The mission of First in Organizing is to reduce stress and improve the quality of life for clients by enabling them to gain control of their surroundings through the use of proven organizing principles customized for individual needs. Although organization and planning have always been part of Shirley's life, she began organizing professionally in 2010 and opened First in Organizing in 2013. She has served on the Board of Directors for the NAPO-DFW Chapter since 2013.
Shirley has a Bachelor degree in Biology and in Medical Technology and a Master degree in Health Care Administration. She has extensive experience in physician practice management, ranging from Assistant Director in an academic medical center to Vice President for a major health care system. She was honored to serve more than two years with a mission medical clinic in the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Shirley passionately uses her gifts, skills, education, and experience to help both residential and business clients to profit from organized living. She continues to advance her services through ongoing training provided by NAPO and similar organizations.
PAST PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Prior to establishing Unhurried Life in 2007, Michelle Earney was a corporate professional with over a decade of experience both in the small business sector as well as the Global Fortune 500 market. She now has over 9 years experience as a business owner and Professional Organizer and is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Michelle is currently in her first term as the President of the Dallas / Fort Worth chapter for NAPO after previously serving 4 years on the Board of Directors. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Texas Tech University with a B.S. in Human Development and is in her first year of graduate studies towards earning a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling at Amberton University.
Anita has lived in Texas for 6 years, been a Professional Organizer for 4 years, a member of NAPO for 3 years and a member of ICD (Institute for the Chronically Disorganized) for 1 year. She has completed her Certificates of Study in Chronically Disorganized (C.D.), ADD/ADHD, & Hoarding and has recently completed her Specialist Certification in C.D.
Anita had the privilege of home educating her three children for a period of 20 years. During those years she also taught Co-op classes, which including Nature Study and History/Literature. She also organized Middle and High School Co-ops. She has worked with children and teens in various capacities for over 30 years, including subbing at a private school, theater and leading a Divorce recovery for kids. In the midst of those 20 years, Anita had a Professional Pet-sitting company, The Critter Sitter. Along with caring for pets of a wide variety in her home and at their own homes, she helped clients with puppy set-up, training and end of life care.
Anita has volunteered for most of her life, including a Food & Clothing ministry on the South Shore of Massachusettes. She volunteered as 'acting' director for a summer and stayed on as 'Co-director the following year. During this time she was able to restructure the warehouse from dusty shelves & boxes, to store racks and organized shelves for food and wares, which made for a cozy shopping experience for those in need.
Since being in Texas Anita has obtained her TX Master Naturalist Certification and is enjoying volunteering at The Heard Nature and Science Center in McKinney. You can find her feeding the animals, assisting with nature classes and at special events.
Anita loves all aspects of decluttering and organizing! Especially with those who have who struggle with ADD, and are overwhelmed. She loves working with those who having Hoarding difficulties. She also loves working with home schooling families, and also kids and teens of all ages. Encouraging, lifting her clients spirits and finding opportunities to laugh are at the core of what she wants to bring to clients, along with cozy, functional spaces. Decluttering souls and their surroundings.
Ashley’s infatuation with home interiors dates back to her childhood and early on sparked a life-long dream of working in any industry relating to the home. Life’s experiences lead her down a path involving architecture, real estate, model home presentation, interior design, and decorating. With an eye for color, space, and arrangement and a passion for helping people, she finally established a career in organizing and staging. She started her business, “Organization Saves Lives,” in 2011.
On one side, she enjoys giving homes a marketable impression that is both orderly and appealing to the eye. A home that is presented in a way that allows its full potential to shine through ensures that the seller gets the most return on his or her investment and the buyer doesn’t miss out on a dream-home for lack of imagination! She finds it incredibly rewarding to help boost a property’s resale value to ensure each party gets what they deserve! On the other side, she enjoys helping busy, overwhelmed individuals find the peace and functionality in their homes that they may have only dreamed could exist.
It’s vital for every family to be organized and experience that life-saving sense of serenity where everything has its place. Since an organized home spreads harmony to so many other avenues of life, it is her deepest passion to help people gain this order.
An Organized State was founded by Judy Kogutt in 2001 out of her desire to create order out of the chaos in people's lives. Judy was always helping her family and friend's organize their homes and realized that what had become a quiet passion would become a profession. She took coursework to develop specialities working with seniors and the chronically disorganized. Judy also has a BS in Wildlife Biology and is a certified elementary school teacher - which is where she gets her patience!
