THE SECOND season of Netflix’s hit organising show The Home Edit launches this week, after the debut series inspired millions to take charge of their clutter.
But some people have even taken their passion for tidying to the next level and made businesses out of bringing order to other people’s homes.
Kat McKinnon, 41, from Essex, admitted she was messy as a child, but after having her own children realised the importance organisation has on your mental health.
She launched Organised by Kat in 2020 and now earns £40 per hour helping clients have neat houses, after being spurred from The Home Edit.
Speaking to Fabulous, she said: “As a mum to two young children I can completely understand how busy life can be with work, family and friends to juggle.
“I’m a big believer that your home should be a place of comfort and happiness not a trigger for stress.”
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Kat watched The Home Edit’s Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin tackle homes belonging to the likes of Reece Witherspoon and Khloe Kardashian after she had started her job but said it made her “feel even more excited” about what she does.
She added: “I think the Home Edit show is such a joyful show to watch; all the colours in order just makes me happy.
“It would be amazing to work in some of the spaces that they have had the opportunity to work in.”
Kat previously worked in recruitment within financial services, but took redundancy to launch her business.
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She said: “I’ve never been self-employed before so it was a big step to take.
“I spent about four months in the planning stage prior to the launch. I put together a very basic business plan using templates I found online.
“Originally before launching I did a lot around my own home, and for friends and family.
“I then branched out and offered my services at a discounted rate to some school mums. “This really helped to build up my portfolio of photos.
“Due to Covid it took eight months before I had my first full-paying organising client.”
She has now built up her client base and says Instagram is the best way to find new customers.
She said: “I offer a tailor made organising service in-person (throughout Essex, Kent, Hertz and London) and virtually (worldwide).
“My service is offered in a professional and non-judgemental way where I work closely with my clients to help them edit, declutter and organise.
“My style is simple, stylish and most importantly functional.
“Initially everything needs to come out, as I’m taking items out I will check expiration dates, duplicate items, broken items etc. and then everything goes into a like-for-like pile, i.e. in a kitchen pantry; pasta and rice will be put in one pile, herbs in another etc.
“Then the key to keeping things organised is having the right storage products that fit in place to help maintain the systems.
“The final key to remaining organised is to label EVERYTHING!
“If you give everything in your house a home and label it then the chances of the item being put back in its home is higher.”
Her normal rate is £40 per hour for in-person organising and she also has a £35 per hour rate for her reset package for existing clients.
She even has some celebrity fans, and recently transformed Lauren Goodger’s baby nursery to help her get organised for her next baby’s arrival.
Kat added: “I’m actually heading back this week to help her some more in this space.
“The majority of my clients are female, either with their own businesses or with a busy family to look after and who struggle for time to get themselves organised.”
She said the top five storage items she would recommend to homeowners are a Lazy Susan, expandable drawer dividers, Design and iDesign Clear Storage bins, a label machine (i.e. Dymo) and wall mounted storage (i.e. Elfa System).
Kat said her husband and two kids, aged five and seven, are in full support of her business, but said it’s hard to have a neat home all the time with children.
She said: “Being a parent I think it’s key to choose your battles so I try not to harass the kids too much about their mess!
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“My kids are super proud of mummy and when I recently did a job at their school they couldn’t wait to tell their friends that mummy was working at school and did they know she is an ‘organiser.’
“I don’t think I realised how emotionally hard it would be having my own business, but I’m so passionate about organising and it’s something that I enjoy so much I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
The new season of The Home Edit will launch on April 1, 2022, and will have appearances from Drew Barrymore, Chris Pratt, Katherine Schwarzenegger and Winnie Harlow.
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