I was born in Minnesota, but as a popular bumper sticker says, “I got here as fast as I could.” My father was in the Air Force and stationed in San Antonio, Texas when I was two years old. After he completed his tour, we moved to Austin, where I have been ever since.
I worked for years in retail and administrative positions in both the public and private sectors. Some of these jobs included working for the Texas State Preservation Board, local real estate developers and a custom frame shop. These positions taught me about customer service, records retention, preserving art and memorabilia, and what kept me most on my toes was working with people with demanding standards.
My first real job was as a receptionist for a group of real estate developers, a couple of which were organizationally challenged and definitely had distraction issues. The company had multiple properties they built and managed. I put together a unique color coded file system so we could easily find the property information quickly and help the office run more smoothly.
When I worked in the Texas Capitol Gift Shop, I was able to observe the very interesting behavior of all kinds of customers. We would have everyone from politicians, their staffers, lobbyists, and tourists from all over in the shop. One of the popular souvenirs was the mini gavels. I noticed that everyone, no matter the age, gender, or nationality, would pick up a gavel, tap it on the counter and then on their companion’s head. Human behavior is an amazing thing to watch.
From all of my working experiences, I realized that “the other duties as assigned” were the ones I liked the best. So in 2006, I turned it into my own business. I work with creative, and not so creative people, who are ready for a one of a kind organizing system for their home or office that reflects their uniqueness. I also speak to women’s groups, civic organizations and others who are ready to make something great happen in their work and life.
I am currently the Immediate Past President of the Austin Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and over the years have held many roles. In 2012, I was presented the NAPO-Austin President’s award for Exemplary Service to the Chapter. In 2015, I was presented with the NAPO National President’s Award as a member of the Marketing Committee. Along with serving on the NAPO National Marketing and Membership Committees, I am proud to be a member of NAPO’s Golden Circle, signifying an elevated level of organizing experience. I continue my education with advanced classes as a subscriber to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). I am an Evernote Certified Consultant. I also belong to the Texas State Historical Association.
I am honored to have been quoted in Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, and Consumer Reports Magazines.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in History from St. Edward’s University. I started going to college to be a teacher but instead my class room is people’s homes, offices and studios. In my free time, I enjoy learning even more about history, working on craft projects, taking tap dance classes, researching my family genealogy and spending time with my husband, Jay and our four-legged children, Bella and Josie.