Hi! I’m Katie.
World traveler. Linguist. Diversity seeker. Wife, mother & friend to all. Analytical, creative & visual thinker. Lover of spicy food, sunshine & Latin dance. Dreamer. Doer. Human.
That’s right. I’m not perfect and neither is my home. I’ve faced plenty of challenges learning to manage my own space, time and stress. Years ago I drove between homes as an early intervention speech-language therapist, working long hours and giving my all to others. Although I loved my job, I felt depleted as I struggled with insomnia and a cluttered mind, home and schedule.
A blessing in disguise, my life changed direction as I began prioritizing self-care and transforming my lifestyle. After hiring a professional organizer to help get my home office, time and work-life balance under control, I learned how order creates freedom and began applying organizing principles to all areas of life. The transition to motherhood in 2015 further motivated me to simplify and streamline, while inspiring a career change and the creation of this business.
My philosophy is that simplicity, organization and self-care are vital to leading a more fulfilling life. Blending personal experience, knowledge and skill, I’m passionate about helping you achieve these goals. Because I believe that when you take proper care of yourself, your schedule and the spaces you inhabit, you are free to live your dreams and be fully present for the people and causes you love! Ready to get started?
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A proud Denver native who was raised to be open-minded and curious about the world, I set off for adventure at the age of 18. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Language Studies from the University of California San Diego and spending my junior year abroad in Paris, I waited tables, then embarked on an eight-month journey through Costa Rica and South America. I returned to Denver and did administrative work at The Children’s Hospital before traveling around Europe and following a dream to live in New York City, where I worked as a nanny and an assistant to a Broadway set designer (coolest job ever!). At 25 years old, I was a fearless trilingual globetrotter who made things happen, while cultivating a life-long passion for diversity – in people, places and life experiences.
Moving around eventually took its toll and I returned to Colorado to be close to family, where I met my future husband and obtained a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Colorado Boulder. I combined my desire to help others with my love of young children and linguistics into a 10-year career as a pediatric speech-language pathologist, consisting of three years of graduate clinical work, five years treating infants and toddlers with developmental delays through home-based early intervention parent coaching, and two years working in a preschool setting providing therapy and evaluation services on a multi-disciplinary team.
I primarily worked in low-income Latino immigrant communities, leading to increased compassion, world perspective and fluency in spoken Spanish. I also honed expertise in early childhood development and clinical skills related to assessment, diagnosis and treatment of special populations. Finally, I learned how to tune into people’s varying needs, apply practical knowledge to elicit change in behavior, and how to create organizing systems to manage a complex client caseload.
During these intense career-focused years, I dealt with my own personal challenges due to overworking, overbooking my schedule and pouring my energy into everyone but myself. I experienced burnout and stress-related health issues which propelled me onto a conscious self-care journey to transform my lifestyle. This included hiring a professional organizer who helped me streamline my home office and work day, leading to improved efficiency and work-life balance (and a secret desire to have her job one day! ;). With a holistic approach and the support of amazing mentors and healers, I gradually changed habits and mindset, improved my overall health and quality of life, and conceived a precious baby boy.
In September of 2015 my husband and I welcomed our son Kawai into the world. I fully embraced the role of a new mother and spent one year at home with him, one of the most amazing, difficult, and eye-opening years of my life. I learned that “Stay-At-Home-Moms” are truly the hardest working people on earth! And that in order to maintain my sanity and make the best use of my precious time, I had to tidy up, simplify and reevaluate my priorities. I went on a vigorous “KonMari” spree to de-clutter our home, created systems and processes to care for a growing child and three pets, and developed new self-care routines and time management strategies for myself.
The transition to motherhood and the process of putting my own home and life in order sparked my intuition and creativity, inspired me to start my own business, and solidified my passion for organizing. Although the field of speech-language pathology was wonderful, I felt called in a new direction as I immersed myself in training through the National Association of Professional Organizers, learned what it would take to create a successful business, and began helping friends and family with various organizing and consulting projects. I was relieved to discover that my prior career was a great foundation and that I had the perfect skill set for the job.
I’ve always enjoyed giving advice (taking after my father!), playing a support role and connecting people with the tools and resources they need to achieve their goals. I also love organizing, planning and making lists, skills I’ve applied to all facets of life. My analytical, detail-oriented left brain is equally balanced by a right brain that is creative, artistic and visual. This whole-brained thinking allows me to see the bigger picture and work through details, conceptualize how things fit together in space (Tetris and jigsaw puzzles are my thing), and add visual appeal to linear projects. Combining these skills, I love helping my clients problem-solve and create unique systems that work for them, honoring each person’s way of thinking and living in the world.
PHOTO CREDIT: Headshot & family photo courtesy of Jennifer Mason Photography http://jennifermasonphotography.com/