Smart Women Interviews: Sherry Borsheim

Q: When did you realize your big WHY?
A: In 2000 I realized my passion for organization was my gift and that I wanted to help people simplify their lives by de-cluttering and organizing their offices and homes.

Q: How and when did you make living your WHY a reality?
A: One day I was jogging along the water with a close friend and for months we had both been brainstorming and talking about what we wanted to do with our lives. On this day, I blurted out to my friend Anne, I just want to organize people’s closets. And then I shared this idea with another close friend of mine, Alison, the same week. Two weeks later, Alison called me saying she had heard about a Professional Organizer on the Oprah show and that there was a book on organizing that I needed to buy. I immediately ran out to buy the book, but I couldn’t find it as it was sold out everywhere. So I put my thinking cap on and found a small bookstore inside a grocery store and they had one copy left. I read the book and I couldn’t believe there was a whole industry of Professional Organizers in Canada and the US. As I read the book, I thought wow, this is how I think and approach organizing challenges, naturally. That day I began my research on the internet and a whole new world opened up before my eyes leading me to launch my business in January 2001. Before I launched my business, I honed my skills helping a friend organize her entire home, office and life, while I was still working full-time. I loved helping her be organized and working nights and weekends. I was living my passion.

Q: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned so far about living your WHY?
A: Keep it simple. Perfection gets in the way of keeping things simple. I’ve also learned that there’s no perfect way to organize anyone or one-size-fits-all solution. There are key foundational organizing systems and principles to be organized and it’s my job to help my clients create organizing systems that work for them and their unique situation. The cool thing about being and staying organized is anyone can learn the skills of organization. It’s a choice and organizing skills are transferable. I’ve seen lives and families completely transformed because they learned the skills of being and staying organized. It’s a wonderful gift to pass onto others.

Q: What is coming up next for you?
A: To simplify, de-clutter and organize a million offices, homes and lives by 2015. The more organized people are, the more free time they have to contribute to others with their God-given gift and unique skills. We all have something to give and contribute to others.

Q: Name some authors or books that have influenced your life in a positive way.
A: God is Your Coach, by Larry Julian, Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill, Double Double by Cameron Harold, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Q: What excites or ignites your soul?
A: Walking along the ocean with my husband, hearing the sound of the waves crashing on the shoreline and soaking up the warm sunshine or walking along a calm lake. I’ve always loved swimming, walking or being by the water from a very early age. It restores my soul and it’s a restful place for me. I’m also passionate about helping women de-clutter and simplify their lives because I know how busy their lives are running a household and/or a business. They have little time for themselves. So when I’m speaking to a group of women and they can take away one simple tip that will make their life easier, I know it can also impact other lives as well. It’s the ripple effect of one person being organized and transferring organizing skills to others – lives are transformed and that ignites my soul.

Bio: Sherry Borsheim
Sherry Borsheim is the President of International Association of Business Organizing, which connects women small-business owners with the necessary tools and resources to have the business and life they want. She provides no-nonsense, out-of-the-box systems and tools to help you simplify your life with her simple organizing solutions for your office, home and life. She believes that there’s no one-size fits all solution to organizing, and therefore creates unique systems that work for you, your team, and your business. Grab free organizing tools and resources at


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