Bonnie Joy Dewkett – The Joyful Organizer® – Ridgefield, Connecticut – www.thejoyfulorganizer.com
1) How long have you been a professional organizer?
I’ve really spent my whole life organizing! It started out with organizing my toys and our kitchen pantry as a child, and evolved into organizing friends and co-workers as I got older. As more and more people sought my help to get them as organized as I was, I decided to make it a full time career. I started my company, The Joyful Organizer®, three years ago.
2) What inspired you to become a CPO?
Growing up in a family of teachers, I am a true believer in lifelong learning and development. I am constantly reading books to help me become a better organizer and successful business owner. The CPO certification is a way that I can show my Customers that I am committed to excellence, and being on the cutting edge of my profession. I will be taking the CPO exam in October.
3) What is the most common organizing project you’re hired to do?
The most common organizing project I’m hired to do is to help people tame their closets. Closets and clothes are part of our daily lives, and without a neat and functional closet, every day is going to start with anxiety. I love it when my Customers tell me, “I completely forgot I had that!”
4) What is the most common organizing challenge people have?
I have found that the biggest organizing challenge people have is that they don’t have a permanent place for all of their belongings to “live”. Everything should have a “home” within your home. When you are cleaning up everything goes back to where it belongs, the clutter is quickly removed, and you know where to look for things the next time you need to use them. My motto is: If it’s not put away, then it’s in the way!
5) If you had to pick ‘your’ biggest organizing challenge, what would it be?
My biggest organizational challenge is trying to fit too much into every day. I often create very lofty to do lists the evening before! Sometimes as an organizer you think you can fit everything in because you live a life of efficiency. Sometimes life has other plans!
6) What one tips would you give to people who are trying to get organized?
Get rid of the excess! If you don’t love it and use it—move it out! It is really as simple as that. Recycle it, sell it, or donate it….let the item live a better life outside of your home. Once you have done that, it is easier to find a place for everything else to “live.” Let your home breathe!
7) How can potential clients get in touch with you?