Hi, I would like to introduce myself… I am Jan. I was born and raised in Waterbury. And after a jaunt off to college, outside of Boston, I am back in Waterbury. If there is a question whether organization is a matter of “nature” or “nurture” I would have to say, in my case it was “nature.” I grew up with parents that were very organized. My father maintained a fully stocked pantry. The cans of soup were all on one shelf, while the cans of tuna were on another, the toothpaste and shampoo had their own shelf, while the bottles of Tide were on the shelf above the washing machine, and the paper towels were stored on the larger white plastic shelves in the corner. My mom had also organized almost every drawer in the house. She didn’t use anything fancy or expensive, she used the boxes that her Christmas cards came in. The clear plastic tops were used for the paperclips and elastic bands. While the cardboard bottoms were used for the bigger items – pens, pencils, staplers, scissors.
So it comes very natural to me to use Tupperware containers for my makeup, to use an extra laundry basket for my laundry detergent and dryer sheets, to designate one drawer in my kitchen for all the Tupperware / Ziploc / Rubbermaid container lids. I even have a 3 ring binder that I use to record information about my garden beds… what plants do I have, how many plants do I have in each bed, where did I buy the plants from, etc.. I’ll use anything to compartmentalize my “stuff.”
Now you may be asking why did I start Find Your Stuff? Well, it began with a retirement seminar that I attended a year or two ago. And when I realized I could retire and still have time for a second career I began to think…What do I really want to do? I have watched my share of HGTV and TLC shows about organizing and noticed that some of the hosts had a title of “Professional Organizer“. This prompted me to look into that profession. I soon found a website for the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). This website lead to a contact for the CT Chapter of NAPO. I was able to attend a few of their meetings. And it was at these meetings that I found what I wanted to do for my second career. This was a perfect fit. I love to organize, I love helping people, and that my way of storing things could be a benefit to others.
So if you feel that you just need someone to look at your rooms, garage, or attic in a new way, feel free to give me a call.
If you are normally an organized person, but have gone through a life changing experiences recently and just need someone to get you jump started, feel free to give me a call.
If you need someone to keep you on task, or encourage you to make the time to clean out that closet, feel free to give me a call.
And should you feel funny calling in an organizer just think of it this way… if you didn’t have time to clean your house you may call in a cleaning services, if you were planning on losing a few pounds for that special vacation you may join a gym and hire a personal trainer, if you are too busy running the kids to and from their practices / games / scouts you may call in a landscaper. So why not call in a Professional Organizer to help you get your closets, kitchen, and garages in order?
So feel free to give me a call and let my help you find the stuff you forgot you had.