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Meet Bridges Conner of Get Organized with Bridges + CO

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bridges Conner.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Bridges. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
February is currently my 8-year anniversary for Get Organized with Bridges + CO. I jumped in with both feet, passionate to organize the Valley. Like most people with this hidden (often thought of as unusual) talent, I did not know that it is a real profession. I discovered NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) and was quickly involved and became President within a few short years. I am a strong believer in supporting the industry that supports you. As a result, I am also plugged into NAPO on a National level so that my reach can be much larger than just Arizona.

A few years ago, I re-branded my business to include my team approach to organizing. Because of my passion for the organizing business, I am also passionate about supporting women who have a knack for organizing. They may not be able to get a business up and running but if, I can help them do what they love to do; I consider that a win win situation. As a result, I have about 10 gals (along with a virtual assistant) that I can send out on jobs to help spread the joy of an organized life.

Over the years, my jobs continued to get bigger and bigger. What I see on a daily basis in my consultations are people who are stuck with their clutter, want to downsize or “rightsize”, have lost a spouse and live out of town or just simply need a hand with a project that is restraining them from moving forward in their life. With this, I am able to help out more people on a regular basis. The relief when the weight of the world is lifted off of their shoulders because my clients feel absolutely stuck is immense and everyone is so appreciative of the help!!!

Has it been a smooth road?
I think there are always obstacles and challenges as one grows a business. I went through a divorce about year 3 of my business and it was very challenging to be a single mom with 2 teenage boys. On top of that, I had some medical challenges that I had to deal with for several years before I was able to get back on my feet.

My only goals were my boys and my business for several years after my divorce. One of the first things that I did after my divorce was to hire a business coach which, at the time, I thought was way to expensive for me. I worked with her for 2 years and it was the best investment I could have made. She was able to help me leverage my business and create the business model that I have today. She was able to help me get out of the weeds and become the CEO of my business that I needed to be to create the changes that needed to happen.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Get Organized with Bridges + CO story. Tell us more about the business.
Get Organized with Bridges + CO (GOWB) is a full service professional organizing company. This includes helping people purge, move and get unpacked and organized on the other end. We can help seniors move from their homes into assisted living (their kids probably live out of state and can’t assist as much as they would like to). We can be a project manager for a client that is a busy and needs to have work done in their home. We can be a body double to help our client with an overwhelming task. We provide monthly maintenance for busy professionals that we have organized in the past and they need a little help maintaining the organization. Basically, GOWB has the ability to bring a team to a job or create a comfortable one-on-one working environment for our clients.

Doing this for 8 years now, I pride myself on having the resources to help just about anyone out with any situation they might bring to the table. I have an amazing virtual assistant that helps with the scheduling of my clients and is an organizer also. I truly believe in a team approach to help my clients get “unstuck” and have the ability to move forward in their lives.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) National has been doing a great job highlighting our industry to people who may not be aware of this little niche. Every January is GO (Get Organized) month and every chapter of NAPO, does a project bringing awareness to our local industry. In 2017, the NAPO-AZ Board had an amazing article written up in the Arizona Republic (and quoting several seasoned professionals, including myself) about some of the challenges people have and some of the solutions this industry brings to the table.

I have found over the years, that my jobs get bigger and bigger as this industry becomes more mainstream, clients realize the dysfunction of being stuck with their stuff. The trend I see are people wanting to streamline, get out of these homes that require so much work and move into communities that are ideally located to shopping and activities and require no maintenance. They might have lived in their homes for 30+ years and they need to “right-size” to be able to make the move. This requires a huge amount of purging and a lot of people get paralyzed at that thought. This is where GOWB can come in to provide solutions, the woman-power and an action plan to make that happen.

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