Phaedra Studt bio
Phaedra Studt is a professional home organizer and the founder of practical possibilities in Chicago, Illinois, which help small space dwellers organize their homes so that they can have more serenity and less stress.
Her journey to starting her home organization business
Before starting the home organization business, Phaedra was stuck in many of the same kind of assistant jobs. Each time she tried a different job and wanted to scale up the professional ladder, she ended up in the same role of being an assistant.
Since she had the skill of organizing her items and digital information, she decided to start her company, Practical Possibilities. To hear more, go to [01:23].
When did she move fully into business?
After starting her company in January 2019, Phaedra spent six months working part-time. This gave her the opportunity to train her replacement in the company she was working for.
In June 2019, she moved full-time into her home organization business. To hear more, tune in at [05:44].
How COVID-19 impacted her business
At [07:52], Phaedra shares how COVID-19 impacted her business. During the pandemic, there were two months she couldn’t do anything when everything was shut down.
Phaedra adds that when moving-related jobs resumed, they had a tough time because the work was physical, yet they had to wear masks while working.
How the pandemic affected her husband’s job
Before the pandemic, Phaedra’s husband worked for a financial services company in the tech department, where he would work from home one day a week. This made it easier for him to fully transition to working from home during the pandemic. To hear more, go to [09:36].
Her experience transitioning into a work-from-home business with her husband
At [12:00], Phaedra shares her experience transitioning into a work-from-home business with her husband. She shares that unlike when she had her space doing things on her own when she started working with her husband, the space in the office became squeezed, which was uncomfortable.
Moreover, she gets distracted when her husband is talking loudly on the phone calls and also feels responsible for taking care of her husband’s lunch while at work.
In addition, Phaedra shares that their cat, which loves attention, is also a source of distraction while working from home.
Tips on managing ADHD
Even though Phaedra is still learning how to manage her ADHD, she shares some tips she uses to manage her neurodivergence condition. Sometimes, she works in different places in the house away from her husband to avoid distractions.
Additionally, she shares the importance of having personal space to work in and having it set up in a way that works with your brain. To listen to more tips on managing ADHD, go to [18:18].
“No one means to be distracting; we are all just trying to get our work done.”
Organization tips for people with small spaces
Phaedra shares some organization tips for people with small spaces. She encourages them to use their space vertically and label things they don’t see very well.
Moreover, she encourages them to sort items such that like items are together and to use what they can before buying more supplies. To learn more organization tips for people with small spaces, tune in at [23:39].
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