Meet the Clutter Doctor…
Jessica M. Williams
I believe that I am a “born organizer.” I can even remember delighting in organizing my mom’s recipe box and address book at a very young age! My formal education is in the form of a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. But I credit the lifestyle required by my husband’s career with providing me with many of my skills. Seventen moves in 25 years qualifies me as a professional mover! You can’t afford to waste time being disorganized when you’re a Naval Officer’s wife.
Before entering the world of professional organizing, I worked in both corporate and nonprofit settings, giving me experience in a variety of administrative and organizing roles including fundraising and development, event coordination, database management, travel planning, desktop publishing and more. I started CLUTTER DOCTOR in San Diego in 2001 as a means of combining my skills and talents with a desire for a flexible work schedule. I’ve operated my business in both CA and VA in the years since.
My greatest organizing strength is being able to connect one-on-one with my clients. I believe that I have to clearly understand their individual needs, background, current lifestyle and future goals to really be able to assist them with setting up systems that will work for them. My people skills are my strongest asset in this business.
Many prospects ask me about my organizing strategy. I believe that creating order will help my clients regain physical AND emotional balance in their home and personal life. However, there is no such thing as a cookie cutter solution to an organizing problem. Each client, each space must be considered individually. I help my clients identify and tackle their biggest problem area first, working quickly and efficiently to give them an immediate sense of satisfaction and the courage to take on the next space on their list. While taking their emotional ties to their possessions seriously, I provide unbiased, sensitive, confidential guidance, all with a dose of good humor!
In today’s world it’s easy to get bogged down in the endless pursuit of material things and lost in a flurry of commitments. Somewhere down the road my clients’ houses stopped being their haven and keeping up with the clutter became another full-time job. My goal is to turn their house back into a home, not just a storage space! As a result of creating an ordered and efficient living and working environment, they will gain freedom to do more of the things they really enjoy doing. Sharing my organizing talents with others has proved very rewarding. Seeing clients’ eyes light up when they realize that they can finally gain control over their clutter is a wonderful feeling. Knowing that I have helped them to feel less overwhelmed by their circumstances makes the hard work feel more like fun than work!