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Inspiring Conversations with Julie Hegeman of A Cleaner Space

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Hegeman.

Hi Julie, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I realized my passion late. While I’ve been decluttering and organizing for friends and family for 40 years, I didn’t think to do it as a job, most likely because I didn’t know that job existed! Eight years ago, I took the leap into entrepreneurship and I’m so happy I did! I absolutely love what I do and can’t imagine doing anything else. I never tire of seeing my client’s reactions to their transformed spaces. It’s a privilege and honor to be doing this work. Being a professional organizer fills my soul and I’m super grateful!

Alright, 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?
Being an entrepreneur didn’t come naturally to me. Combine that with the fact that most people I met had never heard of a professional organizer, let alone knew what one did. (This was pre-Marie Kondo days.) Luckily I had/have an amazing mentor who encouraged me to stick with it through the slow days. I’m so glad I did!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a professional organizer, I help clients reach their organizational goals. There are some similarities in the process and the final result is always a cleaner, more organized space, but each client is unique and so is what they want to achieve. One person’s definition of order and aesthetics may be very different from another’s. I customize each job, getting to know my client’s preferences, how they function in a space, design maintainable organizational flow and then tweaking that (if they want) to an HGTV-worthy space. Everyone has a “budget-“ it could be money, but often it’s about time or energy. I charge by the hour with no minimums- no pressure or judging either! Sometimes this is difficult work; I want my clients to feel as comfortable as possible.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I didn’t take enough risks when I started & that’s a regret. Instead of putting my humble earnings into the bank, I should have invested in my business: better advertising, hiring a business coach, networking more, etc. But that’s all in the past. Sometimes I get calls from people thinking about going into this business & I share everything I know, including all the things I did wrong, and encourage them to learn from my mistakes.

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Image Credits
Photos are mine with the exception of the one with two children (and me) in the playroom with couch. Credit: Lisa Munde First photo of me by myself with bucket of toys- credit: Monica Bell

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