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Meet Trailblazer Jenny Dietsch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenny Dietsch.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Truth be told, I have not always been organized. I was a mess when I was growing up. I was always late, could never find what I needed, and was generally unprepared for things. Things began to change in college when I started implementing organizational systems that worked for me. I quickly realized that by using these techniques, like being diligent with my calendar system and not doing everything at the last minute, I could make it to class, keep up with the work, and get good grades. Finding some semblance of balance and structure made me feel like I sort of had it together for the first time. It may seem counter-intuitive, but structure gave me freedom.

Those tools and skills I used in college have been guiding me ever since. Academically, my background is in English and teaching. I majored in English at Loyola Marymount University, received a teaching credential from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and have a Master’s in Education from Adams State University. My professional background is diverse. I have been a teacher in England, Colorado, and California; I worked as a product line manager at a technology company in Silicon Valley; and I also was a business development associate at a major international law firm. Today, I am approaching my five year anniversary as a proud business owner. Personally, I am the mother of three beautiful children who keep me on my toes! I owe all of my successes to basic, maintainable organizational systems.

I started Getting it Done Organizing because I recognized that in today’s busy world, people want and need help setting up user-friendly effective systems in their homes. I love that I can share skills that have helped me with my clients. It is so rewarding to see the peace that my work provides and to see clients using these systems, even years later, because I was able to teach them how to stay organized.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I would say it definitely has been a learning process. I love the organizing part of the business. Each new job, each new space, each new client is like a puzzle. I listen to the client and figure out how to create systems that will work for them within the given space. I get excited every time we complete a project and I see how happy the client is. From that standpoint, it has been a smooth road, but organizing and running a business are two different things. I am continually learning about bookkeeping, marketing, business development, contracts, insurance, managing people, the list goes on. I continue to enjoy this learning process, but it comes via much time and trial and error. Luckily, I have great advisors and friends who guide me in these other areas, and they are teaching me how to run a successful business. It has been and still is educational and I love it! The best part of it all is that every day is a new adventure!

My advice for other young women thinking about starting a business is to go for it! It is perfectly acceptable – and normal—to not have it all figured out up front. Start small. Celebrate the small victories as it all starts to come together. Learn from your mistakes. Surround yourself with those who have your best interest at heart and support you.

Please tell us about Getting it Done Organizing – what should we know?
We are a professional organizing company that mainly focuses on residential spaces. We can organize any space in your home with style and functionality. Our services are particularly helpful before and after a move. We help clients purge what they do not need, want, or love during the packing process saving them time, money, and stress when unpacking. We are experts at analyzing your new space and placing your things where they make the most sense for how you live your life. With our help, clients can get back to the business of living their lives much faster!

“Getting it Done Organizing” is more than just baskets and labels. We are a full-service company that gets it done—all of it. We can implement an organizational structure, but we also teach you how to maintain this system and how to incorporate it into your life. Also, if you need furniture or infrastructure to maintain an organization system, we can make that happen for you. For example, sometimes a room may need a bookshelf or more shelving. We will find the perfect bookshelf that works with your décor, buy it, assemble it, and attach it to the wall for safety. Our contractor can do any handiwork that is needed. It is our job to solve the problem, not just make suggestions. We are hired to get it done, so we get it done!

We also believe that your house should be beautiful AND functional. What you see on Pinterest and Instagram is not “real” life. We want to help you set up your home so that everything is beautiful, but more importantly, is functional and efficient. We want your home to allow for “real” people and “real” families to live there. We believe that a beautiful home starts with organization.

Which women have inspired you in your life? 
Gretchen Rubin, NY Times best-selling author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, The Four Tendencies, and Outer Order, Inner Calm has had a huge impact on my life. I remember reading The Happiness Project years ago, and I immediately started implementing her ideas into my life! My favorite part of the book is the chapter on cleaning out your closet! In all of her books, she shares her research about human nature and offers simple, easy to read and follow suggestions to create a better life and a better you.

I think organization, in general, is a vehicle to find happiness and improve your life. Isn’t it great when you have to go to soccer practice and the cleats and shin guards are exactly where they are supposed to be and there is no last-minute drama getting out the door? I think what I learned from Gretchen’s books influenced me to start working as an organizer. I realized that I was not the only person who loves organizing and that I also wanted to help people have a better life and be happy!

I have had the privilege of seeing Gretchen Rubin speak twice: once when The Four Tendencies came out (I am a rebel. What are you? Take the test here: The 4 Tendencies Personality Quiz and once at the National Association of Productivity and Organization’s (NAPO) conference after Outer Order, Inner Calm was released. She is a beautiful, poised, intelligent woman who has worked hard and shared her gifts with the world. I love that I can also share my gifts with my clients and help create systems to simplify life so families can spend more time enjoying life.

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