Preparing my 93 year old mother and her apartment of 30 years for downsizing and relocation to assisted living was an overwhelming project to contemplate. While I am fortunate to be in the same city as my mom my professional responsibilities prevented me from doing the endless hours of sorting and packing that was necessary. Rebekah Gould facilitated the project in a caring and professional way. She very quickly established a rapport with my mom. They jointly chose which items to take to her new residence, what to donate and what to discard. On moving day Rebekah was quite helpful. She unpacked and organized the lay-out and storage at the new unit in a beautiful way. Rebekah was reliable, showing up on time each day. She offered to pick up supplies and food for my mom and demonstrated concern for her nutrition and general well-being. Rebekah also expressed concern for and helped attend to my mom’s state of mind as she struggled to cope with the disruption and strain of the situation. Rebekah was instrumental in getting our most difficult project done – a job that would have been impossible and overwhelming for me to handle personally. I recommend her highly.
Rebekah Gould has been assisting me for many months as I work to declutter and downsize my living space. With Rebekah’s lead, we have been able to approach the task in a manner that helped me to not only work with her, but to work alone once we had started.
Rebekah is an exceptionally warm and understanding person who has been through the downsizing process herself and knows the ups and downs, and challenges that the task has. I would recommend Rebekah to anyone who wants supportive assistance as it pertains to decluttering, downsizing their home or office, or moving from one place to another. She is easy to work with and genuinely wants to help others with what can be a daunting task.
The Value of a Professional Organizer: Before Rebekah began to work with me, I didn’t have any space for possessions. I learned how to make space and to identify excess which we either tossed, donated, or gave away. Now I can find what I want when I want it. Not only did I gain space and beautify my home, but now I have an increased amount of time to spend with my family and friends. I was proud to have my family and friends visit me in my home. The other positive effects were the decrease in stress and increase in pride in my home and joy in my family. Many thanks to Rebekah for her patience, caring, and expertise.
One reason I wanted to work with Rebekah was because of her empathic nature. I trusted her. I believed she had my best interest in mind. Rebekah listened carefully to my ’story’ and why I found it so difficult to keep my home organized. I was able to confide in her. Rebekah put together an organizational plan that fit my needs and my family. When I felt stressed, we talked about how to dispel the anxiety. The process of decluttering and organizing proceeded at a pace that was comfortable for me and my family. I am very grateful for Rebekah’s kindness and caring. I could not have done this without her.
I normally do not easily trust strangers, but Rebekah instilled trust in me. Building trust made it possible for me to let go and detach myself from my belongings. I was emotionally attached to my stuff. I was not capable of making, and sticking to, an organizing plan. Rebekah devised a plan that gently took me through the downsizing and relocation process which I could not have done on my own. Her compassion and gentleness gave me confidence and calmed my fears. I moved into my new apartment and am extremely happy and grateful.
I have struggled with hoarding my entire adult life. I was ashamed of my home and afraid a home organizer would want to get rid of everything. For many years I would not let anyone come into my apartment. When I met Rebekah, I felt that she was going to be sensitive to my fears and concerns. We worked together slowly, but deliberately. Starting small made it easier for me to realize that Rebekah respected me and understood my obsession with things. Much was accomplished and I am still taking baby steps to declutter my home. I would recommend Rebekah to anyone who suffers from hoarding.
Rebekah communicated well with me, showed empathy and was flexible, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I cannot believe the difference in my home; the clutter is gone; I’ve learned to return things to the same place I took them from; I shop less; and I am proud to have friends and family visit. Many thanks for Rebekah’s expertise.
I was unable to make an organizing plan for myself and my family. Even if I could do it, I would not have been able to follow it. I downsized from my home of many years, to an independent living residence. With Rebekah’s guidance, we sorted and labeled all of my things that I was taking and put into storage what I did not immediately need. The move went smoothly and I am very happy with my new home.
Organized Aging first came to my home to help organize my large kitchen. I have lived in my home for 30 years. I am 84 years old and use a walker and had pretty much given up cooking. Together we reviewed the contents of every drawer and cupboard to determine what could be removed. The items I wanted to keep were arranged on shelves that are easy for me to reach. The ingredients I need are close at hand and I am once again enjoying cooking. The kitchen was completed in one afternoon and I couldn’t be happier. Over the past 7 months, Organized Aging has assisted me in so many other areas of my life. I received the care I needed to maintain my independence. Organized Aging changed my life. I would recommend them to anyone.”
Ann, Marina Del Rey
My most immediate needs were to declutter my clothes closets and storage areas; decide which pieces of art I would retain or sell; and reorganize my living and dining room, two bedrooms and kitchen to optimize space. The task at first seemed a bit overwhelming to me. However, on the first day we started with my clothes closets and drawers that were filled with clothing I hadn’t worn in years. I donated much of the clothing to charity. Over the next 2 days, the bookcases, china cabinet, linen closet and kitchen were reorganized, retaining only the items I love, use, and have room for. I have always had difficulty with keeping my mind and home organized, but now I can maintain the organization with the techniques I learned. I am very happy with the results. I really appreciate Organized Aging’s expertise. I would recommend them to anyone who struggles with home organization.”
Donna, La Jolla