Tuesday Ten: Get to Know Professional Organizer Beth Penn

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This week I’m thrilled to introduce you to the Los Angeles-based professional organizer behind Bneato Bar, Beth Penn. Beth works to make organizing affordable and accessible to her clients, which are two things I can totally get behind. She has also worked with some of my very favorite bloggers and designers, including Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest, Joy Cho of Oh Joy!, and Emily Henderson (whose HGTV show I watched religiously when it was on the air #nerdalert). Needless to say, Beth is the real deal, and, as you’ll see, brings a fun and fresh take to organizing.

Honey Hive Home: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Beth: I am a professional organizer living in Silver Lake, CA. I recently got married and we jumped right in and got a puppy last month! I enjoy running my own business, eating and then finding ways to burn off those calories so I can eat more:)

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Top three words to describe yourself.
Goofy, punctual, routine-oriented.

What do you love most about being an organizer?
Staying up to speed on the newest apps and ways to keep my clients efficient and organized. Helping folks and experiencing that moment with clients when they’re like, ‘OMG, this is SO MUCH BETTER!!’

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What do you find to be the most challenging?
Managing client expectations. A lot of folks think that it can all happen overnight (reality shows— while I love them, often give unrealistic expectations on how long things take).

What advice do you have for a new professional organizer?
To be a great organizer, you need patience, an open mind. Get as much experience under your belt by assisting fellow organizers. Read as much as you can and take as many NAPO classes before going out on your own.

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What about for someone thinking about hiring an organizer?
Ask around and see if a friend hired an organizer and get their feedback. What was their experience? What would they have done differently or done the same? For me, I try and go with my gut, Yelp reviews and if I can get it, a referral to someone that a friend worked with.

What are your must-have products when organizing?

  • Clear wall pockets
  • A label maker
  • Sharpies and Post-its

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What’s a favorite space you’ve organized?

I love decluttering and containerizing closets. The before and after is just so much fun!

What do you love most about where you live?
Hands down, the weather. Also, we live on the Silver Lake reservoir so all I have to do is step outside and I have a pretty amazing race track at my feet.

Please share your #1 tip for someone looking to get organized.
Read Do Less: A Minimalist Guide to a Simplified, Organized, and Happy Life by Rachel Jonat.

All photos provided by Beth Penn. Photo #1 by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy; photos #3 & 4 by Tessa Neustadt for Emily Henderson; photo #5 by Sheila Gim for DesignLoveFest.

Thank you kindly for joining us, Beth! I’m so excited to add Rachel Jonat’s book to my reading list. I also love what you said about that moment when clients realize how much better their space is after working with an organizer. It’s totally worth its weight in gold! I may be a tad bit jealous that you live on the Silver Lake reservoir; it’s absolutely beautiful there.

Be sure to keep up with Beth on Instagram, too. She’s the perfect mix of inspiring and hilarious!

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