How I Became a Professional Organizer – ALISON GRABICKI

Alison Grabicki

When I think about the question: why I became a professional organizer, I think about how far back my passion for organizing goes. And I’ve concluded that it goes back, way back.

If organizing were a gene, it would have been one passed on to me by my mother. I have memories of watching her pack the family car for camping trips as a child. I would watch in awe as she placed each item like she was playing a real-life game of Tetris; and she was definitely winning. Her grasp on finances and time management were also something to be admired. Along with these lessons she demonstrated, and my natural propensity for creating calm and visually pleasing spaces, organizing just became part of who I am.

I also realized that I wasn’t satisfied exclusively living and practicing these skills for myself; I wanted to share them with everyone who would let me. I practiced on my family, friends and neighbors. It wasn’t until I took a significant role in helping my grandmother downsize from her home of over 25 years to a small assisted living apartment that I understood Professional Organizing was not only something I was capable of, but also greatly enjoyed.

Fast forward to my adulthood, with a house, two young children and a dog. I learned just how important it was to be organized during these dizzying years of school, work and house upkeep. As busy and slightly discombobulated as I felt much of the time, I was actually thriving. However, I’ve witnessed other families in similar circumstances struggling simply because they lack the skills to organize their lives more efficiently. One of my most favorite parts of my job is being able to help families and individuals with simple strategies that can improve their lives greatly.

I enjoy getting to know where each person or family is coming from and helping them to identify how their struggles are impacting their lives and what small changes can be made to set the tone for better quality of life. For me, organizing a space isn’t just about moving items around, but about creating space physically and emotionally for healthier living. Along with my clients, I am learning what it means to be an agent for positive change.