As a graduate of my professional organiser training, I invited Virginia Wells from WellSorted – Professional Organiser to answer a few questions about her organising journey and to share advice for others starting out as organisers. Virginia works from Canberra but helps people via Zoom anywhere around Australia. Thanks Virginia!
Firstly, who is your ideal client?
I work with overwhelmed women who need help decluttering and organising their homes, lives and minds to feel more in control and capable. I meet my clients where they are in life and guide them to their outcomes at their pace. My ideal client is ready to make changes in their home, are friendly and open people.
How long have you been in the organising industry?
I’ve been officially running my business for about 9 years. I started in July 2013. However, I have had several roles that were around process improvement and the like in the past. My first paid organising job was back in about 2002 when I downsized a liquidating company whilst in uni. I always loved organising and my friends would think I was strange when I offered to ‘clean their wardrobes’ when I was over. I was always keen to organise or declutter a space.
What was the pivotal moment for you starting out as an organiser?
A friend said I’d been talking about it for years. When I approached some local organisers for employment, and they weren’t hiring, I decided that I guess I should start my own business then so I can do what I love.
What’s your favourite thing about organising?
Seeing my clients feel lighter when they’ve worked through their physical stuff, and the emotional stuff that goes with it! I also love seeing the ‘aha’ moments where a habit shift or similar has been assimilated into their being and they recognise it’s happened.
What do you think has contributed to your success as an organiser?
My clients tell me it’s my ability to not judge them, that I listen to what they need and offer solutions that meet them where they are at, instead of prescribing the ‘one size fits all’ approach. As to what helps me personally… the support I get from various groups I’m a member of, uplifting friends, and of course my training with you Angela! I remember all those years ago when I came to Melbourne and trained with you. Terrifying first step and investment for someone starting out, but it made me feel confident in what I was stepping out and doing. (Aww, that’s wonderful to hear.)
What is one habit that helps your life run smoothly?
My philosophy is “do it as you see it”. Don’t let the procrastination monster get you.
What is one thing people may not know about you?
Hmmmm, dunno really. I’m an open book. Most now know that I used to Bellydance, although I don’t currently, due to multiple ankle injuries. I’m very boring really! (I’m sure that’s not the case.) How about, that I collect earrings? My husband might suggest I’m addicted. Lol.
What would you say to someone just starting out as an organiser?
Be clear on if you want to work as just a PO (for someone else) or if you want to start a business and do all the things that come from being a business owner. Because you have to want to do both to be successful. (Good advice!)
What else should people know?
I have a 6-page easy Step-by-Step Guide to Declutter Your Wardrobe available. Click here to download it.
Thanks for being so candid and sharing your tips, Virginia!