Sarah Buckwalter, Certified Professional Organizer®
Hello and welcome to Organizing U! I am so glad you’re here! My name is Sarah Buckwalter. I have been a Professional Organizer for over 16 years and I’d like to tell you a little bit about how I got here. In 1997 I graduated from college with a degree in Journalism and French and started out working in corporate functions. For a few years I filled various roles, Executive Assistant, Marketing Associate and Office Manager, never quite sure what I wanted to do.
In December of 1999 I was out shopping for holiday gifts when a book caught my eye. It was sitting on the end-cap of an aisle all by itself and for some reason I can’t remember, I felt compelled to buy it. That book was Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. I went home and read it and immediately started tackling my clutter. Here’s a secret (shhh, don’t tell): I wasn’t always organized! Now, I wasn’t a complete disaster, but I definitely had clutter and more stuff than I needed. I lost my father at age 20 and had a tendency to hold on to things for sentimental reasons.
I was working for a growing company with shrinking space. My office was a small cube and they literally kept moving the walls closer together to make room for more cubes in the space! I also had all of the marketing materials for the company stored in boxes in my cube. It looked a lot like this image from the movie Office Space!
My first organizing project was to go to Home Depot, buy one of those metal shelving units and assemble it in the women’s bathroom (that was the only space available!). I moved all of the marketing materials in there, organized them onto the shelves and labeled them. Once I got those out of my cube I went to work on my files and office supplies. I whipped my cube into shape and it felt great! The downside of this was that my desk was always so clear after that, I was accused of not having enough work to do by my co-workers! Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all. 🙂
Turns out, I did have a knack for organizing. I had just never thought much about it. The organization of my own life inspired me and in January of 2000, I founded Organizing Boston. Now, Organizing Boston didn’t take off overnight. I didn’t know anything about running a business when I got started, so I spent LOTS of time and money and went through LOTS of trial and error getting it going. But, I am proud to say that I have grown it into the largest professional organizing business in New England and the winner of the coveted award of Best of Boston Home™, Best Professional Organizer. I worked hard and my hard work paid off in the long run, but there is so much I wish I had known back when I started.
After learning the hard way, I thought it would be helpful to share my knowledge and experience with new organizers, like yourself, so you can avoid all of the pitfalls I have experienced along the way. So, I created Organizing U to give you the education and resources you need to start, run and grow a successful business, without all the costly trial and error. Here, I share everything I’ve learned about running a business, including all of forms and templates I have developed over the years to run things smoothly and efficiently.
Now I spend my time speaking, training and coaching professional organizers and entrepreneurs across the globe. I love organizing, but even more so, I love being able to share my knowledge and experience to help fellow entrepreneurs. It gives me great satisfaction to see them realize their dreams of success!
So, I hope you’ll start by joining for my email list and enjoying some of the free information I provide you to help you get off on the right foot.
I am here to support you while you realize your dream of a successful business. Please feel free to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some of my official credentials:
- B.A. in Journalism and French from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1997
- Junior year abroad at the Université de Rouen in France.
- Certified Professional Organizer® since 2009
- Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) since 2005
- Director of Technology on the Board of Directors for NAPO-Colorado – Current
- The Massachusetts and Delaware Ambassador for NAPO – Current
- Member of The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) – Current
- Director of Technology on the Board of Directors for NAPO-New England 2009-2010
- Speaker at the 2014 and 2015 NAPO National Conferences
- Speaker at the 2015 POC (Professional Organizers of Canada) National Conference
- Speaker at several regional NAPO conferences and NAPO chapter meetings.
- Appeared several times on the hit television series, “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC.
Thank you for reading! Happy organizing!
I want to thank some of my awesome team members at Organizing Boston, who have helped me develop my How-to-Organize Programs and who contribute to our blog posts and content.
Kate has been Organizing Boston’s lead organizer and project manager for over nine years. With her extensive knowledge of organizing techniques and products, she can tackle any organizing project, large or small. Kate has a keen eye for decor and spatial layout. She designs and installs custom closet and shelving systems that are both attractive and functional. With her background in management and antique sales, Kate is an expert at move and estate coordination.
Sought after for her knowledge and expertise, Kate frequently lectures on organizing and time management. She has appeared on several television programs, including the hit television series, “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC.
Prior to becoming a Professional Organizer, Kate owned and operated an antique shop in Plymouth, MA. Kate holds a B.A. in Management from Simmons College and is a member of the National Association of Profession Organizers (NAPO).
After serving various roles on the Organizing Boston team, including hands-on organizing and office administration, Sarah is now focused on bringing our team’s organizing passion and knowledge to the masses. As Director of Training and Development, you will find her scouring the earth and canvassing our team for the latest and greatest in all things organized and creating programs and products to help you manage your life and your stuff!
Naturally, she can also be found helping with all the behind the scenes work that keeps our hand-on organizing business going. And when not in the office, she’s enjoying time with her little girl, family and friends, and keeping up with everything that goes along with family and home life!
Sarah has been organizing things and spaces as long as she can remember and it was this natural drive toward all things organized that led her to make a career out of it in 2009. In her previous life, she worked as a registered dietitian, helping others incorporate healthy habits into their busy lives. She maintains her nutrition credentials and serves as our team’s resident health and wellness expert. Sarah’s philosophy is that while life is messy and unpredictable, a little imperfect organization can go a long way toward helping busy people (and who’s not busy these days) stay happy and healthy!