Creative Organizing is a professional service offering:
- classroom or workspace organizing for teachers and principals,
- personalized, hands-on decluttering (organizing) of your home,
- one-on-one assistance creating archival scrapbooks.
Creative Organizing was founded by Harriet Miller, a long-time teacher with natural organizing ability. Its purpose is to help others at work or at home create the kind of space that works for them, easily and efficiently.
I began organizing when I was five. I enjoy helping others with their organizing needs. Together, we dig out from the clutter and stress, making an environment that looks and feels right for you.
Through Creative Organizing, I also offer custom scrapbook services -- providing advice and assistance, or handling the whole job myself.
I offer a free initial consultation, so feel free to give me a call. See the index below to find out more, and happy organizing!Harriet Miller
What Does a Professional Organizer Do?
Why Hire A Professional Organizer?
How Long Does It Take? How Much Does It Cost?
Before and After Photos
Scrapbook Gallery (Ideas and Samples)
Even though I grew up in a messy household, I realized at a young age that I liked things organized. Today, I still see the value in creating a neat, efficient space.
I began teaching in 1980 and have worked as an elementary classroom teacher, gifted coordinator and library technology specialist in school systems in Seattle and here in Oregon. I also have trained student teachers at University of Portland and Lewis and Clark College.
I realized I had something to offer teachers when a colleague in my building was frantically trying to clean up her room before having a week-long substitute. Since then I've focused on helping teachers and principals."Harriet did a great job helping me organize my classroom. She gave me many new ideas that I continue to use. She was fun to work with and helped me create a room that is better for me and better for my students. It's worth it!"
- Ina Hammon
- Third/Fourth Grade
- Forest Hills Elementary School
- Lake Oswego
What Does A Professional Organizer Do?
A professional organizer can help:
- Define problem areas in home or workspace
- Set goals that fit with each individual's style
- Suggest solutions for clutter control, filing, storage design and techniques
- Help you implement those solutions.
Often there are special times or circumstances in which a professional organizer can be helpful: when you're moving, for example, or when clutter has built up to the point where you don't know where to start (i.e., you haven't filed anything in six months, or your children have taken over your house with their LEGO structures.)
Whatever the situation, I help each person find the systems and style that work best for their needs -- whether that means focusing on one drawer, or organizing the entire house.
Why Hire A Professional Organizer?"Organized people save time and money, make more money, and have lower stress and frustration levels. There is no one right or wrong way to get organized, and you only need to change what you're doing if you're not happy with how you manage your time, paper, information, and space. Organizing systems help you deal with everything from your paper to your professional responsibilities and give you parameters on what to keep, what to toss, and what to take action on."-- From the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) home page
How Long Does It Take? What Does It Cost?
Because I tailor my services to your needs, how long it takes is up to you. Organizing a classroom can often be done in one or two weekends.
At home, projects can be as large or small as you desire. I generally work on a half-day (four-hour) minimum.
My rates are $35/hour. I offer a discounted rate to teachers and principals of $25/hour. Very large jobs can be done on a per-job rate.
Before and After Photos
Here's an example of one day's work. A teacher from Tigard School District asked for my help with moving into a new classroom. The previous teacher had left quite a collection.
In eight and a half hours, we accomplished a lot. We made a plan for the room, mapping out zones on paper. We sorted materials into categories and got rid of what was not useful. When we were done, everything had a home. More importantly, we organized it around her needs and preferences, so it felt like her classroom, rather than someone else's. She was left with systems and a plan, so she could continue organizing on her own.
Before: Early in the day, we began sorting materials. Without help, this could be overwhelming.
After: By day's end, the room was orderly. The blue cabinets (shown above and below) became a storage system for materials easily accessed by students.
Now there's actually extra room.
Before: Lack of storage wasn't the problem -- the challenge was to use it effectively.
After: Materials for teacher use only went into these high cabinets, organized by subject areas.
Take the Next Step
If it's time for you to get organized, call me, and let me help you create a space that works.
Harriet Miller, Creative Organizing