Deng may look like just another Chinese millennial, but she’s raking in good cash from an unconventional job. Formerly a maternity matron, she now works as a closet organizer, a business she launched in 2015.
Based in the city of Chengdu, Deng started promoting her business through agencies and social media, Shanghaiist reported. As many might find, organizing wardrobes is pretty uncommon for a day job, but Deng knows her way through.
She has served at least 60 clients to date, each receiving a feedback form. Most of this number are middle-class women who own great piles of clothing.
So how does she go about it? To begin, prospective customers must know that they will be charged by the volume and duration of work as well as the size of the closet. Deng asks for 100 yuan, about $15, per hour per meter of closet. When it takes longer than an hour to clean the closet, she asks for 120 yuan, or $18, an hour.
Deng labels items accordingly. Once everything has been organized, she gives customers a heads-up on where things have been placed.
So far, Deng’s biggest charge — over 10,000 yuan, or around $1,493 — was for a client who owned two large wardrobes. According to Sina, she worked from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. for two days to get this particular closet done.
The home-organizing movement has been gaining traction across Asia. For one, those who have read Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” can attest to this. Part of the “KonMari” method involves making the decision of what to keep and where to put them, all in one event.
While Deng seems to be on top of it, her job requires some sacrifice on her end, such as skipping lunches and calloused fingers.
She currently holds training seminars for those interested in following the same career. She wants to have a bigger team in the future so that more customers can experience such services.
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