Throw your old clothes in a box, the kid’s toys in the garage and your husband’s fishing gear in the tool shed and you’ve organized your home.
Go to the office and grab the stuff on your desk and shove it into the bottom drawer. Office is now organized as well, right?
Not so, says Lou Anne Dunn of Neatly Dunn in Greenville, a professional home and office organizing business. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).
Instead, Neatly Dunn starts by understanding what you are trying to accomplish when you’ve reached the point that you can’t go it alone in your dreams of finally getting your home or office organized. And it all starts with just a phone call.
Her customers, she says, “talk to me about their organizational issues or problems. Sometimes they don’t even know exactly what it is. They know they are frustrated, they can’t find anything and they are feeling chaotic.”
“I ask them to share their vision with me,” and to create a space in their mind. “I want them to envision the new space throughout the process. If they can’t see it, Ill try to help them by sharing my vision,” Lou Anne explains.
It can, at first, be overwhelming. However, once the work begins, she finds that customers get excited and get involved and start to understand how Neatly Dunn’s work will make their environment more comfortable and manageable. Lou Anne makes sure the customer understands the new system so that things don’t go back the way they were before the work began. “This is the absolute key in this business for me. I’m a member of NAPO and their driving goal is to make sure we’re not just organizers, we’re providing transference of organizational skills.”
Lou Anne is proud of the fact that the work of Neatly Dunn is a win/win. First, the client wins by getting organized, thus reducing stress, saving time and money, but the community also benefits from the donations that go to local charities, a service Neatly Dunn provides for free to her clients.
Professional organizing is not just for people who live in large homes or work in larger office settings.
“The smaller your space, the more efficient you have to be with it. You have to properly utilize every square inch if you have less,” she advises. “We work in little houses, big houses and every income range. We work with all levels of disorganization. We even work with clients that have some physical limitation.”
Neatly Dunn is not a cleaning service, she says and for that part of a project, she can recommend a professional service.
She started her business when a friend of the family asked her to help organize their garage. That simple request unlocked her desire to have her own personal and business services company that focuses on helping those who can’t help themselves organize their homes or offices.
She is a Greenville native who pursued a degree in architectural technology at Pitt Community College and worked at Vidant for 10 years in the design and construction office. Even then, having her own organizing business “was something I wanted to do.”
She and her husband moved to Winston Salem where he completed his medical residency. When they returned in 2012 she decided to pursue her dream of owning a business by starting Neatly Dunn.
Neatly Dunn’s clients include home residential and small business offices.
The company can help general reorganization of kitchens, garages, family rooms, clothes, with staging a home for sale, and even help unpack after a move.
For small businesses, Neatly Dunn can organize paperwork, digital photos and files, and office space.
You can reach Lou Anne at 252-341-2437 to talk about Neatly Dunn’s services for your home or office.