I would highly recommend Louise and Top-Shelf Organizing. She and I just did a very extended project over 2 months, readying my house for my girlfriend to move in. We had to deal with close to 20 years of accumulation, and carload after carload left for Goodwill – in fact 10 completely full carloads, which Louise took away as part of her service. We did 12 sessions total – as this was, in many ways, the Organizing equivalent of the Kitchen Impossible series (where the chef turns up to fix a disaster). The Garage was largely a disorganized dump zone, which is now neatly organized with shelving lining the walls, and small plastic containers clearly labeled by Louise. My office is orderly for the first time in a decade, with room for my girlfriend’s desk too. Louise moved a lot of clutter into clearly labeled plastic trays inside cabinets (she has a very nifty labeling machine that prints the labels). My kitchen is so better organized that my skeptical grown daughter commented that the organization was way, way more logical than before – based on Louise’s experience and organizational skills. Now there is room for my girlfriend’s kitchen, clothing, and other stuff to merge into the house – which looked very, very tough to achieve at the outset. I found Louise a pleasure to work with. She is good-natured, interesting, professional, and reliable. She was always on time, and always went the extra mile to get each of the projects done. My only regret is that I didn’t start doing this with Louise earlier. It’s worth every penny!
Louise is AMAZING! Enthusiastic, compassionate, energetic, funny, professional, encouraging and so much more! My home needed help in many rooms due to inheriting all of the belongings of my mom who had passed away and then adding a child to our family. We were packed full of stuff we needed help purging and organizing. The project isn’t fully finished yet but we’ve decluttered almost the entire house and it feels SO WONDERFUL! It’s so much less stressful to be at home.
I’m so glad that I found Louise. After interviewing 4 different companies she came out on top. She’s competitively priced, knows what she’s doing and has reasonable policies as far as her willingness to help you get items donated, actually spending the time you pay for working on your home and scheduling at times that are convenient for you. I will definitely hire her again in the future.
Thank you SO MUCH, Louise!
Louise is very professional & supportive & understands that separating from certain items that have sentimental value can be challenging. Her encouragement & feedback gave me satisfaction that we were accomplishing something much needed in my home.
I had had a lot of loss in my personal life and my home was showing it, I was floundering and overwhelmed with stuff. I needed a lifeline. Louise was it!
Louise is truly worth her weight in gold. Organizing and straightening up your life, when it’s not your strong point is such a gift… a gift you’re giving yourself. She’s the tool to make things happen.
Louise is even keel, non-judgmental and a pleasant human being. Plus that, her brain just knows how to organize. Making sense of things seems to give her energy. She kept a consistent pace and worked the entire time. She packed up my donations and got them out of my space at the end of the day too.
Louise mentioned that she has family members with the ADD type brain, so she knows how to work with brains that are different from hers. I, for example, never know what to do with stuff, she seemed to naturally know how to find a “home” for everything.
My 8 year old son was with us for an hour after school that day. He was so excited to help and see the progress we had made in my dining room and living room. It inspired him to get rid of things too!
A month later after our time with Louise, it’s still a relief to walk into my home, after just ONE day of her help.
My advice: be mentally ready to get rid of things that are no longer serving you, be dressed to do the dirty work and have your energy snacks & drinks ready. Also, understand that this is not work she can do without you, it’s your stuff after all.
Do I need her a few more days for other parts of my home? Yes. Am I completely pleased? Yes. Was I tired afterwards? Yes.
I’m also extremely grateful for the breath of relief, it makes time for other important things in life.
Don’t waste any more time feeling overwhelmed, set aside time and book this! Make time!
Louise is phenomenal, not only as an Organizer, but as a person! She has many gifts, the first of which is her keen ability to listen with empathy, compassion and non-judgement. She helped me clear out and organize my garage, spare bedroom and create a long-awaited art room / guest bedroom. We worked in two 7-hour sessions, and I was amazed how much we accomplished! It was even FUN! The time flew by quickly because Louise was so attuned to sensing just the right pace, pausing when I wanted to reflect, gently nudging as needed to keep the flow, and doing all this with such delightful ease and kindness. Louise has truly found her niche… the perfect blend of her enormous heart, authentic ability to connect with people, and superb organizing skills. These are very admirable gifts, and I’m so grateful to her for helping me transform my house (and life!).
Your work is an expression of your talent. In fact, I will say you are gifted!!! You use your abilities to produce such an outstanding result. And you are happy and enjoy what you do! Congratulations!! You are indeed a great success. As a result, my mood and hopes have improved. What a calming refreshing atmosphere I have now in my living area. You have worked miracles!!!! I love the results and only want to go forward. I’m empowered to carry on your great work. Thank you again and again. I truly appreciate your skill.
Louise is amazing! I was most impressed by her calm and persistent ability to keep the same pace during our entire appointment. She was all in, focused, and flexible.
I have never really had a structured home, especially living in studio apartments or with a big family, I never had spaces that were really for one purpose. Louise helped transform my “junk room/office/playroom” into a glorious office, plus play area for my son. In just 7 hours, she has changed my life. I will be using her again very soon to continue the work.
