“When my school job ended for the summer, I knew I had to finally tackle my messy basement and closets—things I’d put off for several years. Every time I attempted to tackle them on my own, I quickly became overwhelmed and depressed. Every little item required decisions: whether to keep it or not, and what to do with it if I kept it. It was just too much!
“Lisa made the decision-making task so much easier by brainstorming the categorizing and storage of ‘keeper’ items with me. She came up with ideas and emailed me between sessions to point out options. She also gave me a few easy ‘homework’ tasks between sessions which have helped flesh out the systems I now have.
“I was able to start my school job this fall without a load of guilt over having let ANOTHER summer go by without cleaning my closets and basement. And I can actually find things I need! Thank you, Lisa!”
-B, occupational therapist, West Seattle
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“It’s a little intimidating to have someone from outside the family advise you on your home, especially if you pride yourself on your design creds. But Lisa approached it with such kindness and vision that it 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, social worker, Mount Baker
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“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 clothes, papers, art supplies, and odd stuff that tumbled out in a mess every time I opened the door.
“Lisa 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.
“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.”
-H, nonprofit director, West Seattle
“I’ve worked with Lisa to organize every single drawer, shelf, closet, and room in my 4,000 square foot home — including my email, task list, and filing systems — and also our garage, storage room, garden shed, and earthquake preparedness kits.
“Each day, I have been absolutely, unreservedly, ecstatic with the results.
“Before each work session, I felt resistant, worried I’d regret getting rid of things I had for years. But the clutter in my closets and drawers had become metaphors for indecision and clinging to the past. I knew I needed to get free of this stuff. Knowing Lisa to be a person of great integrity, I pushed ahead, confident that I could trust her to guide me through the tougher decisions.
“Lisa arrives on time. Her method is to empty out a space completely, sort the items, then – as she deep cleans the space that she just emptied and clears away unwanted items – she has me select what I’d like to keep. It’s hard work, and she does the bulk of it.
“When I have difficulty making decisions about an item, she asks well-timed questions to help me see either that I no longer need or use it, or that I really cherish and need to keep it. She finds clever ways to display treasured items, and my clothes closet now looks like a boutique.
“She also suggests where to responsibly recycle, donate, consign and sell items I no longer need. I’ve sold $350 worth of items to date. To top it off, Lisa found an uncashed check for $250 stuck between drawers. (How did she do that? It’s that deep cleaning she does!)
“As a result, I feel so much lighter and more focused now that my house is in order. Finally, Lisa helped me put simple systems in place so that I can keep that order going forward. I wholeheartedly recommend Lisa as a professional who can coach you through this uplifting experience.”
-A, attorney, Madison Park
“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. 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 works hard to sort and stage your belongings, then keeps you on-task and accountable in the most gentle and supportive way possible. I am so thankful!”
-S, attorney, Beacon Hill
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“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. 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.”
-L, writer, Wallingford
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“Working with Lisa 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, so we created a wonderful little nook for me. I so love my space!”
-O, director of IT operations, Ballard