Small Business Spotlight – Tracey Sillike – CEO of Calm the Chaos Organizing

From corporate account manager to Professional Organizer.  How Tracey Silliker chased after her dreams!

Entrepreneurship is so much better with friends by your side! If you’ve ever been curious about how the small businesses in your community have gotten to where they are today, you are in the right place. In this series, you’ll get to meet your fellow YEG Entrepreneurs and hear their stories of launching a business, overcoming obstacles, and building a career they love.

Today, I’m sitting down with Tracey Silliker of Calm the Chaos Organizing.   Pour a cup of coffee and join us as we learn more about her business journey.

Hi everyone! I’m Tracey, Founder and CEO of Calm the Chaos Organizing and Calm the Chaos Membership. 

I help working moms with teens simplify routines to empower the whole family through a membership program designed specifically for them. 

My passion is helping moms conquer the overwhelm.  It can be so overwhelming working 40-60 hours a week and struggling to keep everything afloat.  

Q. Tell us more about you! We’d love to know about your business today and the story of how you got there.

I worked corporate for years and always struggled with maintaining all the things a mom has to do.  I taught my family strategies to help us conquer the hurdles of mom not being home to do everything.  Then I taught my friends.  Almost 2 years ago, when we moved from MB back to AB I decided to take a leap of faith and start my professional organizing business so I could help moms with the overwhelm in their lives.  As I walked this journey I discovered a real need for those working moms that were struggling to manage it all.  So, I put knowledge to paper and started my Calm the Chaos Membership 

Q. What inspired or influenced you to create your business?

I was inspired to start my organizing business by the ability to help overwhelmed moms.  I also wanted the freedom to be home when my kids were home and realize I don’t have many years left with them as they are in grade 7 and 10.

Q. What are you most proud of in your work?

When moms contact me to say they can’t believe their kids are now helping with meal time and laundry and that the room cleaning strategy is working and they are no longer yelling at their teens all the time. 

Q. What is one challenge you’ve overcome as a business owner, and what did you learn from it that you can share with others?

Like all business owners, Covid was hard!  I had to pivot a lot and only wished I had started my membership a year ago. 

Q. What is your favorite part of what you do?

I love helping people!  Seeing families be able to enjoy their time together rather than stressed over grocery shopping and basic home maintenance.  

Q. What is one thing you do to set yourself up for success every week?

I plan my week every Sunday. I sit down with my Simplified Planner and begin mapping out my week. With things opening back up, baseball starting again, I have relied heavily on making sure my week is organized.  This includes cleaning and meal planning as well. 

Q. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Just Start!  No matter what it is that you want to do, just start.  One drawer, one closet, one menu plan, one cleaning checklist, just start.  

Q. Where can people find you to learn more?

I can be found on FB and IG @calmthechaosorganizing.  I have a website www.calmthechaosorganizing.com, I am also on LinekdIn under Tracey Silliker, Calm the Chaos Organizing.  My waitlist is also open for my Calm The Chaos Membership that will be reopening in the fall. 

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