Those blogs also helped her learn about Clever Container, a direct-sales company that is all about organizing, functionality, ideas — and fun.
“I found Clever Container when my oldest child was leaving for college, and I realized I was ready for a new phase of my life,” she said.
Rutter started in September and was the No. 4 seller out of about 2,000 consultants in the country her first two months in business.
When did you realize you had a talent for organizing?
I am not naturally organized and had to learn organizing skills throughout my adult life. As I started to do that, I realized that I was always drawn to the organizing aspect of volunteer projects. The skills I learned to survive running a home and family later turned into a passion.
What do you do to keep yourself organized?
I plan blocks of time into my schedule to look at the upcoming day or week’s schedule so I can prepare for how busy our days will be. As I have become more organized, I have become better at anticipating what I will need to do to take the stress out of upcoming events. Taking time to do that — even when you don’t think you have a moment to just sit and think — saves a lot of time in the long run. From an early age, I have also included my kids in the process.
What products are offered by Clever Container?
We have a wide variety of products for your home, office or car. Many of my customers struggle with organized closets and taming their paperwork, so I am thrilled to have lots of solutions to present to them for those problem areas. Our prices range from $5-$43.
How did you decide to become a Clever Container consultant?
Because I am not naturally organized, I realized the shame, stress, and frustration that is felt when you don’t have good systems in place in your life. By being a consultant I can share what I have learned with other people who are going through those same emotions.
How do you hope to help others get organized?
I hope the tips I offer at home shows and in classes will inspire people to set up routines in their lives that will save them time and money. By focusing on one project at a time, they can see results and continue on their personal organization journey. My customers can call me when they are feeling overwhelmed and need ideas so that I can … help them stay motivated.
What are your top three tips for staying organized?
1. Find a home for items and return items to those places when you are finished with them.
2. Anticipate your upcoming needs by planning ahead.
3. Get rid of items that you are not using because they weigh you down mentally and take up valuable space.
About Debbie Rutter
Lives in: Manchester Township
Family: Husband, Todd; two sons, Kyle, 18, at Penn State University; Adam, 17, senior at Central York High School
Hobbies: Gathering with others for fun events, Penn State tailgating, traveling, book club and Bunco
Occupation: Consultant and direct sales professional organizer with Clever Container
Contact Debbie Rutter about Clever Container
Debbie Rutter from Clever Container wants to help you get your paperwork under control. The two items pictured at right are a well thought out system to tackle the daily influx of mail, one of today’s biggest organizational challenges.
The black box is the base and can be used with either the pink-and-lime floral design or sleek black side facing out depending on your decor. Inside the box goes a set of hanging folders, color coordinated file folders and preprinted labels. There is also an explanation sheet that tells you how to get started.
They have a retail value of $41.
Comment below with your favorite organizing tip by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 for a chance to win the Clever Container products pictured at right. A winner will be drawn at random from all the entries received, and announced in the comments section and on the Smart Facebook page. Good luck!