You know that feeling when you move into a new place and you’re tired and flop onto the couch after everything is put away?
What do you do? I help people organize their homes. It starts with editing/paring down their stuff so that we can clear out space and focus on creating a home for each of their items, making things easier to find.
How did you get started? I’ve been doing this kind of work in some capacity my entire life by helping friends or family tackle clutter or prepare for a move. I’ve spent the last 10 years in human resources, supporting teams and handling sensitive/confidential information. My experience helping people navigate their employment lives was a natural transition into helping people navigate their homes to create a space they love so I decided to start Spruce with Rachel [in Seattle].
What’s a typical day like? Most days start with going for a run or to the gym. It’s a good way to clear my mind before clearing the clutter. When I arrive at a client’s home, I walk them through the game plan for clearing out a space. It’s like a treasure hunt, gathering, sorting, hearing the stories behind their stuff, making decisions about what needs to go. I get to problem solve with my clients to find the best solutions for their space.
What surprises people about what you do? That just about everyone needs my help! We all have a space in in our homes that we struggle with and I help offer new ideas and look at the space in a different way. There’s so much variety depending on what a client needs — I’ve worked on garages, bedrooms, closets, offices and managed a small move. This job allows me to help others in so many different ways.
What’s the best part of the job? This work is incredibly validating. I love hearing a client tell me how much they love their space now that they can find what they need. You know that feeling when you move into a new place and you’re tired and flop onto the couch after everything is put away? I get that feeling after completing a project.
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