My name is Dawna Hall and I started Organize ME! in the summer of 2008 to help overwhelmed Maine homeowners clear their clutter and simplify their lives.
I have a B.A. in Graphic Design and have spent 15+ years working in print & sign design in and around Portland. While I love design, I didn’t love sitting behind a computer all day… so, I decided it was time to make the leap into something that I’ve always enjoyed — organizing.
For as long as I can remember, I have been highly organized and detail oriented. I enjoy decorating, space planning, problem solving and teaching others new skills. I love helping people tackle projects that seem overwhelming to them. To see the relief in someone when a room is organized or a filing system is set up is priceless.
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- Why hire a Professional Organizer?
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I am a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and I adhere to NAPO’s guiding principles of integrity, honesty, and confidentiality.
I also belong to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), which is devoted to exploring methods, techniques, approaches, and solutions that benefit chronically disorganized clients.
Angie MacDonald joined Organize ME! in January of 2015. She loves to help people feel less stressed, and that very often means helping them feel at home in their own space.
“I have much experience in the service industry, as well as retail. I always felt like I should be doing more, and wanted to put my skills to work in a more rewarding field. I wasn’t always so attentive to organization, but when I discovered the difference it makes, I embraced it, and wanted to share it with EVERYONE!
I love to reuse, repurpose, and recycle. I’m crafty and handy, but I’m always learning in this profession, and I so enjoy sharing the things I learn with others. It makes me so happy to give someone a suggestion that they never realized was an option. That little spark can make amazing things happen!”
Diane Bonneau joined Organize ME! in 2018 after 30 years in the health field. She worked as a full time insurance/billing clerk, office manager and phlebotomist, and 14 years part-time licensed massage therapist. She’s always the first to step up to organizing events such as family reunions, school reunions, fashion shows and company picnics.
She has recently earned a certificate in interior decorating and has helped family and friends transform their homes.
“It is very rewarding to see how relieved and excited clients are after purging and organizing their space. Although the majority are embarrassed as to how things got away from them, there are always valid reasons for their situation. I value the relationships I build with my clients and understand how personal each situation is. I am a HUGE advocate for recycling, repurposing and donating and that is why it is so satisfying to work for Organize ME. The whole team plays a small part in the wellness of a more peaceful life.”
In July of 2022, Kari Richardson joined Organize ME!. She and her teenaged son, dog, and cat had just moved to Maine from Oregon, from Portland to Portland, but originally hail from the gulf coast of Florida. Kari earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from USF St Pete and enjoys listening to music, being outdoors, eating good food, and spending time with loved ones.
Kari is a natural-born organizer. She eagerly finds a home for whatever comes into her space, whether it be in her home, yard, or workspace. Kari has a sunny disposition and likes to add fun to the mix, has a background in retail merchandising and management, and has a drive to help people and make the world a better place.
“After unexpectedly losing my parents and oldest brother in a short amount of time, I needed to heal and create my new normal. I wanted more meaning in my career and personal life. During my journey through grief, I found Professional Organizing which I feel brilliantly marries my talents all into one career and most importantly, helps me make a positive difference in people’s lives which fills me with a greater purpose.
It’s an honor and privilege for me to help bring calm and peace into another person’s life. It’s an extremely personal process and to be entrusted like that is a gift that I do not take lightly. All of my experiences, good and bad, have prepared me for this type of work and I hope for the opportunity to help you create your best life! This world needs you!”
Phyllis Kilfoil, who has enjoyed organizing all of her adult life, officially joined Organize ME! in January 2022. She retired from business ownership (the Millbrook Motel in Scarborough Maine), where she kept the business flowing smoothly for the benefit of guests, employees, and herself.
“Being an organizer provides me with situations where I can bring my creativity and compassion to help people manage their belongings, and enjoy their spaces. I like that I can bring a new perspective, a new set of eyes, to someone who is stuck. Whether getting their clutter under control; packing/ unpacking; rearranging or staging their spaces; devising a personalized system for maintaining — I can help. I do love a good project!”
Music, exercising, writing, and my family keep me busy, but there is always time for organizing!
Yvette Nadeau joined Organize ME! In the Spring of 2019. She early retired from L.L.Bean in 2018 and was not ready to stop working completely. Her strong organizational skills and attention to detail serves the Organize ME! team very well. She has helped friends in the past organize, sort, downsize, pack, and move as a hobby!
“I enjoy sharing my expertise with clients and remind them that no matter how disorganized or cluttered they may feel about their space, I come in with NO judgement. My goal is to be caring and helpful, and to see the project from start to finish with a happy client.
I also find it so awesome how our team finds a place for the client’s good/useable unwanted items, preventing “stuff” from going into landfills. I love that we ultimately help teachers (Ruth’s Reusable Resources), Habitat for Humanity (The ReStore), Preble Street Resource Center, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and SO MANY more non-profits that reuse and recycle donations. It’s simple; you make a difference and it all matters.”
Jenn joined Organize ME! in the fall of 2022 after retiring from active duty in the US Air Force. After 22 years of military service and moving all around the world, she’s racked up quite a bit of experience with packing, unpacking and ultimately turning houses of all sizes into comfortable homes that function for her family of five. While this is her first gig organizing on a professional level, she has organized many a desk, supply closet, office and of course, friends’ kitchens, closets and guest rooms over the years!
“I know how heavy the weight of clutter and disorganization can be and what that weight can do to one’s well-being. I love the opportunity to help relieve some of that weight, both physically and mentally, for clients. Whether it’s a packed garage, a closet that doesn’t function, or kitchen drawers that won’t close, my purpose is to help the client reach their goal, however unattainable it may seem!”