Organizing magic! My home transformed from cluttered and chaotic to simple and peaceful- each item now has a home of its own. Top-shelf, indeed.
I can’t tell you how awesome Louise is. I came to her after glowing reviews from my friend. I thought I could do it by myself but boy Louise is more than worth the money. She is SO fast, kind and non-judgemental. I had 2 4-hour sessions. I thought the full 8 hours would make a dent on our 3rd bedroom/storage room. She knocked it out in 4 hours then took on and completed my husbands mancave, which used to be our guest room. You can now not only see and sit on the hideabed, it can can be a guest room again! Give Top Shelf Organizing a try, I promise you will be thrilled!
Louise is the wonderful angel I used several times to help me downsize from my Bellevue home. And then again at my Tacoma penthouse to help with organizing to maintain my sanity! She’s a miracle worker! She does everything with such loving kindness and understanding of our attachment to “stuff”.
Louise is absolutely amazing! She has helped us to organize our bedroom and our front entryway and they both look absolutely fantastic! The transformation is incredible and I am so very pleased. It is a pleasure to work with Louise. She is extremely helpful and understanding. She is also very efficient and helps me get a room truly organized. I look forward to continuing to work with Louise on future organizing projects so that our home becomes the calm and peaceful sanctuary I have always envisioned.
Louise is fantastic! She managed to get my storage room in neat as a pin order and she doesn’t force you to get rid of any of your stuff if you don’t want to but encourages ways of dealing with it. I have been emotionally tied to my stuff with lots of memories and she made it much easier with her experience and understanding to sort through all of it. I would highly recommend her. In fact she is coming back to help me with the rest of the house and I am definitely looking forward to it!
This review is long over due! I’ve worked with other organizing experts in the past and found Louise to be absolutely delightful. Louise helped me get my home in order during a spring cleaning/organizing session and then again right before I put my home on the market. Louise helped me go through every drawer and cubby in my home to declutter, downsize, and just straight up organize. Anyone touring my home could have opened any drawer or door after Louise left and I felt nothing but pride. What sets Louise apart in my opinion is her genuine care, she helps take the anxiety out of the big jobs and even followed up with me to see how my house was doing on the market. Thank you Louise, I am sad I can’t take you to the East Coast!”
Working with Louise was phenomenal! She truly enjoys what she does, and that shows in her work product. She has a 4-hour minimum hire requirement, and it’s for a reason. I initially hired her to help me organize my pantry closet, which was a total organizing disaster, it quickly turned into organizing the entire two bedroom apartment.
She helped with going through everything and making sure what we needed on a daily basis was accessible. Louise encouraged me to purge out things I didn’t need and organize everything else on a theme basis.
Highly recommend her services. Considering having Louise come on a semi-annual basis.
Louise has been working with my wife for over the past several months in different areas of our home to sort through, prioritize, discard, recycle, repurpose, and reorganize with a purpose. It’s like giving a room a long overdue liposuction treatment.
Last week Louise came and we tackled our kitchen walk-in pantry, where a several year accumulation of “stuff” had put such a stranglehold on the area that you could hardly walk in and turn around. Although an archeologist would have loved the treasure of the densely packed kitchen hardware and packaged / canned foods, we didn’t. It had become difficult to remember what was really there, and all too often we would re-purchase things because we couldn’t remember where the item was, or just forget about it.
Louise started by setting up 2 tables, and then pulled EVERYTHING out of the constipated pantry, and we started the sorting process. We ended up with piles for each of our kids, donations, garbage, recycle, reidentify. Then we placed categories of goods and appliances into appropriate clear plastic bins, each clearly identified by a big readable tag. Then she placed the tubs on the shelves in a systematic manner where the most frequently used ones were the easiest to reach.
Now, it is a joy to go into the pantry knowing that everything is known, and in the right place. What used to be an instant rush of stress entering the pantry is now a soothing calm. It sounds weird, but sometimes I go in there just because it feels so good to look around and see everything so organized.
The final touch Louise does is that she removes the donation items from the house and takes them to where they are destined.
Louise is pleasant to be around, never criticizes, gasps, faints, or makes you feel inadequate. Her sense of humor really helps make the job go easy. And she is a hard worker, always keeping the process moving and not getting bogged down.
TopShelf is really top shelf. I give her my highest marks.
Louise was great to work with, she came in and helped us totally reorganize our kitchen and our entryway, figuring out what we wanted to get rid of and how the best organizational flow would work. She is very warm with a great attitude. This seems like something that we should be able to do on our own, but it really hard to prioritize and finish once you’ve started. With Louse there, it makes it a lot easier to quickly move through big tasks. We came away with a real sense of accomplishment and mastery. Overall, a great service I would totally recommend if you want to get your space to work for you.
I had a great experience with Louise! She came over, I showed her around and we got to work. We completely transformed my kitchen in a few hours and it made a huge difference. She was wonderful to work with and so enthusiastic about the changes we were making that the time flew by. Highly recommended!
