Laura’s 8 Great Questions with Terri Albert

Welcome to the first installment of “Laura’s 8 Great Questions”. This week I met with Terri Albert, owner of The Chicago Organizer, who donated a silent auction prize of her services to Chicago House. I talked with her about her business, doing good in Chicago and her Zealous Good experience. Read on to find out what she had to say:
1.Tell me about your business/yourself.

My business of five years is called The Chicago Organizer, and I’m a Residential Professional Organizer. My tag line is: “Clutter-free living. Now.” Unofficially I’ve been helping family/friends/boyfriends declutter/organize/pack/unpack for the past 20 years while I was in the corporate world not knowing the industry of Professional Organizers existed. I’m glad I discovered it and absolutely love what I do to help people—often in transition—moving into a new home after a divorce; moving to Chicago for a new job; becoming empty nesters and de-cluttering a home a large family was raised in; or just realizing they aren’t moving forward professionally or personally because their cluttered spaces at home are overwhelming them. I have a tremendous amount of energy and do a lot of physical work during decluttering sessions. I also have really good ideas for organizing—closets, kitchens, basements, bathrooms, storage units, etc. I like to workout—yoga and pilates and muscle conditioning classes at the health club. I swim sometimes, bike, play tennis. I’m an avid reader of fiction and am in two book clubs; love live theater; movies; and traveling.

2. How long have you been in Chicago?

25 years. I moved here from Michigan after college and have been living in Lincoln Park the entire time. I love the neighborhood!  I knew I was a big city person from a very young age.

3. How did you hear about Zealous Good?

I met Brittany at a Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce networking event and then we took it a step further and met for coffee to discuss how our businesses could help each other.

4. Why did you decide to use Zealous Good to donate your goods/services?

I help people all over Chicago declutter and organize and luckily have clients right in the Lincoln Park/Lakeview area so it’s a great way to get neighborhood people involved in their community by supporting local agencies in need.

5. What’s your favorite part about Zealous Good?

That Brittany created a concept out of thin air and is making it work. That’s very impressive as I’m all about female owned and operated businesses since that’s what I am too!

6. What’s your favorite part about do gooders in Chicago?

Paying it forward. Your junk is someone else’s treasure. Do gooders give it away on Free Cycle; make a point to donate regularly. I’m all about keeping perfectly good stuff out of land fills and finding new uses for discarded items. Shoe boxes can be so useful as storage containers!

7. Chicago Style Hot Dog or Chicago Style Pizza?

PIZZA! I like thin with a crispy crust and thick sometimes too. I’ll eat a hot dog—but the big draw are the French fries!

8. Cubs or Sox?

Cubs—but have to admit, I’m not a big sports fan. Steppenwolf or Goodman is a better question to ask me!

Thanks Terri, we really appreciate you taking the time to answer Laura’s 8 Great Questions! Stay tuned for our next installment!


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