Had to take a fun one! 🙂

This week’s featured business is Minimize Then Organize—a professional organization business focusing on de-cluttering and kicking the chaos from your life. I got to have coffee with the owner/operator, Cabri Carpenter, and learn more about her and her business. Cabri was blessed with the gift of organization, and she is definitely someone you’ll want to call when you’ve reached the end of your cluttered rope.

The neat thing about her is that she doesn’t just use the same approach for each person; she’ll listen to your story, assess your needs, and then provide you with solutions that are completely customized to fit your lifestyle. She prides herself on not taking a cookie-cutter approach to the organization process, which ultimately sets her customers up for future success in continuing to live a de-cluttered and organized life.

If you’re finding yourself feeling cluttered and disorganized, you should definitely give Cabri a call!!

[If you know me, and you know what our garage currently looks like, I know what you’re thinking! Haha]

Tell us a little about yourself:

Well, I am OCD to the max, which makes my friends and family crazy, but makes me really good on the organizing side.

I’ve lived in Lubbock for 7 years now. This is home now. This is where I’m going to stay, you just can’t find that West Texas sunset anywhere.

I’m also a youth leader at the Abernathy Experience Life campus. When I’m not organizing, I’m up there with my kids, or going to their basketball, football, softball–whatever ball games. There are 40 of them and only one of me so I spend a lot of time at their array of extracurriculars.

I have a dog that’s like my child. She was a stray, so I’m an adoptive dog mom. I also have my respite care certification for fostering adoptive children. I got this certification a year-and-a-half ago when God was telling me I’m not going to have my own kids, I’m going to adopt. Since then it’s just been like my thing.

I live in an RV! I’ve lived there for 3 years now. That’s how the whole ‘Minimize then Organize’ story began without even realizing it over 3 years ago.

How long has your business been open?

Since November of 2017.

What inspired you to start this business?

When I was getting ready to leave my job, and start looking for a new one, I was just kind of stuck. I have this really bad habit–when I’m stuck I just kind of make the craziest decision possible. For example, when I was in high school, I was taking dual-credit classes, and I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to do. So, I just decided to scrap it all—I completely dropped out and went to work full-time. When I decided I was ready to leave my job, I made the decision to start this business.

One of the influencing factors was that I didn’t even know professional organizers existed. I had this friend who kept saying: “you’d be really good at this,” so I thought: “Yeah, this is what I’m going to do. I’m not turning back from this now, this is meant to be!”

Have you always been pretty natural at wanting to organize things?

Yes, and I feel like I take a very different approach. In this job, I could come in and turn your whole life upside down, but that’s not going to help you. If I can take your routine and tweak it to where it’s more efficient, more practical, and just a little more organized, that’s the ideal way to go. It’s just the little things like making small adjustments to people’s routines and habits. For example, I have this client who has two kids her and her husband both have businesses, so she’s very busy. She feels like she doesn’t have time in the morning to hang her clothes back up when she decides she doesn’t want to wear them. So, in her case, if I were to just organize her whole closet and tell her she needed to hang up her clothes, it would have been a hot mess. What do we do instead? Well, I put a chair in her closet, and that’s where she throws all the clothes that she doesn’t want to wear. We put a reminder on her phone for Monday mornings, and every Monday morning, she sets a timer on her phone for 5 minutes, and she spends that 5 minutes hanging up the clothes that are sitting in the chair. It makes more sense for her do the five minutes every week rather than a little bit every day. This approach was customized to her lifestyle and what she was able to manage on her own. Organizing is definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach. (As I typed this out, I just realized the purely unintentional, yet glorious clothing pun. Haha!)

So, is that what sets you apart?

Yes, everything is custom-tailored to fit each person. Everyone is different and needs a different approach.

What’s your favorite part about going to work every day?

It’s the people I meet. They all have a story. Whether they’re married or not, widowed or divorced, kids or no kids, they all have some sort of story. I’m literally going to their house and going through their things, and it just brings things to a deeper level. They put a lot of trust and confidence in me, and I just love that I get to be that person for them. Also, you don’t ever go back to just being strangers after you’ve been in someone’s home and have seen all the parts of people’s lives. They are people that you’ll continue to stay in contact with, even after the job is over. It’s just awesome to get to be that person they trust and the person that gets to hear their stories.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I have really bad allergies, so I can sneeze a hundred times a minute if I’m around a cat haha. I don’t know if that’s a talent, but it’s a thing that I do!

What’s your favorite restaurant in Lubbock?

That’s a tough one. I really love Mexican food. I love going to Anna’s over by Orlando’s. Another one of my favorites is Italian Garden. [insert side discussion about their aaaaamazing bread] Their food is delicious, and they have the best ranch dressing ever.

If you had a free weekend and $2,000 where would you go?

I would probably go to Port Aransas. It’s not too fancy—it’s real casual and relaxed. I just want to sit by the beach with my dog.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

It’s not necessarily advice, it’s a line from a movie. It’s the line from We Bought a Zoo when he was saying that all you have to have is 20 seconds of insane courage, and something good is going to come out of it. I tell myself that all the time. I’m very introverted and kind of shy, so when I’m stepping out and having to meet new people, I have to prepare myself. So, that’s one of the things I tell myself.