“I became a storage coach”
Because she has always been driven by the desire to improve the well-being of others, why not help certain overwhelmed people by providing them with her know-how? Since discovering that she could make a career out of it, Isabelle Rospars has flourished in her new missions.
Maniac, she? ” But not at all ! », she defends herself with a burst of laughter. Instead “methodical” And “organized”nuance-such. “I’m very ‘Ikeaphile’: I love boxes, binders, anything that allows you to see things more clearly. » That’s good, it’s also his job.
Isabelle Rospars is home-organizer. Translate: storage coach. Its mission: to declutter our homes and find logical and practical solutions to optimize space and simplify our lives…
Towards the taste of order
A vocation ? Not really. Already, Isabelle Rospars swears that she has not always been so disciplined. “At one time, I was even the ‘messy’ of the family”she confesses. But the mess Didn’t last long, apparently. “Growing up and taking my independence, I quickly preferred order. I am one of those people who like their house to be zen when I come home from work. »
She also raised her children in this spirit. However, for a long time there was no question of making a career out of it. For that, it would have had to exist twenty years ago… Instead, Isabelle consoled herself in sectors where order was important. “I worked in a stationery store, I ran a clothing store. I also worked in the hotel industry and, for ten years, in ‘home service’, that is to say governance and concierge, in beautiful houses. »
She must then ensure that these residences remain beautiful and tidy, as a prelude to her current activity. “I loved it while feeling that I could bring something else. »
Yes but what ? At the age of 50, the answer comes from a skills assessment. “It’s an exercise that I recommend to everyone! Certain keywords emerged: order, service, benevolence… I looked on the Internet for a job that corresponded to these terms and I came across… ‘tidying up coach’. »
A new order in his life
Because indeed, such a profession exists! “For a few years now, there have even been training courses in the sector. It’s a profession in full growth, which even depends on an organization, the French-speaking Federation of organization professionals. »
Isabelle Rospars does research and finds a school. “It was possible to follow online training and I started. » If the student has already mastered most storage tipsshe learns everything she needs to hope to start her business: how to find clients and above all manage the psychological dimension of the job.
From then on, she launched Les Clés du Rangement, at home in Brittany. “It’s not about cleaning up people’s homes, but about giving them real leads to relieve them of the superfluous. »
In a cluttered room like a bedroom, she willingly adopts the method of the Japanese Marie Kondo. “I take out all the clothes and put them in the middle of the room. It is often an electroshock. To lighten up, we start by removing what is damaged, too small. »
This method can then be applied in other rooms. “It all depends on the assignments. I can work in one room or the whole house. » However, the challenge, when the coach passes, is also to anchor new habits. “I often suggest supplies to buy for better storage. Then, I suggest rules to follow like ‘for one object in, one object out’ in order to avoid clutter again. »
“By entering their lives, I really help my clients to live better”
Moving encounters Barely launched, Isabelle is touched by the psychological dimension of this job. “You really get into people’s lives when you make a ‘diagnosis’. I see women returning to work after raising their children and getting overwhelmed by the mess. I also see men, often recently separated, who had picked up bad habits. »
And there are also these very moving encounters at such special moments in life. “I am thinking of this lady, a widow, who had to leave a 120 m² apartment to move into smaller accommodation. It was her children who contacted me. Their mother was not very warm at first, but after some reservations, we had a good chat. »
How give or throw away when you’ve spent your whole life in a house? But those concerned will be better afterwards. “By entering into their lives, I really help my clients to live better. Isn’t it so much better when the important things are in their place? » Of course, this advice comes at a cost.
Isabelle’s rates start at 60 euros per hour. At the same time, this approach generates savings. “According to Ademe (the Environment and Energy Management Agency), each French person buys more than 10 kg of clothing, shoes and household linen per year. Calling on a storage coach also means becoming aware of the dangers and the cost of overconsumption. »
This testimony was published in the magazine Nous Deux N° 3949.