What Professional Organizers Do

24 Apr


What Professional Organizers Do

Professional organizers use tested principles and expertise to enhance the lives of clients. By designing custom organizing systems and teaching organizing skills, they help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper piles, their lives!

An organizer’s services can range from designing an efficient closet to organizing a cross-country move. For homeowners, he or she might offer room-by-room space planning and reorganization, estate organization, improved management of paperwork and computer files, systems for managing personal finances and other records, and/or coaching in time-management and goal-setting.

In business settings, an organizing pro can increase productivity and profitability with improvements in paper-filing and storage, electronic organizing, work-flow systems, employee time-management, space design, and more.

Some professional organizers work with specific populations, such as those with Attention Deficit Disorder, the chronically disorganized, children, seniors or students.*

*From http://www.napo.net.



We are offering FREE Document Shredding – April 27th

1 Apr



I’m Here, Now What? Marin to speak at DC EcoWomen conference in May

12 Mar

Join Marin on May 18 at the DC EcoWomen all-day conference entitled, “I’m Here, Now What? Building a Sustainable Career.” The conference will have multiple sessions for career skill building, turning your passion into a profession, and strategies for your personal development – it will be a full day of learning how to take that next step.

Marin will present at Session III: Organizing Your Life from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:

When you are organized, your life is aesthetically, spatially, and emotionally streamlined—without the need for clutter. Useless clutter is emotionally draining, and gives us a false sense of security. Learn how to rid yourself of this clutter – the Eco-Friendly way.

For tickets and more information, visit http://dc.ecowomen.org/conference/



Saturday, May 18, 2013
4pm-6pm Networking Happy Hour

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission,
8787 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring MD 20910

Walking distance from the Silver Spring Metro station (Red Line)

$40 Pre-Sale, full conference ticket until midnight, April 19th.
$50 Full conference ticket, April 20th-May 17th.
$12 Networking happy hour ticket (included in full conference ticket).

The occasional home office

9 Mar

Why go out shopping for expensive furniture and organizing products when so often we already have the perfect solution at home?!

This wicker cabinet held a few kitchen odds and ends – mostly some seasonal table linens that found a new home in the kitchen cabinetry. We emptied out the piece and converted it into an “occasional” home office. Like an occasional chair that fills wall space until it’s called upon to serve as extra seating for company, the cabinet appears decorative most of the time but easily opens up into a functional, standing office.

Family archive files are stored in Husband’s home office along with his business papers; Wife’s occasional office holds just the daily necessities for managing household paperwork and kids’ schedules. Cork board backing displays invitations and coupons, and laminating paper turned the inside of the doors into wet-erase board for notes. When it’s not being used, my client’s laptop sits neatly in the cabinet. Files and office supplies are stored in the drawers below.

Now my client’s supplies are located centrally in her home, where she can work side by side with her kids at the kitchen table, rather than hidden away in a “satellite” office away from the action. And when it’s time for dinner, the clutter magically disappears into her lovely corner cabinet.


FREE organizing seminar for the New Year

1 Dec
Just in time to help you with your New Year’s resolution to GET ORGANIZED, Professional Organizers of Augusta is teaming up with Carpenters in the Home to host a FREE organizing seminar. 
Explore Carpenters in the Home’s beautiful showroom of custom closet and pantry storage systems,
and get free tips and demos from Professional Organizers of Augusta members.
Refreshments and door prizes, including vouchers for services from POA members!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
11:00am until 1:00pm
at Carpenters in the Home showroom
422 Columbia Industrial Blvd.
Evans, GA 30809
Join the event:


Need an inexpensive flooring solution? Paint!

19 Oct

The vibe in this adorable vintage kitchen was being crushed by the vinyl on the floor. When historic home issues (slanted flooring, etc. – a.k.a. “charm”) prevented us from revealing the original wood floors, we considered less expensive alternatives to bringing in new wood. These included cork, an attractive and eco-friendly material, linoleum and, yes, even more vinyl. However, each of these options would still cost at least $1,000 and none was truly suited to the space.

It was time to get creative…

Our solution was to paint! We stripped the old vinyl, put in a lot of elbow grease removing the vinyl backing and glue from the plywood subfloor, and then painted the plywood. One coat of porch primer, two coats black porch paint and two coats water-based polyurethane later, the kitchen makes a dramatic statement for  very low cost (less than $300).

Since we chose to use black paint for the floor, it was especially important to incorporate both natural and artificial light into the room. We opened up some of the shutters to let in more daylight, installed under cabinet lighting (IKEA has cheap, easy-to-install fixtures) and placed a small accent lamp on the shelving unit. Finally, we added a sisal area rug in a warm, natural tone.

Thinking about painting your floor? Consider the function of your space to choose a durable option, especially in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. Choose a color and pattern (with a little extra work, you can choose stripes, checkers, faux effects and more!) that work well in your space. Start with a clean wood surface, whether it’s hardwood or plywood. Enjoy!

Spotlight: a basement living space

6 Sep

It doesn’t take much time or money to turn a finished basement into a cozy living space. Marin Rose and Mané Rebelo-Plaut created this vibrant, comfortable in just 2 days for under $500.

The neutral wall color allowed us to take the red couch and run with it. We purchased a loud, plush area rug from World Market for comfort and style. An inexpensive shelving unit displays books, photos and personal items. We moved the sofa pillows to the oversized chair and replaced them with accent pillows.

Some digging around in the basement storage area revealed several old posters, which we placed in inexpensive frames. Since color was our inspiration, we jazzed up the lamps with bright yellow shades.


Thank you, EcoWomen (and EcoMoms)!

2 Feb

Many thanks to the EcoWomenDC – especially EcoMoms’ Kristin Anderson – for hosting us at Teaism in Penn Quarter last night, where we discussed green organizing. The well-attended event was a whole lot of fun!


Let Marin change your life…

1 Feb

In an hour:

paint color selection

product selection / sourcing

comprehensive home palette coordination – for a home with color AND flow

style determination (are you traditional? eclectic?), including style mediation for spouses with differing tastes

construction project layout development / materials selection

staging assessment – everything you need to do to properly present your home in the market

move preparation consultation

daily habit system setup – bill pay, mail, laundry, scheduling, etc.

paperwork or household tasks (form filing, etc.) to save you time

In a day:

closet organization

kitchen organization

one-room makeover

fresh look for your home using existing items plus recommendations for additional items

dorm room setup

child’s room organization / schoolwork or time management guidance

one-room purge including donation drop-off

filing system audit /setup

household budget development plus guidance for sticking to it

In a week:

multi-room makeover

new room setup – home office, nursery, guest room, for example

downsizing assistance

moving and settling into a retirement home

full home staging

Total makeover (multiple weeks or months): 

Fresh look for your home / redecoration

Household purge including donation drop-off

Space refit for a major life change, such as new baby, empty nest, preparation of a rental property, loss of a loved one or new job

Comprehensive move: staging, move planning/new home preparation plus unpacking/organizing and decorating new home

Regular, ongoing support to maintain organization systems – weekly, monthly, quarterly or as needed

Attend Marin’s green organizing talk Feb 1st

24 Jan

Join me on February 1st when I address the EcoWomen DC to discuss how and why being organized is being green. I’ll share tips for getting and staying organized, in an eco-friendly manner.

Teaism, Penn Quarter 6-7:30pm

Learn more and RSVP