I am an author and genealogist who loves helping others to discover and tell the stories of their photos, families, and things.
During my professional organizing career, I helped my clients find the freedom that comes from getting Organized for Life, which is the name of my Albuquerque-based company. I decluttered homes and offices and created organizing systems and ideal schedules. I was the only organizer in New Mexico with a background in both engineering and fine arts, which makes me a creative problem-solver. The engineer in me created The Clutter Flow Chart Collection, and my artistic side came in handy when redesigning rooms and staging homes for sale.
But it was photo organizing that eventually rekindled my love of genealogy research. I also became interested in end-of-life matters, which include downsizing and making decisions now, so your loved ones won’t have to later. All my experience and interests dovetailed in the form of my 2021 book, What’s a Photo Without the Story? How to Create Your Family Legacy.
My qualifications include three decades of genealogy research experience; 17 years of organizing clients’ stuff, space, and time (homes and offices, in person and virtually); formal education in mechanical engineering, drafting, and fine arts; and 20+ years as a technology planner at a large telecommunications company.
Clients appreciate my straight-forward, non-judgmental approach to their unique projects and challenges. No single organizing system — or approach to preserving your family history — works for everyone. Whether you are organizing your photos, downsizing your possessions, or telling your story, my job is to help you find the methods and tools that work best for YOU!
Born to Organize (blog post)
The egret represents freedom from clutter (blog post)
Organized for Life….and beyond?! (blog post)
Accomplishments, Honors, and Awards:
Org4life: The First 15 Years (blog post)
|Platinum POINT Contributor NAPO2015 Los Angeles|| President's Award|
| FeedSpot Top 100 Blog|
| Megastar Blogger
- National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) 2004-present (Emeritus, Golden Circle, Authorship and Publishing SIG, POINT Committee, Education Committee, 2017 President”s Award recipient)
- Professional Organizers of New Mexico (PONM) 2005-present (Founding Member)
- NAPO Virtual Chapter 2013-2020 (Secretary 2013-2014)
- The Photo Managers (APPO) 2015-present
- Former member of the former Interior Redesign Industry Specialists (IRIS)
- Ongoing Organizing and Genealogy Classes, Webinars, and Conferences
- NAPO Specialist Certificates: Workplace Productivity, Residential Organizing, Household Management, Life Transitions
- TPM Certified Personal Photo Organizer
- IRIS Certified Interior Redesigner and Real Estate Stager
- BSME (Mechanical Engineering), San Diego State University
- AS (Drafting), AA (Fine Arts), MiraCosta College
- Various classes, Boise State University
- 21-1/2 years in the Network Engineering & Planning Department of a large Telecommunications Company
- Click here to see PONM group volunteer organizing project photo stories!
- Friends of the Public Library Volunteer (2005 – 2020) and Board Member (2007-2009)
- Women Make a Difference Advisory Council and Photographer (2011-2018)
- Volunteer Team Leader on a local NM episode of A&E Hoarders (2011)
- Albuquerque Shred-A-Thon (2009)
- Albuquerque Recycle-A-Thon (2008)
- Recording for the Blind (1990’s)
- Girl Scout Camp Counselor (1970’s)
- Current: Genealogy, Backyard Birding, Book Club, TV
- Back-burner: Piano, Photography, Travel, French
About the Egret Logo:
In the spring of 2007 I attended the NAPO conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Can you imagine 800 professional organizers in one room?! Need I add that the event was very organized? Afterwards, while touring the backroads of Minnesota in my rental car, I observed an egret taking flight. I thought, That’s it! The feeling of getting organized! Of freedom from clutter. Of being able to relax, exhale, appreciate life, enjoy one’s space, and reach one’s goals. Thus I was inspired to create the egret logo. My business cards became less corporate-looking and more personal. And my new tag line is: Less clutter. More life.
You can read more in this blog post: The egret represents freedom from clutter
Meanwhile, as my business grew and changed, the egret took on additional meanings: Organized for Life….and beyond?!