As we travel through the “aging process” we often encounter many forms of physical immobility, which decrease our ability to perform tasks that we were able to do our whole lives. I am now confined to a wheel chair. I wasn’t able to reach the rod my clothes were hanging on without pain. And I was unable to get down on the floor to reach things in my lower kitchen cabinets. Having to ask for assistance and losing partial independence was the worst.
A recommendation from a friend sent me to Jill Fleming with SOS: Smart Organizing Solutions. Jill is absolutely amazing! Smart, organizing, solutions are the perfect words to describe Jill. She organized my closet in a manner that I can easily reach my everyday clothes. Out-of-season clothes hang above my in-season clothes. I can have someone switch them when the seasons change. No more dragging seasonal clothes from the basement. I also have plenty of storage space that I can manage. Believe me, it is a dream come true.
The next problem that Jill corrected was my inability to reach things in the lower kitchen cabinets. Bamboo drawers were installed. This enables me to pull the drawer out with my foot and reach the needed item, again, increasing my independence!
I don’t have enough words to correctly describe Jill; she is smart, intelligent, listens and hears what you say. She has a fantastic ability to organize. She’s strong, full of ideas, flexible, works quickly, communicates promptly in all situations, and is very dependable. I would recommend hiring Jill in any situation you need an organizer. Elise R., Littleton
I first hired Jill to help me organize and declutter my house. She was so easy to work with and created realistic solutions. She intuitively understands her client’s needs and is able to adjust her planning and approach to the project. Working with her is truly a customized experience. She has given me the room to breathe and focus on what I need to focus on. I have subsequently used her for 2 other enormous projects including downsizing my parent’s house, and moving and unpacking my house. I’ll never move again without her!Liz R., Denver
In January 2017, Jill came to Longmont Quilt Guild to speak to us about organization, achieving simplicity, improving our habits, and giving us some great storage and planning ideas on how to arrange our quilt spaces. Complimented with a fantastic PowerPoint presentation and slide show prepared specifically for quilters, she inspired us, gave us awesome storage ideas and completely changed our outlook on how to love and take better care of ourselves.
As quilters and artists, my Guildmates are constantly concerned about time and how we will ever complete the unfinished projects awaiting us. We have more tools, fabric and unfinished projects, but less time. We’re constantly taking on too much and spending countless hours running around, seemingly managing everyone else’s lives and not giving enough time doing the things we love and taking better care of ourselves and our needs. It seems as a New Year’s resolution every year, we assert that we will stop taking on unnecessary commitments so we can spend more time quilting.
Jill’s lecture addressed all of our concerns and inspired us with many awesome, philosophical insights:
* Being organized isn’t about getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person; it’s about living the way you want to live, but better.
* Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.
* Having a clear mind and clear space allow you to think and act with purpose.
* With organization comes empowerment and a heightened level of self-discipline.
* Honestly, organizing the home is 10% sorting, purging and buying beautiful storage containers and 90% motivation and discipline, wherein you form the habit of putting away your stuff right after you use it.
* Organization is an essential tool in deeply caring for yourself and spending all of your time wisely and efficiently.
If you wish to have Jill custom-design a presentation for your group, I highly recommend her. We’re a large Guild with extremely high standards for quality lectures and she was one of the best lecturers we ever had in the history of our Guild! She completely captivated our audience!
Rebecca Weise, Programs Chairperson for the Longmont Quilt Guild - Longmont, Colorado
Here are the top 10 Ways SOS Helped Organize Me:
10. She was NON-JUDGMENTAL. A lot harder than it sounds! I was tasked with downsizing and selling our family home that my mother had lived in close to 50 years. Mother was an academic with the attendant books and periodicals and papers and files. She was also the keeper of the family history which included an archive collection of a long court case. To try to manage all this and contain the household chaos, Mother bought every organizational tool imaginable. The result? Items that came into the house and garage over the course of those 50 years NEVER LEFT plus we had every manner of folder, bin, box, cart and clip known to Man.
9. She was FAST. I put the house on the market on Memorial Day, 2016. If I had not engaged Jill in January 2016, I know I would never have achieved my goal of selling the house in the Spring. Side note: it sold after only four showings.
8. She was EXPERIENCED. Jill basically pre-staged the house, knowing exactly what the realtor was going to want out of sight or gone. During the staging and selling process, the realtor continually commented on how much better the house looked each time she came. That was entirely Jill’s doing!
7. She was UNDAUNTED. Each time Jill arrived, she first asked what would be a good goal to accomplish for the day. After a few sessions, I learned not to be sheepish since there is NOTHING Jill won’t tackle: Dirty garage? Let me at it! Mildewy files? No problem! “Squeamish” is not in Jill’s vocabulary.
