I met Julie at a business social event (she was with a friend who is a realtor that she does stagings for) and we got to talking about what she does. When she told me about her other services around organization, room staging for functional living, decluttering and even hording, I made a note that I wanted to work with someone like that.
I have issues with Executive Functioning (a form of ADHD) that makes me very inefficient but at the same tim obsessed with saving everything. I keep papers “just in case” and have piles of knick knacks (with no function) from across the globe.
My father passed away in August and in the process of resettling my home (he had lived with my family for the past 6 years) that had become chaotic due to my father’s care needs in the final months of life. I kept throwing anything and everything into his room to avoid facing the emotional and physical task of addressing the mess. (For the record, orderly housekeeping has never been a strong trait of mine!)
I contacted Julie and told her my situation. She assured me that she could help me and that I could get through this. I made 3 appointments with her, cancelling the first 2. I finally summoned the courage and we had our first session.
Julie is FANTASTIC. She showed up on my doorstep with no idea of what my situation looked like. She immediately made me feel so comfortable and able to let down my guard and embarrassment. I assumed we’d meet that day and then make a plan — but she was ready to roll up her sleeves and help me dig in.
In a 6 hour session Julie was able to help me go through everything; trash, Dad’s things, items in non-sensical places. I thought I wouldn’t be able to deal with things until my siblings could look at Dad’s things too – but Julie helped me find a safe and out of the way place to store those items — everything else was given a bucket – keep, donate, & trash. Before the day was out my father’s room was immaculate and my kitchen was spotless!
For the first time, EVER, Leo and I sit at our kitchen table for dinner — and are delighted to do so. The feeling of accomplishment is like nothing I’ve ever felt. Julie didn’t just help me clean up — she talked me through how to maintain the order and not percieve a little upset as a total failure.
I am so looking forward to working with Julie again. I still have some spaces to clean up / clean out / organize and I am planning to work with Julie to evaluate how I can better “stage” my home so that they are pleasing to the eye, but also functional AND designed to make keeping things in their rightful place easy. Leo is looking forward to getting some space back too!
Five stars. 10/10. Definitely recommended.
— Maribeth Janssen