Amy Kennedy: Tailoring Bedroom Organization to Each Individual | Room by Room #1

In this episode of Room by Room: The Home Organization Science Insights Podcast, host Gabriella Joustra is joined by Amy Kennedy, a professional organizer, and coach who gets a buzz from supporting others to organize their home and life.

If organizing the bedroom is one of your pet peeves, the episode today will be worth your time to watch. Amy Kennedy has some practical hacks for making sure that the bedroom remains a sanctuary for you and your loved ones.

Meet Amy Kennedy

With a desire to create a service that will add value to the lives of others, Amy founded The Organising Bee, a professional home organizing and decluttering service based in Canberra, Australia in 2015.

Amy offers a client-centric approach when organizing and a key emphasis on guiding and teaching the client organization and time management strategies.

With her expertise, she has supported hundreds of busy families to learn, grow and blossom into their version of success, something many had never dreamed possible. Her top-of-the-line services have garnered numerous 5-star reviews from clients, leading The Organising Bee to win the Best of Houzz Service award for five consecutive years (2017 – 2021). 

Respected within the Australian Professional Organising industry, Amy has even represented the industry in various media and speaking engagements. 

And on top of that, she is also co-author of Goodbye Busy, Hello Happy published by Women Changing the World Press and KMD Books in late 2022.  

Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Canberra in 2000. She is committed to ongoing professional development and even completed several community-based interior designs and positive psychology courses. She is also certified in courses like Specialist Hoarding Training from Hoarding Home Solutions, Australia (2020), and a Specialist Certificate of Residential Organizing (2019) from the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals University, United States. 

Our guest is  training to become a Certified ADHD and Productivity Coach with a Coach Approach for Organizers Approved Coach-Specific Training per the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Additionally, she is a member of the Institute of Professional Organisers (IOPO) and the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO).

Amy is also keen on giving back to her local community. So, she also does volunteer work on the side despite her busy schedule.

In her spare time, you’ll find her spending time with family, hugging a strong coffee with a good book and her puppy.

About the episode

The episode started with Amy establishing the importance of home organization and some of the common misconceptions about it. Amy also clarified that to tailor a bedroom, it actually means that we need to understand how the user actually behaves or need from the space. Also, it is worth taking note that organizing a bedroom for an adult will be significantly different with that for a child — a quick tip: make it in a way so they see everything without having to pull anything out.

Amy also left us with some suggestions on how to organize a closet. One of them is called the reverse coat hanger hack. You start by turning all the clothes that are on your hanger backward. At the end of a set period, anything that is still on your hanger backward means that you haven’t worn that clothes on that period, therefore safe to assume that you don’t need that clothes.

In conclusion

When it comes to organizing, Amy recommend that less is more. It’s not necessarily endorsing a minimalist lifestyle. But it’s more about ensuring fulfillment of the actual needs of that certain individual. If you would like to learn more organizing hacks, give the podcast a listen.

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