Closet Organzier Business Idea

Business Summary:

If you’re looking for a home-based business that’s inexpensive to start, give some thought to closet organizing and clutter control. The actual materials used in organizing closets are relatively cheap, and you’ll just need basic power tools to install the components. You may decide to go with one exclusive line of organizing components – this could eventually enable you to become that line’s sales representative for the area. The job of clutter control requires that you have great organizing skills yourself, along with the ability to convince clients to change their messy lifestyles. Many clients will resist changing their hoarding habits, especially those who have lived with clutter for years. It’s your job to persuade them to throw things out, organize things they need, and become more productive as they do so.

Start Up Cost: $500 – $2,500

Can Be Home Based?: Yes

Can Be Operated Part Time?: Yes

Skills Required:

It should go without saying that you need to have excellent organizing skills in order to succeed in this job. You’ll also need creativity in order to bring order out of chaos, so both left brain and right brain are involved in being a good organizer and clutter controller. As you’ll be working within your clients’ personal spaces, you’ll need to have tact and diplomacy in convincing them to accept your vision of a more organized lifestyle, especially while you’re rummaging through their closets. You don’t need a college degree for this position, but certification and online training are available and probably helpful.

How Much Can You Earn:

As with many small businesses, this often varies from place to place. While one professional organizer in L.A. found that earnings in excess of $40,000 per year were the norm, statistics in Cleveland, Ohio showed a median yearly income of $32,000 to $38,000. The National Association of Professional Organizers is also a certifying agency. Having that seal on your literature and your website can help convince prospective clients that you are indeed a professional.

Understanding Customers:

Most of your customers will be busy professionals who simply don’t have time to devote to re-organizing their closets. If you do a great job for them, you may end up doing the entire house and the office as well. These people want to be more organized, but often they just can’t imagine where to start. It’s your job to convince them that their lives will be easier when they’re organized and clutter-free. Many professional organizers work almost exclusively with senior citizens, who have decades of clutter to contend with. These clients require a great deal of tact and consideration, as they are going to be divesting themselves of things they’ve had around the house for years, with memories attached. You'll need to assure them that their 40-year-old collection of National Geographics will not be missed, once they are out of the house (or at least out of sight). Show them your before-and-after photos to reassure them of the benefits of change. Their families will be exceedingly grateful – and may hire you to organize them, too.

Marketing Strategy:

Advertise through the Yellow Pages and newspapers in your community. Make sure that your uniquely designed brochure is distributed at community events, libraries and service clubs. Ask to speak at club meetings, and be sure to show off pictures of your handiwork. Eventually your website will speak to a larger audience about your talents. If you do a free closet-organizing job for a friend or relative, that one job will say more than your brochure or website ever could. Just make sure that showing the work off to visitors is part of the deal!


You’ll need to decide what lines of closet organizing components you prefer, and you may need to add some basic power tools to your collection. You’ll also need a tape measure, level and calculator. Practice installation on your own closets and/or those of willing relatives until you’re sure you’ve got it right. Your confidence should show. Of course, your clients will pay for organizing components used in their homes – you don’t need to carry any inventory from your wholesale supplier.

For your office, you’ll need the basics: a computer, basic software, a fax machine, toll-free phone line, and cell phone while you’re on a job. You should also have a digital camera so that you can put together a portfolio of your work.

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