This month marks 10 years that Reclaim Professional Organizing has been in business. While it is certainly an interesting time in the world to be celebrating this milestone, I am so proud of the work we have done along the way and wanted to mark the occasion with all of you – our clients and supporters. We truly couldn’t have done this without you! Here’s a little background on how Reclaim came to be who we are today.
In 2009 I was living in Los Angeles and looking to change careers. A friend (who knew my organized tendencies) suggested in passing that I should become a professional organizer. I had never heard of the term, but it sounded intriguing despite the fact that I had never even considered the idea of owning a business. I started researching the idea and stumbled upon NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals). I immediately signed up for their next meeting and began immersing myself in all things organizing (books, websites, etc). I began practicing with friends, loved the work, and got great results. So I took the leap and started my first business. In March 2009 Allison Perkins Organizational Design was founded in L.A. While still working my day job in public relations, I began booking jobs in the evenings and on weekends.
Fast forward a year later when my now husband and I moved to Raleigh. This was the perfect opportunity to attempt organizing as a full-time job. I saved up as much money as possible, knowing that starting a business in a city where I didn’t know anyone would take some time to grow and be profitable.
In July 2010 Reclaim Professional Organizing, LLC was founded. The first two years had their highs and lows, but I stuck with it because I LOVED what I was doing and saw firsthand how the work was changing people’s lives. Along the way I became a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), which requires documentation of 1,500 hours of paid work experience as a professional organizer, an exam, and regular recertification. I am one of only three CPO’s in the Triangle area.
Now, ten years later, Reclaim has grown to a team of six. We have helped organize hundreds of homes and have truly found our niche. We specialize in team based whole house organizing, as well as offer moving and relocation services.
A big thank you to you, our supporters, and cheers to the next ten years and all of the organizing fun we’ll have along the way!