“I needed moral support, motivation and a method to organize my basement and also my out of control desk. Lisa is so positive, non-judgmental, and action oriented! She spent a whole day with me in my basement and so much stuff MOVED: either all the way OUT of the house or to a new, tidy spot where it belonged. She got me all organized by the end of the day so I knew what the next steps were and they were so doable, and the progress so inspiring, I actually did them!
“Then we tackled my chaotic desk/home management headquarters/place where everything lands. This was deeper, because it involved thinking about what all that paper represented and how to deal with all those processes more thoughtfully. Also successful!
“My desk has been clear and serene for a month now and that is a huge quality of life issue! Inspired by all this, and getting familiar with Lisa’s excellent approach and method, I have cleared out two more rooms on my own! But I am hoping to get Lisa back here, too. I know she will hack away at this stuff with me till it is all beautiful and manageable.”
– Non-profit project coordinator in Madrona
“I started working with Lisa about a month ago following a recommendation from a friend. She has changed my views, for the much better, about what is possible in organizing my home and aspects of my life.
“Lisa listened carefully to my issues and concerns related to organizing and collaborated with me in developing a plan to tackle the many projects at a pace I could manage.
“She helped me to develop a clear vision about what I really love aesthetically as well as functionally. She helped me to feel good about my own tastes, and did not impose her own; she was very non-judgmental about my choices.
“Lisa, with much enthusiasm and energy, willingly does as much or as little of the actual tasks of organizing as I want: sorting, discarding, donating, moving. She has many bits of practical advice and ‘tricks’ for all those activities. Lisa is fun and easy to be with (important when you spend hours together going through your life’s detritus) but remains focused and ‘on task’ throughout.
“I’ve seen lots of progress in our basement reorganization. We are in the process of changing four rooms of chaos into two offices, a storage room, and an exercise / sports equipment room – meeting a variety of family needs and tastes.
“I very highly recommend Lisa for any organizing tasks – from the small to the overwhelming. Who would have thought organizing could be fun and rewarding?”
– Educator in Fremont
“Lisa has an amazing ability to see simple improvements that make your home fit you and your lifestyle better than ever before. Lisa helped us move things around, remove what no longer serves and find potential new uses for overlooked spaces. My house is small. We remodeled the basement, and Lisa made the whole house more functional by looking at both old and new spaces with fresh eyes.
“Lisa is creative, supportive and her collaborative spirit is inspiring. The time and energy she commits comes back a hundredfold as you relish a fresh experience of living in a transformed space, one just right for you right now.”
– Senior business development manager in North Seattle
“I sought Lisa’s help to get organized with my mail and paperwork that was piling up on the work area near my kitchen. I had been procrastinating for a long time and it was becoming harder to get on the task as time went by.
“After our initial consultation, Lisa emailed me with suggestions on handy things to buy like drawer organizers. I was actually encouraged to put them to use right away once they arrived!
“We then spent about 4 hours together going through a lot of paperwork. Lisa is very efficient and fast and helped me get through a lot by sorting them efficiently into to do tasks, shred, recycle etc. She also had valuable tips on beautifying the area and keeping and displaying only what you love. Made a big difference in how I look at it now!
“I love how we got rid of a lot of redundant things and made my future organizing much more simple and efficient! Thank you Lisa!”
– Mom of three in Bellevue
“I truly enjoyed my time working with Lisa to transform my garage into a studio/game room! She offers the perfect combination of encouragement and informed direction that seamlessly moves you from a cluttered space to an enjoyable one.
“Lisa listens to your goals and gently helps you stay focused on getting rid of things that don’t align with your vision of the space. She has a great eye and pulls in special items that have meaning and add to the authenticity of the space. She is very efficient, respectful of time and if you get stuck she asks poignant questions to help you process through.
“Whether it’s a small closet re-org or the creation of entirely new space, Lisa has something very special to offer. I highly recommend working with her and have already referred her to several of my friends!”
– Photographer in North Seattle
“Lisa is a master organizer – patient, skillful, and firm! I love being in my office now that she has helped me organize it, and I am so much more productive and efficient in that space.”
– Psychotherapist in Capitol Hill
“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 more than $1,000 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.”
– Attorney in Madison Park
“Lisa was absolutely delightful to work with! She asked great questions about our space and our goals prior to our appointment, and she worked tirelessly to bring those goals to fruition during our appointment. Thus, we now have a walk-in closet in our bedroom that is organized and easy to access, a business space that is tidy and functional, and a kitchen counter that is finally de-cluttered and restored to its original beauty.
“And, in addition to be being a fantastic organizer, Lisa is also personable and compassionate. So, as much as I loved the changes to our living space, I think I enjoyed her company even more. In summary, Lisa exceeded our expectations, and we would highly recommend her without reservation.”
– Therapist in Renton
“I thought of the one thing that would make the most impact on my day to day life – getting organized. I’ve tried to do it myself but to no avail. So I hired Lisa. She has the focus, perspective and energy I need for what seemed so overwhelming to me.
“So far she’s spent four hours here and we made great progress. She instilled her way of looking at the things I have, the things I need, the things I use, the things I love that has allowed me work on my own but she’s coming back to continue the journey. She also had great ideas about apps to use for my lists and how to deal with my overflowing email etc. My life has been transformed.”
– Retiree in Greenlake
“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!”
– Occupational therapist in West Seattle
“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!”
– Attorney in Beacon Hill
“As the director of a non-profit org, a mom, a partner of a man with a small business and an artist, my life is full of stuff and 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. I really sort of thought it couldn’t be tamed, but Lisa’s gentle persistence and indefatigable energy helped me persevere and find lightness in the process and a beautiful space that sings of the things I love in the end.
“Lisa was amazing, arriving spot on time with her red bucket and cheerful smile, she kindly, firmly, and with no judgment helped me tackle my ‘impossible’ closet. She guided me through a process where she emptied the space, cleaned it, sorted and stacked items in logical categories and then invited me to ‘sit like a queen’ in my court and decide the fate of my stuff.
“Lisa had researched a wealth of eco-source and social service organizations that would be delighted to receive the things I chose to pass along, which made the giving up of them so easy. In addition to her hard working, positive and non-judgmental demeanor, Lisa has a beautiful sense of design. My now sparkling closet only holds the clothes, scarves and jewelry I love, all displayed artfully and beautifully. She even invited me to put a work of my art in there!
“Being free of all the stuff that didn’t bring me happiness and that tumbled out in a havoc every time I opened the door has left me with a sense of lightness that is the real gift. I cannot recommend Lisa highly enough.”
– Non-profit director in West Seattle
“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.”
– Writer in Wallingford
“I came to Lisa for help to get organized with my office paperwork that was piling up. I had been procrastinating doing it myself. I’m going through a painful divorce and my office had become the dumping ground for scanning and copying documents for my attorney. Because of this I started to never work in my office. I started to associate that space with pain and avoided it so much that I had bills in my bedroom and kitchen. Zero organization with bill paying and my own health coaching business.
“After our initial consultation, Lisa gave me suggestions and we completely reorganized my office. She also gave me tips with my bedroom and living room that I implemented and I’m so happy with.
“My house finally feels like my home, my space is reclaimed. Divorce can suck the energy from you but if you use it to make much needed positive changes in all areas of your life you can rise above it and come out feeling awesome! Thank you so much Lisa for helping me transition from messy and stressed out to organized, beautiful, clean and free!”
– Small-business owner in Leschi
“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.”
– Social worker in Mount Baker
“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!”
– Director of IT operations in Ballard