Starting out as a Declutterer and Organiser

Since deciding to become a professional declutterer and organiser I’ve had lots of people expressing their surprise that this is actually something people make a career out of. If I’m honest it wasn’t until last year when I read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo that I realised it was myself. Prior to reading it I was a former teacher and personal assistant contemplating exactly what I was going to do with my life other than staying at home looking after our son (definitely a worthwhile occupation, but I really did feel I wanted to do something else as well). Reading the book changed my mindset towards my possessions completely and I’m sure I’ll be blogging about that in the future, but another thing it did was make me realise just how much I love tidying and organising. After a bit of research I discovered that not only were their people out there helping others declutter and organise for a living, but also that there is a whole organisation dedicated to the profession (the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers, or APDO). From there I very quickly decided that this was the career for me and attended one of their training workshops to get started, launching A Fresh Start later that year. It seems the book’s claim of “life changing magic” really isn’t an exaggeration!

The other aspect of this job that sometimes causes a raised eyebrow or two is the fact that I’m claiming to enjoy tidying. Whilst I understand that it’s not everyone’s idea of a fun time, it really is genuinely something I enjoy. Not only do I find creating order from chaos satisfying in itself, but there is also the fact that I really enjoy helping other people to experience the benefits of living with less clutter and more order in their lives. It’s definitely a job which requires passion as well as skill and I can promise that together we can make the process of decluttering a positive one all round.

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