Ever wanted to feel more organised at work and at home?
Unveiled at the ZigZag Hub in Wollongong the new guide to organised living is the first book in a series she intends to publish.
Mrs Straver has been involved in businesses management since 2001 and in 2009 completed a BA in Psychology, followed by a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
She has taught management at the University of Wollongong as a casual academic since 2009 and in 2014 started an organising consultancy business called the Essence of Clarity.
Mrs Straver strives to improve the lives of people who feel like they are living with clutter and disorganised and overwhelmed.
Her decision to write and publish books on organisation resulted from a defining moment in 2009 when she wanted to get organised in every aspect of her own life.
“My skill set and passion mean that no matter what I do, I will always be looking at ways to organise and declutter. I also like to see how systems and processes work and if I can link how organisation can make a positive difference to someone’s work or home life,” she said.
Mrs Straver’s business has two main client groups.
Those who would like to get organised at home and those who want to get more organised in their careers.
A range of services are provided such as:
- One-on-one help with the client at home focusing on areas they want to be organised.
- Paperwork organising for individuals at home and at work
- Implementation of organising systems for small to medium businesses.
- Off site support and advice via email
- Workshops and keynote speeches about organising the Essence of Clarity
Mrs Straver was born in the Netherlands and has lived in Australia for 16 years.
“I arrived in Australia travelling. I liked it so much I stayed,” she said.
Mrs Straver has lived in Wollongong for 13 years.
“I like the Illawarra because it still has that community feel and I love the natural environment,” she said.
Mrs Straver has had two children since moving from Sydney and knows the importance of work-life balance and organisation in her professional and personal life.
“This is basically the foundation book and I am going to write two more books on organising paperwork at home and for business owners and managers. They will look at electronic and physical paperwork,” she said.
“For this first one what I have looked at is the principles of organising. There are skill-sets and mindsets. The skill-sets will get you so far. But you also need the mindset to set up routines and how you perceive yourself and your environment. It also looks at the external world and the demands on you that impact the need and ability to organise.”
Mrs Straver said all her study was one thing but she had also become a professional organiser through life experience.
“It is quite well established in the US. But it is a very new industry in Australia,” she said.
“The book will allow you to hone in one thing and practice that and then can focus in one another aspect. It is more than just tips and tricks.”
Copies of Organising Unpacked can be ordered online and it has been distributed to several businesses including Dymocks in Wollongong.
The book was published by Queens Publishing and edited by Matt Houston.