Meet Our Team

Meet our Team of Professional Organizers

We are Boston’s premium professional organizing company. We have been in business for over 23 years and have received the esteemed award of Best of Boston Home, Best Professional Organizer. We are dedicated to providing our clients with an exceptional organizing experience in a judgment-free atmosphere resulting in a comfortable, functional and orderly personal space.

Our specialties include home organizing, office organizing and move organizing. We have experience with all levels of clutter and are able transform any space into an organized haven!

We take a hands-on, personal approach to organizing. We can work with you side by side, or work independently to help you declutter and set up organizing systems that are custom-designed for your space and needs. We work efficiently and non-judgmentally and can organize your entire home, or just focus on the areas where you need the most help. We will also teach you how to effectively use the organizing systems we create, so it will be easy for you to stay organized in the future.

We have been nationally recognized for our expertise in professional organizing. Our hard-working, experienced organizers are professionally trained and skilled to help organize all areas of your home, office and life. Having a team of organizers allows us to take on large organizing projects and be available on short notice. With personal projects, an organizer will work with you one-on-one to really get to know you, your personal space and your organizing needs.

At Organizing Boston, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of service. We invite you to meet our team members below and contact us for a free consultation today.

Sarah Buckwalter | Founder

Certified Professional Organizer

Sarah Buckwalter is a Certified Professional Organizer® with over 23 years of experience in home and move organization. In January of 2000, she founded Organizing Boston. Organizing Boston is the largest professional organizing firm in New England and was awarded Best of Boston Home™, Best Professional Organizer by Boston Magazine.

Highly regarded and nationally recognized as an organizing industry expert, Sarah frequently lectures on organizing and business development. She has shared her organizing expertise in print and on dozens of news and television programs. Sarah has appeared several times on the hit television series, “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC.

With a desire to help everyone get organized, Sarah developed an online organizing platform, Organizing U. Organizing U offers a professional organizer directory, online courses and virtual organizing programs to help people live more organized lives. Organizing U also offers training programs for Professional Organizers.

Sarah is the author of Organize your STUFF!: 5 Simple Steps to Organize Everything.

Sarah holds a B.A. in Journalism and French from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and attended the Université de Rouen in France. She is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), a member of The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), has served on the Board of Directors for NAPO-New England and NAPO-Colorado.

To learn more about Sarah and connect with her, please visit her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahbuckwalter

Karen Manning | Client Services Manager

Client Services Manager | Lead Organizer

Karen is a natural organizer with a knack for transforming cluttered, confusing spaces into well-organized retreats. Her goal with every client is to create business or family environments that promote greater productivity and peace of mind. Growing up in a military family, Karen learned early the importance of keeping her living space organized to make multiple re-locations easier and she enjoys using what she learned to help her clients.

Since earning her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bentley University, Karen has worked as an administrator and marketer for companies large and small, including acting as assistant to the CEO of a 500-person supplies business. Karen also has specific experience working with individuals or families living with disabilities such as Autism, ADHD, or OCD with their unique organizational needs.

In her personal life, Karen pursues her passion for health and fitness, including being a certified personal trainer. She enjoys time with her family and friends and loves meeting and talking with people from different cultures throughout the world.

Marcia McDonald | Lead Organizer

Project Manager | Move Manager | Closet Designer

Marcia loves to declutter and organize homes, turning them into beautiful and functional spaces.
Marcia is a mother of three teenage girls so she is well versed in multitasking and purging, purging, purging! Much to her family’s chagrin, Marcia has always loved to edit and declutter as part of her everyday life. The mantra in her house is to simplify, live clutter-free and be intentional about every decision, whether it’s a closet, kitchen, basement or attic.
Marcia started organizing professionally over 15 years ago when an organizer friend saw a kindred spirit in her. She was invited on an organizing and decorating project and quickly recognized how she could turn a lifelong passion into a career. Best of all, the lifestyle fit perfectly with running a household of five and the flexibility allowed her to focus on what matters most – her family!
After graduating with a BS in Business & Marketing from Providence College, Marcia and her husband moved to the DC area where she worked as a program manager for a large telco company. She acquired lifelong skills in logistics and relationship management as the point person for key manufacturing vendors. Years later, these skills come in handy at Organizing Boston and, more importantly, while managing a client’s move, coordinating trades people, vendors, designers, realtors, auctioneers, consignors and donation sites. Marcia hopes that her past experience helps reduce the stress and anxiety felt by clients during this milestone event.
Beyond being creative and thinking outside of the box at work, Marcia loves being creative at home. Her favorite pastimes include traveling, upcycling old furniture, researching (and implementing!) the latest decorating trend, executing the perfect holiday event and being the keeper of family traditions. But she gets the most joy by simply relaxing with friends and taking part in everything Family.

Andrea Falvey | Lead Organizer

Project Manager | Move Manager | Closet Designer

Andrea Falvey is enthusiastically pursuing her career as a professional organizer. Originally from Milford Massachusetts, Andrea went to UMASS Amherst to study Psychology and Education. After graduating, she became a special educator and developmental specialist, and it is her background and experience that has made working with families of all diversities her passion. Andrea believes that we are all here to serve each other and it is her compassion, empathy and patience that make her ideal for helping those who feel overwhelmed by the prospect of organizing their spaces. “What I love most about organizing is seeing the satisfaction on our clients’ faces and helping them achieve their goals.”

