As a Recovering Messy herself, Kim McBrayer understands how her clients feel! She was not born organized, but she was born to organize. Constantly working to defeat disorganization in her own life, Kim draws from her personal experience to help her clients find the way to simplify their own lives.
Hearing about the professional organizing industry in 2001, Kim discovered the name to call what she had been doing since 1995. Beginning as an event planner, she organized events for cities, businesses, churches, non-profit groups and coordinated weddings, but after recognizing her true passion of helping people on a personal level, she founded one of the nation’s first organizing firms, All Spaced Out. Kim became a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers; served on the National Board of Directors; is a Golden Circle member; chaired the National Leadership Development Committee; and was selected as a 2009 Top 40 Under 40 in Birmingham by the Birmingham Business Journal.
While she was enjoying great professional success, personal tragedy struck her life, facing a divorce and the horrific diagnosis of her son’s terminal cancer. Closing her business and focusing
all of her energy on his final battle, Kim began another chapter, teaching her more about what really matters in this life. Carson Sumpter fought bravely and touched thousands of lives along the way, but his healing was not to happen on this side and he passed away in July of 2011.
Along with the sadness of loss comes a greater appreciation for the blessings we still have. Caring for her daughter, Cassidy, nicknamed "Smiley Face" as she never fails to keep everyone smiling even on the darkest of days, Kim rediscovered true love when she was reunited and married to her high school sweetheart, Brett McBrayer, in September of 2011. As they began their life together, Kim realized she was ready to return to the organizing world and this time, it would be called Space Cadets, focusing on good space planning and design, in addition to hands-on organizing and relocation services. Kim also works with Homebuilders bringing organization to the remodeling and new construction world.
Surviving so many life-changing events, Kim is also expanding her services to Speaking, sharing her message of overcoming the challenges we all face and enjoying a simpler, more organized life.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary
so that the necessary may speak.
- Hans Hofmann
Kim, 38, is a certified professional organizer and founder of All Spaced Out, (now Space Cadets), a closet design and organization company. The business has grown rapidly and the company has expanded to a 1,400 square-foot warehouse and 700 square foot showroom, with additional plans to grow across the region.
Education: B.A. Communication, University of Alabama, 1992
What was your first job? Church pianist at 12 years old.
Why did you choose your profession? It chose me actually! I am a Recovering Messy that realized the difference organizing made in my own life and that I could share the lessons from personal experience with others.
2009 Top 40 Under 40
From The Birmingham Business Journal interview
What was the turning point in your career? After running this business from my home with one part-time installer, I met a “sink-or-swim” moment when my major supplier went out of business and I still had orders to fill. It was either close down or reinvent myself. Next thing I knew, I had a showroom, offices and warehouse with more than 10 employees.
What is your guiding business principle? The Golden Rule.
What is your yardstick of success? Our returning clients and referrals are high, which says we are doing something right. That is success to me!
What are the characteristics a good leader must have? Passion and integrity – everything else will fall in line.
Who is your biggest mentor? Proverbs tells us the wise seek counsel from many advisors, so I have many mentors that help me look at life’s decisions from several angles.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? To be true to who you are as you climb toward success, lifting your foot in faith and the step will be there.
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received? To not get my hopes up and dream too big. What a limitation on the potential!
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned? To always do the right thing, even if it is not easy.
What one word best describes you? Passionate
What would be your first choice if you had to pick a new career? Open a teen center (club) where they can come to hang out, complete with games, activities, tutoring services, youth counselors for problems both big and small, as well as a place to stay overnight if they’re in serious trouble.
What’s your favorite…
Restaurant? Chick-Fil-A – seriously! Always good, always fast and always nice.
Book? Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
Movie? The Legend of Bagger Vance.
Vacation spot? Sunny afternoon on my back porch - as simple as it gets–no packing, no travel, no stress!
Favorite city? Colorado Springs, Colo.
Guilty pleasure? Chocolate and Sunday naps
Hobbies? Music, Alabama football and photography
If you could eat dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?
My kids - every chance I get!
Alabama, Auburn or someone else? Alabama - Roll Tide!
What civic organizations are you involved with? Board of Certified Professional Organizers (BCPO); National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO ), Golden Circle NAPO Leadership Committee Chair, NAPO Ambassador; Westwood Baptist Church, youth counselor; Area 51 Band Sponsor; Quantum Leap Instructor; ALAPO, founder.