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Community Highlights: Meet Amanda Thompson of A.T. Home Organizing

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Thompson, owner of A.T. Home Organizing, a professional home organizing business

Hi Amanda, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
The pandemic has been tough on everyone. But the irony is that my business started as a continuation of me spending a lot more time during quarantine, decluttering and organizing my own home. Since my family was spending a lot more time together and doing so within our own home, I set out to try and make our home a nicer, calmer, and just more enjoyable space for us to all enjoy during quarantine.

What I learned through that process is that not only did everyone love a nicer, de-cluttered, more organized space… I also found it really helped me with my own anxiety levels about all the things outside of my home that were well beyond our control.

Although I couldn’t control anything outside our front door, I could help provide a more soothing and enjoyable home for our family. And that reduced all of our anxiety levels as we found more space, more tranquility, and more enjoyment as we spent more time in our own homes.

From there, I began researching the home organizing industry, invested in taking an online course about the business and began to learn how to form a business, setup an independent bank account, procure business insurance, and all the other many details that go into establishing a new business.

It has been very rewarding to share with my clients the same feeling of “upgrading” their own existing spaces and providing reduced anxiety for their families as well.

Prior to being a full-time stay at home Mom the past several years, I was an elementary school teacher. It has been enjoyable to reconnect with kiddos and helping them see the value of cleaning out their playrooms, their closets and rediscovering the things they had misplaced long ago.

I love my job.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Some of my clients embrace the idea of having an outsider come in and help guide them to a more organized environment. Others, however, are understandably more reluctant. Some people feel that if they “give in” and hire a home organizer, it is somehow a concession that they can’t do it themselves–but nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth is that none of us can completely and objectively look at our own space and evaluate what things we may need to let go of, donate, consolidate, or organize. It is something we all need help with, and it is amazing what an outside eye and viewpoint can do to spark some meaningful transformation in a very short amount of time.

But it can be intimidating for some clients to reach out and ask for a little help that we all need–particularly in light of how busy all of our lives are increasingly becoming. My favorite client is the one that is a bit skeptical that my services may not really be that transformative. Those clients quickly become my biggest advocates as they see how fast so much improvement can be achieved with just a little bit of help.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We approach all of our projects with the same goal: to create the order you need to simplify your life. With a judgment-free approach and a process designed with comfort and confidentiality in mind, we’ll walk alongside you from consultation all the way to organization to help you de-clutter, de-stress, and discover new peace in your space. Every project starts with a phone consultation to chat about what you need and how we can help. We also provide a complimentary in-home consultation to go over the spaces you need organized and develop a plan to make it happen. Once contracts are signed and payment is made, it’s time to get organized! We’ll work with you to sort and edit your items, determining what needs to be kept, thrown out, or donated. Then, we’ll create usable systems to arrange your things and set up a space that works for you and your family. Once you’re organized, we want to make sure you can stay organized. That’s why we follow up two weeks after our last session to make sure your new systems are still working for you.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
Like many businesses, the home organizing industry has been “booming” in recent years, with projected growth. In the same way that many years ago, people were reluctant to hire outside help with home-related things like yard work, or house cleaning, outsourcing these things have become far more commonplace in our increasingly busy lives. Home organizing is a natural extension of our increasingly busy lives, and it serves a very different purpose than more generally-accepted home-related services.

Many people want a more organized, peaceful space but may not know exactly how or where to start. Sometimes it just takes an outsider to come in and make a few suggestions to get the organizing ball rolling. That’s what I love to do: come in, listen to my client’s anxiety points, and help come alongside to immediately provide a less cluttered, more organized, and thus less stressful home environment for them and their families.

Over the next 5-10 years, I think we will view home organizing in the same way we view many other more commonplace home services. I believe it will be far more “normal” for people to enlist the professional assistance of someone to come in and help improve their pantries, closets, rooms, and home environments.

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