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Meet Pam Miller-Fitzgibbons of Organizer AZ 911

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pam Miller-Fitzgibbons.

Pam, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As far back as I can recall, I’ve always needed to have things neat and organized around me. As a child in school, my binders had all my classes neatly categorized with color-coded tabs and folders. I was so thrilled when I received my first old-fashioned “click” label maker for Christmas. (You know, the kind of label maker with the big round alphabet dial on top and the trigger you had to squeeze really hard to make the letters come out clearly). I would constantly organize and re-organize my bedroom just for fun. When I was around 17 years old, my parents went out of town on a trip for a week, leaving me alone in the house.

Instead of planning to throw a week-long party (like a lot of teens would), I spent the week cleaning out and organizing our basement to surprise my parents when they returned. Every box and bin in the basement was neatly organized and labeled (putting my new label maker to good use). I guess I’ve looked at organizing a big game of Tetris, trying to make all the pieces fit neatly into any given space. Today, I’m that weird person you’ll see straightening out the “impulse items” while waiting in the check out line at the grocery store. My obsessive need to declutter and organize has become my life’s passion and I love helping others declutter and de-stress their lives too. They often tell me that it makes them feel like they can breathe again. It truly makes my day when my clients are happy with the organizing I’ve done with them in their home.

Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been smooth sailing, that’s for sure, but I’m not alone in that. You know, when bad things happen, our first reaction is to think “why me?”. But the reality of the situation is that all of us, at one time or another, have experienced struggles and hard times. It’s how we deal with those difficult times that makes all the difference in the world. We may not be able to stop bad things from happening, but we can choose how we react to them. We have complete control over where we decide to put our attention. We can either focus on self-pity, asking “Why did this happen to me?”, or we can focus on doing something about it.

Life will always throw curve balls at you when you least expect it (and I’ve received my fair share of those!). However, as an Organizer, I try to take life’s “hard knocks” and put my effort into creating systems to help make sure those difficulties can’t happen to me again. I truly believe that it is the hard times in life that foster the most growth in our own character. It’s following that old saying of “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. I just rather keep my eye on moving forward and finding a solution, rather than wallowing about whatever “bad” thing happened.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
As a Professional Organizing Consultant and Owner of Organizer AZ 911, I have had both the honor and privilege of helping people organize their homes, their small businesses and their personal schedules for over a decade.

I offer HOME ORGANIZING: Whether you need just one underwear drawer organized or your entire home organized, I will show you techniques to clear the clutter and to help you build new organized systems that support your lifestyle, your habits, and your daily routines. My goal is to help you find peace and reduce your stress through organization. I can help you with upsizing or downsizing, getting ready to sell your home or organizing your new home. I would love to help you create the organization of your dreams. No matter what your specific organizing needs may be, we will work together to assure you have the organization that best matches your daily life, habits and everyday routines.

I offer BUSINESS ORGANIZING: I will examine the effectiveness of your daily workflow and current time management practices to help you implement organizational strategies and develop systems to improve performance. My goal is to help you increase your productivity, and provide you with strategies for planning, scheduling and prioritizing your tasks to meet deadlines and project goals more efficiently and cost-effectively (i.e. increased PROFIT).

I offer PERSONAL ORGANIZING: I can help you manage your schedule more realistically and efficiently. If you need help prioritizing commitments, organizing daily routines, scheduling errands and appointments, creating “To-Do” lists, setting realistic goals, managing your time, or simply want to regain control over your paperwork, I can help you.

My specialty is in teaching organizational skills and techniques. I offer a wide variety of instructional seminars that include topics like home organizing, home office organizing, closet organizing, kitchen organizing, digital organizing, photo organizing, time management organizing, and helping children to stay organized. I offer special seminars as well, some of which include, “Getting Organized for the Holidays”, “Getting Organized for the New Year”, and “Getting Organized for College”. I also provide over 200 organizing tips on my YouTube channel that people can view for free.

I think what sets me apart from other organizers is that I bring a genuine sense of relatability to my organizing. I’m not afraid to let people know that I have times when my dishes pile up in the sink, my laundry doesn’t get done, and I forget where I’ve put something. It’s called “Life”. We all have these challenges; it’s only human. My end goal is to help my clients set up organized systems to regain control quickly so that they can live the life they want and have the life they deserve.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Phoenix is a wonderfully dynamic place for a business like mine. There are so many incredible communities, filled with friendly and welcoming residents that surround Phoenix, too.

When I first “re-started” my business in Phoenix, one difficulty I faced was getting the word out regarding who I was and what my business was all about. Traditional advertising is very expensive for small business start-ups, and I noticed that many communities have “restrictive rules” regarding what materials can and cannot be handed out in public places. Small businesses like mine really have to rely on word of mouth because of these restrictions.

In the beginning, I offered my organizing services for free in order to build my reputation and demonstrate my skills as a Professional Organizing Consultant. While still successful, this approach took considerably more time and effort than simply purchasing the “more expensive” and “community accepted” advertising.

More economical and acceptable avenues to advertise would go a long way in helping small businesses grow and thrive in their communities.

Pricing:

  • “Ask the Organizer” Private Coaching Session (90 minutes): $150.00
  • “Public Speaking Organizing Seminars” for groups and organizations: $250/hr.
  • “Virtual” (Online, Skype, Facetime, etc.) Organizing: $45/hr.

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Image Credit:
Emily Miller-Fitzgibbons (@Millart4You)

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