I have been organizing things my entire life. I went to college to study art and found myself working in sculpture– where every-thing revolves around object placement and how people interact with it. With entrepreneurial parents I was drawn to the business side of art. Eventually, I became the Director of Career Services at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), where I helped students and alumni develop careers using skills learned in the classroom.
Working at an art school meant I had clients pursuing traditional, 9-to-5 jobs, and others who wanted to live in a tree house and paint. My role was not to dictate what they should do with their lives, but to help each one reach their goals. This is how I approach organizing.
After 12 years at the college it was time to move on. While I considered options, I continued to organize my son’s clothes according to the colors of the spectrum and line his books up by height. I finally realized that I could combine my natural tendency to organize with the satisfaction of helping others reach their goals.
I quickly joined the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and the Institute of Challenging Disorganization, where I earned a Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization and a Chronic Disorganization Specialist Certificate. In 2014 I passed the Board of Certified Professional Organizers exam, becoming one of less than 400 certified organizers in the United States. In May of 2018 I earned a Specialist Certificate in Life Transitions.
My family usually enjoys my organization tendencies. My son, Elliot, has enlisted my help with organizing baseball and Pokémon cards. My husband, however, made me stop putting labels such as "BRIAN'S HAMMER" on all of his tools. We live happily in Minneapolis with a lazy black lab named Rufus and a crazy chocolate lab named Jake.
Brian, Elliot & Christine