Steal This Job

Neat-O: Professional Organizer

Steal This Job
Jill Weaver (above) helps the messiest people get their lives in order. (Claire Duggan)
By Danny Freedman
Friday, February 18, 2005; 4:05 PM


JOB: Owner of Personalized Solutions in Alexandria, Va.

SALARY RANGE: $60 to $100 per hour

EDUCATION: Bachelor's in marketing from Miami University in Ohio.

WHAT SHE DOES: Clients often call Weaver after a major life event, such as a birth, death or marriage. In some cases, clashing organizational styles (i.e., one person's messy) are straining a relationship. Besides the usual -- closets, kitchens, offices -- Weaver organizes collections (among the strangest: car vases) and even tackles underwear drawers. Diplomacy is needed when convincing clients to part with their beloved junk. Clutter can be booby-trapped with psychological ties, from "mom's gravy boat" to clothing "three sizes ago."

WOULD YOU WANT HER JOB?: Do you have an entrepreneurial streak? Most pro organizers are small businesses unto themselves. Weaver spends about half her time marketing and balancing the books.

HOW YOU CAN GET HER JOB: The National Association of Professional Organizers offers distance learning classes. The local chapter,, has opportunities for newbies to mingle with veteran organizers.

This article orignally appeared in Express on October 18, 2004.

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