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Professional Organizer Andi Willis: Glad To Meet You
Professional Organizer Andi Willis: Glad To Meet You

The essential nature of my job is very, very personal. I am literally in people’s underwear drawers on a regular basis. (Color me thankful when a client once told me I didn’t need to organize her box of sex toys. Yikes!) When I organize and scan client’s precious family photos, they are often letting me into the most intimate moments of their lives, including random shots of husbands napping in their undies and children running around in the sprinklers in their birthday suits.

So…..I think it is only fitting that I share some more personal things about myself with you. None are exceptionally earth shattering (No sex toys or underwear clad husbands here. You are welcome.) but all will give you a little glimpse into the life and mind behind Good Life Organizing - me.

Here goes nothing.

 

Tea, Please

I drink green tea, not coffee. I love the smell of freshly ground coffee but that's it.  In high school, college and into my early adult years, my caffeinated beverage of choice was Diet Coke (still a favorite). My parents switched from coffee to green tea when I was in my early 30s and I thought I'd try it too because I knew I was drinking too much soda. I've never looked back. My daily dose is Tazo Zen - two cups (at least) every morning, even when it is too hot for a hot beverage.

 

I Started Early

I loved to reorganize my mom’s pantry when I was a teenager. It gave my such a profound sense of joy to toss the stale food and rearrange everything to make it more accessible. That explains a lot doesn't it?

 
Precious Pets

I've always had a pet as long as I can remember.

  •  Hamster - Fluffy
  •  Golden Retrievers - Rusty, Gidget, Moe, Mary
  • Cocker Spaniel - MacArthur
  •  St. Bernard - Christopher
  •  Lab Mix - Joie
  •  Cats - Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Mama Cat, Claude, Bones, Domino, Minnie, Nelly, Socks
  •  Fish - They never last long enough to name. We are a family of unintentional fish killers.
  • Goat - Percy who didn't last long because he kept head butting my mom.
 
Family First

I am my generation's family historian and archivist. Again no surprise that I became a photo organizer when I am organizing and cataloging my own family's history. My favorite item I've been entrusted with are love letters from a great-great aunt and her soon-to-be husband...who had been her employer as she worked as the family's nanny until his first wife passed away. No matter how it started, there's was a deep and long lasting love. Sigh….

 

Famous Flight

When I was about 8 years old, I flew on a commercial flight with Elizabeth Taylor and her then husband John Warner, the senator from Virginia. I was flying by myself from my grandparents' home in Illinois back home to Virginia. I had no idea who they were…but I do remember the crowd of camera as I got off the plane. I believed they stayed aboard until everyone else deplaned so I probably walked right past Cleopatra. 

 

 

Beach or Bust

My favorite place to get away from it all is the beach. I can spend all day on the beach if I have a chair, an umbrella, a good book or two. I don't need to touch the water or go for a walk.  I don't nap.  I just sit, read, watch the kids and the waves and chill out.  We've been doing a beach week with family since I was 5 year old. I'm quite a bit older than 5 now, but it's still my favorite week of the year.

 

 

Run For Your Life

About 4 years ago at the age of 41, I started running.  Since then I've run 4 half marathons and have 2 more on the books for late 2016 and early 2017. I've also run many 5ks races.  What I have found is that while I'm not in love with the act of running, I love a race. No, I'm never going to win (although I have won a few age group medals...in very small races), but I love everything about a race...the excitement, the adrenaline, the laying out of my clothes the night before, the way the runners support each other, and the unexpected competitiveness that comes out it me. I also love the friends and relationships that have developed because of running.

 
Dinner and a Movie

My favorite movies include The Shawshank RedemptionPretty in Pink (Hello! The main character is named Andie! I so wanted to be her.) and Princess Bride. I can quote most of the movies and know most of the music.

Some of my favorite foods include a good meatloaf, a rich risotto, a pepperoni and mushroom pizza from Three Guys Restaurant in Franklin, VA and Hubs salted peanuts (best when kept in the freezer and eaten cold IMHO).

 

You Want Me to Do What?!

I have an intense fear of heights and very enclosed spaces. However, I have fought that fear to visit some very amazing places like the top of the Duomo and Campanile in Florence, St. Peters Cathedral in Rome, the St Louis Arch and the CNN Tower in Toronto. Fighting the completely irrational fear is worth it for those views!

 

If you want to see a visual story of my life, I invite you to watch this short video.

Thanks for listening…I’m very glad to meet you.

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Andi Willis is a Home and Photo Organizing Expert and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA.  She is a Professional Organizer who loves to help people find creative solutions to organize their homes and simplify their lives. Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life! 

 

Find Andi at Good Life Organizing, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. You can also contact her by email or (478) 550-1969. Check out her guest blog and videos on Uncle Bob’s Self Storage Blog. You can also find her ebooks on Amazon.

Grab your copy of our  Home Organizing DIY Assessment Workbook. Find it at the Good Life Organizing Store along with our other ebooks.

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