Today we’d like to introduce you to Betsy Dmitruk.
Hi Betsy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
One day, after cleaning out our overflowing pantry, I decided to only put back items that we used frequently. I lined the shelves neatly with newly filled containers, labeled each one, and left empty (gasp!) space behind each item. I donated a huge box of miscellaneous odds and ends, threw away old and expired food, labeled a bin of “backstock” supplies to stash in an area that was not in prime kitchen real estate, and stepped back to look at my work.
It. Was. Beautiful. I felt inspired, satisfied, and had a sense of calm.
Everything had a home. Everything was right in front of me.
This seemingly mindless but satisfying spring cleaning left me questioning, why had I let the excess take over? And where else is this excess preventing me from feeling this sense of calm?
I’ve always had a passion for home decorating, and for organizing. But I had never made the connection between these two things. What if the organization could also be decoration?
Cue, the next two months of a complete home overhaul. Cue my habits rubbing off on my husband and kids. (Literally. My toddler began to put things away without being asked because he knew where things belonged. I mean, what!?) Cue my mother asking for help organizing her new house. Cue my Type A personality bubbling up and overflowing with joy. Cue, Simply Done Organizing.
I am a thirty-something mama of Three awesome boys, Matthew (5) and Joey (3), and Ben (3 months). I have an incredibly supportive husband, Jon and we live in Holland, Michigan. I am an educator by heart, and after finishing my 10th year teaching middle school special ed, I decided to take the plunge into entrepreneurship and started this business. I’ve never looked back.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Starting a business from the ground up, while staying home with three small children is no small feat in any circumstance. But starting a business in February 2020 without knowing about the looming pandemic presented new obstacles that I never could have seen coming. Instead of building up my organizing experience in client homes, I spent much of lockdown purchasing products and organizing every space in my own home. My business overhead doubled as an investment in my own home. It made me feel confident as an organizer and also led me to really feel the life-changing effects of getting an entire household organized.
Since I was unable to organize inside client houses at this point, I also spent a lot of time establishing a solid foundation for my business. I built a professional website and storefront, maintained an active and growing social media presence, and set up a brand-new home office. To offset rising supply chain issues that really disrupted my ability to purchase the appropriate organizing supplies, I purchased and grew my own large product inventory in our own basement storage room.
Even though I was frustrated I couldn’t grow my business more quickly, the slow, intentional start has given me invaluable experience and (lots of!) lessons in patience.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Simply Done Organizing is a full-service home and business organizing service. We specialize in creating highly personalized organization systems in homes with beautiful aesthetics. We organize anything from commercial business offices to all rooms of a household. We work diligently with our clients to create maintainable systems that help keep a family organized. We bring our own label and vinyl cutters to every job to give all projects the finishing touch and personalized feel.
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
Our plan is to continue growing and creating manageable organizational systems for families and businesses. We plan to continue hiring and growing as a small business.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.simplydoneorganizing.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simply.done.organizing/
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