About Carmen Coker

Hi there.

I’m Carmen, and I *heart* organizing! It was my interest in organization that led me to a career as a professional organizer.

But that’s now. Let me go back in time a few years …

Carmen Coker

That’s me then – during a night helo flight over South Korea

I went to the University of Mississippi (Go Rebels!) from 1995 – 1999. When I graduated, I gained not only a Spanish degree but also a commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. I spent the next 6 1/2 years working for Uncle Sam as a military intelligence analyst.

I can’t talk much about what I did during my time in service. As the joke says, “I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you!”

I can say that I changed locations a lot, and each move provided a different type of job with different responsibilities. For me, it was a lifestyle and career that required me to stay extra organized!

In late 2005, I decided to separate from military service and try something new. So I traded in my uniform for some cute clothes and started working in the civilian world.

I went on to become a Department of Defense analyst for L3 Communications. It was really interesting work, but it was also another job that supported military operations and national security. After a year or so in this particular position, I opted to switch gears again. This time, I really wanted to move outside the realm of military affairs.

Carmen Coker, Ali Brown, and James Roche

This is me now – accepting the Platinum Excellence Award, recognizing stand-out entrepreneurs, from my millionaire mentor Ali Brown and coach James Roche

In 2007, I officially opened Clutterbugs, which offered organizing services for house and home. Organized Entrepreneur, which offered small business organizing and productivity services, soon followed in 2010. I have since streamlined Clutterbugs and Organized Entrepreneur into one brand serving both residential and business clients alike – it’s called Carmen Coker International, and it’s what you see before you now.

One accomplishment of which I’m particularly proud is founding the International Association of Virtual Organizers (IAVO). You see, being a military spouse and having a business can easily be a recipe for disaster. So I had to take traditional professional organizing to a whole new level – virtual organizing – in order to make my business successful. Virtual organizing is very powerful, and it’s a new approach that is set to revolutionize the organizing industry. IAVO provides professional organizers with resources to start, run, and grow the virtual organizing component(s) of their business.

One thing’s for sure – owning two companies keeps me on my toes! I have to stay really organized to make sure each business runs smoothly.

I’m also very blessed to have a great husband who supports my dreams, and a lazy basset hound that sleeps so much it’s easy for me to get loads of work done. We currently live in the heart of Cambridge, England, and enjoy traveling around Europe when we get the chance. I love my life!

And now my story has come full circle … I hope to hear your story very soon.

To your biggest success,


Carmen Coker
Professional Organizer

Press, Mentions And Awards

Minot Daily News
FM 107.1 Minneapolis: Get Real Girls
Business Beat
Minot Daily News
October 2007
FM 107.1 Minneapolis:
Get Real Girls

November 2007
(CBS) KXMC
Business Beat

December 2007
Scrapbooks Etc
Santa Monica Mirror
RFDTV
BHG Scrapbooks, etc
Magazine
January 2008
Santa Monica Mirror
January 2008
Rural Free
Delivery Television

March 2008
Business Watch
KMOT
BlogAwards
Business Watch
March 2008
(NBC) KMOT
March/May 2008
Blog Awards
April 2008
The Finder
The Ultimate Guide for Professional Organizers
Journey Magazine
The Finder
May 2008
The Ultimate Guide for
Professional Organizers

2009 Edition
Journey Magazine
February 2009
Bachelors Degree Online
Real Simple
Squidoo LOTD
Bachelor’s Degree Online
February 2009
Real Simple Family
August 2009
Seth Godin’s Squidoo
Lens of the Day

March 2010
Platinum Excellence Award
NAPO
Online Degrees
Ali Brown’s Millionaire
Protégé Club Excellence Award

March 2010
National Association of Professional Organizers News
March/April 2010
Online Degrees
June 2010
Top 50 Productivity Blogs
Untapped Brilliance
Apex Award
Evan Carmichael’s Top 50
Productivity Blogs of 2010

June 2010
Untapped Brilliance
Radio Show

July 2010
Apex Award for
Publication Excellence

July 2010
RicherSmarterHappier
Business Brilliance
Ridiculous Bliss
Richer Smarter Happier
Radio Show

November 2010
Business Brilliance University
January 2011
Matthew Ferry’s Ridiculous
Bliss Radio Show

February 2011
Assitant Edge
Unchained Entrepreneur
Jane Out of the Box
Assistant Edge
March 2011
The Unchained Entrepreneur
March 2011
Jane Out of the Box
May 2011
Leading Ladies International
Seth Godin's Squidoo Lens of the Day
Ideal Home Show at Christmas
Leading Ladies International
May 2011
Seth Godin’s Squidoo
Lens of the Day

October 2011
Ideal Home Show at Christmas
November 2011
My Family Magazine
Gutsy Goddess Society
My Family Magazine
November/December 2011
Gutsy Goddess Society
December 2011
Stress-Free Parenting Club
March 2012
Health News Digest
real_simple_logo
ePodcastNetwork
Health News Digest
April 2012
Real Simple
April 2012
ePodcastNetwork
July 2012
Realty Times
AirmenFamilyReadinessCenter Vetrepreneur Magazine
Realty Times
August 2012
Airmen & Family Readiness Center
August 2012
Vetrepreneur Magazine
January 2013
Military Spouse Magazine
Military Spouse Magazine
February 2013

Member Of

National Association of Professional Organizers
International Association of Virtual Organizers
National Veteran-Owned Business Association
National Association of Professional Organizers
2007 – Present
International Association of Virtual Organizers
2010 – Present
National Veteran-Owned Business Association
2012 – Present

Contributes To

CCFBlog
FranklinCovey
Clutter Control Freak Blog
2007 – Present
FranklinCovey
2010 – Present