Theresa Finnigin, Professional Organizer – St. Louis, MO/Southwest Illinois – www.readyaimorganize.com
What inspired you to become an organizer?
As a child I was never the daughter my mom had to tell “clean your room.” I looked forward to spring break not because I got a week off school but because my mom and I would spend a week spring cleaning the house. By the time college came around my friends joked I should “make file folders for a living.”
I was in high school when I read an article in the local paper about a professional organizer. I told my mom, “this is what I want to do.” After working for several years in corporate marketing and earning my MBA, I am finally doing what I love!
What is the most common organizing project you’re hired to do?
Paper, paper, paper! By far the majority of the calls I get from potential clients is paper clutter. Sometimes it’s setting up a system to process the mail and pay the bills and sometimes it is an office where you can barely open the door because the floor is covered in paper. I’ve been in home offices where I’ve seen receipts older than me!
What is the most common organizing challenge people have?
Time management is a common organizing challenge. Often a client sees their kitchen is disorganized and they think it is the kitchen but more likely it is how the individual uses their time that has resulted in a disorganized kitchen. Change your outlook from “I didn’t have time” to “I didn’t make time”. Take responsibility for your time!
If you had to pick ‘your’ biggest organizing challenge, what would it be?
Like many people, it is hard for me to accept change. As a military spouse, we move frequently so a new house always brings new organizational challenges. Sometimes we move into smaller homes with minimal closets and sometimes we have lots of large closets. Regardless of the situation, I can’t always store things where I want to or where I did in the old house due to space and that’s when I get to be creative. The change is exciting, fun and challenging!
What one tips would you give to people who are trying to get organized?
I can’t choose one – too many tips came rushing through my mind! Organizing should not hurt. If something feels forced then it’s probably not right. Put things where you use them and where they fit. I keep my table cloths in a spare bedroom closet. I don’t use table cloths often and I had extra space in the closet.
One more…you have to be ready to get organized. If you don’t really want to get organized then the new organizing solutions you’re putting into place won’t last long. My company name, Ready Aim Organize, says it all. You have to be ready, you have to aim (develop a plan) and then you can organize!
How can potential clients get in touch with you?
Potential clients can reach me at my website or via e-mail, phone, mail, facebook, or twitter!
Ready Aim Organize
P.O. Box 255
Mascoutah, IL 62258