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Don’t let clutter take over! Put things away as soon as you’re done using them to take control of your space.—Abbey
For Abbey Claire, organizing is more than just reducing clutter. It requires taking a fresh look at how people live. “By organizing belongings, time and space,” Abbey says, “my clients and I create an environment together that makes them feel comfortable, productive and happy.”
Since 2006, Abbey has helped hundreds of people get a handle on their lives. She frequently works for busy moms and people who work from a home office, often alongside a kids’ space. A member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Abbey also writes an entertaining blog with dozens of great tips about how to streamline your life.
Too many files can mentally exhaust you and too many kitchen utensils can create a tangled mess, but Abbey is scrupulous about what gets saved. “I don’t want people to let go of things if they have the room to store them. Rather, I help people become conscious of what is coming in and going out of the home, so they pare it down to a manageable flow.”
Thanks to Abbey’s work, her clients consistently report an improvement in their quality of life. “Having a mental vision of where everything is, having a schedule, and storing things where you need them really helps you feel calm.”
Having Abbey help me organize my entire home, including the garage, was the best investment I've made in a long time! She is super efficient and a hard worker. She turns a pile of stuff into a beautifully arranged space. I now use every room in our house and love it! Thank you Abbey!
October 15, 2014
I recently downsized from a larger house and Abbey has been helping me organize after the move. She is great-—very professional, responsive, stays on track, and is easy to talk to. Abbey really digs into the work, helping me in many ways so I can focus on making decisions. Her prices seem very fair, and she gives discounts for ongoing work.
December 02, 2013
I really can't speak more highly of Abbey. She offers an invaluable service and I consider her part of my 'sanity team.'
I'm a record producer with a hectic schedule. Hiring an organizer was something I didn't think I needed to do until I realized that the disorganization and piles in my home were causing stress and anxiety. The task of getting organized seemed too big, and I finally accepted that I needed help to bring order back to my house. Abbey sees even the biggest mess like a matrix: it makes sense to her, and she knows how to tackle it. She's an expert.
The work we did together affected my mood in such a positive way. Stuff I'd had for 10-15 years and didn't need was finally gone, and the things I did want to keep found perfect homes. My house finally made sense, and I had systems in place to keep it that way.
Recently I hired Abbey again to help me prepare to move. I have a huge record collection, a recording studio, tons of equipment, along with all of the usual stuff. I was overwhelmed with how to start and how to go about it. Once again it was Abbey to the rescue. Once I arrived at my new place, I hired her once again to help me get organized within the new house. I couldn't have done either of these things without Abbey. Her customer service is amazing, and she's such a pleasure to work with.
I always tell friends about Abbey. I ask them “Do you want to feel happy when are home?" I mean it. From chaos to order, she's greatly improved my quality of life. Easily the best money I've spent in years.
November 19, 2013
Abbey was excellent! She was discreet, and very professional. She makes every effort to do a good job. I was very, very impressed with her.
My son gave me a present of an organizer and he did a lot of research into who would be best before sending her over. I started with a walk in closet. We took everything out and put everything back in order and sorted out what needed to be taken away. I knew all the organizing tricks, but it was so helpful to have her there with me. After the closet, we organized the kitchen: all the cabinets and drawers, etc. Abbey rearranged things in a way that makes sense. We also did the garage, three-quarters of which was a disaster. By the time she was finished, we had it sorted out. We accomplished a tremendous amount of work.
Abbey is very pleasant and I appreciated her expertise. She isn't a show-off or controlling. She will offer advice about design if you ask her, but she’s not at all pushy or judgmental. She is very discreet about her clients. She would never tell you stories about anyone else, so you know everything that happens in the house stays in the house. She is very efficient in terms of time. I can't say enough about her! She was fantastic!
I hadn’t compared rates, but I thought hers was reasonable price. She gets down and dirty. It’s not an easy job going through someone else's junk! She does everything with a smile. I give her a super high rating! She is terrific!
November 16, 2014
I had a lot of papers and files and things I needed organized as well as my son's room. When I contacted Abbey, she responded immediately. She had a consultation session with me. I thought her service was very reasonably priced— I don’t think it was anything the average person couldn't afford.
She started the following week. She really helped us immensely with getting all our papers and our son's room organized.
