SH is an early-career academic physician. She contacted me for advice on how to organize her time in order to complete daily responsibilities and large projects on schedule and with less stress. We began with an Onsite Organizing session then transitioned to Virtual Organizing (VO) sessions.
“Working with Ellia has enabled me to improve my ability to organize and prioritize my work tasks. Our sessions have been easy to fit into my schedule and Ellia’s been flexible about tailoring the sessions to my needs and interests.
To be successful at my job, I need to be a strong self-manager. Ellia has helped me to identify and then alter habits that weighed down my efficiency. Together we were also able to recognize my successes and the critical components that led to those successes, so that I could continue to use those methods moving forward. I feel more capable of producing good work, managing multiple projects at one time, and completing tasks in a less hurried and stressed manner.
I’d recommend working with Ellia for anyone who struggles with time management, feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities, or who struggles to finish projects without having to work right up until a deadline.” – SH
BL is a busy self-employed professional and an active musician. He has a music corner in his home, but it was not providing him with the space he needed to practice and study music. In just one virtual organizing session, he got the solutions he needed to make the space work better for him.
Ellia, thank you for helping me sort out my music corner during our virtual organizing session. Organizing has always been an effort for me but, after our first session, I’m now thinking about organizing in a more efficient way.
With your help, I got rid of things that I didn’t realize I didn’t need – talking about things as I was going through drawers really helped me make those decisions. And now I have places for all that “stuff” that was just sitting around before.
I feel lighter after de-cluttering – like some weight has been lifted – and my music corner is much more inviting. It’s so great to be able to just sit down and play without having to move papers, cables, and piles of stuff out of the way!~BL
MB has a small annex at the back of her kitchen that serves as a mud room and extended storage area for the kitchen. Using FaceTime, we worked through a virtual organizing session to remove unused items and re-organize the rest.
The virtual organizing (VO) session was just what I needed — it was quick, painless, and successful. You did a great job reading the room and my preferences. Thank you for offering many useful suggestions until we had everything in a place that will work for me in the long term. My husband walked into the room and did a double-take at the clean, new look. Thank you, Ellia, for helping me organize my back room – great work! ~MB
Full-time doesn’t even begin to describe MV’s busy schedule. A busy financial services professional, MV’s guest room was no longer able to serve its purpose.
Ellia, I can’t thank you enough for helping me sort out my guest room, which is also my dressing room. I had ignored that room for too long, to the point that there was no way it could be used as a guest room and it was having an impact on our social life. You helped me sort through clothes, handbags, shoes, toiletries and stationary and I realized that there were many items I was holding onto that I wasn’t using now and probably would not use in the future; it was much easier to part with those items than I thought. And, oh, the treasures I found!
You also helped me understand what causes clutter and how to arrange the guest room to make it easy to return things to their home. I loved that you took the time to get to know me and what motivates me, and to coach me on how to learn new habits and routines that keep me organized.
We had the room painted, and now it is my sanctuary – I come home at the end of the day, put my things away, and read… it’s the perfect way to unwind.
My husband and I were so thrilled at what you were able to help us accomplish with the guest room, and we’re absolutely delighted that you’ll continue working with us on other parts of our home over the coming months. You really are our organizing angel! ~MV
KD is a busy self-employed professional, and has a keen interest in art and craftmaking. Her small office space was getting out of hand.
After just an hour working with Ellia, she made me think about THINGS in a different way. Working with Ellia rewired my brain to think about not only how items fit into a space, but also in terms of when they are used and their importance in the grand scheme of things. For example, that box of greeting cards sitting front and center but only accessed once a month (or less) doesn’t really need to be front and center. We replaced this with reference materials for work that do need to be there.
I’ve noticed that by moving my to-do lists away from the wall in front of me, I’m able to better to focus on the task at hand, rather than constantly looking at the million other things I should also be working on. That feels amazing.
Ellia also introduced me to organizing products that I wasn’t even aware of that will help with storing bulky art & craft supplies, and increase the options for places those items can be stored (rather than under my desk!).
Thank you Ellia!~KD
AW is a working mom with two young daughters. She was worried that she was getting less organized and this was being reflected in the state of her bedroom closet, home office and storage cupboards. She also wanted to be a good organizing role model for her kids, at an age where they are still impressionable.
Ellia Ryan is a calm and tranquil organizing angel sent to deliver you from the pain of confronting your cluttered closets and spaces all alone. Her approach of teaching simple organizing principles along with helping you with the specific process of clearing your space means that you have assistance in the present, with tools to maintain your space into the future. After our sessions I felt energized, more confident and inspired, and found the effects spilling over to the days and weeks afterwards, whereby I would find myself spontaneously cleaning out a forgotten drawer or bookshelf.
No matter how much you have been resisting ‘cleaning out that closet’ or ‘going through the spare room’ you can rest assured that with Ellia’s help it will be far less painful than you imagined, and yes, even fun! ~AW
SS and her boyfriend needed to consolidate two large households when they moved in together, including an extensive art collection. She asked for advice on how they should negotiate what to keep, and guidance on purging and organizing clothes and kitchenware.
When my boyfriend and I decided to move in together, we didn’t realize how big a task it would be – both of us had lived independently for a number of years. We both needed to pare down, but we were so overwhelmed by the task that it was difficult to know where to start. Ellia helped me sort through my clothes and showed me how to organize my closet and drawers so I could easily see them. She suggested a better layout for my office. We were able to reduce our cookware and kitchenware, and we now have space in the kitchen for what we use every day.
Ellia was non-judgemental, respectful and intuitive about our needs. She made suggestions for organizing and storing that work for both our space and our lifestyle. She greatly reduced the difficulty of deciding whether or not to keep certain items. She often explained why she made a particular suggestion, and that helps us keep “the system” going. She did a great job of keeping us on schedule, while helping us feel relaxed and positive about the work. What a difference it made to work with Ellia – we felt so much lighter! ~SS
PH was a bachelor for many years. Then he met that special person and they decided she would move in with him. Suddenly his 700 sq ft condo looked very small and overwhelmed with possessions.
I’ve always been organized and on top of what I own, but in the past few years my job has been more demanding and I’ve had less time to focus on my home. When my girlfriend and I decided she would move into my 700 sq ft one-bedroom apartment, it was time to sort through what I had accumulated. Ellia took me through a specific sequence, and guided me in seeing what was important to keep and what I could discard. I still have some sorting to do but, having worked with Ellia, I’m confident I can quickly and easily finish the task and keep my home clutter-free and tidy. ~PH
I’m going to Japan in September and your blog post with travel tips reminded me of some important things to do beforehand. Thanks! ~KC
I didn’t expect that a blog post on travel tips would be engaging and useful – and not just the same old stuff – but yours was! ~SF