Happy Easter, Friends! This is no April Fool, it's a serious opportunity to get to know Michelle Kuiken, owner of The Proper Place, a heart-felt, Professional Organizer and Organizer Coach in Orange City, Iowa.
Michelle started her journey in Phoenix, AZ -- raised in the sunshine and convenience of city life. When she insisted on color coded folders and found excitement in helping friends pack and purge, her family joked that someday she would be an organizer. Who knew that was even a viable career choice? Fast forward 25 years and Michelle found herself in love with a farmer and moving to the heartland, small-town in rural Iowa. A place that was quite foreign from her familiar city life. But like most things in her life, Michelle took the transition as an opportunity and created new ways to embrace each day as a gift. [though some days were harder than others!]
After seven years of fundraising for a non-profit and balancing the farm bookwork in the evenings, Michelle was ready for a transition in her career to create better life balance. The long time joke that her family had of becoming an organizer, took shape in her mind and she took a leap of faith to become a solo-preneur. The Proper Place began in March 2014, organizing households across Northwest Iowa. Michelle became a Professional Organizer and Coach because she enjoys the puzzle and strategy of creating a functional and enjoyable space. She loves to teach women and empower them to maintain their households with functionality. But her main motivation for starting the business is because she has a passion to come alongside women and help them restore order to their lives and homes.
“Life is busy and we can quickly lose track of ourselves and our priorities. Often times I find the stuff is merely a symptom of what is really going on in the household. So much is expected of women and I want to help them love themselves and have the tools to be able to run their household the way they choose. They shouldn’t be held captive to their stuff and their schedule. I want them to become free to do life the way they choose.” Helping women learn and refine the way they live gives empowerment to their marriage, children, and self-confidence.
“I believe we all have a purpose in this gift we call Life, and that we are called to use our strengths to complement other’s limitations. I want to use my talents and experience in organizing and coaching to come alongside others and help them find their peace, alleviate clutter, and restore order to life. There is power in digging into life together, we weren’t designed to do it alone.”
Michelle offers hands on organizing in Northwest Iowa and offers productivity coaching and accountability services across the US. She has a degree in Sociology and Spanish from Grand Canyon University. She is a member of National Association of Productivity & Organizer Professionals (NAPO), Faithful Organizers, and Iowa Professional Organizers. She is currently working toward her credentials to become a Certified Organizer Coach.