Putting everything in its place can have its rewards. Just ask professional organizer Stephanie Denton, 33, of Denton & Co., who makes a good living creating order from chaos. Working out of her Cincinnati home, Denton is well-known in organizing circles.
After working in marketing and business administration, Denton got her start in 1994 when a client asked for her expertise. Positive word-of-mouth and a few local newspaper articles followed, and, says Denton, "It simply grew from there."
It took more than a knack for shelving and stacking to get going-running a professional organizing practice is really about serving clients. Says Denton, "Realize that it's not just about being organized for yourself; it's about being able to do that for clients." Denton credits her success to her ability to listen and discern the different needs of her clients as well as her participation in the National Association of Professional Organizers (of which she is vice president).
And who she can't reach via personal consultations, she reaches through other avenues: her nationally syndicated newspaper column and articles for Family Circle magazine. Considering her business has grown about 50 percent in the past year, her system seems to be working.