Today we’d like to introduce you to Rhea Becker.
Rhea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a journalist by profession (People magazine, Boston Phoenix, The Tab), so I’m accustomed to organizing words in sentences. Now, I organize people’s stuff!
Although I’ve never been a packrat, I’d been known to keep old birthday cards, clothing I hadn’t worn in years, furniture I no longer liked. Then one day in the late 1990s, I read a book on Feng Shui, the Chinese practice of changing one’s environment to enhance one’s well-being. Next, I read several books on clutter. I was intrigued. I started with the top of my refrigerator, that spot in almost everyone’s house that attracts all manner of junk. When I sorted through the little piles of stuff, I quickly felt an exciting sense of freedom. I spent the next two months literally lining the sidewalk each garbage day with items I wanted to get rid of.
My first ‘client’ was a physician friend who had tons of medical journals in a spare room. I helped her purge them.
Decluttering has been my avocation for the past 15 years. I love helping people break their connection to unneeded objects.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Someone who has a clutter or hoarding problem has to overcome a lot of resistance to make that initial call for help. I often get calls or emails from potential clients and never hear back. But that’s the nature of what I do, so I’m accustomed to that now.
On the other hand, I often have as many clients as I want. Some clients are a 1-session job, others I’ve worked with for months.
My clients used to come to me solely by word of mouth. That’s now changing as I’ve begun employing paid search and other online techniques, with good results.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am great with paper clutter. I would call that my specialty. On the other hand, I’ve worked with all manner of stuff — books, clothing, shoes, food, toys, and so on.
I also have another approach that sets me apart from many others in this field. I spend just a few minutes talking to my clients before we begin working. I believe in helping my clients reach the resolution of their problem as quickly as possible.
I have a 2-hour minimum, and it’s always amazing to me — and my clients — how much gets done in that time frame.
What were you like growing up?
I was an active, energetic, tomboy, curious about many things. I was proud of the fact that I could memorize and spout facts about all kinds of things. I was a big reader, and I loved performing magic and riding a bike. You could say I haven’t changed much over the years!
- Address: Boston, Mass.
- Website: http://www.myclutterqueen.com/
- Phone: (617) 524-5992
- Email: email@example.com