Hi. My name isNikki. I have enjoyed organizing and "straightening" things up since I can remember. In fact, growing up my mom called me the "clean-up fairy" because after she went to bed for the evening, I would clean up the kitchen, fluff the pillows on the couch, and put everything back in its place. It delighted me to see the look on her face when she came downstairs the next morning to see what I'd done...I loved that I could provide that relief for her...one less thing she had to worry about the next day!
I was also tagged "Miss Organization" in my high school yearbook and have been willingly making my own bed (and my brother's occasionally growing up, too!) every day since I could basically walk.
So, how did the clean-up fairy decide to start Simplify Your Space?
Well, I was a commercial lender with Wells Fargo for six years before our amazing son was born in 2007. I enjoyed my career and my awesome co-workers and boss very much...so much so that I decided to go back to work after my maternity leave. Thanks to the love, support and encouragement from my wonderful husband, I decided to be a full-time stay-at-home mama after three tearful weeks back at the office. We then celebrated the birth of our precious daughter on her big brother's second birthday in 2009.
In the fall of 2010, my husband and I decided to put our house on the market. Now, I'm a neat and tidy person but I'm also human. In no way was our home (where two kids under the age of 4 live) ready for complete strangers to come in and inspect every nook and cranny. Closets were jammed pack with "stuff," the pantry was over-flowing, and the kids' playroom was in dire need of excavating. So I did what I do best; I made a list. Gosh, how I love lists....feels so good to check things off of them. I was on a mission to de-clutter.
After seeing the transformation of our master closet, I realized that life with less "stuff" was freeing and motivating. It inspired me to transform the rest of my house. I felt like a huge weight had been lifted. I recognized how much disorder demotivates...how unkempt spaces prevent productivity. Simplifying your living space acts as an energizer! When living and working in an area that has natural order to it, accomplishing tasks is easier and more pleasant. I honestly felt like I had a better hold on my life knowing that everything had its place. Right then and there, I decided that I wanted to use my love for organizing and simplifying to help other people feel this way, too.