One of the most common questions I am asked is how I became a professional organizer.

Here’s the truth: embarking on my journey toward becoming an organizer felt like getting pushed off a cliff and swimming frantically for a boat in the distance.

Sometimes new beginnings are not clean, simple fresh starts. They can also represent big, tough decisions. They can be messy and challenging. But they can also be beautiful.

As we embark on a new year and many new beginnings, I would like to share my story with you, in the hopes that it will inspire you to continue to work towards your own new beginnings.


Whitney Zeigler

How it All Began

In 2014, I struggled with constant, burning pain, which made it difficult to sleep more than 3-4 hours per night. The pain and lack of sleep impacted my ability to concentrate. It also affected the quality of my work, my overall emotional and physical health, and my marriage.

A specialist eventually diagnosed me with tendonitis in both my wrists, caused by my work as a paralegal, which required me to be on a keyboard all day. The doctor informed me that tendonitis cannot be cured through surgery like Carpel Tunnel Syndrome – only through rest.

“You need to change careers,” he told me over and over, month after month, as I struggled to continue working despite the pain.

I felt terrified of leaving the perceived financial security of my job. My work was mentally stimulating and I had a great boss. Plus, I had worked hard for 15 years to pay off student loans for two degrees. I didn’t want to go back to school and incur more debt.

Fear blinded me, preventing me from seeing possibilities. What in the world could I do that didn’t involve a computer?

Moving Forward Towards a New Career

Sometimes a crisis, what feels to us like the worst experience we have ever endured, provides us with an opportunity for great growth and change. I took a step back, a deep breath, and began to inventory my skills, interests, and gifts.

Helping people was a top priority, as well as being able to use my creativity, organizational, communication, and project management skills. A Google search lead me to The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and I attended my first NAPO Oregon Chapter meeting in February 2015.

Walking through that door, I felt the room’s occupants buzzing with positive energy. After just a few brief conversations with members, who were very welcoming, I knew I’d found my tribe.

Six months later, I started Big Rocks Organizing LLC. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been one heck of an opportunity! I am blessed to work with lovely clients and a dynamic team and to learn new things each day.

Wherever your life’s journey has taken you, my team and I would be honored to assist you. Let’s haul you out of the water and onto the boat, get your bearings, choose a destination, set our navigation, unfurl the sail, catch a tailwind, and race towards your dreams! Get in touch for a complimentary assessment and find out how working with a professional organizer can change your life.

Whitney Zeigler