While in college, Cinda Pfeil worked as a nanny. “I was known as the ‘tidy nanny,’” she said, as she constantly cleaned up after her charges. One of her employers, Jane, hired her to organize other spaces in the home, and was so pleased she referred Pfeil to family and friends. “My clientele grew on its own,” Pfeil said. Upon graduation, she took a job as a visual designer for Neiman Marcus. But after her stint at an interior design firm, Pfeil felt ready to branch out on her own. She launched Style-Infused Living, a boutique interior design house that offers space planing and organization, as well as design and decorating services. “Making pretty things look even prettier, now that's exciting,” she said. “But keeping it real--when I see my client's reaction after a big organization project is revealed, that's priceless.”
Tip: “A big part of organizing is moving out old stuff. Learn to have compassion and patience with each client. Every person is different when it comes to their "stuff". You will be there to help advise them on what to hold onto, what to donate, what to consign and so on. Make a list of your local donation, consignment and salvage centers, as you'll be visiting them often.”
Jennifer Jeanne Patterson is a freelance writer and author of 52 Fights. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three children. Find her blog at Unplanned Cooking.
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