Carla Hofstee Using Decades Of Experience In New Business Ventures

By Samantha Malott
The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Carla Hofstee says it was her big, yes VERY big family that really solidified her organizational skills and prompted her to start crocheting as a way to relieve stress. Both talents have inspired businesses and an upcoming book titled “Organization with Ease”

The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

With her 12 children grown and out of the house, Carla Hofstee is filling her now quiet life with a new focus — two business ventures decades in the making.

The 64-year-old calls it the “new season of my life.”

Her crochet business that started as a hobby now has a proper store front in Coeur d’Alene, and what began as simply offering organization tips to fellow mothers has blossomed into a full schedule of classes and the soon-to-be interactive book “Organization with Ease.”

Hofstee originally moved from Southern California at age 14 when her family decided to take over a southern Idaho dairy farm. She later moved back to California, where she met her husband, Jim.

Missing Idaho, Hofstee said, she and her husband decided to move to the Coeur d’Alene area to raise the big family she always dreamed of having.

“I felt like it was what I was supposed to do,” she said. “I wanted to be a mother and adopt as many children as I could.”

And a big family it became — four biological children and eight adopted, including three sets of twins.

“Life was very busy,” she said. But that’s what really solidified her organizational skills, and her stress-relieving crochet habit picked up, too.

From laundry schedules, to chore and to-do lists, budgeting, gift and party planning, and more, Hofstee’s friends began to grow curious about how she managed to keep such a tidy and smooth-running home, she said. She offered tips, but as word spread, she began to have too many visitors to handle at her house seeking her expertise.

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