Meet our Team: Jessica Thorburn

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. Jessica has been with Room to Breathe for a long time! She began as a professional Organizer back in 2012, and has since transitioned to working as our marketing and admin guru. She loves to craft, bake, write, take photographs, and spend time with her family exploring.

Take a few moments and get to know Jessica.

What do you love about organizing? How did you get started?

I have always considered myself a Type-A personality. I discovered at a very early age that organizing and tidying up were things that brought calmness and joy to my life, and things I really enjoyed doing. It's an ongoing joke with friends that if you invite me to a party, I may start organizing a bookshelf or kitchen drawer if left unattended for too long.

I started with Room to Breathe in 2012. My dear friend Paula had built this amazing organizing business, and her and I always worked really well together - she asked me to help her on a couple bigger client projects that she had booked, and the rest is history.

What’s your favourite space to organize? Where does your organizing light shine the brightest?

I love a good linen closet! I not-so-secretly love folding laundry - a skill that has taken many years to master, but I love the look on a clients face when fitted sheets, towels, and blankets are beautifully stacked and arranged in what was once a flurry of fabric. I also love to sort through crafting supplies and kitchen cupboards.

What’s your best organizing tip/life-hack?

I am a big advocate for 'less is more' and 'quality over quantity.' It is really easy to get sucked into buying new things that you love but don't necessarily need, but for me, honing the skill of consciously consuming less, continually editing and purging the possessions we do have, and being very diligent and selective about what is allowed into our space is a life-long lesson I am continually working to improve. I also spend a few minutes every day organizing, tidying, and cleaning - by doing a little bit each day, things never have the chance to get out of control, and you don't often find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the amount of things needing your attention.

What’s your favourite way to unwind? What do you do for self-care?

I love read and write. I also love to bake and go for walks around my neighbourhood. Time spent in nature is life-giving.

What are some of your favourite local businesses?

We just moved back to Calgary after living in Vancouver for the last 9 years, so it has been REALLY fun getting to discover all the amazing local businesses that have popped up since we've been gone.

Sidewalk Citizens Bakery has been a family favourite since my son was just a wee babe.

I love Sunnyside Natural Market, Lukes Drug Mart, and Bridgeland Market for finding delicious, amazing local goodies.

I am currently obsessed with the burritos at the A1 Burrito Truck in the Ol' Beautiful Brewery. (try the bean and cheese burrito - it sounds so simple but it's pure magic!) My family also LOVES the apple fritters from Ritual Doughnuts.

I like to poke around Plant and Recess for little gifts and treasures, plants and stationary.

And Pages Bookstore can take all my money.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

I'd really love to travel to Tokyo, Japan some day.

What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

I normally read a lot of non-fiction, but right now I'm challenging myself to read more fiction. At the moment The Witches of New York by Ami McKay is on my nightstand - it's really great! The best book I read in 2021 was Three Women by Lisa Taddeo.

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