“They took the time and cared about my stuff.”

“They took the time and cared about my stuff.”

Soon after my dear friend Lisa passed away in August 2012, I felt like I needed to "escape" my home, that my current living situation didn't make me feel safe and secure as it should. I found that through organizing for others, giving them a new insight or new direction, I could heal my heart and finally begin this new chapter in my life. It wasn't long after that I had the pleasure of meeting Deborah, one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. She too was going through a major transition in life and after a stressful move from Mercer Island, she didn't know what to do or where to start. "The clutter was stifling my growth, in terms of this new direction in my life." -Deborah (Kirkland, WA) Deborah sat down with me last week and shared her personal experiences of relocating, downsizing and working with our team to turn a new space into a relaxation destination. This is Deborah's journey...
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Best storage items for kids on the go.

Best storage items for kids on the go.

Featured in: ParentMap Magazine Start small. Have a spot in your house where things seem to pile up? A basket with handles can make things look neater and give you an easy way to carry things to wherever they belong. Kammie Lisenby of Seattle Organizing Experts likes to use a basket with kids who tend to “dump and forget” their school stuff until the next day. You can have some fun with your child at the craft store letting them pick out the basket they want. Here are a few of my favorite kids storage solution ideas. Affordable + Easy Upkeep = Success!     ...
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Declutter and Organize Your Space to Keep Your Cool

Declutter and Organize Your Space to Keep Your Cool

July 28, 2013 Written by Kathryn Russell Selk for ParentMap Magazine School is looming. The kids are cranky. You know you have to wean the minions from their summer schedule and somehow keep your cool. The last thing on your mind is dealing with your own clutter. But taking a little time now to get your own things more in order may go a long way toward reducing your own anxiety level — and your kids’ stress as well. Those piles of chick lit stacked next to the bed and the towers of paper you plan to deal with “soon” are not just unsightly, they’re downright unhealthy. A 2012 UCLA study finds that levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, are higher in the saliva of women whose homes were cluttered versus those whose homes were described as “restorative.” Searching for your keys in the clutter? Researchers at the University of Washington have found a direct link between stress and cognitive problems such as issues with memory. And a...
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Time to downsize? How to begin

Time to downsize? How to begin

By Deanna Duff, Special to The Herald Downsizing comes in many shapes and forms. For some, clutter accumulates in common spots such as the garage or guest bedroom. Sometimes personal transitions require a lifestyle change. "There are lots of reasons to downsize," said Kammie Lisenby, owner of The Organizing Experts, which provides professional help managing personal and professional spaces in Snohomish and King counties. "At some point, we all experience transitions. It's the cycle of life. The healthy thing is to also cycle through some of your belongings." Lisenby encounters many needs: senior citizens needing less space; families moving to smaller, more affordable homes; or health diagnoses that demand better household management. Life's constant busyness -- careers, working parents, frequent travel -- also requires efficient organization. "Your environment should be a reflection that uplifts you and becomes a place you want to be," Lisenby said. For do-it-yourself downsizing, the following tips will help clear the clutter. Downsize or organize? Evaluate whether an area contains too many...
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The Organizing Experts rescue a West Seattle teacher from her cluttered classroom.

The Organizing Experts rescue a West Seattle teacher from her cluttered classroom.

After working with the Seattle Organizing Experts in her home, Ms. Poole came to me with hopes of making some organizational changes in her classroom. Currently, she teaches in a half-portable classroom; and like many teachers she struggles to use the limited space effectively. With 27 students in her class, there is no doubt that clutter can pile up easily. Clutter which makes planning lessons and maintaining resources more challenging. It is truly evident how much Ms. Poole cares for her students, and I am excited at the opportunity to create a unique and beautiful learning environment for them. According to the Washington Education Association, Washington has the fourth most over-crowded classrooms in America. I believe that by providing Ms. Poole with an organized and clutter-free classroom it will make a huge impact on how students feel and learn when they are in her class. All students deserve a classroom that fosters leaning and provides a safe and calm environment. It...
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