6. She is STRONG. Oh, my goodness. If I hadn’t witnessed it myself, I would never have believed that we two could move metal shelving and wooden bookcases and all manner of boxes and furniture. Jill always remembered my physical limitations (asthma) and herself hauled hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds of materials down stairs, up stairs, and out to the garage.
5. She has a GREAT MEMORY. We had 17 work sessions over the course of six months and Jill could remember from session to session where we left off, where we had stashed belongings, what box we had stowed where. It was remarkable.
4. She gives you your MONEY’S WORTH. Jill brings high-energy snacks to her longer sessions so that she doesn’t have to stop work. (Yes, she’ll share.) Her rate is neither the high end nor the low end but, having worked with four other organizers, I can say that Jill was the best value and accomplished the most with the least stress. She doesn’t spend your time and money lecturing you about organizing “rules” and doesn’t make decisions without consultation. Whatever YOU want is what she will deliver.
3. She encourages your PARTICIPATION. Jill is a great listener, is sympathetic without enabling, is kind yet professional. She can work independently but encourages full participation from the client so that you can learn organizational strategies and she – and you – can get the most accomplished.
2. She went ABOVE AND BEYOND. Once I put the house on the market, I had to vacate at a moment’s notice for impromptu appointments several times. Since I wanted to continue working and happened to have a portable project, Jill offered her house as a work site so that I could keep the momentum going. In this case, the task was recording years of estate expenses in an Excel spreadsheet on the computer. It had to be extremely accurate and Jill approached the task as if she was personally invested. We finished the task and, as she did every week, Jill encouraged me to celebrate success!
1. She SHOWED UP. Rain or shine, snow or heat, Jill was on time, organized and enthusiastic. If you need supplies or other tools, she tells you what to purchase. She is no nonsense…but she is fun, fun, fun.Paula G., Denver
“Jill is an absolute life-saver, organizer extraordinaire, and probably most importantly, a really caring and exceptional person. She has helped me with several organizing (aka purging) projects – each and every time I am impressed and motivated by her enthusiasm, tenacity, commitment and ability to see through the clutter to create spaces that are not only organized, but also functional and enjoyable. In fact, after a project is done, I am always texting her to ask her where things are — she has an incredible memory and goes out of her way to make sure the project is just perfect. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Jill. She has changed the way I see “stuff” and has taught me and my family to live more simply – it’s life changing.”Courtney B., Denver
“I want to thank you SO much for the amazing job you did in my garage. It was a space I was forced to face daily and I was unnerved by the view each time I exited and entered the garage. But I could not muster up the initiative to take it on alone. Along you came and you literally attacked the mess. Your systems and your methods and your categories had that place cleared, purged and put back together as a thing of beauty. And you did it at an impressive pace. It is clear you love the work you do. The fact that it was fun for you, made it fun for me. You bring not only enthusiasm and energy to your projects, but you also have this uncanny 6th sense about where things belong and how things are best set up for efficiency and function.
I could not be more pleased with the results. I am certain the dumpster divers in my neighborhood are also grateful to you for the bounty they received! Thank you again!”Laurie W., Denver
“I had Jill come to my new condo just after moving. All of my things were still in boxes and not very orderly. She designed new closet shelving that has kept me well organized even a year later. Jill unpacked all of my boxes and found the “perfect places ” for everything. I think I only changed two small items from her original placement. I totally recommend the fantastic shelving and especially Jill herself. She’s outstanding.”Daniel B., Thornton
“From our initial interaction over the phone to our in person organizing session, Jill has been such a joy to work with! She connects with you on a personal level and determines the best way to accomplish your organizing goals in a way that is manageable and realistic. Not only did she help me remove what I no longer needed in my closet in an objective manner, but she also gave me some practical tactics to continue to stay organized over time. Anyone that wants to tackle an organizing job – large or small – should have Jill help!”
Mina L., Colorado Springs
“So this all started last spring in March. My husband and I needed help organizing our master closet and garage. We wanted a custom closet designed for the small space. That is how I was introduced to Jill. She came over to our home, very professional and very prepared to help us tackle our situation. Not only did she design with us step by step, but she was able to answer all of our questions in a timely manner. The experience with Jill was absolutely amazing. She works so fast and is so much fun to work with. After our closet and garage were taken care of, a few months passed and I walked into my basement feeling completely overwhelmed by the work that needed to be done there. I went to my husband and told him that “all I want for Christmas is for Jill to come back and help me with this monster of a job.” My wonderful husband agreed because he didn’t want any part of it. HA HA. Jill came over and in 4 hours we were able to get the job done. We went through every single box, purged, organized, repacked and packed some more. It was the best feeling ever to know that my monster in the basement was all done. I love her so much and the work that she does. She came back the following weekend to help me with the rest of my house. I will still call her when my husband and I move. Now my house is show ready and is ready to be put on the market. Jill you are the best! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Lauren A., Broomfield
“Several year ago, I found and purchased a beautiful home. Over time, and for a variety of reasons, it became cluttered and messy. It became more and more depressing to be in my own home, a place that was supposed to be my sanctuary. I also felt so much shame that I let my house, and my life, reach such a state. I never invited people over, for I didn’t want them to see how I lived. I realized too that I also was using the mess and clutter as an excuse to not only keep people out of my house but to keep them out of my life, adding to my depression even more.