I’ve always been a pretty organized person, but with a few major setbacks in my life, I just got overwhelmed trying to catch up with a couple of rooms that had somehow turned into junk rooms. I wasn’t even sure what needed to be done, or where to start, and I was reluctant to get help, but boy am I glad I did. Louise came in and immediately got to work. I never felt pressured or uncomfortable about her suggestions. We just started working and miraculous changes started happening. I can’t recommend Louise highly enough: there was no room for improvement there. I enjoyed working with her, she made everything easy, and I felt such a great sense of relief and accomplishment after our project days. Thanks, Louise, I so appreciate your professionalism and your help!
Louise, I was thinking this morning that I wished I could have had you all day, but, honestly, I’m completely wiped out after that incredible 4 hours! Thank you SO much for your help, clarity, suggestions, and for sharing your talent. You really got me through that place where I’ve been cemented in for years. I don’t know how you do it every day. I’m headed off to bed. With much gratitude!
I reached Louise from Top Shelf Organizing through a recommendation and I can unhesitatingly say that it changed my life. I went from chaos to a perfectly organized house in hours. Louise has given my house coherence . Things are where they belong, everything in it’s right place in the right order in the right room. She’s a great listener, she quickly understands what your needs are and puts forward a plan while always listening to the client. Booking was easy, the cost justifies the service you get and we know that we’ll continue calling Louise from time to time to continue to give sense to our home.
This sort of activity fatigues me, so I typically approach it in small chunks of activity. Over time, however, I’ve fallen behind in where I want to be. Enter Louise. Somehow, we worked non-stop for 4 hours, and ended up in a place that far exceeded my expectations. The place is clean, organized, and the system she helped implement is tailored to how I work/think. She’s coming back. We’ve got even more work that I now want to do!
A relative hired Louise as a gift, and what a great gift that turned out to be…working with Louise was wonderful! I haven’t had this much order in my living space, ever, and she was friendly and fun to work with, too. Thank you!
A relative hired Top-Shelf Organizing as a house warming present for us after we moved to Seattle. Louise spent a total of eight hours with us (two four hour shifts) and we accomplished much more than I anticipated. I am an organized person and wasn’t sure how this service would help us and am very happy with the service and the amount of work we got done. Louise unpacked several boxes, organized our basement, much of the office area and even helped with some set up of garden items in the yard. When we move again, I will hire Louise to assist with packing and unpacking! This service is well worth the expense, especially when you are balancing work with a move.
“For anyone feeling overwhelmed by clutter or desperate for help turning one’s personal space into a haven instead of stress source, Louise is a life saver!!! I cannot recommend her enough! I’d never hired anyone to help me with the VERY personal process of decluttering and organizing, and was very nervous, very embarrassed about the process and my messy rooms. Louise immediately put me at ease with her warm, intuitive, caring, no pressure, non-judgmental personality. We got busy easily and immediately, going thru three different rooms and myriad closets, and had beautifully-organized and purged spaces to show for it after each session. She made the process fun and informative while never pushing products or more sales. Louise also helped me understand some of my storage and organization habits, giving me easy tips for maintaining and being better in the future. Getting your stuff in order can be life changing and Louise helped me get to the point where I’m now enjoying these rooms instead of being bothered and overwhelmed by them. Hooray!”
After the movers left I was so over whelmed. New to the area and moving from a 3000 sq. ft house to a 900 sq. ft. condo, I found Louise! I don’t know what I would have done without her. We worked side by side and in three days everything had a place. Boxes, packing materials and donations were gone…I was settled in. Louise was worth every penny and I can’t thank her enough.
Louise Beytebiere of Top Shelf Organizing is amazing. It’s always been easy for me to decide what to get rid of, but I’ve never known what to do with the things that I want to keep. Louise is right there with me, making suggestions that fit with the way I occupy my own space. The result is that I am now able to keep my spaces cleaner and more organized so that working in both my studio and my study have become so much more fun. I spend more time doing what I want to do and not looking for things – or running out to buy something because I didn’t know that I already had the item buried in a pile somewhere.
Louise is easy to be around, efficient, reliable, helpful, organized!! and effective. At the end of our sessions, everything that needed to be put away is put away and everything that needs to go elsewhere – whether to be donated or recycled – is gone. The house is clean and peaceful.
After my first 8 hours with Louise, I bought a 40 hour package and am looking forward to cleaning out and organizing all the rooms in our house.
I’ve been meaning to do this for the past 5 years, and now, with Louise, I can!
Are you overwhelmed with clutter? Not ready to bring the dumpster in and start over? Stop what you’re doing and call Louise at Top-Shelf Organizing now!
I was determined to get my chaos under control, so I bought one of Louise’s packages with the intention of tackling everything. We split it up over four visits and were able to take care of one room per visit.
Working with Louise is awesome. She’s non-judgmental and helps you get rid of what you don’t need without feeling like a hoarder, but find ways to keep and strategically store what you want to keep. I was blown away that for as little as we got rid of, there was tons of extra space afterwards.
Louise is a workhorse. We had a couple really long sessions where I had to stop for food and felt exhausted by the end, but Louise just kept going.
Louise also packs all kinds of clever organizing stuff to help along the way like clips, label maker, etc. And when you’re all done, she takes the donate pile and hazardous waste piles with her so you’re just left with a nice clean space.
