HEY! I'M JACQUI.
I was born and raised in Cranford, New Jersey with my Cuban-born parents, older brother, younger sister (yes, I have middle child syndrome), a big extended family, and lots of four-legged friends over the years.
I'd always had a knack for tidying up through my childhood and into my teens, but it wasn't until much later that I was able to turn this talent and passion into my life's work.
When I was 18, I left my hometown and found my new home almost 700 miles away at the University of South Carolina. I spent four incredible years there involved in Orientation, First Year Experience, Greek Life, and Study Abroad. All of those experiences led me pursuing a career in Student Affairs.
That's how I then landed in Tallahassee, earning my Masters in Higher Education at Florida State University. While grad school was one of the toughest challenges I'd ever faced, I also learned so much, made lifelong friends, and met the love of my life there. Just before graduation, I landed my first full-time job back in South Carolina.
The year that followed was, again, one of the most challenging I'd ever faced. A long-distance relationship, a toxic work environment, and losing our family pet was a recipe that led me to my lowest mental health point ever. Thank goodness I had my puppy, Kona, to comfort me when I was sad and give me a sense of purpose when I couldn't find it anywhere else.
In 2019, I made some pretty big changes in my life. So much so that I barely recognize the person I was at the beginning of that year. From six solid months of therapy, to finding a new job, to moving in with my partner, my life was getting back on track.
Looking back though, my biggest accomplishment was tidying my home. Not just one room or one aspect of my home. My whole. Damn. Home. Using a popular method (#sparkjoy), it truly was a life-changing experience. My home became a sanctuary. A beautiful respite. Everything in my home brought me joy because I'd released everything else that no longer served me.
That was January 2019. That was the beginning.
While I'd contemplated making a little extra money from helping people organize, it wasn't until that fall that I started to really take this goal seriously and see it as a real possibility for the near future rather than a far off dream to pursue 10, 15, 20 years down the line.
But I knew I couldn't do it alone. So I enrolled in a group business coaching program called SA Pro to CEO, created by Kayley Robsham, a former Student Affairs Professional (aka SA Pro). There I found the community, accountability, support, and encouragement to truly get my business going.
As the program began to come to end, I knew I still needed support in getting my business off the ground. So I hired Kayley to be my 1:1 business coach. I know I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am now without her support. It is because of her that I have been able to launch and build my business so quickly. That I get to share my talent and expertise with you.
I am so excited you're here and for this journey we are embarking on together.
Welcome, to Tidy for Good!
TIDY FOR GOOD
Throughout my tidying festival in January 2019, my perspective began to shift drastically. Not only about how to organize, but about each and every single item in my home. And any item I would bring into my home in the future.
I began to think deeply about what truly sparked joy for me when considering what to buy - whether it was clothing, food, appliances, anything. What I began to realize is that those products that created the least amount of waste were the ones that sparked the most joy for me.
I also began to implement the motto "use what you have" more than ever before. Once I had used what I had, typically one of two things happened. I either realized I hadn't really needed it in the first place, or I would replace it with a less wasteful option.
Researching and discovering new ways to reduce waste has been genuinely fun. Even in challenging times, I have constantly been amazed by my creativity and resourcefulness in solving new problems. And I want to teach and empower you to find joy in transitioning to a tidy and low-waste lifestyle.
For me, tidying and reducing waste have gone hand in hand since the beginning. That belief has been affirmed through my readings, trainings, and growing trends I've seen amongst my peers.
It was through this belief that Tidy for Good was born.
Tidy for Good (or TFG) approaches organizing and sustainability from a spiritual perspective. Practicing mindfulness, slowness, intentionality, and gratitude is at the core of TFG. From getting you grounded and setting intentions, to actually tidying your home, to teaching you how to reduce waste, to closing out your process and taking time to reflect, I will be there to support you every step of the way.
I can't wait to work with you!