As a professional home organizer, my superpower is the ability to create beautiful, individualized, functional spaces.
Are there cluttered, chaotic, or impersonal areas in your home that you haven’t had the time or energy to sort out?
Would you like help transforming them into well-organized, aesthetically pleasing spaces that are a joy to use?
If so, I’m your gal!
I offer encouraging, non-judgmental coaching and protect client confidentiality. Plus, I work really hard.
I love what I do and hope I can be of service to you.
Free in-home consultation.
$60 / hour introductory rate, 3-hour minimum, through August 31.
$65 / hour, 3-hour minimum, as of September 1.
closet – click here to see photos
“I cannot recommend Lisa highly enough. As a working mom, I am extremely short on time. I have a closet that has intimidated me for 14 years with piles of accumulated clothes, random art supplies, paperwork, and odd stuff that tumbled out in a mess every time I opened the door.
“Lisa was amazing. She arrived spot-on time with her red bucket and cheerful smile. She kindly, firmly, and with no judgment helped me to tackle my ‘impossible’ closet. She guided me through her home organizer process where she emptied the space, cleaned it, sorted and stacked items into logical categories, and then invited me to ‘sit like a queen’ on my bed to decide the fate of my stuff.
“Lisa has researched a wealth of eco-source and social service organizations that would be delighted to receive the things that I decided to give away, which made giving them up so easy.
“In addition to her hardworking, positive and non-judgmental demeanor, Lisa has a beautiful sense of design. My now-sparkling closet only holds the clothes, scarves and jewelry that I love, all displayed artfully and beautifully.
“Due to Lisa’s gentle persistence and indefatigable energy, I now have a beautiful space. Being free of all the stuff that didn’t bring me happiness has left me with a sense of lightness, and that is the real gift.”
– H, West Seattle
garage – click here to see photos
“It’s a little intimidating to have someone from outside the family to come and give you advice on your home, especially if you pride yourself on your design creds. But Lisa approached the home organizer process with such kindness and vision that made the difficult work of ‘letting go’ almost a pleasure.
“Due to Lisa’s ability to ride with your resistance to change, and her compassion and gentle humor, we were soon completely aboard with the multiple changes she suggested. In addition to her design savvy and gentle approach, she also works incredibly fast and is a very hard worker. As a result, the garage was completely transformed. It is now a space I revel in, as nice as the rest of the house.”
-B, Mount Baker
closet – click here to see photos
“It is exhilarating to live with the results of our work today. It has been such an energy boost to go into my closet and see how beautiful it is. I feel light and clear, just as you predicted!”
–A, Madison Park
living room – click here to see photos
“I cannot recommend Lisa Holtby more highly. She respects my lifestyle, and sees what already works. She made a formerly cluttered but, well, okay room into beautiful room and it’s still my room with my beloved books and art in it. Lisa is a wizard at coming up with solutions, knows how to simplify and beautify, and has a superb color sense. Additionally, she’s conversant with economical sources of fabrics, rugs, furniture, etc. Finally, Lisa is pleasant and kind and insightful, a pleasure to spend a few hours with.”
a space of her own – click here to see photos
“Working with home organizer Lisa Holtby is easy. She finds out what’s important to you and what feeds your soul. I didn’t have a space in the house just for me, filled with special things. We looked at a few corners in the house, chose the one that made the most sense and then did a very fun thing. We went ‘shopping’ in my home. Once the bones were in place, reorganizing items already in the space and/or showcasing them with updates (new lamp shades or picture frames) created a wonderful little nook for me. I so love my space!”
– O, Ballard
“Lisa Holtby is, by far, the best home organizer I have ever worked with, hands down. I had collected so much stuff over the 9 years since I had my daughter and was stretched so thin with work, activities, school and life in general to ever manage to get on top of it. We had so many clothes (ill-fitting included) that laundry was a never-ending task. I was beginning to think I would just live in a cluttered home until my daughter went off to college and that was not acceptable to me. I knew I needed help.
“Lisa helps you get organized and then empowers you to keep organized. This really is her superpower and her work ethic is unparalleled. She will work hard to sort and stage your belongings, then keeps you on-task and accountable in the decision-making phase in the most gentle and supportive way possible. I am so thankful!”
– S, Beacon Hill
Call or email for a free in-home, one-hour consultation. We’ll discuss the scope of your project and how I can help. I’ll ask you all kinds of questions to understand how you’d like your space to function, look, and feel.
Then we’ll schedule organizing sessions when we roll up our sleeves and get down to work. I’ll be at your side the whole time, offering options and asking questions to help you make decisions.
Here’s how we’ll create S P A C E during home organizer sessions:
Sort: Empty out the project space and quickly divide items into categories. (Pants with pants, shirts with shirts, etc.)
Purge: Consider each item, and decide to keep, relocate, donate, recycle, shred, or toss it. (I can take bags of donations to a charity. I’ll send you the tax-deductible receipt.)
Assign: Designate a specific place for each category of items kept.
Contain: Choose how to display or store items. We can use what you have on hand: baskets, boxes, trays, jars, hooks, shelves. In addition, I can suggest resources or even shop for you.
Establish: Set up organizing systems and routines that intuitively make sense to you. This way, you can easily maintain order.
Home organizing feels, to me, like uncovering hidden treasure.
By discerning and then discarding what is extraneous to your life’s focus, what remains will be your own glittering treasure.
As a result, what’s left will be your most beloved and useful belongings, all of which support and express who you want to be, what you want to do, and how you want to spend your precious and finite time on this earth.
Both in your home and in life, in order to say “yes!” to what feels most essential, it is also necessary to say “no, thank you kindly,” to that which is inessential, and then to let it go.
With all of my home organizer’s heart, I believe that your home can…
-Run smoothly, so that all your belongings and papers are easy to locate, supplies are well-stocked, tools and utensils are in good repair, and your clothes fit comfortably and look great on you.
-Have enough open space so that you can do what you love: work hard, make art, host dinner parties, exercise, hang out with your family, read in solitude, whatever it is that brings you happiness.
-Reflect and express your truest self, so that you are surrounded by your favorite colors, favorite textures, favorite scents, and with your most meaningful possessions.
-Be your refuge, a little oasis where you and your loved ones can feel relaxed and comfortable.