Hi, I’m Naomi. I am so happy you are here. Please get comfy and stay a while. I hear you have some questions about me so I will do my best to answer them.
I live in Massachusetts. This is my family:
I am happily married to Patrick. We met at work. We did not work in the same department so it took some creativity to cross paths with him. It was all well worth it…he proposed, I said yes and the rest is history.
I have a college-bound daughter. She’s fun, silly, smart, adventurous, independent, loving, generous and so much more. I am a very proud mama. We’ve had some really fun times together. Who knew the house would feel so empty with her not being around as often?
This cutie is also part of our family:
Her name is Cuddles. She really likes to cuddle and she loves to give hugs…quite literally. She’s great company but can be awfully distracting, especially when she’s laying on my notebooks or walking across the keyboard while I am trying to type.
I was a single mom for well over 6 years. At one point in time I was working full time and studying at night to finish my college degree. It was daunting and seemed endless at times but having some time management strategies and organization systems in place played a crucial role in successfully juggling all these responsibilities. Of course, I didn’t even realize it until I looked back and asked myself how did I do it? In 2005 I graduated from Emmanuel College. The day of the graduation was perfect. It was sunny and bright….and I almost missed it. I had decided not to go but my family and friends insisted I go. After all, I had worked hard to get that college degree. So I went and it was well worth it. I was overwhelmed by the sense of accomplishment and I was able to set an example for my daughter. I walked away relieved that the long, crazy days were over.
Fast forward a couple of years…I got several work promotions, got married, moved into a bigger house with my husband, had my mom living with us for a little bit (plus all her stuff) and things got crazy. All these very good changes brought more responsibilities, more stuff and less time. I was left overwhelmed by it all and struggling to keep up especially at home.
There were one too many times I couldn’t find what I needed when I needed it. The result? Stressful mornings and running late to wherever we needed to go. We also had all these dreams of updating our home but they kept getting pushed off for some day, maybe. It started to look like we would never get to it.
I grew tired of the same thing over and over and decided it had to end. I started reading newsletters, blogs and articles about organization and productivity strategies. I started researching how to organize specific spaces in our home, I collected magazine clippings, pictures, and ideas. I also took action and started to put into practice the strategies and concepts I was learning. I started organizing our home, my time, my routines a little bit at a time.
In due time the effort started to pay off. It got easy to find what we need when we need it. No more stressful mornings and running late because of lost or misplaced items. It just seemed our day to day just got easier. No more mad dashes to clean up and hide the clutter when unexpected visitors show up. When someone unexpected shows up I can engage and tend to them without being embarrassed about how the house looks (or trying to clean in between conversations).
I spent a lot of time researching, reading and watching videos. Along the way I realized there are other moms and busy professionals struggling too. Not everyone can take the time out of their busy schedules to do the research. I founded Overcoming Chaos so you don’t have to. I’ve read the books, I’ve invested the time, effort and money into courses specific to organizing and productivity principles so I can help you create sustainable organizing systems in your home and equip you to maintain them.
If you are in the Central Massachusetts area and are interested in working one on one with me feel free to contact me. Also be sure to visit my services page. I would love to support you in your journey to create lasting organization.
Ongoing Education and Resources
As with any trade organization it’s important to keep up to date with the latest tips, tools & techniques. I keep up to date through a combination of courses, books and networking events. I am also a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (a.k.a. NAPO) and their New England Chapter. Both offer excellent resources on all things organizing and productivity.
I’ve been overcoming my chaos a baby step at a time. Overcoming because it’s a process, it takes time just like it took time for the stuff to accumulate and the mess to form and the schedule to get hectic…you get the picture. I decided to share our journey and some of our own organization projects, crafts, simple home improvements and budget-friendly DIYs. I hope you follow along and find inspiration, motivation and encouragement.
Thanks for stopping by!