Interview with dual certified Professional Organizer Elizabeth Gross

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Elizabeth Gross

I’ve had the pleasure of working as Elizabeth Gross’ Website Caregiver since 2016, and particularly enjoyed redesigning her Organizing For Everyday website in 2019.

Elizabeth has been serving clients in Albuquerque, New Mexico and surrounding communities for almost 20 years, so she has a wealth of experience to share, and I was delighted to interview her for Your Organizing Business.

Elizabeth, how did you come up with your business name?

My company name, Organizing for Everyday, represents my goal – to help my clients make every day easier, simpler, and more efficient, so they have more time to do what they love in an environment that inspires them.

What is your specialty?

I specialize in working with Chronically Disorganized clients. I especially enjoy working with seniors.

How do you approach a new organizing project?

Clutter is not about the stuff; it is about the person. It is a reflection of what has been/is going on in their lives. With every client I listen carefully to hear how they describe their clutter. I ask a lot of questions to get to the issue that caused the clutter problem. I look at a home and try to find something that is organized and then work with the skills that the client has already demonstrated in that space and expand that to other areas.

How has your business changed since you first started out?

When I first started organizing, as with most of us starting a business, I would work with anyone. I charged by the session and hoped and prayed that clients would want more sessions. Now, I work almost exclusively with chronically disorganized clients. I changed my pricing structure to encourage clients to commit to the many sessions, over a long period of time, that digging out from years of clutter would take. I develop long term relationships with my clients and over time can celebrate huge successes with them.

What would you do differently if you were starting your business today?

Instead of spending lots of time and money on every marketing scheme that I saw, I would spend my time and money on education. I would learn as much as I could so I could be the expert to my clients. I love the education I have gotten from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization because I have learned what causes the clutter so that I can work with my clients to teach them how to stay organized.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve discovered about running an organizing business?

I have discovered how much I enjoy the relationships I have with my clients. Clearing clutter has led to amazing changes in their lives. When someone who was afraid to let anyone in their apartment can finally get their dishwasher replaced without fear of eviction, that is something to celebrate.

What professional associations or other organizations do you belong to?

I’m a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), Faithful Organizers, and the Fellowship of Companies for Christ.

What is the biggest challenge you currently face in your business?

My biggest challenge is either being too busy or not busy enough. I have learned to trust that God will provide. And He always does.

At what moment did you consider yourself successful?

I felt successful when I could refer a client to a colleague because I knew they weren’t someone I wanted to work with.

What’s your favorite organizing product?

The FreedomFiler is a fabulous product. It can corral all the paper in a home and make it easily accessible. As a FreedomFiler® System Certified™ consultant, I use it with several of my clients. I also use it at home, for family paper and my business papers.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I spend time with my family. I have a wonderful husband of 44 years, two lovely daughters and a terrific son-in-law. And the very best grand doggy ever! I attend two different Bible studies. I love to read murder mystery series – always in order! I quilt when I can find the time. I don’t have the time or the patience to hand quilt, so I use my sewing machine. I really enjoy traveling with my husband. In the last few years, we have been to Australia, New Zealand and our best trip – Antarctica. Our next trip is a river cruise in Europe.

What else should we know about you?

I tell people that the story of my life is punctuated with “and then we moved.” I was an Air Force brat and an Air Force spouse. I’ve lived in everything from a mobile home to a 4-story historic home. Moving so many times has made me very resourceful and flexible. I can adapt to all kinds of things and make anywhere a home.

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  1. Hazel Thornton Hazel Thornton on September 7, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    My dear friend and colleague Elizabeth is also a founding member of Professional Organizers of New Mexico! (So many groups, so hard to remember them all!)

  2. Linda Samuels Linda Samuels on September 12, 2022 at 10:41 am

    What a wonderful interview with Elizabeth! I’m currently serving with her on ICD’s Nominating Committee and it’s been a joy to get to know Elizabeth through our shared ICD experiences. Her priority for education is a gift for herself and the clients she serves.I love her story and perspective about her business growth. It’s also fun reading about her non-organizing pursuits including all of the wonderful trips she’s taken.

    As someone who hasn’t moved very much, I have such great admiration for those that have, like Elizabeth. It creates a certain amount of flexibility, which is something I am constantly working on.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on September 12, 2022 at 11:56 am

      I know what you mean – I don’t know ANYONE else who has been to Antarctica! I’ve moved quite a few times as both a child and an adult, but haven’t done much travelling, so it’s exciting to hear about Elizabeth’s adventures.

  3. Avatar Sabrina Quairoli on September 12, 2022 at 11:44 am

    It is so wonderful listening to others and their process of developing their business. Thank you for sharing.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on September 12, 2022 at 11:56 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading Elizabeth’s story. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Avatar Julie Bestry on September 12, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with Elizabeth’s philosophy; for 20 years, I’ve been saying, “Tidying is about the stuff; professional organizing is about the person who owns the stuff.” Thank you for sharing this with us. I am delighted to get to better know Elizabeth (whose face I recognize, but whom I’m not sure I matched to her name) and the history and approach of her organizing practice.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on September 12, 2022 at 4:35 pm

      That’s brilliant, Julie! I’ve never heard it put exactly that way.

  5. Avatar Seana Turner on September 15, 2022 at 6:27 am

    How fun to learn about Elizabeth! She doesn’t look old enough to have been married for 44 years. I guess organizing keeps you young:)

    I have to agree that the relationships with clients has been a pleasant surprise for me. Seeing lives improved and changed is very rewarding, and gives me energy to keep pushing on to see “who is next?” We are lucky to work in this profession.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on September 15, 2022 at 8:42 am

      Perhaps she was a child bride. 😀

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