We have a pretty phenomenal team here at Room to Breathe, so we figured it would be time well spent to take a moment and formally introduce everyone - sharing a bit about what they love, and uncovering some of the behind-the-scenes magic that makes Room to Breathe thrive.
This week,we get to visit with Amanda Omelusik - paper-filing master, puppy lover, brand new mama, and incredibly talented professional home organizer! Amanda started with Room to Breathe three years ago and is currently taking a little time off from work as she adjusts to her newest roll - motherhood.
Get cozy and learn a little more about Amanda!
What do you love about organizing? How did you get started?
Selfishly the thing I love the most about organizing is the instant gratification of seeing a system come into place. I find that when the space you live in is disorganized, it seeps into all aspects of your life.
I got my start in organizing similarly to how Indianna did. I had just graduated with my Masters Degree when they put a hiring freeze in place in my field. This left me with the unique opportunity to look at other professions. My friends and family have always told me that I should get into home staging or organizing. I wasn’t sure if there was a market for home organizing in Calgary so I jumped on Google and came across a few websites. Room to Breathe stood out to me the most because of the calm-feeling atmosphere of the website. I reached out to Indianna and sent her my resume (along with a few photos of organizing I had done in my own home and family and friends homes) and the rest is history!
What’s your favourite space to organize? Where does your organizing light shine the brightest?
I have two favorites. The first is clothing and closets! I love seeing the impact of swapping out hangers so they all match and creating a unique system for each closet I tackle so that you can find your clothes quickly and easily. My other favourite area is paperwork. I love the challenge of trying to reduce all essential paperwork down to a single bin (we call this the 'one bin goal') and setting up a system to utilize online/digital storage for everything else.
What’s your best organizing tip/life-hack?
The 5-minute tidy. We have a rule in our house that all surfaces are cleared off before bedtime - dishes are done/put away and there is nothing left on the table or coffee tables. Doing this eliminates that dreaded “dumping zone”and starts your morning off on the right foot.
What’s your favourite way to unwind? What do you do for self-care?
My favourite way to unwind or work through stress is purging and reorganizing my home. My husband always knows I am working through something when he comes home to things being moved around, or a pile for donation sitting at the front door. For self care, escaping to our cabin in BC or a bath with a good book do the trick!
What are some of your favourite local businesses?
For consigning clothes or shopping in general, I love The Clothing Bar. Way back in the day I use to work with the owner of the Clothing Bar and they have the greatest stuff and donate anything they can’t sell to Women in Need.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
Going to Disney World and seeing a Daytona 500 race!
What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
Most of my reading lately has been in preparation for our little ones arrival. I read a great book called “Bringing Up Bébé” by Pamela Druckerman about the wisdom of French parenting.
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