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The Accidental Organizer

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

As a house manager, I was allowed free reign to declutter -“when in doubt, throw it out”- and organize their homes.

Besides the daily/weekly/monthly responsibilities, whenever families were on vacation I got even more freedom. Several times per year I was allowed to organize any way I saw fit, with some loose guidelines of course. I was in an organizer’s dream without even knowing it.

With the help and input of the housekeepers I was able to organize homes, inside and out. From garages to the laundry/utility rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, home offices, closets and playrooms….everywhere!

Summers had the biggest projects with the end of the school year. This was when we were able to de-clutter and sell, donate or trash the old (clothes and school supplies etc.) and make room for the new. Whether this was for 1 kid or 8 the process was the same: sort, declutter (sell, trash or donate) then organize.


When one of my families moved to a new home I was able to help facilitate the move-out/move-in.

However, decluttering and moving over a decade of a home with kids is not a small project. Coincidently, the kids were at school and extra-curricular activities more than before. So, even though I missed taking care of them as much as I previously did, I was able to focus a lot of my time on organizing the new home. A project that took quite some time. I was ecstatic! Did I already say I was in an (accidental) organizer’s dream? Just checking!


Those were the formative years for Organized Refined. Being able to essentially “live” in a space while objectively, without judgement and with total confidentiality, observe what works and what does not, is powerful. (The trust given to me during that time, to help take care of someone’s home and family, was very humbling and gratifying at the same time. Forever grateful!!!)

I was given the opportunity to document the customizable systems families need to remain efficient and productive. These systems became the building blocks of this amazing venture of mine.

Currently I’m able to use that knowledge gained not only for the benefit of my clients but for my own family as well.

In order to bring an even more enhanced level of service and experience to every project I'm involved in, I'm enrolled in the Inspired Organizer Program. My goal is to learn as much as I possibly can about my industry. This personal development journey of mine, through advanced learning helps me elevate the organizing experience I bring to you. (Click here to find out more about the IO Program.)



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