Thursday, September 26, 2013

Collector Care Professional Organizers - Hotel in San Francisco Before & After Photos

Hello Collectors! This is a project that we did in beautiful San Francisco, California. Our client just moved into her hotel room and needed help getting organized. By using a free room planning app, she was able to create the exact layout she wanted. We were very excited to make it happen and super thankful for allowing us to use these  pictures. 

Here are some before and after pictures:

View from the front door (Before)
View from the back corner of the room - not much room in this 200 square foot hotel suite.
We needed to organize the kitchen/pantry space. as well as define a living room (Before)

After several hours we were able to get the job done, and were just finishing up the final touches for the rest of the pictures below. I use my iPhone camera so please excuse the poor resolution. I try not to bring too much into any session with me to avoid losing items. : ) 

View from the front door (After)

Kitchen/Pantry We even deep cleaned her refrigerator! (After)

The kitchen/pantry is behind me and there is at least three feet of open space to walk around. Tony hung up pictures. We dusted cleaned and vacuumed.
Thank you to our client for being so open about us using their pictures on the internet. Sometimes people just need help moving in and getting cozy ... Do you need help moving in? How about moving out?

Whatever your needs are, we try and help you reach those goals. Sometimes you might be disorganized due to moving, health issues, family drama, being too busy with work and life, other people's stuff etc. It's okay! Maybe you have always been disorganized - and feel it's impairing your life in a negative way. It's still okay! We are trained to find creative solutions for collectors with AD/HD, physical impairments and hoarding disorder. We pride on ourselves on being efficient and providing reasonable expectations. We offer affordable maintenance plans as well. Don't face your clutter alone!

We organize the entire Bay Area including Livermore, Pleasanton, Brentwood, Antioch, Concord, Walnut Creek, Danville, Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland Alameda, Berkeley, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sonoma, Vallejo, Palo Alto, Milpitas, and if we have not listed a city here, just call and ask us!


Rachel Seavey, Professional Organizer (and blogger) For Collector Care

Collector Care specializes in hoarding disorder, chronic disorganization and professional organizing. We  love what we do, and  provide realistic expectations and timelines. Please visit our website at  or call 925-548-7750
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Collector Care Interviews: Holistic Organizer Annie Rohrbach author of Conscious Order: Clear Your Mind, Leave Clutter Behind

  Annie Rohrbach and I first met at our local NAPO regional conference. I remember her warm smile very well, as I was so nervous to be surrounded by so many veterans. Our chapter is loaded with the most amazing women I have ever met in my life. Annie immediately introduced herself and began to introduce me to others. I felt welcome and included. Our friendship grew from there.

I had the pleasure of dining with Annie and her sweetie at the 2013 NAPO Organizing Awards where she and I had a wonderful discussion on holistic organizing. We discovered  that we were kindred spirits who love organizing with compassion and encourage outside of the box thinking. The more we chatted the more I grew to know and respect this Annie. I was lucky to have her featured last month on my affirmations blog, and I am so grateful and excited to be able to share more about Annie and her inspirational book Conscious Order: Clear Your Mind, Leave Clutter Behind.

Rachel: What does the term “Holistic Organizing” mean?
Annie: It’s a term that grew out of conversations I’ve had with many professional organizers through the years, who were discovering they served their clients (and themselves) better if they went beyond the basic organizing systems and techniques. Holistic Organizing integrates various spiritual or holistic principles and practices (however we each choose to define them), and focuses on all aspects of a client’s life—physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It is not rooted in any particular spiritual or religious tradition and honors all paths.
Feng Shui and Space Clearing are considered “holistic” practices, as is clearing out the mental clutter. Holistic Organizers consider their work as sacred and know it is possible to transform lives with the work that we do.

Rachel: How is it helpful to those who have an abundance of clutter?
Annie: Even doing something as simple as taking a deep breath can help a client come into present moment and, in that moment, let go of the guilt, shame and overwhelm that is cluttering their mind and keeping them stuck. Using affirmations, creating vision boards and focusing on what the client wants to create (all considered “holistic” tools) can help a client move forward. Clutter represents the past. Holistic Organizing is more likely to focus on the present and the future.

Rachel: What inspired you to write a book?
Annie: I developed and taught a series of classes called “Letting Go and Lightening Up—In Your Mind, Your Home, Your Office and Your Life” for several years,
integrating my 20+ years as a professional organizer with what I call Universal Principles and tools I learned while doing my own spiritual and personal growth work. The combination had a powerful impact on my clients and students, who insisted that I take these teachings out into the world. One of my mentors said, “Annie, your book is a gift that the world needs!” I believe that if we take the time to identify and clear out the clutter in our mind, it is much easier to make decisions and clear out the clutter in our home, our office and our life. I wrote this book to help people experience greater order, joy and peace of mind.

Rachel: What are your 3 favorite techniques to “clear your mind?”

Annie: (#1) As mentioned above, taking a deep breath can immediately clear your mind, no matter where you are or what the circumstances.

(#2)There’s something about lighting a candle that clears my mind almost instantaneously, especially if I light it very intentionally—it helps me focus, evokes the light and guidance of the Divine, and reminds me to “lighten up!
Every time I sat down to write my book, a first lit a candle. There was only one time when the ideas and words didn’t flow…until I realized I’d forgotten to light my candle!

(#3) Connecting with anything in Nature—looking at or smelling a flower, noticing the beauty anywhere outdoors, walking on Mother Earth, recalling delightful moments I’ve had with animals, dolphins, birds and dragonflies.

Rachel: As a well-respected veteran organizer, what can you share with new organizers out there who want to take the holistic path?

Annie: Tune into your own heart, your gut, your center, your soul, and incorporate what works best for you. Think about things you do for yourself that keep you grounded and centered and able to stay present for your clients. Create your own “holistic practices,” whatever that means to you, and, try some of these with your clients when you feel it is appropriate and the client is ready.

Join our Holistic Organizers LinkedIn Group, listen to our monthly teleconferences and/or read the summaries posted afterwards. Be open to new ideas and try out the ones that resonate the most with you. Trust your own guidance and wisdom. It can be quite powerful and amazingly magical!

Buy Annie's Book on Amazon

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For additional information about the Conscious Order approach, go to You may also email Annie at

Stay tuned for more Annie on our Affirmations Part 2 blog coming next month! 

Rachel Seavey, Professional Organizer (and blogger) For Collector Care

Collector Care specializes in hoarding disorder, chronic disorganization and professional organizing. We  love what we do, and  provide realistic expectations and timelines. Please visit our website at  or call 925-548-7750
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