When we were deciding what we wanted to be when we grew up, the term “professional organizer” didn’t come to mind, quite frankly because it didn’t exist! We both attained business degrees in college and went on to pursue careers in sales and marketing.
Annmarie worked in advertising sales and production for four trade magazines before being hired as an account executive for a pharmaceutical advertising agency. She then worked for several years as a project manager for a successful qualitative market research firm. In all three positions, Annmarie relied heavily upon her organizational skills, as well as her ability to handle direct client contact and meet almost impossibly tight deadlines.
Marie worked for years as a senior account sales representative for a major office products corporation before being promoted to sales manager. Excellent time and territory management skills were critical to her success in consistently attaining her extensive sales goals. From there, she was hired as director of sales/marketing for a nationally known relief organization. Her organizational skills were essential in managing her staff and handling the significant workload for which her department was responsible.
We were on top of our game and doing just fine and then [cue: screeching halt sound effect]…. we had kids.
Suddenly, we were home all day trying to keep little humans alive. As much as we had managed a great deal of responsibility before, this was on a whole other level!
Despite the fact that we had strong organizational skills, this was a major life event that affected our day-to-day priorities and activities in a significant way. It took time to figure out and navigate this “new normal”. Our to-do lists were completely different, and so were our priorities. We were operating on a different timeframe, one often dictated by the schedule and needs of our children.
We had to adapt, reset our way of thinking, and restore the balance. We did, but it didn’t happen overnight. And it took a lot of trial and error.
The good thing is we were two friends going through a similar upheaval at the same time. So we started brainstorming and sharing ideas. We tried different things and slowly figured out how to balance our schedules and to-dos and the enormous responsibility that goes along with raising little ones. And then we started helping our friends. So much so that we started to hear, “You should do this for a living!” and “There’s so many of us out there that could benefit from your ideas!”.
Another great thing was that this was during a time when all these organizing shows were popping up on TV: Clean Sweep, Clean House, Neat. HGTV was getting hugely popular, and people were more familiar with the idea of home and self improvement. So we actually started kicking around the idea. Could it work? Would people actually PAY us to teach them how to be organized? We talked and talked about it for over a year but did nothing about it. Then one day a dear friend who owned her own design business called and said she had a client that needed us. She said, “You’re going there on Tuesday.” We said, “What? We don’t have a company, we don’t have a name, we don’t even have a flyer.” She patiently but firmly replied, “You’re going.” So we did, and a second career was born.
We absolutely love what we do. We both love to teach, and we get excited when we see that we are helping other people gain control and live better lives. It actually gives us a high.
Why choose us? Because WE HAVE BEEN YOU.
We know what it’s like to be single.
We know what it’s like to be married without kids.
We know what it’s like to be married with kids.
We know what it’s like to have full time jobs.
We know what it’s like to be stay-at-home moms.
We know what it’s like to care for a disabled family member and aging/ill parent.
We know what it’s like to go from being organized and on top of our game to feeling temporarily overwhelmed and out of control.
We know what it’s like to crawl back out of the hole and regain that control.
And we know how to teach you to do the same thing. There are lots of reasons why people become disorganized. The good news is we have the experience and the tools to help you move beyond this state of disorganization and carve out a life you love.
Don’t wait for the “right time”. If you are taking the time to read all the way down here, the right time has come. We can’t wait to help you!
Marie and Annmarie
Marie and Annmarie. Friends for more than 30 years. Professional organizers for the past 13!