Amy Neiman is a professional organiser and decluttering blogger, detailing her techniques on her company website A Simplified Life. Amy provides her clients with expert decluttering advice to help them maximum their workspace, time and ultimately their lives. She has a Masters in Psychology and has honed her skills by working for 15 years in the entertainment industry. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Amy Neiman.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I have an eye for design and an advance degree in Psychology; I create a space where clients can have form and function. The environment needs to be efficient and promote long-lasting behaviors.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I truly believe that each of us has a different learning style and habits. Thus, our environment needs to be set up in a way that works best for our own needs.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I respect and admire my clients the most. They are looking for direction when they call me. Something needs to change in their world and it’s up to me to empower them get there. When stress and anxiety show up, we feel overwhelmed and can be stuck in a pattern for some time. When a client can take time to invest in learning a new way, that’s truly admirable.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I enjoy structure, meaning, and minimalism. Why are you keeping this item, what is the value it brings, and how will you display/use it… Each client is my inspiration on a project I work on.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I was an undiagnosed ADHD child and started organizing at 7 years old (officially diagnosed at 28). If my physical clutter was removed then I could clear some of the mental clutter and focus on the task at hand. My coping mechanism for stress & anxiety was to organize. I instinctually incorporated this talent into my professional work environments.