Meet the woman who declutters other people's wardrobes for a living

·Yahoo Life UK contributor
·4-min read

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A woman has turned her love of tidying into a profitable business and now gets paid to organise other people's wardrobes.

Christie Harvey, 34, from Liverpool started her business after leaving her previous job in retail to raise her daughters Penelope, six, and Poppy, four.

She now spends her days helping messy clients get their wardrobes, kitchens and lives in order and has worked with reality TV stars and celebrities including Elissa Corrigan from Desperate Scousewives and Hollyoaks stars Gemma Merna and Sarah Jane Dunn.

"I just love organising things and colour coding," Harvey reveals.

"It's so satisfying looking at the before and after pictures, I absolutely love it.

"I love chatting to people as well and getting to know them while I'm working in their house."

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Christie Harvey has started a profitable business organising and decluttering other people's wardrobes. (Caters)
Christie Harvey has started a profitable business organising and decluttering other people's wardrobes. (Caters)

Harvey says she got the idea for starting her decluttering business between the first and second lockdowns.

"I left my job to have my children and I just felt a bit out of place as they got older," she reveals.

"I followed a few other professional organisers on social media, but they were all based in London.

"I wanted to do something for myself, and have my own project, so I started this."

Now she spends her time sorting out her clients cluttered homes and absolutely loves her new career.

"I'm helping people who are often overwhelmed by the idea of organising their spaces," she adds.

Harvey says she finds organising clients' homes enormously satisfying. (Caters)
Harvey says she finds organising clients' homes enormously satisfying. (Caters)

Harvey typically charges £20 an hour to visit homes and overhaul her clients' cupboards and wardrobes, turning them from messy and chaotic into calm, organised spaces.

"When I first started, it was in the middle of lockdown, so I was posting from my house to build up a following on social media," she says.

"My first proper client was my sister-in-law, and from there the business has grown and grown.

"I had my first overnight stay job recently, where a client who lived quite far away paid for a hotel for me to stay in for the night."

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Harvey set up her business between the lockdowns. (Caters)
Harvey set up her business between the lockdowns. (Caters)
From chaos to calm: One of Harvey's professional organising jobs. (Caters)
From chaos to calm: One of Harvey's professional organising jobs. (Caters)

Harvey's decluttering services certainly seem to be in demand with the mum-of-two revealing she has had nothing but glowing reviews for her organisational skills.

"I think almost every client I've had has invited me back," she reveals.

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"It's been so good to build up relationships with people and have them want more help from me.

"Obviously they want me to organise a different part of their house, but when I go back I can see they've kept up the organisation I did for them and maintained it, which is really nice to see.

"They often tell me it's like therapy for their houses."

Harvey says she loves her job. (Caters)
Harvey says she loves her job. (Caters)

Harvey says when most people find out about her job and the famous houses she has helped organise, they are keen to know what people's homes are really like.

"Obviously I don't tell them!" she laughs.

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As well as wardrobes Harvey also sorts out kitchen cupboards. (Caters)
As well as wardrobes Harvey also sorts out kitchen cupboards. (Caters)

Harvey isn't the only one who's spotted a growing trend for professional decluttering.

Earlier this year we revealed how a teenager has turned her love of organising into a profitable side hustle, earning up to £500 a month sorting out strangers' messy wardrobes.

Ella McMahon, 19, from Leicester, has managed to turn her passion for tidying into a profitable business and now spends three to nine hours a day decluttering and colour-co-ordinating other people's wardrobes.

When she's not studying, the fashion buying and design student helps messy clients get their rooms in order.

Additional reporting Caters.

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