Getting Organized with Debbie Lillard

Getting Organized with Debbie Lillard 1The National Association of Professional Organizers has deemed January "Get Organized Month." It seems appropriate since I tend to go on a huge clean, purge, and straighten "kick" after New Years.

If you're like me and you're setting some goals in this area, you'll probably enjoy "meeting" Debbie Lillard, a professional organizer serving the Philadelphia area and author of Absolutely Organized: A Mom's Guide to a No-Stress Schedule and Clutter-Free Home.

Q. How many kids do you have of your own and what are their ages?
A. Three – my daughter is 11, and I have two sons, ages 8 and 5.

Q. How long have your been a professional organizer and what attracted you to the field?
A. I started in 2003. I had done several other part time jobs after my daughter was born. I worked for my husband. I sold Mary Kay. But I liked the idea of having my own business and being able to set my own hours. I thought, “What can I do from 10-2?” Then, I saw Julie Morgenstern on Oprah.

Q. What did you do to get your business off the ground?
A. I found someone who was doing it full time. I went on the NAPO website. I made up
business cards. I spread the word to moms club. I offered a discounted rate for my first 10 customers....

Q. If a mom wants to hire a professional organizer, what can she expect to pay for the organizer’s time and expertise?
A. The average is $50-65 an hour, but it varies.

A professional organizer can help bring order to your garage, your pantry, your closets, your kids rooms, your home office, your filing systems, even your time. You can find a professional organizer near you on the NAPO website. You'll also find some home organizing tips and office organizing tips there.

Debbie also has a "Tips of the Month" section on her website and a cool YouTube video where you can watch her help a client transform a kitchen from cluttered to clean.
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WIN IT! One winner will receive a signed copy of Absolutely Organized: A Mom's Guide to a No-Stress Schedule and Clutter-Free Home. To enter, simply leave a comment and your e-mail address prior to Saturday, Jan. 12. The winner will be contacted and announced on Sunday, Jan. 13. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

* UPDATED * The winner is #46 twitchy. Congratulations!

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91 comments on “Getting Organized with Debbie Lillard”

  1. You don't even know how much I need this book! Thanks for the website links. My word for this year is Simplify & this book sure could help :)

  2. I could really benefit from a product like this. I am so busy with product reviews, book reviews, Women's ministry and parenting 7 kids, and I don't know which end is up some days!
    Oh, did I mention that I babysit???? Yep, crazy.

  3. OK, this is the story of Me....I have a mess here and there. I get tired of being cluttered and/or unorganized. I wait to be in the 'mood' to organize. I organize. A few weeks (or sometimes only days) goes by and then I have a mess here and there....and so on and on and on.

    I would really LOVE this book. I need a good kick in the tush (and some great advice) to help keep me on the right path. We're getting ready to move into a new house and I want to start off organized and then STAY that way! :)

    Awesome giveaway!
    ~melody~

  4. I try to not allow so much clutter in our home but I could be doing so much better. With seven children it's hard necessity we NEED to learn!

  5. i'm sitting here bleary-eyed in an apartment exploded with clutter and i see this post.

    if i don't win it, i'm going to have to buy it!

  6. What a life saver, SInce taking on my homemaker responsabilities again becasue I let my home based business go I can really use the help. Happy New Year

  7. Wow, organization is an area that I am totally lacking in! As a full-time working mom of a 2.5 year old, this would be great!

    Thanks for the contest!

  8. With 6 kids I am always looking for inspiring organizational products! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    fructifying at ourblessedarrows dot com

  9. I've had alot of trouble getting back into the routine of things since we got back from our vacation so this would probably help.

  10. I am so out of control with things lately...I really could use a book like this~ to help get more organized! I am tired of the clutter everywhere, too...and I am learning to "let go". Really, if I haven't used it in the last 5 years, am I going to ever use it? LOL

    Thanks for another great giveaway and review!

    sharvey at connections-etc dot net

  11. Thank you both for the information! I definitely need help with organizing and decluttering! I drive my sister and my niece ( her daughter ) crazy because they are throw-awayers. Please enter me in your contest of this wonderful book! Thank you very much.....Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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