BEFORE & AFTER PICTURES
A shift in perspective is what I strive for when I'm working with anyone who is organizationally challenged. I love what I do and it shows in the "Before & After" pictures below, and from client testimonials. My area of concentration is working with individuals who suffer from chronic disorganization because of beliefs about self and possessions, brain-based challenges, and situational factors.
All on-site sessions are booked in blocks of 4-hours per day. Organizing projects range in all sizes – there is no one-size fits all. All packages are booked between 8-24 hours. We offer a nominal savings the more hours you book, for larger, long term projects.
"When the stars are aligned."
BEFORE & AFTER
- Incredible Hoarded House Transformation -
This client is my poster child for progressing from a hoarded home to a LIVABLE SPACE! I am so proud of her and the tremendous time we have spent on her home of 50 years. It all started when I answered her daughter’s cry for help: “Need cleanup for very cluttered house--near hoarder status. Many items have not been moved for many years. Lots of dust, potential mold, three not-completely house-trained dogs. Several house repairs needed, but have been put off because of the clutter.” After the phone interview, I was called back for an in-person interview. The next call, “We’d like you to work with us!” I walked into this hoarded house I had no idea how much I couldn’t see, and how much was in dire need of being repaired. It was dark and dingy. No hot water (the hot water heater needed to be replaced), broken garbage disposal, garage door was broken, the carpets were saturated with urine and dog feces, the home was over taken with rats and mice, flying moths, moldy walls, terminate infestation, water damaged ceiling and walls, etc. Over time, I gained my client’s trust and we talked and talked. Soon, it became obvious that we needed more than basic handyman services, we needed a total remodel! After I year, I asked my client if she’d be open to moving out while the house undergoes a complete renovation---that’s the only way a total renovation can be done, and this was a very tall order, I knew! Lo in behold, she agreed and we found a rental that was nearby and they were agreeable to taking her dogs. I moved her out of her home of 50 years, then back in once construction was completed. In addition to my organizing hat, I put on my construction hat. I rolled up my sleeves to start managing my client’s remodel project from scheduling, ordering supplies, interfacing with the general contractor, to sourcing supplies and getting invoices paid on time. To my surprise and amazement, I learned from Matt Paxton and Dorothy Breininger, of the popular TV series, “Hoarders”, that they do know of one person who has hoarding disorder who has agreed and who has had their home remodeled---ever!
I am still working with this client---it’s now been two and a half years, and yes, there is still work to be done.
Instead of identifying himself as one who "hoards", "Obsessive Collector" is how he prefers to describe himself.
BEFORE & AFTER
- Storage Unit Closed Down -
Client: East Bay Client
Besides the original goal to make space in his home from his bedroom to the kitchen and bathroom (also known as ‘harm reduction’), this client needed to empty the biggest and most expensive of six storage units. His cry for help looked like this: “Need organizer to help sort and coach me on elimination of excess in storage lockers and home. Hoarder is the most basic term, but I prefer to think of myself as having been an “obsessive collector.” Also need resource who can assist (haul away or arrange for pick-up) of items for donation and can assist with connecting with outlets for items to be financially liquidated, be it consignment, auction, etc. Someone with life coaching expertise would also be helpful as part of the de-cluttering process will involve determining what projects and interests I cannot realistically entertain in the years I have left.” We were a match made in heaven! I had very quality he was looking for and more! When I first met my East Bay client, two years ago, this storage unit was filled from floor to ceiling. We’ve been working on this unit, and the other units for months. Now the final steps in getting ready to sell a large portion of the items—-we categorized and priced his baking supplies for sale. I contacted my friend and owner of a baking supply store and we arranged for the sale of his products. Once the sale is over he will be able to close down this storage unit for good!
This is called “progress”.
"Help me, I'm ADHD!"
"SOCIAL WORKERS ARE COMING!"
BEFORE & AFTER
- Amazing ADHD Room Transformation -
“I have ADHD, can you work with me?”
Yes, I can! I currently hold a Certificate of Study in ADHD. This client who wanted to organize her
bedroom and closet.
We transformed her space in six hours! So proud of her—Amazing work!
Later, I learned she was so happy with the results, she posted the transformation on her Private ADHD Facebook page!
BEFORE & AFTER
- Impressive Hoarded Rooms/Garage Transformations -
Client EMERGENCY— My Client: “Jen, please organize my garage and living room so I can “pass” the social worker house inspection tomorrow!”
ME: OK- I got this!! Client: “Jen, I need to get you back on a regular schedule.” ME: “We sure do!” Back Sliding is all too common for people who have hoarding disorder or any chronic disorganization for that matter. A maintenance plan is very common, and needs to be put into place.
It’s not how big the house is - It’s how happy the home is.