Jill arrived in my home with such compassion and free of judgment. She listened to my needs and assessed the situation. She made me feel at ease. We attacked the clutter, working in tandem, to create a home that not only looks beautiful, it is easy to live in. Jill kept it fun the entire time. My house looked great once again. With a few simple maintenance tips, I have been able to keep it neat and organized. Thanks to Jill, I am falling in love with my home all over again. I even had friends over for dinner last night for the first time in ages. I listened to my friends laugh in the living room as I prepared dinner and my heart was filled with Joy. This is why I bought a home. Jill has helped me welcome the people I love back into my home, as well as back into my heart. For this I am eternally thankful. Jill’s gifts and skills as a person and as an organizer are truly invaluable.”
Chris D., Denver
“There is no greater satisfaction than seeing your new residence completely unpacked and transformed into a welcoming home for you to relax in after only a few hours of working with Jill at SOS, vs. days and/or weeks without her! I cannot believe the difference.”Jonathan B., Aurora
“We were in the process of moving from Longmont to Denver when a family emergency on the East Coast caused us to rush our packing and moving so that we could return to the East Coast for an extended period of time. Upon returning to Denver, we were overwhelmed by the thought of returning to our new home which was filled with moving boxes. We called Jill, and she reduced a lot of our stress and worry. The day after we returned to Denver, Jill met us at our place, and quickly got to work. She and her crew unpacked our whole 2-bedroom apartment, organized it, and made it a functional living space in 2 days. She even helped us decide which things we could purge and dropped off all those items to Goodwill for us, making two trips for us so we didn’t have to. We love the work she did for us and highly recommend her for your organizing needs. We would definitely use her in the future.”Jasmine Y., Denver
“The name S.O.S. couldn’t be a better fit. Jill saved me! Moving from a 5-closet apartment into a 1-closet condo had me overwhelmed. After showing Jill my space(s), she put together a great design and helped me find storage in places I never thought existed. Her relationships throughout the city gave me options without any pressure, and made the entire process incredibly easy. I feel set up for success in my new place, and I know Jill is a big reason reason why. She listened to me, got to know me and was there for me every step of the way! I felt like I was working with a friend who wanted everything just right, just like me. If you’re in need of organization, S.O.S. is the one to call. Jill even helped organize my thoughts! I’m forever grateful for her services and so thankful we were introduced.”Beth D., Denver
“Growing up we had a garage that was extremely dangerous to open. We never knew what was going to run out, fall out or tumble out of the garage once opened. It was not only full of stuff, it was disorganized, not functional, and downright SCARY!
Six months after moving into our new house, I slowly started to see the garage turn into disarray. Garden gloves mixed in with car washing liquid, bike helmets stuffed with golf balls, bike pumps thrown on top of snow sleds, dog food mixed up with snow ski equipment — the memories started to come back of those childhood days of the garage I grew up with — ‘No No No, it can’t be happening!’
I then rememberred walking into The Container Store around Christmas time and saw their beautiful shelving and when I returned with photos of our garage, they referred me to Jill at Smart Organizing Solutions to assist us in this large job. From the moment I phoned her she was warm hearted, enthusiastic, easy to work with and had many ideas to assist in a first design of our garage.
We spent a couple of weeks going back and forth to get the design just perfect! She worked so hard and was so patient at getting it ‘right’! After the shelves were ordered, delivered and installed, she came over to assist me with the actual implementation of putting all of the items where they were planned to go. I never realized just how fun yet rewarding the process could be!