Judy approaches her work with a sense of humor and an open mindedness to solutions for all types of organizing challenges. She helps her clients in a truly nonjudgmental way to re-clain control over their environment. Judy volunteers often in her community for a variety of groups including the Boy Scouts of America, Neighborhood Association, Special Needs Partnership and Crime Watch to name a few.
Judy particularly enjoys working with senior adults and in challenging situations. Judy has an understanding of and experience with people who have special needs. Her skill set includes setting up financial systems for individuals and sole proprietors, Quicken, Quickbooks and Freshbooks.
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION
Carole Smith started her business, Short Order Solutions, to provide bookkeeping and organizing services to solopreneurs, small businesses and busy individuals.
Carole began her career as an office manager, and earned her Certified Administrative Professional designation, with a specialization in Organizational Management (CAP-OM). During her career as an administrative professional, Carole began to take on bookkeeping duties and discovered she loved the challenge of “making all the puzzle pieces fit together.” She obtained her Associates Degree in Accounting, and in 2007 established Short Order Solutions. She joined NAPO in 2007 and served on the NAPO Houston Chapter board as Secretary, as well as helping the chapter in other capacities. She is a Golden Circle Member of NAPO, and a member of AIPB – American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. In 2016, Carole moved from the Houston area to Allen, Texas and transferred her membership to NAPO DFW. Her non-financial organizing expertise includes general organization of home office and work areas, with a new-found interest in "end of life" document organization in conjunction with estate plans.
Carole is passionate about bringing Financial Order to her clients and especially loves making order out of “a shoebox full of receipts”. Carole also provides Quickbooks and Quicken training, and is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor and is a Certified Quickbooks Online expert. Her many years of experience with a variety of businesses, industries and situations, coupled with a dedication to quality and integrity makes her a valued advisor for her clients.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY
Anita works one-on-one with clients in both residential and business environments to develop custom organizing solutions. Her specialties include estate information and document organization, paper management and filing solutions, computer/digital filing and application solutions, paperless environment solutions/strategies and home inventory organization.
Anita holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO. After 10 years in the information technology sector managing sales and service executives throughout the Southwest she left corporate life to dedicate her organizational and technology skills to her rapidly-growing family business.
After 17 years working all aspects of small business growth and development, Anita began Blanks Solutions, LLC. Today she helps others achieve order and peace of mind by creating custom solutions through the use of unique tools and technology specifically geared towards individuals and small businesses. She is especially passionate about working with families and individuals to accomplish the vital task of gathering and organizing all necessary information and documentation should a personal crisis occur offering complete peace of mind and a tremendous gift for loved-ones.
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP
With a background as both an executive assistant and a doula, Crystal Ryan offers residential organization for growing and busy families, as well as home office setup and maintenance. During 20 years of working with expectant parents, she has helped hundreds of families prepare their lives and their homes for their new addition, as well as assisting them through the birth and the post partum period. Now, as a professional organizer, Crystal focuses on helping clients at every stage of life create a home that works for them. Since 2013, she has created individualized solutions for busy families and individuals with patience, confidentiality, and empathy. She is currently serving her third term on the NAPO-DFW Board of Directors.
DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Libby has been organizing for as long as she can remember. Born into a family prone to clutter, she quickly developed a passion for organization and honed in on her skills of creating order out of chaos. She first learned of professional organizing as a career while in high school, and her calling has been clear ever since. While attending Texas A&M University, she continued to organize for friends and family, and not long after graduating from Texas A&M with a BBA in Finance, she returned to Dallas to launch Libby and Labels, LLC. Libby now delights in working to bring order to the homes of Dallas and the surrounding metroplex.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS PARTNERS
After obtaining her Executive Secretarial Associate’s Degree, Pam spent nearly 20 years in the corporate world. During the early part of her career, she became a Certified Professional Secretary after passing all parts of the exam on the first attempt. Her office skills continually received high compliments, particularly in the area of organization. After responding to a request to help with a busy photographer’s home office organization, Pam decided to use her experience to focus solely in the area of organizing the chaos that seems to control our lives. Chaos Pros, LLC™ was originally established as Organized Chaos and created in 2006 in Plano, Texas. It is the goal of Chaos Pros to allow our clients’ lives to be less stressed, more manageable, and more peaceful through optimal organization. Chaos Pros™ serves the DFW Metroplex in person, and the U.S. and the world by special arrangement. Virtual services are available to anyone who is able to perform the physical work but desire guidance on how to proceed.
Pam previously served on the Board as Director of Marketing from 2008-2013.