Whether you’re an international worker, soccer mom, baseball dad, stay at home mom or work outside the home, we all have a mission field. A place where we invest in the lives of others sharing the love of Jesus with a smile, encouraging words or a lesson learned in life and always ready to give the answer for the hope we have.
Michele Keil has found her mission field right in the middle of her client’s personal space; their closet! Meet The Closet Nanny.
Michele has always organized. She told me a story of when she was a little girl and her mom would take her grocery shopping. She said, “I would get stuck in an aisle and I would start straightening up the spices and the cereals and the cans to make sure everything was in its place.”
It’s my love language
Michele, whose company is located in the upper Sacramento Metropolitan area of NORCAL, has been organizing and purging the closets of her friends over the last eight years. Michele told me, “It’s my love language.” About a month ago, as Michele was organizing a friend’s closet, she told me her friend said to her, “Michele have you ever considered doing this as a business?” Michele thought, really, people would pay me to do this for them? Her friend encouraged her by reminding her she had the perfect referral system already set up. Michele’s sister and brother-in-law own and operate a closet design and installation company.
I don’t want to do it. You do it. You open the door
Each time Michele begins this labor of love with a new client she sees a similar pattern emerge; most of her clients are so overwhelmed by the condition of their closet they don’t want to open the door to begin. Michele said a recent client said, “I don’t want to do it. You do it. You open the door.” With Michele’s gentle and loving guidance the closet door is opened and the freeing work of purging, organizing and color coding to maximize their wardrobe begins. During this process Michele also suggests outfit coordination. She told me, “I find items they don’t have that might make five.” She also told me, “My motto is organize your closet simplify your life.”
When you purge your closet you purge a lot of stuff in your life. It’s such a freeing feeling
It isn’t just about the four to six hours Michele spends with her clients purging and organizing she is also training them for the future. She has also found that many times her clients don’t stop with their wardrobe they also begin organizing other areas of their home. Michele said, “It is so exciting to see them breathe a sigh of relief, because they feel so good.” She also said, “When you purge your closet you purge a lot of stuff in your life. It’s such a freeing feeling.”
I use little windows of opportunities to share my faith. I pray for those because they aren’t many times you have 4 to 6 hours with a stranger
I asked Michele to how her faith is a part of her work. She told me, “I use little windows of opportunities to share my faith. I pray for those because they aren’t many times you have 4 to 6 hours with a stranger.”
Once her clients closets are organized Michele continues to encourages her clients by passing along helpful information of websites for donating clothes and finding the best deals on closet organizers like hangers, bins and baskets and boot inserts and teaching them less is more and quality lasts longer. Michele also leaves her clients with one of her favorite books on wardrobe organization.
In her experience Michele has found there are items of clothing that many people aren’t willing to part with even though they may never wear them again. Michele encourages her clients to form a memory pile that will either be hung and placed in a hanging clothes bag or folded nicely and placed in a storage container and stored in another area outside of the wardrobe closet.
Three last tips from the Michele:
- Organizing your closet will simplify your life.
2. Don’t be afraid to let someone in to help you.
3. There are many tools to help in organizing.
Just as many people entrust their children with a nanny, Michele believes you can trust your closet to a nanny as well.
For more information contact The Closet Nanny at 916-955-6905
All photos courtesy of The Closet Nanny.