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Meet Tracy Paye

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tracy Paye.

Tracy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My first experience organizing someone was 12 years old when after becoming overwhelmed in my friend’s very cluttered bedroom, she agreed to let me organize it. Unfortunately, she didn’t quite find it as fun as I did and soon stopped inviting me over. Little did I know that experience would spark a lifelong passion for organizing, leading into starting a business that would allow me to do what I love to do, help others and get paid to do it.

Flash forward to 2002, I just had a baby, was a stay home mom and recently moved from my home town of San Diego to Kentucky. It was a lot of major life changes all at once. In particular, I found staying home all day instead of going off to work every day took some getting used to.

Sitting at home one day, I was watching Mission Organization on HGTV for the first time. I was shocked to learn professional organizing was a thing. I thought, “Eureka, I finally found my calling!” With zero business experience or money to get started, I was inspired to give entrepreneurship a shot.

Just when I was excited and ready to embark on this new journey, life decided to throw me a curve ball and I found myself as a single mother. I knew life as a single mom would be hard and make building my business even harder. But, I also knew to start my business was not just a desire, it was a necessity. The way I saw it, if I wanted control over my time and avoid having my kid sit in daycare all day I had to do it!

Following my gut and one of my favorite mantras, “Feel the fear and do it anyway”, my daughter and I moved back to San Diego in 2003. A month later Miss Organized Professional Organizing services was started.

For six years, I went from one full time job to another, too afraid to let go of a guaranteed income while building my business on a very part time basis. Till a moment of clarity in 2009, while having a heated conversation with my indifferent boss changed the course of my life. All I could think of was Einstein’s quote, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

I realized at that moment, if I ever wanted control over my financial future, time and most importantly my sanity, I had to leap without a net and 100% commit myself to my business. I quit that day and have been totally self-employed since.

Over the years, I became one of the first Certified Professional Organizers in California, a Feng Shui practitioner, productivity trainer, ADHD coach and author of the book, “If Clutter Could Talk. The Stories It Would Tell.”

I’ve had the opportunity to speak to audiences at trade shows, conventions and schools. I’ve hosted my own radio show, appeared as a guest expert on news stations across the country and the nationally televised talk show, Face the Truth. One of my favorite endeavors was getting to teach a semester of organizing to the students of The Winston School in Del Mar. I’ve even had the opportunity to have my now teen daughter work with me on some organizing projects. She now understands why I often come home tired and dirty.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. Financially, it’s been very challenging building my business with limited funds to hire people to help me. From bookkeeping to marketing, I’ve had to learn how to do a lot on my own. Thankfully, I have found several key people along the way who were willing to help by trading services or offering deep discounts.

Being careful not to burn myself out while having to wear all of the hats in my business has been one of my biggest struggles. Experience has taught me, burnout leads to less business. To maintain a healthy work/life balance, I’ve spent countless hours creating systems to manage my business as efficiently as possible and practice extreme self-care to keep my mind, body and spirit energized.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I provide hands-on organizing and de-cluttering services covering all areas in the house including the garage and home offices as well as off-site storage units and on-site workplaces. I specialize in setting up systems that stick and teaching my clients how to not only become more effective decision-makers during and after the process but maintain the organizing long after we’re done.

My productivity coaching services help people more efficiently manage their papers, projects, emails, tasks and time. As a feng shui practitioner, I especially love helping my clients boost the energy in their homes and lives with many of them seeing amazing results often immediately.

What I’m best known for is my extensive knowledge of the root causes of clutter and how I use this knowledge to help my clients create powerful transformations leading to massive positive changes in their lives.

What sets me apart from other organizers is my sense of humor. I try to bring fun and a sense of lightheartedness to each project as I know it will help my clients get through the process with less dread and better results.

What I’m most proud of is how long I’ve been in business. There were so many times I wanted to throw in the towel and give up. But 16 years later Miss Organized is still alive and kicking. It makes me feel pretty good knowing I’ve managed to stick it out and fight the good fight.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like best about San Diego is the endless amount of options for things to do. From mountain biking in Julian to sunbathing at the beach, it’s never boring here. What I definitely don’t like is the traffic. I spend a lot of time on the road driving to and from clients. Sitting in traffic for one to two hours a day is not my idea of a good time.

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