Louise is a winner. She not only helped me clear out all the stuff I didn’t need, but took them to the donation center drop off. She has a way of helping you focus so that you don’t get too overwhelmed, as I often do when dealing with piles of things that I don’t need. It’s so nice when the room is cleared out, organized, labeled and functional again. She always has such great ideas of where to put things that I had never thought of. Such a life saver! If you’re a busy person, aren’t we all?, and need a hand in focusing on how to make your living spaces more efficient, call Top Shelf Organizing.
My experience with Louise has been life changing, no joke. She is exactly what I’d hoped to find when I set out to find a professional organizer.
She has expertise (natch), wisdom (harder to find), and authentic kindness (a rarity), all of which combine to create an organizer who is not only effective, but also a true pleasure to work with.
She didn’t suggest any kind of pricey gimmick or “system”, and instead worked within what I already had. For example, a basket of my son’s outgrown toys still lurked in the basement; the toys were donated and the basket was moved to the spare bedroom to corral photography equipment. Speaking of donations, Louise takes them with her when she leaves for the day. Really.
If you’re in need of a pro to help with your clutter, I highly recommend Top-Shelf.
I was feeling so overwhelmed by all the work that needed to be done to purge and organize my home. I decided to buy Louise’s services. She is worth every penny! Louise has made these arduous tasks seem obtainable and the results are amazing. We are working our way through my house…I’ll be working with her for quite a while and I enjoy every minute!
If you’re thinking about hiring a professional organizer, stop thinking and get in touch with Louise. My only regret is waiting so long.
My husband and I moved in together without really sorting through anything and the clutter continued to multiply over the next couple of years. We’d buy things we knew we already had because we couldn’t find them. When we had people over it was hours of work running things upstairs and hiding them in closets. We couldn’t have all the dishes clean at the same time because there wasn’t enough room for them in the cabinet. Every room felt a little (or a lot) hectic.
We ultimately hired Louise because we were starting the process of turning an unfinished room (we called it “the Big Room”) that we’d been using as a storage unit into a media room and the thought of cleaning it out ourselves was too overwhelming. I purchased a 20 hour package thinking that maybe we’d get through the room in that amount of time, but with the 3 of us working on it we had it cleared in 7-8 hours (and we got rid of 85% of it – we were storing things, but obviously not because we liked or wanted to use them).
In our next appointment with Louise we tackled my husband’s studio. This was harder because there was more he wanted to keep and it takes more time to organize than to discard, but we went from a room that was difficult to even walk through to a much more useable space that day. We even sorted all his cables into their own bins and dedicated a closet to them…he never has to buy cables again and doesn’t spend hours digging through boxes to find what he’s looking for.
We’ve continued working systematically through the house (we’re now onto our second 20-hour package) and it’s been a joy to experience how peaceful each space becomes.
Now about Louise – I don’t know how she does it, but she has an even level of energy through the whole day and pretty much never stops. The process has been very calm and it’s 100% because of her demeanor. She’s very understanding about how exhausting it is to make hundreds (or thousands) of decisions about whether to keep items and she’s very thoughtful about arranging things in ways that make sense with how we already use our home. She knows how to correctly discard just about anything – recycling batteries, who takes cardboard boxes, etc – and she takes whatever fits in her car to Goodwill when she leaves.
For YEARS I knew we needed to downsize the clutter and get organized and I dreaded doing it, but Louise has made it a truly painless process and I’m so glad I called her.
Louise is one of the best things to ever happen to my house! My family moved from a large house to a small one (3600 sq ft to 1200) and I could not deal with it. I had piles of stuff everywhere. I have three children and my husband was gone for 4 months and I desperately needed help. Out of all the organizers out there, Louise sounded the most promising, and she lived up to her awesome reviews. Even though I live on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and she’s in Seattle, she agreed to drive down here. And, despite having my kids running around, she was able to keep me focused without coming off as annoyed or demanding. She is so sweet and so pleasant to work with! The end result was better than I could have hoped for! Check out her before and after pics on her Facebook page!
If you are even thinking about working with a professional organizing service, I strongly encourage you to hire Louise. After working with her over the past 2 weeks, I cannot speak highly enough of her level of talent and professionalism. Her intervention has literally effected a step change in our quality of life!
My family and I just moved to the Seattle area, and I was struggling to get our new home in order. I was skeptical about hiring a professional organizer, but was becoming desperate given the large amount of piles strewn about the house. With two small children and a downsize from a Texas-size home, I dreaded waking up each day to tackle the disarray.
Here’s a summary of what I consider Louise’s unique talents:
-She is able to effectively (and cheerfully) tackle piles of rubble even when there is no obvious storage solution in place. This was critical to us since we moved from a custom home with lots of built-ins to a house with no storage. Another service we called mentioned that they would not be able to help us effectively without first buying expensive large bins to hold items.
-She followed up with great recommendations on organizing tools to buy (e.g., plastic dressers to put in closets and/or store office things, acrylic containers for the bathroom). I literally dread places like the Container Store and the home organizing section of Target, but was able to go into these places efficiently and confidently thanks to Louise.
