08 Jul Get it Moving- Jacqui Knapp Interview
People are attached to their stuff. George Carlin did a fabulous routine about stuff. We hoard it, we trade it, box some of it up and put it into the basement, visit it, take some of it with us in a suitcase and then bring it back again. Some people can take it or leave it and some people can’t let it go, gathering more and more of it. Some people just don’t know what to do with it. Certain indicators present themselves to us in life, requiring that we take stock, reassess, pack up and move out. Jacqui Knapp has established a business where she helps people move through these difficult times with ease, grace and alotta, “Get it Moving!”
What inspired you to clean up and organize other people’s stuff?
I had just finished a 3 month Documentary shoot on tour with Megadeth.
It was 2005. I was exhausted, yet, I’m “only as good as my last job” so I was rearing to get back out on the road again. My Mom got diagnosed with breast cancer and it was spreading fast. I put my life on hold to take care of her.
Not only was I managing her personal and professional finances, but I was handling all the doctors, treatments etc. Once she got better, we sold her home. I secured the movers, packed and moved all her furniture into storage as her new home was still being built. I had this lightening bolt idea, “If I can do this for my ‘larger than life; Mom, I can do this for anyone.” I manage well in controlled chaos, so I pulled my talents together to help people in the most stressful time of their lives thus, Get It Moving! was born.
How has your past work experience helped you in your new business?
In my opinion, Los Angeles is a place where you can reinvent yourself. And I have done that numerous times. Coming from a design family and working with them in my 20’s gave me my creative eye. Producing TV shows and features, I’ve mastered the art of multitasking and problem solving which is a must when helping others in stressful situations. Going back to school and becoming a counselor has given me the ability to really hear the client – it’s about their limitations and what I need to do to inspire a change, yet knowing that we have an end goal and what we need to do to get there.
Describe the different levels or types of addiction you witness in your occupation.
I have dealt with a number of hoarders. Categorized as mental illness,
hoarders are the most difficult clients to deal with as their chaotic surroundings are the only thing that they have control over. And when I come in to clear things out it can be very traumatizing. I’m not there to fix or even address the illness, usually there’s a negotiation on each item that we are moving and I need to stay firm yet compassionate. Most of the time I’m dealing with family members that are at their wits end. If the environment is hazardous, I will bring in a professional crew.
With OCD, clients have a certain need for control, which has manifested in certain types of rituals and the collecting of certain objects. Micromanaging my work is not unusual.
I have worked with people in early recovery and the thought of moving, de-cluttering is completely overwhelming. I encourage my clients to accept that this is a process and we can go at their speed.
Do you believe purging clutter promotes personal transformation?
The top three stressors in life = Death, Moving and Divorce. In all three scenarios there is usually a move involved. My motto, “Cluttered space = cluttered mind,” and vice versa. I totally believe it!
Do you ever call in a Feng Shui expert when you feel incredibly bogged down by the energy in a home? Would you suggest it to a client?
Yes and YES. I actually had my house professionally Feng Shui’ed 8 years ago. By opening up the space and adding a few key items, the energy in my home changed considerably. I have a very similar take in my approach with clients. If the client is open to the idea, I make the appropriate recommendation.
I see you are a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers – I never imagined there would be an association of this kind – what are the qualifications required for this honor?
NAPO is an amazing national organization with conferences, forums, support and continued education for people in our field. I did the online course to hone in on my expertise and have the ability to reach out for support. I pay an annual fee and proof of business. We have access to organizers in different states/cities for recommendations.
If you could time travel, where would you go and why?
Late 1880’s London and Paris. I’m fascinated with aristocracy
The estates, castles, fabrics, colors and art!
Does anything beat being born and raised here in Los Angeles?
Lucky to be BORN and RAISED in a city where – nothing like it. We can reinvent ourselves as many times as we want and totally get away with it!
Get it Moving! facilitates the clients’ move from start to finish. They help homeowners and professionals de-clutter and organize their space for a clean and streamlined lifestyle. They do everything from the initial walk through to separating what will be packed, stored, and sold/donated. Get it Moving! gets homes cleaned and ready for listings and walkthroughs with a certain balance of de-personalizing the property so that the buyer can envision it as their own YET keep it warm and personal at the same time. If staging is part of the deal, they bring the company in and oversee the process. It’s an art.
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