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Q&A with Theresa Finnigin – Professional Organizer


Theresa Finnigin, Professional Organizer – St. Louis, MO/Southwest Illinois –

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!

Phone: 707-RAO 2 DAY (707-726-2329)

Ready Aim Organize
P.O. Box 255
Mascoutah, IL 62258

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4 Responses to Q&A with Theresa Finnigin – Professional Organizer

  1. Lois October 6, 2016 at 7:54 am #

    I must express some thanks to you just for rescuing me from such a scenario. After looking through the internet and coming across notions which were not productive, I was thinking my entire life was done. Living minus the approaches to the problems you have resolved by means of your guide is a crucial case, as well as ones that would have in a negative way affected my entire career if I had not discovered your site. Your own natural talent and kindness in controlling all the pieces was tremendous. I’m not sure what I would have done if I had not come across such a step like this. I am able to at this point look forward to my future. Thanks a lot so much for the specialized and result oriented guide. I won’t think twice to recommend your site to any person who needs to have care on this problem.

  2. Theresa Finnigin September 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Developing a routine is key. Try to replicate your storage habits as best you can…especially if it’s something you know works for you and your family. Store things where they are easy to get to and hard to forget where you put them. There is no such thing as a smooth move…and I’m sure as a military wife you’ve seen it all. Also try creating a list after each move of “lessons learned” so when you move again whether it’s 12 months or 4 years later you can refer to that to jog your memory to help the move go smoother! Good luck. Check my blog and/or facebook site often…there’s bound to be a military spouse discussion soon!

  3. Carrie August 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Theresa – how do you keep it up- I am a military spouse too but it seems like every time we move it takes me longer and longer to get organized. I get tired of things not being in their place – it is funny how I can remember where the tape was two houses ago but not where I organized it to in my current house. How do you get over the hump of another move.

  4. Sarah K. August 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Great interview! If I lived in St. Louis I would definitely hire Theresa to help me out! Her blog is helpful from a remote standpoint, too.

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