Being in the printed products business means that our day-to-day is fueled by others. We bring the hustle, but YOU bring the business. The most satisfying part of having a company that aids other companies—is watching our favorite small businesses grow into larger ones.
And that leads us to this series: Growing Together. Here on the blog, we thought it would be cool to showcase some small businesses we’ve had the pleasure of partnering with. This week— it’s Hello Clutter! Don’t be shy…keep reading for the inside scoop 🙂
Say “Hello Clutter” and hello to Sarah Valeri, the owner of the Professional Organizing Company in Raleigh: Hello Clutter! Sarah started her business in 2019 as a way to help women transform their homes into a space where they can rest. Her passion is to remove the excess from your home (and your life!) so you can feel free by helping you say goodbye to clutter! Visit her website (www.helloclutter.com) for more information or to sign up for a free consultation, and stay plugged in on Instagram for frequent updates as well as dreamy before and afters.
When did you realize you had a knack (and passion) for organization?
Prior to becoming a Professional Organizer, I was a middle school math teacher. I learned quickly that if a kid understood math wasn’t the only thing that would help them be successful, but if they could stay organized. I started setting up systems in my classroom and working with students on this skill, and realized I had a knack for it. A few years later, I discovered that Professional Organization was a career (people got paid to do something I was passionate about?!), and started digging into what it looked like to own a Professional Organizing business! Helping my clients let go of the items that are keeping them from a simpler, less stressful life, and creating beautiful systems that save them time is the biggest dream come true.
When did you start Hello Clutter?
I officially launched in 2019! I created a website, and started decluttering and organizing with all of my downtime. I was still working full time in the corporate world (I had left teaching in 2018), and it wasn’t until March of 2021 that I went full time with my business. I now spend most of my days organizing in my clients’ homes, offices, and classrooms as well! It’s been a journey and I am still learning every single day, but I am so grateful for my clients. I truly wouldn’t be where I am today without them!
What have you learned since opening your business?
So. Many. Things. Being a small business owner and learning all about quarterly taxes is the thing that hurts my brain the most, but the things that keep me going are asking for help, giving myself grace, and finding community.
1. Ask for help: I love to think that I am capable of everything on my own. Jokes on me! When I learned to ask for help and invest back in my business from other experts, it pushed me to the next level. Business coaching, graphic designers, ALL the things now. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak, which was the lie I always told myself.
2. Give yourself grace: I am an Enneagram One to my core, and I have the highest expectations of myself. Realizing that success truly does not come overnight, and that everyone’s definition of “success” is vastly different. I continue to do what’s best for my clients, and as long as they are taken care of everything else will fall into place.
3. Community: Finding other female entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Raleigh area has been AMAZING. There are so many supportive women in this space, and so many other organizers I have met around the country that are always willing to help. Find your people!
Tell me about your favorite success:
It’s cheesy, but every time someone that follows me on social media says that I inspired them to declutter, I am SO excited for them! It shows me that I’m putting things out in the world that are adding value to people’s lives. Working with my clients and seeing their faces light up once they see their transformed spaces is the icing on the cake!
What’s the next step?
SO many things. I’m working on more courses, and would love to grow my team beyond a party of one! Stay tuned for that!
How was your experience ordering on PrintedProducts.com + How do you like your MERCH?
So simple, and so great! I ordered everything through the website portal and it was so easy to upload my logo and select the products I wanted! I was nervous to get everything and see it in person (hellooooo control freak), but I trusted the process and Edge did not disappoint! The quality of the products were great, and if I had to pick I would say the custom embroidered hats are my FAVE! I also got a quarter sleeve (baseball T) and it is the softest shirt I’ve ever owned. 10/10 would recommend!
Any final tidbits?
If you’re on social media, I’d love it if you followed along on my journey! I post before and afters, my client process, behind the scenes of being a business owner, and my life! I want to build a community of people that build each other up, and support one another in all things (including decluttering and organizing!). I’d love for you to be a part of that too!
@hello.clutter on Instagram + @helloclutter on Facebook!