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Shared Planet Home Organizing featured in local online magazine

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We were recently featured in VoyageMinnesota! Read text below:

Hi Naomi, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory. As a young girl, I frequently asked my mom to pick a drawer in our home that I could organize – for fun. Free time was spent rearranging furniture, organizing toys, and categorizing Barbie clothes.

Let’s just say organizing comes naturally to me. After teaching in Namibia, working in higher education in Seattle and Minneapolis, getting a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and subsequently working in healthcare, I decided to go back to what I’ve always loved- organizing.

I started Shared Planet Home Organizing to provide practical solutions to create simple and peaceful spaces. I view your “stuff” as part of our larger world and every decision, from where the stuff goes, to what stuff you keep is made with our planet in mind. Shared Planet Home Organizing encourages clients to begin by buying less. After that, the possibilities are endless!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect? Honestly? It’s been relatively smooth! Of course, Covid-19 threw business for a loop. I took several months off to stay home with my two young children, homeschooling- the whole deal. The pandemic is not over but I’m vaccinated, boosted, and in homes again. VERY excited about that. It’s always a challenge to balance work, raising children, exercise, seeing friends and family, etc. Such is life! When I prioritize being kind to myself and others things run the most smoothly.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know? I started Shared Planet Home Organizing because I saw the need for a home organizing service that focuses on buying less. I can organize most any space but it won’t stay organized unless clients begin paying close attention to buying habits and what items come IN to the home. I focus on decluttering and donating items, of course, but it is secondary to changing habits and creating awareness of what comes in to the home.

Something else that sets me apart from other home organizers I’ve worked with: I move quickly. This approach isn’t for everyone but if a client wants the most “bang for the buck” give me a call!

How do you define success? Great question! Success is working collaboratively with clients to reach home organizing goals and having fun doing it!

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