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“I could not have done it without her!”

“I’ve told everyone that I could not have moved successfully without Julie’s help and that’s true! I was overwhelmed, was having difficulty making decisions and could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t thank her enough for helping me through the second hardest job of my life! Forever grateful. –AGS, Chatham, NY.”

“She’s the best around, I highly recommend her!”

As we prepared for our renovation and move out of our house, Julie Ulmer came in at a critical time for us.  She has a wonderful way of communicating, listening and establishing priorities for what needs to get done!  I love her can-do spirit and how open she is to choices I have to make.  Having worked with other organizers, I can confidently say that she’s the best around and I am so grateful to have connected with her.  She is well prepared for every session both mentally but also with all needed supplies and lots always gets done! I highly recommend her!  –C.L.K., Tivoli, NY

“I just cannot praise Julie Ulmer enough.”

186_10.11.11_©2011DosterI just cannot praise Julie Ulmer enough. She is awesome and amazing. Her work is of the highest caliber. Julie has transformed my closets and drawers, so quickly. She just plunges in and gets it done. She has listened and understands what I need and has done what needs to be done for my particular situation. I am thrilled to have found her and am very appreciative of her help. She is most professional and has accomplished a lot for me. – R.W., Lenox, MA

“Julie would come in and some small magic would occur.”

Over the years I have run several businesses out of my house, and gradually one of them grew somewhat out of control. I would be managing finances and people all from my home office and periodically what began as a slow tide of papers would become a tidal wave swamping my sweet little office. Julie would come in every two or three months — whenever I would put out the SOS before completely disappearing under the tow — and some small magic would occur. Julie stands in my office; I sit at my desk. Over the course of half a day the tide is pushed back, all the papers find their place, folders get made, papers moved, rearranged, shredded, recycled. It’s a completely cheerful process at the end of which my desk is clear, piles are workable and orderly, and the world has found balance once again. –Eric S., Spencertown, NY

“She provides judgement-free guidance”

“I really enjoyed having Julie share her skills and experience helping me organize my home after a move. She provides judgment-free guidance, lots of encouragement, and just enough accountability so it’s helpful but not overbearing. I appreciate that her approach is not to tell you what to do, but rather to help you achieve your own goals.”-Ariel, Albany, NY

“We would use her services again without hesitation…”

“Julie is a Godsend!” This was my sister’s text to me after we began our work with Julie.  Feeling overwhelmed with both the emotional and physical task of cleaning out Mom and Dad’s house after their years of living, collecting, and keeping just about EVERYTHING, we really needed some guidance.  After my phone consult with Julie, I knew we were on the right track. She came up with a game plan and the encouragement we needed to get started and to get the job done – in record time! Julie’s great energy and work ethic provided the firm foundation in support of the overall effort.  As we struggled in making decisions about what to keep and what to part with, her sensitivity and thoughtfulness were critical.  Throughout it all, she was working right alongside us with a focus and energy that was invaluable. We would use her services again without hesitation, for this or any other type of organizing challenge! –S.W., Chatham NY

“Julie is an engaging speaker who kept our attention…”

Julie was recently the featured speaker at a meeting of the local chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association. Her presentation, focusing on freelancers’ home-offices, was very informative and well-organized. In addition, Julie is an engaging speaker who kept our attention and sparked some good discussions. She would be an asset to any group’s meetings. –Teresa N. Barensfeld, co-leader, Upper Hudson Chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association

“Julie was there every step of the way…”

Julie is worth her weight in GOLD!!! I had a very complicated move to plan, which included major downsizing and packing and organization. Julie was there every step of the way, staging the move, organizing the tasks I had to tackle, labeling and sorting things with me. LOVED this experience, highly recommend her with no reservations!     -Lisa K., Pittsfield, MA 

“I’m very grateful for her support.”

Working with Julie was a true pleasure during a time when the idea of organizing aspects of my life was anything but! She is highly capable, compassionate and thoughtful, full of great tips and tricks, and able to approach many different issues and tasks depending upon your needs. When I needed someone to simply talk things through she helped me come up with manageable plans and when I needed someone to ensure I was staying on task she gently nudged me in the right direction. I’m very grateful for her support, humor and incredible organizational skills. Thanks Julie! –Alison B., Housatonic, MA

“Julie was a great public speaker.”

Julie was a great public speaker with many helpful hints for those who attended her talk. Seeing the samples of her own organizing items, especially the “Banker Boxes”, was a good idea. Julie explained the pros and cons of why she chose those particular items and where they can be purchased. One of the best suggestions is if an item has some value and you are reluctant to part with it, wait 2-4 months before making a final decision. You can tell that from her presentation, that Julie knows how difficult it can be to downsize for some people. An objective eye in your home to make suggestions may be easier than you think. The data that was given about American’s hoarding habits is a little scary, but if there are people like Julie in business, many can get on the right track. –Wendy Tremper Wollerton, Livingston, NY

“She’s a true professional all the way!”