-Her working style is extremely flexible. Sometimes I worked with her side-by-side to provide guidance on preferences, or to add horsepower to a specific job. At other times, I left her alone for hours to take care of other things, and returned to incredibly serene, organized spaces. She can effectively serve the client who has strong opinions about everything, to those who need to save time and outsource whole jobs.
-She has incredible throughput. Despite being just one person (versus other places where you have to hire armies of people), her ability to knock a room into shape is far faster than the average human being.
-She takes care of goodwill runs, which is huge for us. We tend to let disorganized piles of donations store up and we efficiently ridded ourselves of overall 10 boxes of unwanted items.
-She is incredibly personable and will go out of her way to help you, even outside the organization realm. Knowing that I was new to Seattle, she helped me identify a housekeeper and decorator in the area, and even gave me helpful information about local public and independent schools. Organizing is probably my least favorite activity in the world, but I actually looked forward to the days I got to see Louise!
I am typing this review now in my beautiful, serene office (which I can actually use now thanks to Louise) and am now excited to start a new job on Monday! Again – if you are reading this I can’t encourage you strongly enough to hire Louise.
Louise is the most organized person that I know. She has found her ultimate calling in life! In our time together, she instantly prioritized the most needed disasters. She is easy going, yet always on task. Louise has also taught me a bunch of tips and tricks to keep our messiest areas in check. As a disabled mom of 2 young children, her compassion is remarkable. It’s amazing the stress relief that comes with organized, clean living areas. She will definitely be involved in our next project of organizing our next big move–I can’t wait! Thank you, Louise!
Thanks to 15 hours of work with Louise and Top Shelf Organizing, I finally feel like my home affairs are in order. After getting married in 2008 and starting a family, all the paper that constitutes being an adult was starting to overwhelm me. . . Tax stuff going back 15 years, medical records going back 20 years, property records, appliance manuals, notes from college, paperwork related to two careers and a home based business . . .it was in piles and boxes that took up most of the space of our attic home offices. A stressful mess that I would tackle and fail to organize several times over the years.
Just before the new year 2016, I told a friend how overwhelmed that I felt about all the paper piles, and she recommended Louise. I saw on her website that she has seen it all and that my messy office wouldn’t faze her. I’m so glad I hired Louise!
Louise is a calm, trustworthy presence who can help you to achieve a peaceful, organized home. I’m already pretty good at organizing and clearing out my stuff – objects and clothing and toys do not overwhelm me. *Paper* is the bane of my existence, and I hate it and it sucks the life out of me.
Louise helped me conquer the paper in a room that I could barely even dust or vacuum because there was too much paper.
I’m so happy now because I have an easy filing system, with neatly labeled file folders, and I’ve reduced more than 100 pounds of paper — the records of our lives — to just what is necessary or the most sentimental, all fitting in one small filing cabinet. The rest is shredded or recycled.
Honestly, if you’ve tried to get organized for years and have failed, it’s not your fault – you probably need professional help. (Being disorganized is probably a sign of brilliance, I have conveniently counseled myself! Seriously, just hire help and get on with it. 🙂 )
I like how Louise just jumps in and starts working, helping make decisions and getting organized. Also, she has a nice attention to detail where she knows where to place things to maximize space. I joked that she is OCD in a good way, lol!
I’m so relieved to have an organized home office that I’m now going to paint the room and remodel it, something that wasn’t possible before because there was too much paper everywhere.
From my personal experience, Louise is one of the premier organizers out there! If you are doing any kind of a move – new house or apartment or business move, have a lifestyle change or just want to get organized – Louise will put together systems that will definitely save you time and money! Louise has an extensive database of professionals – stagers, cleaners, movers, etc. to refer to, as well. Professional and easy to work with, I highly recommend Top-Shelf Organizing!
Thank you, Louise!
I do not know why it is, but I seem to need to have someone support me when I try to organize my home. It might be that I simply need extra hands, or someone like Louise, who has a better sense of what works and sees my vision better. For example, why didn’t I think to put that thing there-it makes so much more sense! She streamlines my rooms as she lends me her insightful suggestions as to how to maintain the new look that we’ve done together.
Answering the front door was the hardest part! My thoughts were around my concern of any judgment she might have …’What is she going to think of my messy, unorganized home’?
While working through hours of non-stop organizing, I got to where I didn’t want to stop because it was fun & exciting to see my rooms come together. I really appreciated her friendly manner. She has no judgments, especially when I am turning beet red with embarrassment as to ‘Why, might I need to keep this’? It’s hilarious in hindsight, because sometimes I had no clue as to why I have thought I needed to keep something. After it was removed from my ‘piles’, I never missed it!
You’ll be equally pleased to work with Louise – in fact, she helps on an emotional level as well. When the excess ‘stuff’ left my home, I could breathe better & feel lighter, when I went back to those finished rooms, I love, love, love my new spaces.
Can’t wait to see her again. You’ll be very pleased when you do work with Louise. The best!
After some debate about the practicality of hiring organizational services, we retained Top Shelf Organizing and could not be happier with the results.
We hired Louise’s services to assist with helping us post-move, essentially unpacking and moving in. My wife and I work throughout the week which brought unpacking to snail pace, really only getting out necessities.
