About Outside the Box Organisation Solutions
Our Mission is to be a leader of change in the world through helping people to live with less so they can experience more.
Hi, I’m Carolyn Verhoef Organising Coach and Professional Organiser. What I love about helping people get organised is the freedom and clarity this brings. What I realised early on is that helping people get organised is more than creating beautiful spaces and putting things away in boxes.
The only way to create organisation and calm in our lives permanently is to look at what occurs Outside the Box. These are the things that are your habits, systems, your unique logic and sometimes your emotional attachment to things. This is the core of being a good organising coach.
I take my role as Organising Coach and Professional Organiser seriously.
That’s why I am a member of the Institute of Professional Organisers (IOPO). I also hold board member position at the IOPO as Professional Development Advisor. My role is to provide members with a career pathway, developing their skills as organisers and in doing so bring high standards for the organising industry.
A member of the Institute for Chronic Disorganization who are leaders in providing resources to educate on Chronic Disorganization. Being a member is part of our commitment to continuous improvement and standards of excellence in the field of Professional Organising.
As an Accredited Mental Health First Aider my focus is support, information, listening and communication with positive encouragement. One in two Australians will suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition in their lifetime, there is no room for stigma and judgement.
Sharing the message far and wide of how to live with less and experience more is my passion.
Awarded the Nifnex Top 100 Influential Small Business Perth Award in 2016. We pride ourselves on developing strong relationships in the community and delivering an exceptional customer experience.
In 2017 outsidetheboxsolutions.com.au was awarded the Top 100 Organising Website & Blog in the World. Sharing knowledge to help you free yourself from clutter and organise your life is just one part of delivering our mission to create change in the world.
Outside the Box Organisation Solutions is a strong supporter of and partner of Strive & Thrive, committed to supporting good mental health and well-being. We have full police clearance certificate. We are fully insured so you can be assured of our commitment and integrity to serving you.
About Carolyn Verhoef – Organising Coach
Great to tell you a bit more about me. In fact, I think it’s an important step when considering working with a professional organiser or organising coach as it can be a personal journey. In order to help you the best way possible, being a good fit for your personality and lifestyle is essential. I invite you to read on and don’t be afraid to do a bit of stalking on the web about me and our business.
My most valued skills for organising spaces have come from being a Chef. Organising a busy prestigious restaurant kitchen definitely gave me a high level of skill for being a Professional Organiser. After this, I took on restaurant management leading teams of staff which made a wonderful groundwork for my life as an Organising Coach. This increased my efficiency skills and managing time under extreme pressure.
Coaching and leadership was the natural progression of my careers. These skills were further developed as a retail business manager for several high-end boutiques. Along with learning the skills of visual merchandising and how to create beautiful spaces. The experiences I gained in business management was highly rewarding and successful.
What Do Clients Experience?
The variety and depth of my lived experience are the aspects clients frequently mention. They see it as a huge benefit to assisting them to reach the goals of decluttering and organising their lives and homes. Drawing on over 25 years experience in small business management I also create sound, practical and simple solutions to assist micro and small business owners.
Being a creative person I use skills as a teacher, coach and trainer to communicate on all levels. Which shows when client’s comment that I leave them feeling inspired and energised after our sessions. I feel privileged to be a part of someone’s life and make an impact for the better.
My goal as your Organising Coach is to ensure you reach your desired outcome. Guiding you to achieve a sense of well-being and sanctuary through being organised to the level you feel comfortable. It’s definitely not about being perfect or reaching someone else’s standards or expectations.
My skills and experience include:
- Accredited Mental Health First Aid Certificate holder
- Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Organisers
- Advisory Board Member for the Institute of Professional Organisers
- Member of the Institue for Challenging Disorganization Carolyn Verhoef has earned a Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization Level 1
- Winner of Top 100 Organizing Blog and Website in the World 2017
- Winner of the Influential Topp 100 Businesses in Perth 2016
- “Expert” Accredited Member of the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers AAPO 2011
- Certified in the 5P’s to Prosperity Spiritual Life Coach program
- Feng Shui certificate of completion in Four Pillars of Destiny, Flying Stars, Form School and Bagua Schools of Feng Shui
- Seven years working with Australia’s top retailer of designer organisational products
- Over ten years organising experience with clients in homes and businesses
- Executive Committee member and active volunteer member of AAPO since 2010
- Public Relations Portfolio Manager for AAPO 2012/13 and 2013/14
- Winner of the People’s Choice Award for outstanding service to the Professional Organising Industry from AAPO 2013
- Winner of the 2012 AAPO Public Relations Portfolio Award
- Certified Belly Dance from the Heart teacher
- 18 years experience in running a high-end boutique retail business
- Qualified Commercial Chef
- 6 years spent in management positions in the hospitality industry
Awards and Certifications
Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Organisers. IOPO provides an intentional, supportive and inclusive network, that affords the opportunity for growth for Organising and Decluttering Professionals. As a member, I adhere to IOPO Code of Practice for Professional Organisers. Be assured of the professionalism and care of your choice of Organiser who is part of a professional body. Please take a moment to read the code HERE
Institute for Challenging Disorganization – Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization April 2018.
Winner of Nifnex Top 100 Influential Small Business 2016
Accredited Mental Health First Aider with Mental Health First Aid Australia 2017
Certificate of Completion from Complete Feng Shui in the following schools of Feng Shui – Form School, Bagua, Four Pillars of Destiny Chinese Astrology and Flying Stars Feng Shui for your home.
Certified Spiritual Life Coach, through Discovering Your Life’s Purpose
Get Organised Professional Organisers Consultant Training completed 2010
The J Factor Coach Training for Managers completed 2010
Shemiran Ibrahim Bellydance from the Heart Certified Teacher 2010
Carolyn is very skilled and an amazing coach. She looks at the status of things, takes time to find out how and why you work a certain way, and comes up with strategies and solutions that are a fit with YOUR personality type…. If you’re a hard copy person (like me), Carolyn embraces that and works with it – and as a consequence, everything she helps you put in place is embraced and used versus resisted.
There is no judgement just a commitment to helping you realise results. Carolyn helped me work though clean up (when I called her in I could hardly walk into the room, which had to quickly become a functioning office and stock room), and from the early stage we set up systems and a layout to support each aspect of work to be performed in the office. She did such a good job of this I next got her to advise me on my teaching venue layout and setup (being able to teach hands on classes to 12 people in a 4m x 4m space takes organisation!).
Regular sessions helped change my habits over time and I can say she has completely transformed the way I work and my work space is now reliably workable and clear. Favorite tip – posting things only on Tuesdays…and having structures that stop my desk becoming covered in paper!Tanya Barreto
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Infinite peace and gratitude,