Colorado Springs Woman’s Professional Organizing Business Sparks Joy and Success | Way of life
When Jenn Campo tells some people what she does for a living, she sees confusion cover their faces.
“Uh,” they might say. “What?”
Campo had the same reaction when she discovered this kind of occupation. Several years ago, she offered to help a friend around her house because that’s the kind of thing Campo considers fun. Her friend joked that Campo was her “professional organizer”.
“Uh, what?” Campo thought. “People get paid to do this stuff that I naturally love?”
At the time, the Colorado Springs native ran a home staging business, which she fell into after putting her home on the market and impressing a realtor with the layout of the space. The agent asked who had staged his house.
“That’s just how I like to keep my house,” Campo replied.
Clean and simple.
This is how Campo has always loved places and spaces, as far back as she can remember. Growing up in a family that loved collecting trinkets and didn’t care so much about clutter, she was the kid who kept a tidy room. When she got a job at a company, she was the worker who rearranged the office closet.
“I’ve always been an organized person,” she says. “When something comes naturally to us, we don’t always realize it’s a thing.”
After her friend’s comment, Campo took to Google. She found results on this thing being a job.
At first, Campo added organizing as a service option with his 10-year-old staging business.
“I realized that I loved him so much,” she said. “And that’s all I wanted to do.”
At the end of 2017, she went all out. Since then, Campo has grown his organizing business, called The Simple Sort.
She still gets a lot of tedious questions about her work, which covers organization, styling, packing and unboxing.
She also gets a lot of excited looks.
Thanks to the success of TV shows like “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” and “Get Organized with The Home Edit”, organizing experts have become their own kind of celebrity.
“Some people are super fascinated, because they see it as glamorous,” Campo said. “I get as many messages from people who want to work for me as from people who want me to work on something for them.”
The Simple Sort quickly grew from a one-woman show to a team of 12. But getting the word out has been slow at times.
“Educating people that we exist has been our biggest challenge,” Campo said.
A recent addition will probably help. Campo opened a studio near Loyal Coffee in downtown Colorado Springs. This gives The Simple Sort a base to store supplies, display their work, and hold events.
It’s like an actual version of The Simple Sort’s Instagram page. The photos show shoes neatly lined up on shelves and boxes neatly filled with food. Other posts offer advice, covering “How to declutter sentimental items” and “three things to do once summer vacation begins” and “It’s that simple: don’t put off a task that’s can be completed in 10 minutes or less!”
“The organization is super interesting for some people,” Campo said. “We don’t care.”
For Campo, 41, and his staff, it’s something that sparks joy. It’s more than stuff, though.
“It transforms people’s lives,” Campo said. “A lot of people feel stressed at home and they don’t know why. Then they feel that weight lifted.
Simple sorting sees all kinds of customers. Sometimes they seek Campo’s services after a divorce or a kitchen flood or the kids have moved away.
“There is often a transition in their life that has spurred this chaos,” she said. “And we help give them peace of mind. That’s what drives me to do this.