Are you feeling overwhelmed by your stuff and/or commitments? Does your space feel cluttered and disorganized? Do you feel like you can’t get enough done?
Pivot Organizing is about helping you make the best use of your space and time so that you can meet your priorities, easily access what you have, and live in a more peaceful environment with more energy to focus on what’s important to you. I help you make good decisions about your stuff and time, and set up customized systems and processes to help you be more effective.
With decades of global work experience in design, learning, and human resources I bring a variety of skills and perspectives to this work including:
- Empathy – I focus on understanding people’s needs and compassion for life’s challenges
- Positivity – I genuinely love organizing and coaching, which makes the work more fun.
- Efficiency – I have a reliable process, and a lot of energy, which makes the work go fast.
- Creativity – I bring new ideas for how to address your organizing and productivity challenges.
- Systems Thinking – I design a system, which is often the missing link to staying organized.
Clients describe my approach as non-judgmental, insightful, creative, and fun.
I didn’t think this was possible. I feel more hopeful about being and staying organized (within realistic parameters, of course) than I ever have. ~Kate, Seattle (in-person organizing)
This is life changing. ~Vanessa, Seattle (in-person organizing)
Valerie is so competent in understanding empathetic design. She is highly perceptive and figured out quickly how to make suggestions for my home to work for my spatial creative self. She is a total wizard at working out space needs. I love her rules of thumb that she teaches me. Fortunately she is not one into purchasing a ton of accessories as she uses what we have, and only when it’s a real benefit, suggests a few affordable purchases that fit my budget, with no mark-up. I love the energy she brings to the job and we get it done! ~Isobel, Seattle (in-person organizing)
Valerie was great to work with and helped us organize our house in a creative way using what we had and finding intuitive places for everything. She has a great eye for how to make things work better and will do little “tests” to see if things work. All in all highly recommend working with her. She’s also great with kids and got them excited about getting their rooms cleaned up too. She loves what she does and it shows! ~Abid, Seattle (in-person organizing)
Working with Valerie far exceeded my expectations. We reorganized my 3 bedroom home top to bottom, finding logical and practical “homes” for our things, letting go of only the things that no longer served our family, and having a plan for the future as changes come to our home. Valerie’s judgment-free approach, and ability to knit together design + space + knowing what works + individual needs, made our sessions feel productive, appropriate in length, and really fun. Valerie kept clear notes, helped with labeling everything as we went, and then followed up each session with a clear and simple document that tracked what we had accomplished alongside a proposed plan for the next sessions. Lastly, I value Valerie’s “prototyping” method – this kept me from running out and buying more things to use for organizing the space that might not actually work. For me, the overall process was better than therapy! ~Colette, Seattle (in-person home organizing)
Loved working with Val. As a designer and organizer, she has great ideas of how to organize things. And her background in human-centered design particularly comes in to play when helping to deal with the human aspects of organizing. She is really patient and empathetic, and helps you ride out the emotional hurricane of dealing with all your old stuff! I am so delighted with everything she has helped us with, and I couldn’t recommend her more highly! ~Carrie, CA (virtual home organizing)
Oh my god it’s a miracle! This is like a whole new house! ~Chris, Seattle (in-person home organizing)
I was just telling my wife this morning that my desk space is so much better. I can use it, I’m much more productive, and it’s a more enjoyable place to be and work. ~Richard, CA (virtual home organizing)
Valerie is a truly gifted professional and a natural organizer. She is observant, non-judgmental, a good listener and quick to jump in to get work done. She was great with using what we already had and then great at quickly finding what was still needed to complete a project. The stress level in our home has markedly decreased, while creativity and productivity thrive… just what we were hoping for! ~Harlow, Seattle (in-person home organizing and productivity consulting)
I believe in divine appointments and I found Val at a pivotal point in my life. Her thoughtful insights and questions allowed me to really consider and deal with the clutter in my life. Her organizational skills, ability “to see” solutions, and engaging personality make her an absolute joy to work with. I highly recommend anyone looking to declutter and bring order out of chaos seek her out.” ~Patricia, Alaska (virtual home organizing)
“I was so thankful to have Valerie from Pivot Organizing LLC assist me with the decluttering and set up of my studio and bedroom. She was a tremendous help with a process that felt too overwhelming for me to accomplish on my own. I was impressed with her respect for my things and how she honored my space and choices. She helped me trust myself more and be gentle with myself. She offered me very helpful insights when I needed them, and was able to easily adapt to my preferences. Her organizational passion and skill is apparent, and I would highly recommend anyone needing a little (or a lot) of help to get their space where they want it to be. I am so happy and thankful to finally be USING and LOVING my spaces now!” ~Amanda, Seattle (in-person home organizing)
“It feels like way more than organizing – it feels like integrating the whole self into all the ‘to dos’ we face in the world – like ‘organizing the human’.” ~Ellen, San Francisco (virtual productivity coaching)