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5 Steps to Make Your Guest Bedroom Ready for Thanksgiving Guests

A guest bedroom

There are two more weeks until Thanksgiving, and I am C-A-L-M. We are getting ready early this year. We know who is coming over for dinner. I have ordered my turkey. I know what the menu will be and who is bringing what dish. I’ve even made a shopping list. Bring it on! I admit it, I was feeling in control. Then, last night, one of the kiddos was feeling congested and he wanted the humidifier in his room. Piece of cake, I knew exactly where to look!

A few minutes later, as I am digging around in the guest bedroom closet, unsuccessfully trying to locate the humidifier, a terrible thought occurred to me. Guests will need to sleep in this very room and it looks like a tornado swept through here long ago! My smug holiday mood evaporated pretty quickly.

The door to the guest room is always closed, and for good reason! The bed hasn’t had sheets on it

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How I Became a Professional Organizer AMY NELSON

Amy Nelson

I didn’t plan on becoming an organizer.  I’m not a naturally organized person. Anyone who saw my room growing up or in college can attest to that!   Educating and helping people have always been my passions.   I graduated from WSU with a degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology.  Out of college I worked for the Lake Washington School District and then Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Audiology Department.  In 2005 when my son entered kindergarten I took some time off to volunteer and be a stay-at-home mom.  In 2008 I was looking for a new career when Denise (a friend) asked if I would come work for her. She had a large project and needed some assistance.  I started at Simplify with Denise the next week.   Eight years later, a name change, lots of training, education and certifications, we are still together.
I had always enjoyed watching TV shows about organizing or reading magazine articles and seeing the transformations

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How I Became a Professional Organizer ALICIA LOTT

Alicia Lott
Clients often ask me how and why I became a professional organizer.  I get excited when I am asked this question because I truly love what I do. I have about six years of organizing experience under my belt and I have answered this question a lot. It boils down to three things: I love stuff. I love organizing other people’s stuff. I love helping people truly enjoy their homes by organizing their stuff.
My relationship with stuff is interesting. I spent my childhood accompanying my mom and grandmother to many garage sales, estate sales, antique stores and thrift stores all around King County. As a result, I have a lot knowledge about what collectibles have value, which ones don’t, what can sell in a consignment store, and what collections are on trend.  I understand and appreciate the relationship clients have with their treasures. I also appreciate the value of a clutter free home. When clients are grappling with too much volume, my favorite question to ask is, “does this item need you?”
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How I Became a Professional Organizer JESSICA SHEETS

Jessica Sheets
“What is a professional organizer?” After two years with this wonderful company this is certainly a question I hear a lot. So, what do we do really? It is far more all encompassing than what might come to mind for most people. Not only do we clear the clutter, strategize then implement organizational systems, downsize, manage moves, and the list goes on, we are also cheerleaders, life coaches, helpers, friends, simplify experts and so much more! It takes a level of compassion, empathy, caring, and natural coordination to take on such a role. These are all qualities I noticed in myself and have nurtured through my short 25 years and ultimately what led me to this profession.
Even from a young age I craved the structure and simplicity that proper organization affords. Although sharing a room with my younger sister may have made it a bit challenging through the years, I always enjoyed the big weekend cleaning days where everyone was assigned a chore and we all worked as a household to reset our home to a cleaned, managed, and peaceful place. These memories, coupled with sincere appreciation for that inner peace have persisted on and led me to always pursue opportunities where I could help make a difference in people’s lives.
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How I Became a Professional Organizer PAM DOXSIE

Pam Doxsie

On becoming a professional organizer, you might say I was born that way. As far back as I can remember I have wanted my possessions and surroundings to be neat and tidy and have everything in its place. I remember as a child cleaning out the family garage, or wanting to clear out cupboards or closets. As a college student, my dorm room was always clutter-free and organized. Keeping my environment orderly was like therapy for me. As an adult working in a corporate world, I was teased about my clean and organized desk. People thought it was a sign that I didn’t have enough to do, when in reality I couldn’t think or focus properly with a cluttered desk. All of my life I’ve been teased about being tidy, but intuitively I knew that being organized meant a calmer and less stressful life.

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