Meet Laurie Beth
Laurie Beth Coleman bravely moved to the Northern Virginia area from a small town in Michigan several years ago. She had worked at a job that had involved cleaning and organizing work for both residential and commercial office spaces. She was very interested in the organizational field and became a member of the Space Matters team in 2007.
She is a very creative person, and has an interest in the design side of any business. She holds a degree in graphic design. Laurie finds that this education has helped tremendously in her organizing endeavors. It allows her to see the big picture, the end picture and to imagine different ways of getting there.
Laurie Beth comes from a family of teachers. She has the ability and patience to easily teach new clients the “how to’s” of organizing. She also has a love of, and experience with children of all ages. She has worked at numerous day cares and was a professional nanny.
Laurie Beth has risen in the company from being a junior organizer to leading both residential and hoarding jobs. Her tremendous work ethic and eager enthusiasm has made her an invaluable addition to the Space Matters team. She is happy to help you with all of your organizing needs.
Laurie was certified as a CPO®in February 2011.
She continues her education in the organizing fields by expanding her knowledge to include the specializations of CD (August 2012) by earning certificates through the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD).
Meet Karen De Loy Swain
Karen Swain has been organizing people for most of her life. Long before organizing consultants were recognized as a profession she was working in a chronically disorganized household. ‘My best friend had a disorganized home. We were eight, in third grade, when we started hanging out. We would usually hang out at her house because it was just so much more fun, interesting and alive. I can remember just itching to be let loose in the kitchen. I just wanted to put it in order.”
Karen has specialized in homes, home offices and paper since 1999.
Her pledge to you: “I will never, ever under any circumstances throw any of your stuff away. Working together we may decide based on your wants and needs to move some things to another location or out of the house.”
She can also help to stream-line areas that are just quietly driving you mad.
Karen has earned the designation of CPO® (Certified Professional Organizer). On April 25th, 2007 Karen joined almost 250 Professional Organizers gathered in one room to sit for the inaugural BCPO Examination for Certified Professional Organizers (BCPO). She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), her local NAPO Chapter (NAPO-WDC), where she was Director of Membership, 2008-2009 and NAPO’s Golden Circle, a prestigious designation available to NAPO members who have worked as a professional organizer for 5 or more years.
Karen was recertified as a CPO® in February 2011.
She continues her education in the organizing fields by expanding her knowledge to include the specializations of CD (June 08) and hoarding (September 2010, inaugural exam) by earning certificates through the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD).
Karen has enjoyed attending numerous conferences over the years on organizing, ADD, ADHD, Hoarding and Chronic Disorganization.
Eileen is from Alexandria, VA and is a country girl at heart. When she is not organizing your home she can be found teaching horseback riding lessons in Upper Marlboro, MD. An animal lover, Eileen spends her free time taking care of her two horses and two cats.
Before she started at Space Matters, she worked at a local veterinarian clinic. After reorganizing the entire clinic she realized that organizing was her true passion. A co-worker suggested she organize as a profession. Eileen joined the team at Space Matters and has proven that she is a natural. She is now one our strongest lead organizers.
She has a degree from George Washington University and actively studies the psychological advances made in hoarding research. She loves people and figuring out how to make her clients’ lives better is one of her favorite aspects of the job! Eileen attends all the ICD and NAPO conferences to advance her knowledge of the industry. She is on the path to become a Certified Professional Organizer and has proven to be quite an asset to the Space Matters family.
With her friendly and outgoing demeanor, Eileen will help you turn your home into a place that makes you happy!
Raquel is one of our Lead Organizers!
Amanda is one of our Assistant Organizers!