Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Neat Geek and more...much more...
My name is Rose Oyamot Rodriguez and I'm letting you know right off - I wasn't always a Neat Geek. Geek - yes, but, neat? Far from it. I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and, like any typical teen, my room was a disaster. I had Beatles posters, fliers, and stickers on my bedroom walls. Every nook and cranny was stuffed with books, papers, instruments, art supplies, and clothes. The rest of my family's home was neat, thanks to my mom's insistence and upkeep. Back then, I was quite the clutter bug. My dear mom really tried her best with me, but I didn't understand the importance of an organized home.
During my early twenties, however, I learned the importance of home through loss. My family suffered a great financial crisis and we had to give up everything. In a short period of time, we sold all that we could. Everything else we donated, gave away, or threw away in a huge dumpster we had rented. We lost our home and most of our belongings. My parents moved to Hawaii to be with family. Meanwhile, I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to be near my oldest brother and make a new start. I left my childhood home with only the possessions I could fit into my car.
Giving up practically everything was difficult and a huge loss, but it was also a brand new beginning. As I settled into my new life in Minneapolis, I created a new home for myself. As an Uptown girl, I moved a total of five times. Each time I moved, I was amazed at how much stuff I had accumulated. I moved cross-country with only a carload of possessions; yet, each time I moved apartments, I would get rid of (at least) a carload of items.
From living in larger spaces shared with a roommates, to flying solo in studio apartments, to getting married and sharing a home with my husband, I learned to adapt and organize to various living spaces. With each move, I learned about my relationship with possessions. I also learned the importance of maintaining an organized home. I loved finding organizing solutions for myself (ALWAYS on a budget) and was delighted when friends started asking me for assistance. Organizing became such a high for me. When I told a friend how excited I was to finally buy a filing cabinet, she responded, "You're such a neat geek!" Thus, the Neat Geek was born.
My professional experience in organizing began while working in the greatest organized institute - the public library. Working in a library was a dream for this Neat Geek. Keeping the collection meticulously in order and utilizing space in the most efficient way were part of my duties as a library aide. When I was promoted to Office Specialist III, my passion for organizing was fully ignited. As an OSIII, I learned to organize to the needs of the library staff and patrons. Among many projects, I helped reorganize the circulation desk and work room for better work flow, which in turn, made for happier staff members. I absolutely loved my job, but also had the desire to start my own organizing business to work with people on a more personal level.
As the saying goes, "It's all in the timing." In 2013, my husband and I had our first baby. Our little girl is a bundle of joy and energy, who is also teaching me to adjust to a new way of organizing for a growing family. My passion for organizing is even more ignited and has expanded. I also felt this was the perfect time and opportunity to pursue my dream of starting my own business. With my experience, passion, and compassion for organizing, I want to help spread that tranquility found in creating an organized home. I understand that getting started is the hardest part. The goal of Neat Geek Organizing is to help with your organizational needs in a real, caring, and compassionate way. It could even be a little fun!
It's all in the timing and the time is now. I find that all pretty neat. Now, enough about me. Let's get organized!