My name is Jo Cooke and I live in Devon and have two grown up children. When growing up I lived in many parts of the world, constantly on the move from one house/country to the next while attending several different schools. My work experience has included charitable organisations, human resources, project management, book-keeping and civil service amongst others. The vast experience I gained throughout my personal and working life has produced a number of transferable skills that I try to put to good use in supporting my own family and providing the same level of commitment to make a difference in people’s lives when conducting my business. My experiences have taught me so much, and I would like to think that I have an abundance of common sense, sensitivity, patience, empathy, discretion and pragmatism. I have been working as a declutterer for over five years.
My home, I have to say is no show home, nor is it minimalist but there is a place for everything and everything in its place. I regularly have my own decluttering sessions at home to keep the clutter at bay and try to apply the principle of “one in, one out”.
I am passionate about organising and decluttering and find it so satisfying when a client tells me how liberated and lighter they feel after just a few hours together.
The idea for Tapioca Tidy occurred purely by accident as a result of my enthusiasm for helping friends and work colleagues sort out whatever they were becoming overwhelmed with. However, the big wake-up call to consider putting my natural talent to good use professionally occurred about ten years ago when supporting my friend, Emily, with her family’s relocation from London to the west coast of the United States. Emily kindly let me publish Emily’s story.
I am also a Director of a Community Interest Company that focuses on hoarding disorders. For any information on hoarding disorders please see my website at www.hoardingdisordersuk.org
0n 18th May 2017 I published a book called “Understanding Hoarding” by Sheldon Press and this is available to purchase on Amazon.