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By March 4, 2015 6 Comments

Do you remember any of your resolutions from 2014?

Last January, I promised myself that I would read one book a week in 2014 so that I would learn about being a professional organizer and a small business owner. I made a simple Microsoft Word chart to record the dates and titles. I was always on the lookout for great books and thoroughly enjoyed my learning adventure. (Did I mention that I was a homeschool mom for 13 years?!) I didn’t always finish exactly one book per week, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my total number of books read at the end of December was 58! Not only did I surpass my goal, but I achieved a much greater accomplishment; the research I did gave me the confidence to step into a new season of my life, knowing that I had a secure foundation for my decision. In addition to reading books, I attended NAPO-OHIO meetings to learn from fellow organizers and took several NAPO webinars taught by Certified Professional Organizers.  I adequately equipped myself with the necessary skills to actually start a full-time organizing business! This was beyond my original part-time dream. I am thrilled to say to the world—“I did it!”


It would be my pleasure to work with you and share what I have learned! I welcome the challenge of creatively using space to increase efficiency and decrease frustration. I encourage clients to make decisions that enhance their current season of life. I share organizing methods that are realistic, economical, and easy to maintain. The bottom line is that I help clients discover and enjoy the benefits of an organized life!

And it all starts with a free coffee shop consultation where we sit down together and discuss your areas of concern. Just click here to find out how you can schedule your very own personalized consultation with me.

(Oh and, one more thing: I have already started my Continuing Education chart for 2015!)


What’s a hobby or possible career path that you’d like to learn more about?
What’s holding you back from pursuing it? 


Olive Wagar

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  • Congratulations, Olive. I really admire the way you set a goal for yourself and steadily took action to achieve it.

    Even before I had a “real” business, I was doing web design as a side project. Now that it’s become my #1 service, I’d like to take my technical skills and my business processes to the next level, and I think what’s holding me back is the lack of a plan. Thank you for this gentle yet powerful reminder of the power of goals!

  • Olive Wagar says:

    Thanks, Janet. I am continuing my reading goal in 2015 also. Even if I have days with no organizing appointments, I can use them as education days! I really appreciate all the information you bring together for professional organizers!!

  • Christine says:

    Hi Olive,

    What a great idea to achieve your goals. Big picture thinking with baby steps are ideal.


    • Olive Wagar says:

      Thank you, Christine, for taking the time to visit my blog! I was amazed to discover that near the end of the year I not only had increased my knowledge of the industry, but I had gained an unexpected measure of confidence that empowered me to leave my current part-time job and jump in full-time with my organizing business!! I initially had planned to just have 2 part-time jobs.

  • Great post, Olive! Kudos to you for being so dedicated and driven to reach your goals! And I’m impressed with your book count. I, too, have found a lot of support and encouragement from my local chapter, NAPO-CT. I look forward to our monthly meetings with speakers and networking – both of which have enhanced my business.

    • Olive Wagar says:

      I agree with you, Sarah, that the local NAPO chapters are such a great source of information and encouragement. I learn something new at each meeting! And because of those contacts, I recently had the opportunity to work as a support person on a Hoarders episode!! I would never have had that connection without NAPO-OHIO!!

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