She develops an organization system tailored to each client. We moved a couple of months ago and I used her suggestions to organize my new home. I've kept her system in place. I've kept her filing system, the bins for my son's room and I use her way of organizing my kitchen because it works for me! Now I can think on how to organize things and how to get rid of clutter. I don't hold on to things like I used to. I was a real pack rat. She showed me how to let go and I‘ve learned to separate important things from unimportant things. I have recommended Abbey to several people.
November 14, 2013
Abbey came recommended by my friend who said that she really benefited from Abbey’s service. Abbey helped her organize her place, but she also gave her tips on how to continue. She further benefited from Abbey’s tip of the week on her blog.
When I contacted Abbey she called me back right away, and was available right away. She made a closet work in ways that I had no idea was possible. We have a small house and small closets, and all four of us are pack rats. When my husband and I tried thinning out, we would make piles and then finally just put it all back. Abbey provided a dispassionate, neutral perspective that was so helpful. She helped me clean out a big closet that had tons of junk and then organize it all thematically. If my husband and I had done it, we would have held on to a lot of stuff, but Abbey helped us let go of things we didn’t need. What we really needed was more closet space—and she helped us get there.
Abbey also organized my kitchen. We keep everything, even the broken stuff. You amass all this stuff and think you’ll need it one day, but even if you do need it at some point, it's fleeting. I have a lifetime of keeping things, and was feeling crowded by it. It's nice to have someone ask you “Are you really, truly going to use this ever again?” If you did it yourself you’d convince yourself to keep it. When organizing, Abbey includes you in the process so you know where everything goes.
Working with Abbey was worth every dollar. It was a great experience. I recommend her for people who feel overwhelmed by their junk!
November 01, 2013
A couple of years ago I needed help organizing and arranging my apartment. Abbey came in and we did two sessions, one week apart. She knew that when we hit the three hour mark I would be tired and she was right. She helped me reorganize that entire apartment from closet to cabinets. She also has a good sense for decoration. She rearranged my furniture and that opened up space.
Next I hired her to help me move. Abbey got there right after the movers. Everything was unpacked and put away in three hours. Literally. It was the best moving experience I ever had.
It's hard to get rid of stuff. I like that Abbey understands that there are things you want to hang onto even if you don't need it right away. She created a “store for later” pile to preserve the things I wanted to preserve.
My most recent experiences with her were mostly with decorating and displaying art. First we did two sessions session where we organized my closets and kitchen cabinets again to make it all more efficient. Then she helped me find really nice spaces in the kitchen for small pieces of art and hung larger pieces in the guest room and bedroom.
Next we will work on my living room. I like that she gives me realistic feedback. She told me I should wait until I had all the furniture I had ordered before decorating.
I hire Abbey every couple of years. If you know you have a bigger project, you can buy a package. The pricing for what I did was very good. I like the way she does things in chunks. She’s really good.
October 28, 2013
I came from a family where everything my mother and father owned fell into my lap. I had all this stuff and couldn't sift through it properly. I moved to California and took all my stuff with me. I knew it would just get worse and I needed someone to help me get organized.
Abbey gave me a free consultation. I walked her through the house—I have lots of closets and filing cabinets—which allows me to have more stuff! We ended up going through the apartment in phases.
She suggested doing three hours at a time and let me decide if I want to do more. In the first session we tackled the bedroom and a big closet. She organized the clothes by those I wear frequently, those I don’t wear at all, and those I save for special occasions. She taught me how to fold the clothes properly and put things away in an organized fashion. She said “You’re the boss, but I'm here to give advice if you need it.”
I hired her a second time for the living room and office. She busted out a label maker for the filing cabinet. I had copies of many of my family documents and she helped me consolidate it all. I didn't know what I needed and what I didn't need. We got rid of any receipt I didn’t need for a warranty or to remember where I bought something. These were concepts I hadn't learned.
Next we moved on to the kitchen. I paid her for three hours but we were done after two so she let me keep an hour in the bank. I kept it in the bank for a year and finally did another round.
Some people need someone to take their stuff away because for whatever reason they can't. Sometimes we’d put something in the take away pile and I would crack and say I still wanted it and she'd put it back.
You have to swallow your pride if you want someone to help you get organized. If I got lazy she would make me keep going. She is also young and fun to be with. Now I have more room in the house. I'm glad I hired Abbey and will hire again.