You’re a neat person by nature – you love for things to be put into their designated places, you don’t like clutter, and you’re at your best when you can be in control of the situation and your surroundings. Now, what if you could be paid to do this for a living? Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong!
Time for some awesome news: as a certified professional organizer, you can actually earn a living by helping others declutter and get organized! This is a very specific kind of job, though, so only specific kind of people will excel at it – and genuinely enjoy what they do.
Would being a certified professional organizer for a living be right for you? If you possess the following traits, then we think the answer is a resounding YES!
1. You’re organized
This one’s a given! It’s also pretty obvious: someone who’s messy is probably not going to do very well at this job. Typically, those who shine brightest in this field are those for whom organization comes easily. Chances are, you’ve been this way for as long as you can remember! Your own home is probably organized, and we’re willing to bet that you clean it often, too.
You pride yourself on this aspect of yourself, and rightly so! Maybe you’re even known by your friends and family for this awesome trait. Fun fact: I have a friend named Morgan, who’s known by literally everyone for how orderly her apartment is, especially her bathroom. It’s such a defining characteristic of hers, that whenever she cleans something and sets it up in a neat, practical way, we all say that it’s been “Morganized”.
If you’re super neat and tidy, and genuinely enjoy it, then the obvious question is: why wouldn’t you want to turn your passion into your career, and get paid to do what you love?
2. You’re practical
There are plenty of ways a given problem can be solved, but you tend to always think of the reasonable solution. Why make things complicated when they can be simple? This often translates to the way you organize things. If there’s an abundance of clutter that needs arranging, you’ve already got 10 solutions stowed away in your back pocket. Chances are, the answer you choose is going to be realistic, sensible, and long-lasting.
3. You’re creative
I’m going to draw back to my friend Morgan for a moment, and tell you a little bit about her bathroom. See, Morgan likes to always be prepared for when she has guests over (which happens frequently). So she has a tendency to buy and then store multiples of bathroom items, such as:
- Mini toothpaste
- Mini mouthwash
- Travel brushes
- Other hair products, such as bobby pins and elastics
- Hand sanitizers
- Over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol, Gravol, and Advil
- Hand cream
- Band-Aids and other First Aid products
- Makeup and other beauty products
- And so, so much more
There’s a small closet in Morgan’s bathroom where she organizes all of these things, on full display for her guests. She groups the items together accordingly, and then keeps them specially colored bins. Each bin is labelled, based on which type of items it’s holding. It’s worth noting that Morgan puts effort into every step of this process, right down to the beautiful calligraphy of the lettering on each label.
Maybe you don’t necessarily do this exact thing, but we’re willing to bet you have your own fun and creative ways of keeping things in order. You’re probably also very thrifty, in the sense that you don’t need expensive tools to get the job done. You’re like MacGyver when it comes to your creative eye and clever mind: give you some empty Tupperware, some string, and a few art supplies, and you’d probably find a way to create a really cool storage container.
4. You’re empathetic
There are a LOT of useful emotions you’ll need to have in this job, but empathy is a major one. Because here’s the truth: being a certified professional organizer isn’t always going to be easy or fun. Sometimes, you’re going to have to work with clients who are struggling through something difficult in their lives. There will be hoarders, and there will be those with emotional attachments to their stuff. The living situation won’t always be pleasant, and the clutter you’re handling can sometimes be unsettling. For some clients, letting go can be a difficult process.
When dealing with such matters, it’s crucial that you can be there for the client professionally, while also providing them understanding. You must always remember to separate the job from your personal feelings, because judgment is not an option. Your clients will be coming to you for help; they know they need assistance. That’s why you’re there in the first place.
For the more difficult jobs, you have to be able to walk that fine line between staying objective and getting the job done, and keeping in mind that your client is a person working through some pretty complicated emotions. But don’t worry! With time and experience, you’ll learn exactly how to do this.
Importantly, whether the journey is smooth or bumpy, the fact that you’d be helping your clients make a better, healthier life for themselves is part of why you would love what you do! You’d be making a positive difference.
5. You’re eager to learn.
Whether you love to binge Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix, watch YouTube videos of DIY organizing hacks, read articles, or even browse the local dollar store for inspiration, you always welcome fresh and exciting ways to try new things and improve yourself. Being open to continued learning in your field of interest will set you up for success, both personally and professionally.
Technically, you don’t need any special certification or training to be a professional organizer. But let’s be clear: it’s far more beneficial to have it than to not. For example, these are just a few of the ways that taking QC Event School’s Professional Organizing course and earning your certification would help you:
- It strengthens your resume and your brand
- You will be way more impressive to prospective clients and likely book more jobs, because clients will be able to see clear proof that you’ve been properly trained
- It also makes you a lot more credible to potential employers
- You’ll stand out from the competition
- It increases your earning potential
- You’ll be mentored by an actual expert in the industry, and be provided with tons of incredible learning materials/resources that you can keep (and refer back to) forever
- You’ll learn all sorts of new and useful organization and decluttering techniques that’ll improve your overall skill set
- You’ll also learn how to produce home design plans, how to improve your Sales skills, how to start and run a successful business, and so much more!
Do all of the above traits sound like ones you have? If so, then these are likely signs that you would prosper as a certified professional organizer, and should share your abilities with the world. So… What are you waiting for?