Ellen Delap CPO – Kingwood, TX (suburb of Houston, TX)
How long have you been a professional organizer?
What inspired you to become a CPO?
I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives every day. As a former teacher, I think of organizing as a teachable skill. Working one on one with my clients, together we create order and structure which transforms their lives.
What is the most common organizing project you’re hired to do?
My most common project has to do with paper, either in a home office or small business. Paper is out of control for many people and they are totally overwhelmed! Our projects focus on streamlining, setting up systems and establishing maintenance routines. Together we create simple, sustainable paper management.
What is the most common organizing challenge people have?
Life is super busy! There are lots of transitions going on, such as adding a family member, a family member passes away, a job loss or a move. Sometimes it is the pace of life that keeps us from creating and maintaining order. Keeping your organization an every day priority, knowing basic organizing tools that work for you, and simplifying your life help every one every day.
Do you have a specialty?
My practice focuses on assisting people with AD/HD. I have worked extensively with these clients and I am honored to partner with them to create order. I also have additional training through Coach Approach for Organizers and the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.
I also work extensively with families. I am a Certified Family Manager Coach and work with families to create order and streamline processes that work in their home. This includes building a team, getting dinner done, working with finances and other important aspects of family life.
If you had to pick ‘your’ biggest organizing challenge, what would it be?
I have worked with hoarders who are making incredible progress! It is a long term commitment, but with the right team in place, my clients are leading fulfilling lives and getting their clutter under control.
What one tip would you give to people who are trying to get organized?
Baby steps make all the difference in getting and staying organized. Start small, with a small space or just 15 minutes at a time, and you will be amazed at your progress. Keep your perfectionism under control so you can get to 100% complete for your organizing project.
How can potential clients get in touch with you?