When the New Year hits, many of us try to make resolutions that enhance our everyday lives. After the whirlwind of the holidays, making an extra effort to get organized is at the top of all of our lists. Nicole Ramer, owner of Organized Haven, placed organization at the very top of her list, making it into a successful business that assists people in organizing their homes, businesses and so much more.
While Nicole was very organized by nature, she struggled to maintain order in her home when she became a mother in 2012. At the time, her family was in a very small home with no storage. With determination, Nicole decided to begin a personal organization journey in her home. Once she finally organized her home from top to bottom, she realized that she could use her talent to help others get organized.
In 2013, Nicole left her 13-year banking career to start her independent business, Organized by Nicole, which in April of 2018, became Organized Haven. Not only was she the “boots-on-the-ground” for her business, she was also the accountant, bookkeeper, web developer, marketing coordinator and customer service representative. She was a ‘one woman show’ until 2015 when her husband Danny joined the team.
Today, Nicole and her husband manage a team of 8 that is continuing to grow. Everyone on the team is trained to assist clients facing the overwhelming task of decluttering their homes, downsizing or general organization. It’s not just about the initial organization. They also teach their clients how to maintain organization.
When we spoke, Nicole was moved to tears as she shared the joy she feels when she assists seniors on their organizational journey. Many of Nicole’s clients suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s or are dealing with the loss of a loved one. “Creating a familiar space where these families can feel at home is incredibly special.”
Organized Haven is also involved in local organizations such as The Mission, Heart for Winter Haven, SCORE, and the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce. When she is decluttering and downsizing homes, she often comes across towels, canned goods or other items that need a good home. Through these discoveries, Nicole is able to donate these items to The Mission, Heart for Winter Haven, and other local non-profits. “Clients love seeing their belongings go to a good cause, rather than being thrown away,” she shared.
Nicole shared that her success today is a result of dedication, continued forward motion, connection she made in the community and a strong team. “I love my team. Their patience, hard work and support is what makes this business successful.” She also attributes business growth to her husband, who encouraged her and stood by her from the very beginning.
Beginning a business is not an easy task and Nicole shared many tips from her own experience. “Don’t feel like everything has to be perfect – that is a waste of time because it will never be perfect. Get started and work out the bumps as you go!” Nicole is also an advocate for getting started, but also for asking for help when you need it. “Utilizing organizations like the Chamber, SCORE and SBDC can grow your business exponentially.”
The team at Organized Haven is currently focusing on expansion and empowering each other to continue the amazing work they do in our community. We expect to see even more growth from this Winter Haven business in the future!
Women in Business
Our Women in Business blog series is a monthly series that appears on the blog, social media and our Member e-newsletter, In the News. These articles highlight the women in our community who have worked hard to get where they are in business today.