Louise is an exceptional professional and helped us completely turn our post-move, unusable kitchen and downstairs office/spare room into organized, enjoyable spaces. She was able to force us to focus on the areas we needed help with and apply creative strategies for storing and/or removing our items. She won’t judge or push you to do things you don’t want to do, but was able to help my wife and me create large post-move donation piles and even offers to take them herself.
It’s incredible the emotional weight that releases to have well organized, functional spaces.
My advice is if you’re in a similar situation, and skeptical if you really “need” this service to get it done, is yes, you really do. It’s worth every penny.
– Do you feel so guilty about what a mess your place is, you hesitate to invite anyone over?
– Is it hard to walk in a straight line inside your home, because some “stuff” is in your way?
If you answered “Yes” to the above questions, you’re not alone. That was us before we worked with Louise.
“My husband and I are… often buried in work day, night & weekend (on our PCs). One of us (me) is physically limited/considered disabled, but was raised by a hoarder and is a recovering shopaholic. The other half is an absent-minded professor/engineer/artist type; smart but housework is not his strength. Combine these two people + moving from a bigger house to a 636-ft condo + almost 10 years of not getting rid of much, you can end up with a disaster on your hands.
I felt we needed some drastic intervention, so I contacted Louise. I was nervous she may turn us down once I showed her our current state, but even after sending some snapshots, she remained upbeat and optimistic about the potential outcome. I was impressed and encouraged. Then she came to our rescue. (Superhero music here.)
So much of our belongings consisted of what served us well in the past. Not what we needed or wanted in our current life. Louise reminded us of this, and furthermore, worked the hardest of us all. I’m not sure when or if she got to take any breaks. As she kept chipping away at our what used to be a giant tangled mess, the living room started to look like a spacious, peaceful sanctuary (esp. considering the “before”). There were some homework items, but now I felt – for the first time in years! – I could have someone over. (We did!)
So much was accomplished in one session, we were very much encouraged for our second session. At the same time, as the time approached, I admit I was once again scared. What do we do with bigger messes? Would she get upset we haven’t kept it up as it was? Well, we just had our second session. I didn’t need to be scared – Louise was just as nice, supportive and practical, not forcing our decisions in one way or another, but mostly helping and being a positive catalyst. It’s hard to explain, but Louise has a way of empathizing with you so you don’t feel guilty at all, and at the same time she is incredibly helpful in guiding you to the right direction.
And the result is superb. Now we feel peaceful in two additional rooms. (Our results may be slower than typical, as I cannot move very much. To us it was miraculous.) If you want to enjoy living in your space, I highly recommend working with Louise. She’ll help you find a place for your stuff and yourself, so you can feel happier in your home.”
Our family has lived in our home for twenty years. We are considering moving, but I was paralysed at the thought of having to work through years of stuff. Louise helped me to tackle a house packed full of life’s accumulations and whittle them down by two thirds. Louise is efficient, positive and encouraging. I was often overwhelmed by the daunting task in front of me. Louise approached each of our work sessions with energy and enthusiasm. I could not have done this job without her.
I could not have accomplished a major change in my life without Louise’s help and moral support.
With the passing of my husband and my children on their own, it was time for me to make a major life change. I had to move from the family home filled with over 40 years of memories and heirlooms into a smaller condo. I could not deal with the emotional and physical demands of this life change by myself. A friend recommended Louise.
As soon as we met I knew she understood my emotional state. She was very professional and knew how to proceed with every difficult stage of my move. Her friendly positive attitude made me feel at ease with what was happening. Louise gave me the mental tools to make the difficult decisions. When I would tire or stress she made me feel at ease. Each day we made major progress. She recommended the agencies for my donations, she hauled items in her own car and coordinated donation pick ups. I was actually looking forward to my move.
Louise is an extremely well-qualified business woman who provides organizational services filled with varied tasks, but what makes her stand out is her ability to understand how life changes, good and bad, affect her clients.
Thank you so much for your help in organizing my office. It has never been this lean and organized. I feel that my productivity will be MUCH greater. It feels like a completely new room and I actually WANT to go in and start my day! Thank you for your process, professionalism and great attitude. We will definitely be calling you again in the future as I have other project areas that could use your help!!
I’m so pleased and excited about my newly organized pantry and kitchen cabinets. Louise is truly organized from start to finish. First, Louise was quick to respond to my emails. She also gave me a high level overview of what our day would look like since I had purchased a 7 hour package; this was very helpful. It is important for new clients to be there so that Louise can work with you on how you use the space and what items you use most frequently. She wants your input and will help you maximize the potential of your space. The day went by very quickly and we were able to get a lot accomplished! Louise actually took the items that needed recycling out of our home and took the items that we wanted to donate for me! She even put labels on the cabinet shelves (optional) which were wonderful surprises! It is a very thorough service for money well spent.
Hiring Louise to help declutter was worth every penny. Besides being so easy to work with (she’s kind, nonjudgemental, empathetic), she helped me with the most daunting project that I’ve been dreading for years – to purge the walk-in closet that was filled with tons of clothing, old files, documents, etc. She also helped me organize and clear out some of my daughter’s books and toys. It’s nice to no longer feel as if I am living in a storage unit.
