I am based in Melbourne, Australia and was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the 2015 NAPO conference (National Association of Professional Organisers) in Arizona. It was my first experience at NAPO and as part of it I signed up to have a buddy to show me the ropes. I was fortunate to not only have an experienced organizer and buddy in Rhonda Elliott and was paired up with Autumn Leopold too. Autumn and I made contact prior as I needed a roommate and I suggested we share a room. We had an amazing time getting to know each other and have built a lifelong friendship.
How would your best friend describe you?
A born organizer and someone who is very loyal, caring and there when needed!
What are your future plans for your business?
I’d like to continue to grow the student organising side of my business as I really believe in the positives of ensuring students learn organisation and time management skills early to not only assist with the their studies but for life. My motto for Organising Students is ‘skills and strategies for study and life’.
What are your future plans for writing?
I enjoy writing articles for publications and blogs and one of these days I plan to find time to write a book!
What is AAPO was your favorite thing about having been AAPO Vice President?
AAPO stands for the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers and I have been a member now for over 5 years. I joined the Executive Committee as Vice President in 2013 and stayed on again for 2014 and then continued in a volunteer capacity to project manage the launch of AAPO’s new website in February 2016. I really enjoyed the international side of my role too where I built relationships with other organising associations throughout the world.
I have loved being involved with AAPO and have meet many amazing organisers in Australia and overseas.
What’s your favorite way to motivate others?
Firstly by setting an example and often doing something myself!
I usually find that it’s great to understand what one’s goals are and usually discussing this can be a motivation in itself. By looking at the end goals it gives something for people to persevere towards – sometimes it might be straight forward and other times the journey may follow that of a windy road! There is no right and wrong approach and I like to assist with the journey wherever I can!
What is your philosophy toward your work?
For me it is very much about making a difference to my clients lives whether that be individuals, families or students. I actually get nearly as much out of the experience as my clients do when they make changes to their lives!
What was the last gift you gave someone?
I recently gave one of my girlfriend’s a lovely red woolen scarf for her birthday. I usually try and think of practical and useful gifts so as not to add clutter to someone’s life.
What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you recently?
I actually am struggling to think of something recently but can recall opening a bottle of Champagne one Christmas Eve and did not hold down the wire/cork when I tore off the foil wrapping only for it to pop and explode all over me! Everyone had a bit of a laugh, including me, and we continued on and had a great evening!
If you were 80 years old what would you tell your children?
Enjoy life – make the most of every minute and ensure you are the best person you can be and to be happy, healthy and do what you love – follow your passion and dreams!
If you have any questions for Amanda about organizing in Australia feel free to ask here!