Andrea enjoys listening to music, eating delicious food and spending time with her nieces and nephew. She is also an avid runner and enjoys running long distances along the Charles River and training for races. She is an early riser and enjoys the peacefulness of the morning and also the opportunity to be productive.

Andrea is a member of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals and recently attended their annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. There, she was able to attend professional development courses, fine tune her skillset and network with other like minded organizers from around the country. She is also a part of Faithful Organizers®, which is a community of Christian Professional Organizers who meet regularly to discuss, reflect, and inspire one another on business goals and success in all areas of life.

Her favorite place in the world is Martha’s Vineyard. She would like to visit Australia one day because that is where her grandmother came from. Andrea enjoys seeing the transformation of spaces. People have complimented her on her ability to motivate others to. She has an incredibly positive attitude. She is cheerful, understanding, and approachable. She genuinely enjoys developing relationships with her clients, with many of them being long term!

Brianna Natale | Lead Organizer

Project Manager | Move Manager

Brianna has always had a passion for functionality and organization. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Roger Williams University. She then continued on to University of Delaware where she received her doctorate in physical therapy.

In her four years of physical therapy experience, Brianna has developed and honed the skills that not only make her a great physical therapist, but also a great professional organizer.

Brianna has excellent active listening skills, critical/creative thinking and teaching tools from her experience as a physical therapist that enables her to individualize each project to a client’s needs. She has a great eye for visualizing how a space can be made functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.

Her goal is to help make things as functional as possible while teaching clients how to continue to improve their functionality on their own and to maintain the lifestyle changes they have made.

Joanne Gryniewicz | Certified KonMari Consultant

Professional Organizer

Joanne is a Certified KonMari Consultant. Having a child with special needs, she has learned how crucial it is to be in the moment with family and surrounded by joy in the form of a well-organized space. Joanne focuses on moms like her, who want fulfilling, clutter-free lives, while offering the same for her family. Prior to becoming a professional organizer, she was a leader in the healthcare software industry motivating team members and customers to collaborate on solutions that solve intricate problems.

Joanne believes in keeping what sparks joy and removing any clutter that triggers mental gymnastics (to-do lists, reminders of what was, physical clutter). She believes if every item in the home has a single space, it will be found quickly and more likely to be put back. She has a passion for busy moms and their tireless daily routine when all they want to do is just be a good mom.

With over 25 years as a software industry professional, she relies on her team building and leadership skills to collaborate with the client, listening carefully and with empathy to understand the true goals of a project. Her success depends solely on how the client feels at the end of day.

Joanne holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Management of Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University. She is a member of NAPO. She is a mom of two girls, a dog rescuer and devoted wife. She enjoys spending her free time making elaborate paper flower arrangements, is a certified barre3 instructor and Toastmaster officer.

Patti Geanakos | Estate and Moving Sales Specialist

Professional Organizer

Patti comes to our team with lots of practical experience in packing/unpacking and organizing having moved six times herself. She organized, decluttered, and sold the family home of over 50 years before moving her own family back to Boston in 2020.

Patti also helps clients monetize their household items when moving or decluttering with her successful online sales services. Her technical skills and get-it-done attitude are second to none.

Additionally, Patti is a website design and support specialist for small businesses across New England. When not updating websites, selling, or packing up your home, Patti enjoys her time in the Seaport with her husband and 2 pampered cats.

Gloria Santangelo | Professional Organizer

Team Projects | Wardrobe Organizer

Gloria has been organizing for most of her life. It started with her own family playroom, then office supply rooms and libraries, as well as church and scout storage rooms.

Gloria enjoys taking a cluttered area and bringing order to the space for her client. She believes that by removing the clutter you also remove the frustration that comes with it. She focuses on placing items where it is obvious to remember what you have and where you have it. Simplicity is key to Gloria. She says “our minds have to keep track of so many details, let’s make our spaces easier to manage”.

Gloria holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in Computer Science and Mathematics. She was an Information Technology Application Support Manager as well as a Risk Manager prior to her organizing career. She is a member of both the national and local chapter of the National Association for Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO).

Gloria moved several times during her childhood and grew up predominantly in New Jersey. She has been a Massachusetts resident for many years where she lives with her husband and two teenage children. She enjoys relaxing with family and friends, volunteering in her community and expanding her knowledge through podcasts and audio books.

Kate Schmidt | Professional Organizer

Team Projects

As an elementary teacher, Kate learned early on the impact an organized space has on one’s well-being personally and professionally. She loves using her knack for creating manageable systems to simplify clients’ lives.

Kate tries to live by William Morris’ maxim: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be beautiful or believe to be useful.” She understands this is an ongoing process, but having lived and worked in multiple states, she has significant experience with decluttering and moving. She enjoys helping clients on their own journeys towards more peaceful, functional spaces. She’s good friends with her label maker and loves nothing more than a color-coded to-do list.

Kate holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo. When not organizing she enjoys yoga, reading, knitting, and HGTV.