I am one of those individuals that were “born organized”. Just ask my six siblings, who nicknamed me, “Mrs. Clean”!
I’ve always organized anything and everything.
I grew up in a busy household, where I arranged laundry rooms and linen closets; household chores and weekly grocery shopping. After college, I worked in the corporate world, always with a focus on process improvements and productivity gains. I became a Project Management Professional (PMP®), organizing large-scale hardware and software projects for nearly every bank on Wall Street. In 2009, I put on my entrepreneurial hat and opened Ashe Organizing Solutions. After three-plus years and 1,500 hours of paid client experience, I successfully passed the industry exam and became a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®). I am the only dual-certified PMP® and CPO® in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region.
Years ago, I helped my dad de-clutter his family home. It was a defining moment.
Every day, I opened the doors and got to work, sifting through the attic trunks that were filled with handwritten love letters, family memorabilia, and vintage fur stoles. I marveled at the multiple china and crystal sets that served 20 and imagined the fancy dinner parties in the elegant dining room. I ran my fingers over the ivory keys of the grand piano and admired the wedding portrait of my mom. I met with estate sale companies, real estate professionals, and handymen. And, throughout it all, I’d been charged with finding grandmother’s missing diamond ring, which, I did.
Today, I am committed to serving seniors and their families through my workshops, social media tips, eNewletters, downsizing programs and VIP packages. Whether you’re looking to downsize in less time, right-size to safely age-in-place, or prepare a home for sale, I’ll help get the job done.
There are many factors that affect how long an organizing project will take, including, but not limited to, the:
- Volume of items to be sorted
- Physical space being organized
- Rate at which decisions are made and finalized
- Amount of work a client does between organizing sessions if desired
- An upcoming deadline or inspection, along with required/requested repairs, and such
- Client’s budget and schedule
- Time needed to research disposal, donation and resale options
While we have assisted motivated families in record time, it is less stressful for everyone—especially the senior involved—to begin the process of de-cluttering a home and preparing to downsize six-12 months in advance of a move.
We work with seniors and their families throughout the Hudson Valley area of New York including Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, Orange and Ulster counties. (Depending on the project, we may work beyond the Hudson Valley region.)
Colleen’s unique combination of project management skills and professional organizing expertise puts her on a different playing field. She is the only dual-certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®) in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region. From the corporate boardroom to your project, Colleen and her team efficiently and skillfully creates realistic project plans and executes them to perfection. Nothing falls through the cracks.
Moreover, both of Colleen’s professional certifications require continuing education and recertification to ensure she (and her team) remain educated on the best practices and stay informed about the latest teachings in project management and professional organizing. She also is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO), the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) All of Colleen’s professional associations uphold a strict code of ethics, which Ashe Organizing Solutions prides themselves in adhering to, ensuring a great client experience.
Ashe Organizing Solutions is fully insured and can provide a Certificate of Insurance (COI) record, should the job require one.
Yes, if the project warrants it, additional team members can be brought to any project.
The ASHE System is a customizable, proprietary de-cluttering and organizing program that takes you step-by-step through a de-cluttering and organizing project, regardless of its size or scope. To learn more, click here.
Yes! Here are some recent client testimonials. If you would like to speak with one of these clients, please let us know.
Our minimum session is 3 hours.
Yes, we need you present to make decisions.
Ashe Organizing Solutions will travel up to 1 hour without assessing a travel fee.
We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. Once you reserve an organizing session, the time is yours and no longer available for other appointments. If for some reason you need to cancel your scheduled appointment, we ask that you do so at least 48 hours prior to your 3-hour session. If we do not receive a cancellation notice, the fee for the entire session will be charged and must be paid in full prior to scheduling another appointment. True emergencies are excluded from our cancellation policy!
No, we do not.
No, you do not. In fact, we discourage clients from purchasing any organizing products prior to working with us. Often we find the perfect containers at the home, while we’re organizing. Should the need arise for specific organizing products, and you wish us to shop for you, a shopping fee will be charged.
Payment is due at the end of each session and may be made by check, cash or major credit card. If you elect to purchase an organizing package, payment is due in full at the first organizing session and is non-refundable.
We happily accept credit cards.
Yes! We are happy to discuss any questions you may have and look forward to learning more about your specific situation. Feel free to email us or call Colleen at 845.242.2869 to schedule your Get Acquainted Call.