What I found helpful in decluttering with Louise was that she kept me on task and really helped me evaluate what items to keep and to rid. On my own, I know that I could obsess on whether or not to keep an item. I really appreciated the reminders to keep only the clothing that I really love and wear. I had over two carloads filled with clothing, books, toys, and shoes to donate.
Louise has provided the momentum and mindset to keep my consumption at bay. Thank you Louise. You’re truly a delight!”
Louise is amazing! We relocated to the Seattle area on very short notice and didn’t do the kind of sorting and filtering we should have done before the move. As a result, when the movers dropped everything off at our new place and we looked around, the mountains of boxes seemed insurmountable. Especially with the time required by a new job, I didn’t see how we’d ever get things to feel like home. We’re so lucky we stumbled across Top-Shelf Organizing on Google!
Louise has been fantastic at working with both of us, adapting her style and methods to the way each of us processes things best. My wife likes to be involved, helping make decisions and seeing where things go. Louise is an expert at jumping in and getting things moving, but always careful to make sure my wife was guiding the process to a setup she was happy with. On the other hand, I was delighted to come home one day and find my home office organized perfectly. Everything in bins and labeled, easy to find and access. Much nicer than I ever could have or would have done myself, and it really feels good to be in the space now.
If you feel stuck or overwhelmed, Louise is your answer. We are very grateful!
Thank you, thank you for your help. It was huge! I love the fact that I can now go into my office/project room and have a clear surface for the many projects you helped me peg down. It feels great to be more organized and I am more energized to tackle these things. You were awesome to work with and it was nice for someone to see my mess, not judge and help me plow through it. A great gal, providing a great service. Loved it!
I originally hired Louise with Top-Shelf Organizing because I was about to move out of my home for a major remodel after living in my home for nearly a dozen years. I needed to pare down everything so that I could move into an apartment for the remodel, and move back again without excessive turmoil. Although my small house looked fairly well-organized on the surface, it was packed with odds and ends and outdated papers, and the chore to pare down to the essentials took several months. Louise worked with me over those several months, and helped to turn a dispiriting chore into a liberating and perhaps even therapeutic experience. I truly enjoyed working with Louise, and looked forward to her arrival on our scheduled work-days. In fact, I enjoyed her company and help so much, I hired her again to help sort and arrange my apartment, and have retained her services again to help smooth the transition back into my remodeled home. Her organizational skills are top-notch, and she has great ideas for organizing the odd bits that I was never able to find before Louise helped to find homes for them. Once I move back in, though, and have used her services to help unpack and organize my things in my new home, I expect to continue to hire Louise on a semi-regular basis to make sure things stay organized, and that I only keep what I need and love.
Just as some of us occasionally hire personal trainers, there is good reason to hire a professional organizer like Louise to coach those of us who are organizationally-challenged. It is money, and time, well-spent.
I had Louise over to help organize my office area in my kitchen. I had every cupboard and drawer packed full of “stuff”. I wasted so much time searching for papers because of being so unorganized. I was overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start. Louise was so calm talking me through the entire process. I never felt like she was judging me. She had a way of asking me questions that helped me decide what to purge and figure out what was important to keep, toss or donate. She took all of my items to be donated as well as old cell phones and batteries. She inspired me to continue on with my list of things to do. Louise was prompt, hard working, motivating and I never felt like it was a chore. I will not hesitate to have her help me again or to recommend her to friends and family.
Louise helped me take back control of my kitchen! Items piled up in places I didn’t want them to. Things were just not in usable, accessible places, it looked cluttered, and some of the cabinets were a jumble. Now after a mere 3 1/2 hours working with Louise, my kitchen is in the most usable, functional, clean and simplistic state I think it’s ever been in! Lots of things were donated (which Louise took with her when she left, how nice!), and what is left are purposeful, useful items in appropriate spaces. Walking into my kitchen is now pleasant and calming and the top of the fridge is now something I am not ashamed of! Louise’s attitude made the experience pleasant and motivational. Sometimes having someone help you see outside of the box you’re in is a gift in and of itself. I highly recommend Louise and her services!
Louise was fantastic! I hired her help for a small area in my laundry room/pantry. She thought I was fairly organized there and recommended we use our energies on the left side of the garage where I come in an out of the house.
Louise and I worked day 1 for 4 hours and I could not believe the amount of items I got rid of. She suggested I take pictures of the paint can lids so I could save the information instead of saving the paint. Brilliant! She took away a carload of donate-ables and all my pesticides and bad for the environment chemicals that I know better now not to use. She suggested a shelving rack and even met me at Storables so I could get a discount.
That side of the garage looked so much better that my husband suggested, yes HE suggested we hire her to do “his” side. It was worth every penny. She was prompt and ready to go. She doesn’t just direct and tell you what to do, she gets in there with the dirt! She helped sort, cleaned, swept, wiped and helped him organize a million tools! I was so happy she was there. I never thought our garage would be organized. It looks amazing!
