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Q&A with Debbie Rosemont – Certified Professional Organizer®

Debbie-rosemont-photo Debbie Rosemont, CPO® – Sammamish, Washington

1) How long have you been a professional organizer?
I have been a Professional Organizer since 2003 when I founded my business, Simply Placed
2) What inspired you to become a CPO®?
My passion for helping people and understanding the thought processes behind their habits and actions began years ago with a degree in Psychology. This education helped develop my ability to effectively listen to people in order to assess their wants and needs. It was revealing to see how readily people get stuck in unhelpful patterns, and are thus held back from achieving their full potential. With compassion as my driving force, I was inspired to make a difference.

My strong drive and business sensibilities also sought a place in which to grow and be challenged, and the corporate world beckoned. I found the perfect solution in a career in Human Resources – a path that evolved for over a decade and allowed me endless opportunity to advance my skills in training, work flow analysis and process improvement, and client relations. Perhaps most importantly, it allowed me to affect behavior change and enhance productivity on a large scale.

The calling to explore a new expression of this work came in 2003, and resulted in the creation of Simply Placed. All of the skills and experience I've collected are now channeled into work that helps my clients live more productive and rewarding lives free of the stress and chaos caused by disorder.

3) What is the most common organizing project you’re hired to do?
On the residential side the most common organizing project we’re hired to do is organizing home offices. On the corporate side, I am most often brought in to a teach on the topic of productivity – time management, prioritization, email-efficiency, etc..

4) What is the most common organizing challenge people have?
I would say that most common organizing challenge that our clients have is that they feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

5) If you had to pick ‘your’ biggest organizing challenge, what would it be?
My biggest organizing challenge is trying to do everything perfectly.  I have always struggled with perfectionism and trying to do everything “perfectly” does repeatedly get in the way of my own organization.  A motto I have come to love is “done is better than perfect.”

6) What tips would you give to people who are trying to get organized?
Regarding their things:

  • Clear the Clutter – let go of anything that’s not adding value to your home, work or life. Its getting in the way of finding what you want when you need it and focusing on your priorities.
  • Assign a home to each item you own:
    o Keep like items together
    o Keep things close to where they are used
    o Keep the things used most often the easiest to access.
  • Use the “new one in, old one out” rule to tame accumulation. 
  • Spend a little time each day putting things away and organizing. It makes a big, big difference.

Regarding their time:

  • Take 15 minutes at the end of each day to plan for the next. Review appointments on the calendar, prioritize tasks, and set out anything you’ll need to hit the ground running.
  • Say “yes” selectively
  • Focus on one task at a time
  • Do the hardest, most important thing first (even before email!)
  • Break large projects down into small, manageable tasks
  • Delegate or ask for help when it will save you time, money and stress (short or long term)

7) How can potential clients get in touch with you?
I can be reached directly at 206-579-5743 or via email at  They can also visit our website at, read our blog at, join our Facebook community at, or follow us on twitter at


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