I now look forward to not only opening our garage door to see such a gorgeous garage, I actually am showing it off to my neighbors and friends! Thank you Jill for all of your hard work and help. Not only is it clean, it will be easy to maintain as everything has a place!”Very Happy Client, Dana H., Boulder
“I am older and it is difficult for me to do the packing and unpacking for a move. When I found it necessary to move to a different apartment, Jill came to help me and she is just like a buzz saw. She wastes no time and is highly efficient and knows exactly how to deal with packing and unpacking and has wonderful ideas on how to arrange things. I had thought I might have to rent a storage unit or something, but Jill found a place for everything and it all works well. I highly recommend Jill for all your organizing and moving needs.”June H., Lakewood
“Jill is amazing. She is not just a home organizing wizard, she is a person of ideas and creativity. She has a vision that is uncommon and a love for her work that is contagious. Moving is stressful and her presence made my move far less so. The day she spent helping me was fun. I recommend Jill with great enthusiasm.”Johnnie R., Denver
“Jill designed and organized three closets and a large pantry/laundry area in our 1920s Park Hill home. The spaces were challenging to say the least and the results amazing. We have so much new and beautiful space. Jill’s eye is keen and her work ethic unsurpassed. She actually planned the work around a family trip so we came home to the new space PLUS neatly arranged piles in the garage of give away, throw away, and craigslist items that she removed from the basement. I can recommend SOS without reservation — work will be to perfectionist standards and done with an honest love of the job.”Karen R., Denver
“I moved into my house a year ago. I’ve rearranged things in my kitchen several times, but things were always discombobulated. I asked Jill to come over and take a look. Within an hour she had organized everything! She asked great questions regarding daily usage vs. occasional use to ensure that the things we use everyday were easily accessible. I love how everything looks now. I keep opening cabinets and drawers just to revel in how awesome everything looks. Jill is fun to work with, fast, and efficient. I highly recommend Jill for any project!”Michelle D., Denver
“When my husband asked me to consider relocating again I couldn’t imagine how I was going to physically do it. We had just moved a year before with our fourth baby being only 6 weeks old and I was still tired! I told him I would of course move but I asked if I could hire someone to help unpack and organize me right away. I didn’t even know if anyone offered this type of service until I found Jill! Jill was an answered prayer.
After our first conversation I already felt better. She listened, communicated well, and understood exactly what I needed. I can’t say enough good things about Jill and her team. Our move was a complicated one and she worked with us to get the job done on our schedule. We moved in on a Saturday morning and Jill and her team met us as the movers unpacked the truck. They worked all day Saturday and Sunday and left at 5:30pm right as our out of town guests arrived! Our 5 bedroom house was unpacked, organized, cleaned up, box free with pictures on the wall- in two days!!!
My husband and I agree that Jill was the best money we have spent! She made our transition so much smoother and took away tremendous amounts of stress. It would have taken us weeks and weeks of very late nights to get done half the work that they did. Because of Jill we were able to move in and start enjoying Colorado immediately! I would recommend Jill and Smart Organizing Solutions to anyone!”Kelly and Andy, Broomfield
“I have used organizers before, although with varying degrees of perceived success. Jill changed all that – she is a rock star of the organizing genre!
After a couple less than positive experiences, I decided to be a bit pickier in who I chose for a multi-room and basement project. I realize now that part of that success is finding someone who is a fit, not only from a “how to” perspective, but also someone you‘d like to spend up to 60 hours with – that is the combined total of work hours that it took for the project.
What made the experience so positive? Jill showed up when she said she would and was very responsive to inquiries and scheduling arrangements. She listened to our needs, including those of my two sons, whose rooms were part of the project. She is a diligent and extremely hard worker. It helps to overcome all the stuff that is not “fun” about organizing, such as hauling stuff up and down stairs or taking stuff to be dropped off for donation. She just doesn’t quit! She is creative and thrifty. It was amazing how many organizing bins, boxes and drawers I had that just weren’t being utilized. It was thrifty as we used organizing tools and resources I already had. And, on the fun stuff, like sorting, making systems that are sustainable, being creative on solutions was exactly that while working with Jill.
I really looked forward to our organizing events and the time flew by with an unbelievable amount accomplished. Best of all, I can maintain the things that we did. I would highly recommend Jill for any organizing project you have, and will definitely call on her again in the future.”Kirsti P., Denver
“With Jill, It’s not just about organizing your stuff, it’s about organizing your life! Her involvement is a major stress reliever. She’s very communicative, always on time, a great problem solver, as well as a dedicated and fast worker! Not only were my things safely packed, but her organization made it fast and easy for the movers, and made it easy for me to unpack. Use her for your next move, you’ll be so happy you did!”Jeff P., Denver
“Jill lent her skills to help organize my master bedroom closet. It was a cluttered mess before she got her hands on it and now it is neat and tidy. I can find what I need easily and have been able to maintain the organization because she asked for my input throughout the process. As a result of her excellent work, I was inspired to tackle the rest of the closets in my home.”Chris S.
“I was in the process of needing to stage my home and move. I enlisted Jill to help me de-clutter my home and get it stage ready for professional photos and the sale. She helped me think through how and what I needed to pack, not only to prepare to sell, but to be able to unpack quickly and efficiently when I was ready to move into my new house. Her efforts allowed me to lower my level of anxiety, be organized, and confidently move through the real estate process. Thank you Jill for allowing me to get the much needed sleep I would have been lost without your help!”Sally M., Aurora