I turned 80 a year ago, and I doubt that I’d have made it through this year without Julie’s help. I often call her my catalyst and my inspiration for getting the things done that I have put off, and put off, and put off doing. I find there’s nothing she’s incapable of organizing – the mail and bills, the cupboards and drawers, even the things stored in the attic or basement. Julie’s always on time, she never wastes a minute, not even for a coffee break! What more could I ask? I also enjoy reading her newspaper columns and seeing her podcasts. And the local libraries have had her as a speaker. Without a doubt, she’s a true professional all the way! –M.D.U., Columbia County, NY

“Calling Julie was the best decision I made”

When I moved into my new house I was certain I could get it all settled
myself. Life got in the way and my progress in unpacking and finding ways
to make my home (particularly the kitchen) flow better completely stalled.
Calling Julie was the best decision I made and I wish I’d done it earlier.
In a few hours she helped me finish the unpacking and finding the right
spots for my things as well as working with me in the kitchen to get rid of
the clutter and make the space work for me in just the way I need it to. – Amanda, Pittsfield, MA

“Julie has my highest recommendation.”

Julie Ulmer is an organizing wizard. We consolidated two homes, moving the contents of a city apartment into one (already-stuffed) large house. The prospect of starting (where? how?) was daunting, and hung over me for many miserable months. Enter Julie. In a calm, systematic, supportive way, she kept me on task. The result is a pared-down, organized environment. The process was fun, rewarding, clarifying and liberating. Julie has my highest recommendation.
– Anonymous, Rensselaer County, NY

“She never made me feel embarrassed by my chronic messiness.”

Testimonials about organizingJulie did an amazing job helping me get set up after a huge move. She came into my new place, filled with boxes (and bags and crates) from every era of my life, and helped me come up with systems to keep things organized in a way that makes sense going forward. I am a disorganized person with a lot of stuff; she helped me shape and order my possessions into usable categories which I can carry on adding to even after she was gone. As an added plus, she never made me feel embarrassed by my chronic messiness – she is there to help and never to judge! – K.B., the Berkshires, MA

“We accomplished what I could not have done myself.”

Julie is a “can do” organizer, very professional, client focused and resourceful. She searched diligently and quickly to find a local picker to help me dispose of gently used home goods, tools and kitchen ware. In just two meetings we accomplished what I could not have done myself. I would definitely work with Julie again and recommend her highly. – E.T., Becket, MA

“Her program was fun and inspirational!”

Julie was a pleasure to work with. In her presentation here at the Guilderland Public Library, she made the necessary connection between a messy home and life feeling very chaotic and out of control. Our patrons really enjoyed her tips and tricks on home organization! Her program was so fun and inspirational! Thank you, Julie! – Amy, Librarian, Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland, NY

“She helped me with my entire house, from cleaning out the basement to the attic.”

Julie Ulmer is truly a God send. I was beside myself and I prayed that God would send me someone who would help me declutter and downsize. He sent me an angel! Julie will help you to make the right decisions as to what to keep and what to let go of. I appreciate all she did for me. She helped me with my entire house, from cleaning out the basement to the attic. I recommend her highly. I can’t say enough about her. – S.M. Rensselaer, NY

“I am so happy to have used Julie…”

My unruly desk has always been the major stumbling block in keeping my own and my family’s affairs organized and sane, but the mere thought of trying to establish some semblance of order was enough to send me running in the opposite direction. Determined to put things right, I hired Julie Ulmer to come help me sort out my desk and create a system to help keep me on top of my affairs. In two short sessions, we threw out piles of unnecessary paperwork, sorted items into logical categories, found homes for them, and developed a system to keep abreast of affairs. And, to boot, it all looks so nice that I am drawn to working at my desk every day. Quite a feat, considering I had started to avoid it like the plague. I am so happy to have used Julie for my little office space at home. Now, on to the basement! – Irene Young, Hillsdale, NY

“Julie has lots of great, practical ideas…”

Julie has lots of great, practical ideas and is an absolute joy to work with! She’s like a cooler Mary Poppins but with garbage bags and file folders instead of an umbrella. – E.W. Albany, NY

“She is respectful, skilled and very supportive.”

Working with Julie was a true delight! She arrived prepared with a smile and oodles of clever and thoughtful ideas to help me organize and, ultimately, clear out years of accumulated stuff. She is respectful, skilled and very supportive. I highly recommend Julie and look forward to working with her again on my next project! – Elizabeth, Stockbridge, MA

“We never could have done this without her!”

