I know that when you’re already feeling overwhelmed, de-cluttering and organizing can sound like your worst nightmare – I know because that was me.

Although I had always been reasonably organized, as I moved up the career ladder I became more disorganized at home. At work, I became so overwhelmed by projects that I could barely keep on top of things – deadlines were always staring me in the face, and I often worked into the night. Eventually I saw that the way to a peaceful home and mind was to pare down my possessions, and develop systems to help me stay on top of projects at work. I remember feeling the weight that lifted after I purged, sorted and organized my small home and office. Once I began getting more organized, I underwent a transformation. I couldn’t get enough of learning and teaching about organizing & productivity.

In the 20 years since then, I’ve helped all kinds of people get more organized and be more productive. I managed nonprofit teams and hundreds of fundraising and communication projects for over a decade. I provided training for companies in team-based problem-solving and leadership for five years. My organizing skills led me to achieving two further important goals: 1) launching an additional career as a Professional Organizing & Productivity Coach in 2015 , and 2) having time and energy to focus on finding a life partner – I met him within six months of setting that goal, and now we’re married. I want to help all my clients achieve significant goals like these!

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Why I do this work

  • I love solving problems. I look into a room and see a giant jigsaw puzzle. I hear about a business challenge and the cogs in my brain immediately go into motion.

  • I love teaching and coaching. “Teaching and coaching” are better than “telling” for helping you develop new habits. I like helping people figure out what to change and seeing their delight when they realize things are improving! Teaching also means contributing to the development of my profession – I’m an active member of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO), and a member of the NAPO National Education Committee. My course “Boost Productivity Using Creative Problem-Solving” was added to the NAPO University curriculum in August 2019. I’m also a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

  • I’m committed to helping folks live up to their potential. I believe that “by being organized” is the answer to “How do I achieve my goals and live up to my potential?” Whether by working for nonprofits, being a corporate trainer and executive coach, or being an organizing and productivity coach, my aim is to help people achieve their goals and improve their quality of life in the process. Having seen the results in myself and others, I truly believe that being organized makes it SO much easier to achieve what you set out to do.


Questions? Email me at Ellia@MindfulOrganizing.NET or through the contact form.