Today we’d like to introduce you to Libby Huffines.
Libby, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always loved organizing. At a young age, whenever I would visit my dad at work, I’d start straightening up all the papers on his desk and asking him, “Do you need this?” and if not, encouraging him to throw it away.
I quickly discovered the rest of my family was also prone to clutter, so I developed a passion for organization early on and gained lots of practice through the years. I like to say God had a sense of humor (or rather a distinct purpose) in giving me the organizational abilities he did and placing me in a family greatly needing help in this area.
I heard about professional organizing as a career when I was in high school and have been pursuing it ever since. During my time in college, I sought out every opportunity to gain experience in the organizing industry from working at The Container Store to organizing for friends, family, and referrals, and even interning under both local and national organizers. Immediately after college, I lived overseas for a year.
After returning to the States, becoming an organizer full-time was still ultimately what I wanted to do, so shortly after that, Libby and Labels was born.
My birthday is right before Christmas, so in December of 2016, I quit the other job I had at the time (sorry, Dad), my parents gave me a membership to NAPO (the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) for my 24th birthday, we celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and Libby and Labels officially launched January 1, 2017.
Has it been a smooth road?
The biggest struggle is getting people to not freak out and still take me seriously once they notice how young I am. Haha. Seriously though, starting (and running) a business is definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s taken a lot of what I refer to as the “3 P’s”: Prayer, Perseverance, and Patience.
Prayer because ultimately, I want my business to honor God and be what he wants it to be, so I have to continually pray and trust the Lord’s guidance for the path my business takes. Perseverance as there can be lots of rejection when starting out and many days when the phone isn’t ringing with potential clients as often as I’d like it to.
Finally, it requires loads of patience when it seems like every other new business out there is an overnight success. Even with all the challenges, at the end of the day, I am able to make a living doing what I love, so for that, I couldn’t be more grateful.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Libby and Labels exists to help create and restore order to the home. We are a professional organizing company serving Dallas and the surrounding areas, and we handle all things organizing, from assisting people with decluttering and refreshing a space to unpacking and organizing after a move. Libby and Labels aims to create beautiful yet practical organizational solutions while providing a personal, customized experience.
I’m most proud of how doing what I do has impacted my family and friends. Ultimately my goal is to inspire and help others experience freedom from clutter, so to see others gain a renewed perspective on their belongings and be set free from the stress and overwhelm of stuff is very rewarding.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the size of our homes and the amount of stuff we own, so needless to say, yes, Dallas is a great place to be an organizer.
- Organizing starts at $60/hour
- Website: www.libbyandlabels.com
- Phone: 469-232-7939
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/libbyandlabels/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LibbyandLabels/
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