Interview with Kim Tremblay, Professional Organizer and Virtual Coach
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My latest interview features Kim Tremblay of Space For You, a Productivity & Organizing Blog Carnival Superstar Blogger and long-time member of Blogging Organizers. Kim and I have met in person, and you can see a photo of us at a Blogging Organizers Meet-up in my post, Did you miss POC Conference 2015?
Hi, Kim! Thanks for dropping by. What is your specialty?
I specialize in clutter, chronic disorganization, hoarding, trauma and mental health.
Would you like to tell my readers why you decided to start an organizing business?
I was looking into a side business or project and seriously thinking about Life Coaching at the time, which really fit with the work I was doing in mental health. I was a Case Manager working individually with vulnerable women who were dealing with homelessness or housing instability, substance use and extreme poverty, and chronic mental and physical health issues.
I was working with a client who was in crisis due to her landlord needing to come into her apartment. I looked into her rights and gained her trust. Eventually she let me into her apartment, and I helped her to get through this crisis.
I was fascinated and started reading everything I could on this subject. I got the idea of offering a Support Group in 2008 and started up a group which still continues today. I became the “go to” person in the agency I was working in for anyone who had these issues.
How did you come up with your business name?
Space For You just came to me right away and I haven’t looked back. My thoughts about it had to do with women who often have a tiny space with all of their treasured possessions around them.
How do you approach a new organizing project?
I listen to the person to find out what their challenges are, their goals for their space and their life. They are my focus and I help them in whatever area and way that will help them the most. They are my priority.
How did your training and experience prepare you to become an organizer?
I have done training with both ICD and POC and have a number of certificates.
I was so fortunate to gain hands-on experience with the clients I worked with in Mental Health.
While I was still employed, I started working one-on-one with people who had clutter issues in their homes, on weekends and my days off.
I have continued to do this work since then and was able to focus on it more after retiring in December of 2018.
I am currently working with people offering Virtual Professional Organizing and Coaching.
What other services or products do you offer?
I offer one-to-one coaching packages and a few freebies. I’m also working on a free challenge.
What kind of freebies do you offer?
- How To Help Others To Declutter – an e-book starting with littles and working up to adults
- How to Get Motivated to Declutter Your Home – a free ebook to help you to go from feeling overwhelmed to feeling motivated and inspired to transform your home.
- Clutter, Acquiring and Letting Go – Three Keys to Success – This mini-course will help you to assess where you are currently on your decluttering journey and gain clarity about how you can move forward.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve discovered about running an organizing business?
How quickly this area of business has grown since I started.
What is the biggest challenge you currently face in your business?
I would like more clients and more sign-ups for my email list. It feels busy out there on the internet.
What’s your favorite organizing product? Why?
I like products that help you to organize drawers: junk drawers, sock drawers, etc. We often can use things we find around the house.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Yoga, walking, aqua fit, reading and hanging out with my partner.
What else should we know about you?
I worked in mental health for many years. I also have a big focus on the emotional side of organizing and enjoy helping my clients to uncover what is underneath the clutter and possibly holding them back.
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