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Inspiring Conversations with Teri Ernst of Minimyz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Teri Ernst. 

Hi Teri, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve always been a natural-born organizer and I love helping others create calm, organized spaces. If you walked into my closet right now you would see my clothes hanging neatly by category and then by color from light to dark. My sock drawer is organized the same way using a honeycomb divider to keep things in place.

My first experience with downsizing was over 14 years ago after my grandmother passed away and then again when my mom moved from her big house on the lake to a townhome. I learned firsthand how difficult it can be to let go of special items that may be of little monetary value but hold treasured memories. I also learned ways to cherish those memories without having to hold on to all the stuff. 

My background is in education, real estate, and yoga. I feel like my whole life has been preparing me to help others organize and create calm in their homes and in their lives. And I have to admit that my meditation techniques and deep, belly yoga breathing exercises have come in handy for clients when they need a helping hand. 

I started my first organizing company in 2018 with my friend and business partner in Iowa. When my husband and I decided to move to Arizona to be closer to our first grandchild and escape midwestern winters, I turned the company over to my friend and looked forward to discovering a new path in our new home. 

It didn’t take me long to realize that my true passion and purpose is helping clients organize their lives and create calm in their surroundings. I created my new company, Minimyz, so that I can continue to provide caring and compassionate organizing, downsizing, and senior move services with my new community using a mindful, meditative approach. 

I am insured and a proud member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) and the NAPO Arizona chapter. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a new company from scratch in a brand-new community in your late 50’s has its challenges. Organizing and downsizing someone’s space can be very intimate and clients need to feel very comfortable working with a professional. Most of my business comes from referrals who hear about me from a friend or relative that has enjoyed working with me. So, it took a little time to make those first connections before the appointments started filling up. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Minimyz?
I provide caring and compassionate organizing, downsizing, and senior move services. Each client is unique and our services are customized to fit their particular needs. 

We specialize in senior move services. I love helping seniors who have lived in their home for 35+ years and are ready to move to a smaller home that requires less upkeep. We work together to design their new space and decide which items to take to the new space and which items to let go. We can pack and unpack all their belongings in their new space to take the stress out of a move. 

Helping seniors age in place is also a big part of what we do. I help seniors who decide to stay in their own home make their home safer as they age. Moving the master bedroom to the first floor, removing excess rugs and furniture, and adding safety rails are minor things we can do to make their current homework for them for years to come. 

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
I encourage others to join professional organizations for their unique specialties. I have received so much support from NAPO (National Association of Productivity Professionals) through classes and online forums and from our Arizona chapter that offers networking and mentoring opportunities. 

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