The Accidental Home Organizer
Life took me on a bee-line path that ultimately led to organizing. After a career in finances and a degree in Culinary Arts I worked as a nanny (long story) in the Briar Oaks, Piney Point and Bunker Hill neighborhoods of Houston for several years. That was one of the most rewarding times than any other for me, I was able to see first-hand the difference I was making in the daily lives of the families I supported.
Jinnette Smith Jackson
Your Home Organizer
Before I became one myself, I had a unique perspective of just how hectic the lives of moms can be on a daily basis. However, I was not only able to support them when they needed it most, i got to learn along-side them all at the same time.
You see, while the kids were at school, taking naps or in activities that didn't involve me, I'd be "straightening up". From the playroom to the pantry, the laundry room to the home office- pretty much anywhere that needed to flow better I'd be there. To be honest I didn't know I was actually "organizing". After all I was just getting rid of expired food from the pantries, or simply decluttering the home office. Bonus was the whole home organizing I'd do while the family was on vacation for a week or two. At least twice a year I'd enlist the help of the housekeepers and we'd work our magic. Imagine the family's faces when they returned home. Think HGTV Dream Home reveals!
When the family moved and months later boxes were still piled up in the guest room and closets throughout the house, one room, one box at a time I unpacked, purged and organized. Previously unusable rooms were now decluttered and functional and I was able to finally bring order to their new home. Not bad for an accidental home organizer, huh?! Yep…. I was a pantry organizer, office organizer, closet organizer and even offered move-in/ unpacking organizing services …all before I was an actual professional home organizer.
Of course, none of this was ever part of my responsibilities. After all there was always a housekeeper. But organizing and cleaning are two different roles, even though they certainly work hand in hand. Yet, despite all this not being my responsibility it's what came naturally to me: to help bring order to the everyday lives of my families. I will say though that what I knew for sure, was that once the homes were organized, parents were always grateful. They were also less stressed, which in turn made my days so much better and playtime and daily routines more fun. In addition, it made the housekeepers' jobs a lot easier. Ask the housekeepers' and parents of the home with 8 kids- 7 under the age of 12- whose entire attic was a playroom. #everyonewins
"I love it when you come to organize, it's so much easier to clean afterwards"
A.G. | HOUSEKEEPER | MEMORIAL VILLAGE
Later on, I'd unofficially, become the house manager for one of my families. But I eventually left that position to take the leap to doing what I was meant to all along- organizing, What's interesting is that despite being a support for other moms for so long it was only as I was about to become one myself that I fully understood just how valuable the right support system can be to a mom.