The Chicago Organizer
About this pro
11 years in business
I moved back to Chicago in January with my husband and 2 young sons. After 2 years aboard our belongings were a jumble of stuff from 3 different houses. I needed help unpacking, sorting out the items I would need immediately and items to be put into storage until we bought a home. It was a huge job and I was overwhelmed! Terri came in with a plan, no judgement and enough energy to get the job done. She was organized (of course!), patient and a very pleasent person to spend a few days with while sorting through box after box. the thing i like the most about Terri is that she was so supportive and encouraging while giving me that extra little push I needed. Perhaps her greatest work was done in our kitchen. My husband had unpacked all our dishes, pots, pans, etc. It was nothing short of a disaster. I could find anything and things were literally shoved in the cabinates! Terri got in there and got the job done. It was a masterpiece! And the best thing is, she loves to do it! Organizing is her life! She is great! We just bought a home and will be moving in 1 1/2 months. Guess who I'll be calling first - Terri!!!May 25, 2011
Terri helped me transform my "problem room" from a room I dreaded entering into a room I enjoy being in. There are two things I liked most about working with Terri: first, the process was thoughtful. We weren't only organizing for the moment - one of Terri's priorities was to develop a workable system that (i) fit my needs and (ii) I could maintain on an ongoing basis (it's been about 2 months, and so far, so good). Second, Terri provided the energy needed to make sure we tackled the project. Terri wouldn't let us lose steam - she made sure we stayed on track so that we could reach our goal. I couldn't be happier with the results.Mar 21, 2011
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Not complicated. I offer package rates at 5, 10, 15, 20 hours with 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% discounts, respectively. For suburban clients over 15 miles away, there is a travel charge.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I constantly read organizing books and participate in online webinars. I attended one national and two regional conferences through The National Association of Professional Organizers.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?The Chicago Organizer has been organizing since she was a kid whose parents made her a "Neat Freak" t-shirt! After spending 20 years in the corporate world and helping friends and family on the side, it was time to make it a business reality and spend time helping people with their organizing challenges.