When I tell people I’m a Professional Organiser they invariably ask what my house is like. They assume that it’s super organised. I like my home to function well but I’m definitely not a minimalist. I share my home with my teenage son and gorgeous dog Maya and surrounding myself with things that we’ve inherited, created and collected makes me very happy.
I live in Melbourne but have moved more times in my life than I care to remember; the biggest move was in 1979 when my family relocated from California to a remote property in country NSW. The hardest move was from a beautiful, spacious family home to a tiny cottage five years ago after getting divorced.
Every transition threw me off kilter for a while. Even the most organised person can struggle to re-establish order after big life events. I see this with my clients all the time. It’s normal. My clients seem relieved when I tell them that I hired a Professional Organiser to help me with my divorce paperwork! There are some things that are just too difficult to handle on your own and there is no shame in asking for help.
I spent many years in corporate life and in hindsight it was a disaster! Not only do I love my own home, I love helping other people create a home that they love living in. Not necessarily a home worthy of a photo shoot, but a place they can relax and recharge surrounded by the things they love. Whether that is a minimalist oasis or a treasure trove of books and ornaments!
I started working as a Professional Organiser in 2006 and have helped hundreds of people to declutter and create routines and systems so they can live more comfortably in the space that they have. At the same time, I have been actively involved in building the industry and raising the standard of service through professional development. I am the only Australian Professional Organiser to hold the prestigious international designations of Certified Professional Organizer® and CPO-CD®. I am also keenly interested in hoarding and have received Specialist Certificates in Hoarding, Chronic Disorganisation and ADHD from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.
A lot of people are afraid that their home will be the worst I’ve ever seen, but I haven’t seen anything that has scared me yet! My services are completely confidential, non-judgemental (except when I’m working with my own family so I avoid that!), motivating, and while decluttering isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, there always seems to be a lot of laughs along the way.
Wendy shares her organising tips at the “An Organised World” Telesummit. (MP3 32MB)