing full well it would NOT take 30 minutes). So, I guess you could say that a burning desire to help frustrated, busy people make changes in their space is what inspired me to get started.

3. What is the most common organizing project you’re hired to do?
I help small businesses and entrepreneurs organize their home office so they can find their stuff when they need it. Many of the people who call me truly want to get organized, but they are mystified at where they should start. That’s where I come in. About 70% of my clientele just need a plan and a nudge in the right direction. I give them just that. It’s a little like a coach that shows you what do to, and then firmly encourages you to get moving toward the goal you want to achieve. My clients have to do the work, and I am there to support them as long as they need me to be.

4. What is the most common organizing challenge people have?
Paper!  This is #1 thing people call about, and is the most popular category on my website’s blog. There’s so much of it, and with nearly every household having access to the web and a printer, there seems to be no end in site. There’s a lot of paper that isn’t necessary, and it’s just a matter of figuring out how to get it all to fly in formation. 

5. If you had to pick ‘your’ biggest organizing challenge, what would it be?
I’m “serially curious” and constantly coming up with ideas. There’s so much to learn and do, it can sometimes be overwhelming!  I’ve had to come up with ways to capture my ideas (sometimes in the middle of the night or in the car) so I know I can get at them later. I’ve also learned that unless I am actually taking action, those ideas are only wishes. So, I sort through what’s really important and leave the rest of later. 

6. What one tips would you give to people who are trying to get organized?
Be realistic. “Organized” only means you can find most anything you need in about 5 minutes. Don’t be put off by magazine covers and magical makeovers. If you can find what you need in 5 minutes or less, you just might be organized. If your situation could be improved, reach out to someone (like an Organizer) who can show you how. 

7. How can potential clients get in touch with you?
They can reach me on my website Contact Page. They can also explore my website, which has lots of information including links, downloadable products, resources, a link to my podcast/radio show and my blog (www.thehomeofficeorganizer.com/blog). If they are on Twitter, they can follow me @bkajino.

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5 Responses to Q&A with a Professional Organizer – Brandie Kajino

  1. John Berridge January 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    I’m looking for the big rubbermaid thingy that goes outside. I bought mom one then the price shotup good and can’t afford one. Do yous give and coupons for it?

  2. Melissa Multitasking Mama January 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm #

    I have to agree with Brandie- paper is my client’s biggest issue too!

  3. Deb Lee January 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    Brandie -
    You are so right, we have to be realistic about being organized. Sometimes we come up with elaborate plans that are difficult to keep up with.
    Also, very nice getting to know a little bit more about you. =)
    Deb

  4. Julie Bestry January 21, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    Brandie, I love your answer about how you got started. It’s amazing how many of us love organizing and only, by accident, “find out” that this is actually a profession! I think we need to participate in more elementary school career days!

  5. John Trosko January 21, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Love this series and I learn a lot more about the people I’ve heard about.
    John aka OrganizingLA

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