When I was growing up, my dad made a career of helping corporations run their business and their manufacturing plants more efficiently and effectively. Needless to say, the basement workshop, the CD collection, and even the filing cabinet were organized. “A place for everything and everything in its place” might as well have been stenciled on the garage door. I didn’t really notice any of this as a child, but organized systems were second-nature in our house. As soon as I had my own dorm room, then apartment, and then house, I realized how necessary that skill set was to having a well-functioning space.
With undergraduate majors in Biology and History, a career in scientific research, and part-time work as a science teacher, math tutor, and academic proofreader, I have a rather unusual background for a professional organizer.
I completed the Professional Organizing Certificate Program at The University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies in 2014. It was like going to college all over again, only this time everything made sense the first time around and I felt as if I knew all the information before it was even taught. Someone just put a name and method to everything I was already doing.
I am also a busy mother with two small children (and all the stuff that comes with them) and I understand how the tangible stuff in your life has a tendency to take on a life of its own. I recognize how frustrating it can be when you can’t find that one piece of paper on your desk or when you have to sort through a pile of sweaters in your closet to find the one you want. I know that time spent looking for things (or buying things you didn’t know you already had) is time that is better spent doing something fun and engaging.
I am a member of both the national and local chapters of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and strictly adhere to their code of ethics. I currently serve as Membership Director for NAPO-Richmond.