I had paperwork spread out in many places, boxes and book shelves, and I was always wasting time looking for documents when I needed them. In one short afternoon, Louise put together a wonderful filing system for me which I know I will be able to build on and maintain. I am so happy that I am already saving time!
Louise made the experience fun and she is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her organization services.
My home office was beyond a mess. It was an embarrassment and I was frankly too overwhelmed to do anything to fix it myself. Louise came in and somehow managed – in less than six hours – to not only find my floor again (and everything else that had been “missing” for years) but somehow made me feel good about myself! My children were amazed and my husband said it was “a miracle.” I love the room and the organized space I now have. It has energized me to start in on the rest of my house. Louise is a true professional and a pleasure to work with. She is definitely coming back soon.
Our 3-generation shoebox apartment (sub-800 sq ft! mischevious baby afoot!) setup was increasingly straining my productivity, so I hired Louise to help tackle our living room. Contrary to the common misconception of organizers urging you to a) buy tons of new containers and b) part with your sentimental stuff, she found creative ways to repurpose stuff we already had, and find logical places for sentimental items. Louise also took our dead batteries and a few electrical items for recycling — such a relief for this eco-conscious but time-limited mama. If you need a gentle, no-stone-left-unturned approach to sifting your junk drawers, Louise is here for you!
We hired Louise in the early stages of house hunting. We didn’t want to waste precious time or energy moving items we didn’t need/love/want, so Louise’s assistance with going through our house (room by room!) over the course of about 6 months was one of the greatest gifts we could have given ourselves. We purged and organized 6 full rooms and there were countless trips to donate our unwanted items. Once we found our new house, packing was a dream. I thought to myself many times how glad I was we had purged and gotten rid of the things we didn’t want BEFORE we started packing, because doing that while packing would have been a nightmare. And now our beautiful new home is filled with items we truly cherish, not junk we threw in boxes.
Louise was excellent and patient as well as highly organized. She was fun to be around and we look forward to ongoing visits with her (not only is she great at helping you before you pack, she’s amazing at helping you unpack and organize!). I highly recommend hiring Louise under any circumstance, but especially if relocating is in your future. Give yourself the gift of organization before you get to the point of moving and you will be so glad you did.
When Louise arrived, we admitted that we were both excited and worried about the work ahead of us – something we had put off since moving into our home. Louise calmly and patiently helped us unpack and sort through the many boxes in our storage area and the other piles that had accumulated in our basement. The hours flew by and we were left with storage room to spare and an amazingly inviting family room that’s open and airy. At the end of the day, Louise left us feeling empowered and inspired to attack other areas around the house. Working with her was an amazing experience – she has a gift for organization and makes the insurmountable seem manageable, if not fun. We can’t recommend her service enough and look forward to working with her again in the future!
Louise did an absolutely magical job, to say the least! My partner and I had many rooms that needed Louise’s assistance. She was extremely patient and helped us prioritize “our mess” and went straight to work. I am really impressed by how hands-on Louise was. There was nothing that was “off-limits” for Louise. She was tremendously useful and made sure all bases were covered at all times. Our closet went from a room where you can barely see the carpet, to a beautiful place where it feels peaceful to enter. Most importantly, it just makes us smile seeing the neatly organized result. Louise rocks and we are definitely going to be working with her regularly!
I’ve really appreciated Louise’s easygoing and patient attitude in helping me to organize different parts of my home. She is very encouraging and has great ideas to keep it up after. I’ve actually felt inspired to tackle more projects because I see what a difference it makes in feeling more calm at home.
I hired Louise initially to help me organize my son’s room. He’s 6-years old and completely obsessed with Legos. As you can probably imagine, his room was carpeted with them and was a complete disaster. When Louise arrived we began sorting/organizing and after approximately 7 hours, his room was not only efficient, it looked awesome!
But then one organized room really makes the other sore spots stand out, so I also enlisted Louise’s help to organize my home office (I’m a small business owner), kitchen, bathroom and bookshelf.
Louise is calm and even, especially when I freak out looking at the mess and think “This will never get done!”. It always gets done, and somehow, Louise never tires of organizing. I recommend her highly to anyone who would like a little more (or, in my case, a LOT more) organization in their life.
I’ve been “planning” to organize my guest room for years…and kept putting if off…until I decided to hire Louise! Once the appointment was scheduled, there was no turning back. The job was done beautifully in just a couple of hours and what a relief to have this accomplished! Louise is quick and FUN – before you know it, the work is DONE!
Louise’s service is exceptional. My home is far more organized and functional. Working with Louise is a pleasure and the experience is rejuvenating and motivating.
I had the pleasure of working with Louise organizing two spaces in our home that I could not tackle alone: our garage and our master closet. Both areas I do not usually have the extra time to get in order. Louise was so helpful and also wonderful to visit with. She made the entire process a lot more manageable by helping me complete both spaces in just one visit. The best part is, she took all of our unwanted items with her at the end to be donated! Thanks again Louise!
“Thank you so much for helping me to organize our laundry/storage room. Winning those 2 hours from you was like a Christmas miracle. It has motivated me to keep organizing in other parts of the house as well. You were kind and patient and super motivating!”