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Breathing Room Professional Organizing

by Paula Apfelbach
(Madison, Wisconsin)

Ah, breathing room... Space to stretch out, light flowing through your personal environment, order permeating the things around you, the physical and psychological burdens of clutter lifted... Sounds great, doesn't it?

It's not an impossible dream! If you're ready and willing to clear out the clutter that's weighing you down, then breathing room can be yours — and I would be delighted to help you make it happen.

Here are a few things that you might like to know about working with me:

• I offer a free initial consultation, during which we'll review your space(s) and discuss what you'd like to achieve in them.

• Then, if you'd like to work together, we'll set a date to start. Together, in a side-by-side process, we'll clear away what you no longer need, use, or love to make room for what you do need, use, and love. We'll also discuss ways to maintain your newly streamlined environments and systems in the future.

• Please let me assure you that there's no need to be afraid of this process. My goal is always to treat you and your belongings gently and with compassion and respect. I won't judge you, and I won't "make" you get rid of anything.

• I take very seriously the privilege of being invited into your life, so I'll treat our work with strict confidentiality. This is in keeping with the Code of Ethics established by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), of which I'm a member.

• As an added, free service, I'm glad to remove items that you wish to throw out, recycle, or donate to a charity, and then I'll send you the receipts for tax purposes. I want you to feel that your burden has not only been lifted, but removed as well.

• I also publish a free mini-zine called "exhale," which I send out every three weeks. It's never more than two pages, so it's a quick read, and it covers a large variety of organization and life-simplification topics.

• My rate is $45 per hour, but I also offer a "volume discount": if you prepay for 10 or more hours, the rate is $40 per hour. There is no charge for transportation, unless the driving time is more than 30 minutes each way; then a transportation fee would apply.

• I'm generally available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, roughly during the school-day time frame, but with some notice, I can often work later. You can reach me through my contact form on Breathing Room.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Paula Apfelbach

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Feb 12, 2008
Paula connects on an emotional level!
by: Erin

Wow, Paula. Just reading about your organizing business makes me feel more relaxed. Love your analogies like "breathing room" and "exhale". They really help provide a visual and emotional connection to the benefits of getting organized.

When I started organizing I was available just as you are, during school hours and some evenings. It's been a great business when it comes to putting your family first and having super flexible hours. I mostly worked with busy moms too, which was really ideal because they wanted to organize during similar hours as I was keeping.

Building my Web site was a good way to leverage any slow times too. For example, I could work on my site during Holiday breaks and Summers when most families were not in organizing mode. Having a home based AND an online organizing business helps bring balance to what can sometimes be a feast or famine biz.

Any other Professional Organizers out there who find that having an Web site helps leverage their business?


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