by Camille Santiago
Wouldn’t it be nice to never have to look at a messy worktable, a pile of clothes, or stacks of paper ever again? Think it’s way paradisiacal? It can definitely happen—it’s just a matter of where and how to begin, says professional organizer Issa Reyes aka the woman behind the blog Neat Obsesions.
In case you haven’t heard about Neat Obsessions from celebrity “clients” like Chesca Kramer, Rica Peralejo, Mikaela Lagdameo, and Neri Miranda, to name a few, it’s Issa’s passion project since March 2018. “I really just wanted to share my passion for organizing and making things around me orderly and beautiful through a blog and an Instagram account,” Issa tells ABS-CBN Lifestyle. It was when people started to ask her if she was offering organizing services that she thought this could blossom into a business.
But like any businesses, it wasn’t an easy process putting up Neat Obsessions. “I had to assess and reassess myself if I am really eligible to pursue this as a business, especially because the profession is only known in the US and Canada. I needed to ask several people, do a lot of research, and ask myself again and again if this is something I can really do,” she says.
Eventually, everything fell into place—with her husband’s encouragement, she got her IAPO (International Certifications for Professional Organizer) certificate from New Jersey. She then worked on being a certified KonMari Consultant in Training, now working on her NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) certifications. “I always believe that when you are willing to go the extra mile to learn more, that’s when you can say that you are passionate about what you are doing,” she declares.
With the recent Marie Kondo hype, people have been inspired to “KonMari” their spaces, too—decluttering here, piling boxes there, folding clothes here, stacking items there. Some think it’s a daunting task to stay neat, but as Issa reiterates below, anyone can start anytime and anywhere!