Monday, May 7, 2018

Interview with Di Is Organized

Raise your hand if you are incredibly organized!
Ok good. 

Now, raise your hand if you also have all of the time in the world to stay organized!
Yep. That's more like it. 

 Photo by:  Fabi Maranho Photography.

{I'm going to guess that on that second one, not many of you would raise your hands. 
Of course this practice would be much better if this were a talk or video, and not a blog post, but still, you get my point.}

Either you aren't exactly sure how to organize or you are super organized but don't have the time to stay that way. 
Or you're a freaking unicorn who is able to do a million things and still stay organized and if that's you, your name is Di and you founded the company I'm about to discuss right now.

Side note:
I'm the latter. 
I consider myself organized, and I just do not have the time to stay that way.
But guess what, there's a service for BOTH!

Photo by:  Fabi Maranho Photography.

The Interview

Di and I sat down for smoothies on a brisk 90 degree day in Fells Point last week. We went to The Daily Grind, originally for coffee, but even an iced coffee wasn't going to do the trick. 
They have delicious smoothies by the way!

Di is originally from Brazil, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this temperature agrees with her more than the cold. It's really not going out on a limb though in fact, because she told me she is NOT a fan of cold weather.
Me either, and I'm from here. Maybe I should move to Brazil!

From Brazil to the US

Anyway, I digress. 
Di is one of those fearless people who moved here, before she even knew the language. Armed with a degree in Journalism, she decided she wanted to move to the states. She picked up English enough in ONE year to take classes the next year. Impressive.
Moving here as an au pair, she was here for two years before her visa expired sending her back to Brazil. There was just one problem. She had started dating her now husband and they had dated for 9 months! Realizing she didn't know what the future held, they made it work with phone calls and visits. 
Eventually, they decided they were soulmates and decided to get married. 
Fun fact, a fiance visa is not a quick deal. It takes almost 1 year from when you apply, to get approved. They still made it work.
Once back in the US, Di decided she wanted to launch a business doing something that she loved,  and one of those things was journalism, but if she was going to start a family, she didn't want to be working every evening. That is the life with journalism in most cases.

Why Professional Organization?

When asking her why she chose Professional Organization she told me the funniest/most savage/entertaining story about how when she was younger she was often bored. Her parents were of the stricter variety and preferred she spend most of her time at home. Whenever she claimed she was bored, her mom would dump her closet out, and tell her to organize it. 
"Now you have something to do!" she'd say.

If I walked into your house at any given moment would it be organized?
Yes, Di says, except for the kids playroom in the basement, they are kids, after all.
Ok, I think we can all find that perfectly acceptable. 
Di also added that she always makes her bed in the AM, a tip that I've found to be universal to being productive in general.

Di as a child, who probably just reorganized her closet.

Di offers several services including in-home packages, where she works with or works for you to organize your home. The only thing she doesn't do is throw anything away without your permission! Which is definitely great to know. Instead, she leaves those things in a neat box for you to go through.
She also does consulting, video consulting (virtual coaching), one-on-ones where she goes through how to organize certain areas (for those who want to organize themselves but are unsure of how to do this), as well as every other week or once a month maintenance appointments.
New services include: a la carte services like meal planning, closet makeovers and coming soon, an interior design package!
Di also has workshops in the Baltimore metro area frequently, so make sure you follow her on social media- Facebook and Instagram.

What is your biggest organizational tip?
I had to know. I mean, she's such an expert, and I try hard, but I'm not always the most organized.
Her response?
"Keep things in one place". She said often people have items like re-usable bags in several places in the house or car or garage, and when it comes time to need it- they can't be found!
Designating one spot for items like this definitely helps keep them organized.

I laughed.
For me, there's dog poop bags in 5 different locations in my house and lately, I haven't been able to find any! I think the same would apply for the elusive pens in my house.

What do you guys think?
Ready to get organized?
If so, a great way to start is by joining her new Home Organization Challenge-
happening now!

Have a great week.

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