Women Will Create Meets... Zen Den Oxford
Hi! My name is Krista and I started Zen Den Oxford, a professional organising company, at the beginning of the year. My clients are usually busy people who never had a chance to create organising systems in their homes, and now have spaces that need some attention. The most common spaces that I organise are garages, closets, pantries and children’s rooms, but have also done home offices, restaurant stock rooms and filing.
It is quite a funny story about how this all started. My whole life I heard the same cliché phrases about finding what makes you happy and making it your job. I settled on Early Childhood Education, as I really enjoyed my job as a camp councillor and thought that this could be my career path.
The program was a 3 year course that I decided to do in 2 years as an intensive. This meant lots of stress and a desperate need for an outlet. Cleaning my apartment was always a really good way for me to feel like I was back in control when all of my course work was piling up. With four girls in one apartment it never really stayed clean or organised for long, so cleaning turned into finding the root of the problem and fixing it. Creating systems in the apartment helped to keep it organised, and my roommates soon started asking me to help with their rooms, so I did!
At this point I didn’t realise that what I was doing was something that I was uniquely good at; I sort of assumed that my roommates were just too lazy to do it themselves. But over time, I realised that my classroom, my apartment and my life in general was more organised than most of my friends. I also realised I genuinely enjoy the whole process of taking something that is unorganised and chaotic, and making it work again. It wasn’t long before one of my friends suggested that I do this as a job.
At first, I thought that it was be too good to be true, but when I ran the idea past my partner he seemed really positive about it. The more people I spoke to, the more people agreed that it was a good idea and that I should go for it. After some thought I bought a website and started a blog thinking that I would just get my feet wet in the industry and write about staying organised. That was really what made me realise that I wanted to try and make this work as a running business so I stopped writing and started booking in jobs. It’s been 6 months since I bought my website, and I think it’s the best life decision I’ve ever made!
Going full time has been really scary. I left a steady pay check in a job that I really enjoyed to follow my heart, and that has been one of the bravest things I’ve ever done. My business involves going from contract to contract, so there are no guarantees for me. I’m inspired by the thought that there are people needing a helping hand to get their most important space, their home, back on track.
Now, I have the freedom of working for myself, being home more often with my boyfriend and soon-to-be pup and having the general freedom to unleash my creativity while helping people.
The future I envision for Zen Den Oxford includes a team of vibrant people, spreading across Oxfordshire to help create chaos-free homes. It also includes a very happy me, doing what I love, and helping people along the way!