My Career History:
I have always been naturally organized. I volunteered in my local library at age 13 because I loved alphabetizing the books. I was even one of those rare teenagers with a neat bedroom. In college, I was an english major. I narrowly escaped the fate of teaching high school english, but I was kind of fuzzy on what other sort of work my expert skill in literature analysis might qualify me for. After college, I spent some time working in bookstores (B. Dalton, and my personal favorite The Montclair Book Center), and then spent several years as a writer and editor, both employed and freelance. I wrote four non-fiction books on NeoPaganism, but that career had no future, as there weren’t enough of us Pagans and we don’t tend to have a lot of money anyway. In 2003, I was getting bored with writing, and I noticed that on my breaks from writing, I was re-organizing my closets for fun. Around this time I began helping friends get organized, and I realized that perhaps strangers would pay me to do the same for them. Then I dove in, and my business has been growing ever since.
Why Do I Organize?
Sure, the act of creating order out of chaos is intrinsically satisfying to me. But I also have a goal. I organize for myself because I want to be able to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. I organize for other people because (they pay me, it’s fun, and) it is a powerful kind of transformational magic. When I help them release their excess stuff, it opens the space for them to move, not just physically, but in every way. When I help them clarify what they need, use, and love, it helps them understand what’s important to them, so they can see what they most need and want to do next. I love cutting away the excess clutter and giving people room to breathe. I love making it easier for them to find their stuff, use their stuff, enjoy their stuff. Also, I just think people are interesting and their stuff is interesting.
My Personal Life:
I’m 40 years old, and I’m a virgo (surprise, surprise). I live in West Medford, Massachusetts, with my partner Andrew, my daughter Ilana, two fabulous housemates, two cats, a dog, and two fish. I’m Jewish by heritage, but I practice Wiccan-influenced NeoPaganism.
Stuff I Like to Do When I’m Not Working:
I make art (and even sell it sometimes). I listen to NPR and Kate Bush. I play word games. I shop at thrift stores and yard sales. I look at stupid and random stuff on the Internet. And I love organizing so much, I’m always doing it at home!
My Other Websites:
My other, more silly blog, is Weird Stuff I Found While Organizing.
My main webpage is Jenniferhunter.com, which has links to my organizing, art, and books written.
If you’re just interested in my organizing work (maybe I can help you!), go to Find Your Floor.
Also, here I am on Facebook.
To Contact Me:
You can email me here, or call me at 781-605-8619 between 9 AM and 6 PM eastern time.