I’m Kathy Vines, Certified Professional Organizer®, Coach, Speaker, and Owner of Clever Girl Organizing®. At Clever Girl Organizing, I help bring serenity and order (and clever solutions!) into your home or office. Focusing on your goals, and what’s getting in the way of you living and working the way you want, I work with you to find and implement the best solution possible, so that you can reclaim your home, your time, and your life.
People tell me all the time:
“You get me. You really understand what’s important to me and why it’s important to me.”
My background in psychology and human resources means that I’m able to focus on YOU and
how we’re going to make the best solutions for the way you want, and need, to live.
How did I become Clever Girl? I’m a natural organizer, but that wasn’t always the case. Growing up, my room was always a mess. At college and early adult life, I was constantly disorganized and feeling the pain of it. Being disorganized meant I didn’t get to spend my time the way I wanted to spend it.
- I was constantly searching for lost keys, late because I couldn’t find the shirt I wanted to wear, missing deadlines.
- Sometimes, being disorganized cost me money: replacing “lost” things, buying extras of things I had forgotten I already had, discovering misplaced and expired coupons and gift cards.
- And then, there was the aggravation and stress, knowing that I didn’t like living this way, wasting time, wasting money, not being able to entertain without the panic of moving piles and hiding things in closets.
I didn’t realize that there could be a different way.
And then one day, I took something that was driving me nuts and did something about it. I organized my sock drawer. (Seriously. I know, it’s a cliché, but it’s true). I knew the disorganization of my sock drawer cost me time and aggravated me every day, looking for the right socks or stockings, only to find mismatched pairs and stockings with runs. After realizing the peace that the newly organized sock drawer had brought me, I decided that every day for a week, I would solve a different organizational challenge in my life, once and for all. I couldn’t believe how much stress I’d eliminated from my life in just a few small projects. The relief was infectious, and the rest is history.
Since then, I’ve been helping people, organize their spaces, time, systems, and even thoughts. I work from basement to attic, and on every space and system in between. Every day, I get the opportunity to take what I’m great at, take what I love, and bring it to people who need it, making a difference in other people’s lives in a way that I truly find rewarding.
Prior to organizing, I had a twenty-year career in Human Resources, and I have an MBA and Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and I am a certified Executive Coach, all of which help me be a better organizer, every day.
I am active in my industry, my education and credentialing, and a proud member of the leading professional and educational organizations in the industry:
Certified Professional Organizer®, or CPO®, certification through the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers. CPO® Certification is a voluntary, industry-led effort that benefits the members of the organizing profession, as well as the public. It recognizes those professionals who have met specific minimum standards, and prove through examination and client interaction that they possess the body of knowledge and experience required for certification. Certification recognizes and raises industry standards, practices, and ethics. For the public, while the CPO® designation is not an endorsement or recommendation, certification of professional organizers maximizes the value received from the products and services provided by a CPO®.
NAPO National: Membership Committee Member
NAPO-New England: Professional Development Chair, 2014. Buddy Coordinator, 2015-present.
I have earned the Specialist Certificate in Chronic Disorganization and a Specialist Certificate in Basic ADD Issues with the Chronically Disorganized Client from the Institute of for Challenging Disorganization. This not-for-profit organization provides education and training to professional organizers and related professionals who specialize in working with the chronically disorganized.
Clever Girl Organizing® , founded in 2013, is based in the North Shore / Greater Boston area of Massachusetts. Outside that area? Be sure to check out the options to work with me virtually!
Towns/cities in the Clever Girl Organizing Service Area: Arlington MA, Bedford MA, Burlington MA, Danvers MA, Lexington MA, Lynn MA, Lynnfield MA, Malden MA, Medford MA, Melrose MA, North Reading MA, Reading MA, Peabody MA, Saugus MA, Somerville MA, Stoneham MA, Wakefield MA, Wilmington MA, Winchester MA, Woburn MA.