We had Julie come help our young daughter organize her bedroom. Our seven year old  is so happy to have things organized and it’s a breeze for her to keep her room in top shape all by herself now! She just loves knowing where everything is and how simple it is to take care of. I hope that anyone out there that may be thinking about having Julie in to help takes advantage of the opportunity to work with her, they won’t be sorry, no matter how young or old, or what the problem area might be, she has the answer! We never could have done this without her!
– B. & S., Ghent, NY

“She is in one word, WONDERFUL.”

I have used Julie’s services personally and found her to be a gift from heaven. After many moves in the past 2 years coupled with total frustration and burn out, Julie came to my rescue and helped me with the organization and the de-cluttering of my new home. Julie offered the emotional and practical support I needed to get my new apartment up and running. She has much common sense and practicality, stays calm yet uses tough love and takes a respectful role toward empowering her client. She is in one word, WONDERFUL. – D. DuBois, Chatham, NY

“We had a lot of fun…”

I recently hired Julie to help me hone my cooking skills. Not only is she a fantastic chef but she’s an incredibly skilled teacher — not an easy combination to find. Before the class, Julie thoroughly prepared herself with the recipes and techniques and so our time was spent very efficiently in the kitchen. In addition to teaching me proper cooking techniques like sauteeing and knife skills, she advised me on stocking my pantry with essential ingredients and then even sharpened my knives. We had a lot of fun and I ended each afternoon with a renewed sense of confidence and enthusiasm about cooking. Julie has very high standards for all aspects of her life, and on top of that she’s smart, warm and fun. I look forward to many more cooking lessons with her.
– A. Eidenschenk, New Marlborough MA.

“Oh my God, it’s so neat!”

Julie’s good sense has saved us time and trouble. She notices small problems — things like a window not closing properly, odd dishwasher noise, or wood in danger of warping– and takes care to make sure they don’t turn into big problems. She has helped with organizing files, keys, phone lists, and kitchen drawers, so that it’s much easier to find stuff. A summer house guest opened the drawer containing vegetable peelers, can openers, spatulas, wooden spoons et al. and cried out, “Oh my God, it’s so neat!” (I had to admit it wasn’t my doing.) We also benefit from Julie’s fine aesthetic sense; our open-shelf linen cupboard, with its elegantly folded towels and blankets, is ready for Architectural Digest (not that they’re coming any time soon). – C. Casey, Old Chatham.

“Julie helped me…”

After the divorce, I needed to sell my big house full of 6 years of clutter and mess. Julie helped me clear everything out and stage the house to sell quickly. She even helped us organize a successful tag sale. I had three offers on the house and completed the sale in only four months, even with the slow housing market, in no small part due to her successful organizing skills. – H. Sims, Monroe, CT

“She is the best!!!”

I was lucky to have Julie’s help in organizing my pantry and even months later I am still benefitting from her common-sense way of rearranging my stuff. Julie is fair, honest, easy to work with, and strives to provide what you want. She is the best!!! – Dominique, Hudson, NY

 

“We recommend her without reservation.”

Testimonials about organizingJulie Ulmer responded to our advertisement for a “homemaker” in 2003 and she helped make our home truly a home. She is incredibly reliable and cared for our lives with intuition and earnestness. Julie has organized our house, closets, and many toys such that it is easier to keep things clean. She has given us welcome, useful input into what we need and purchased it for us when we preferred. She joined us for major projects to maximize the work we wanted to accomplish during a window of time, for example re-shelving after a renovation. It was a true luxury having a professional, objective eye sharing the care and management of the house. Most importantly, she is intelligent and socially competent and can independently manage things that typically fall on the head of the household. Julie often negotiates with and manages repairmen, tent companies, caterers, etc. Julie is a loving, responsible childcare provider arranging and overseeing play dates, field trips, transporting children to and from school as well as extra curricular lessons. She was a part of the social fabric of our lives and a wonderful, stabilizing influence. She is an excellent, experienced cook. Last but not least, Julie has a different relationship with each of her clients, professionally adjusting to the needs of the property  as well as the formality of the family. We recommend her without reservation. – Elise, Valatie, NY

“She provides a wonderful combination of fun and structure.”

Julie took care of our child and our home for 3 years. Children adore her firm but loving manner and she provides a wonderful combination of fun and structure. She arranged endless happy play dates with friends, bike rides, hopscotch sessions, field trips of discovery and adventure, time in the kitchen baking and cookie decorating. Julie knows how to amuse, entertain and keep a child happy, safe and sound while respecting the parents guidelines and rules. To add to her skills she is an amazing house cleaner, cook and organizer. Julie knows how to care for delicate antiques, get the worst stains out, find every cobweb and clump of cat hair, keep after hard water discolorations and leave things in a much better state than before she arrived. Julie is an impeccably responsible caretaker in every way. – Laura Resen and Cloud Devine, Chatham Center NY

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