Meet the Organizer – Marcia McDonald
04 Oct 2022
Meet the Organizer:
Marcia McDonald, Lead Organizer
We’ve posed some questions to our awesome Lead Organizer, Marcia McDonald. Get to know her a little here:
How long have you been a Professional Organizer?
I started organizing professionally over 15 years ago when a friend invited me on an organizing and decorating project. She was the first to recognize how I could turn a lifelong passion into a career.
Why did you want to become a Professional Organizer?
I wanted a career where I could use my skills in logistics and relationship management but would also fit my lifestyle of running a household of five. Professional organizing allows me to do something I love while having time to focus on what matters most – my family!
What is your favorite thing to organize?
Big projects! I love helping clients with overwhelming projects. I especially enjoy large-scale downsizing and relocations. With big projects I have the opportunity to coordinate trades people, vendors, designers, realtors, auctioneers, consignors and donation sites. My past experience allows me to help reduce the stress and anxiety felt by my clients during big milestone events. Often when I meet a client they are overwhelmed by the scope of their project. But to witness the joy and relief on their faces when they see it finally come together – that is the best part of the job. It’s a simple process for me, but it is huge for them.
Tell us about a successful organizing project.
I’m currently working on a large house, top to bottom. It is a combined family with 30+ years of accumulation. I am going room by room sorting, containing, and organizing. It’s having a serious impact on the family, which gives me a great feeling of satisfaction.
Tell us about your family.
I met my husband, Pete, when we were in college. We have three adult daughters – Izzy, Grace and Annie, as well as a 10-year-old Goldendoodle named Teddy. We’ve lived in our current home in Needham for more than 20 years. We love trying new restaurants.
What do you like to do in your free time?
My hobbies include thrifting, repurposing furniture, decorating, traveling (the planning is half the fun), spending time outside, especially at the beach. I also love country music. Anytime I can spend hanging out with family and friends is my favorite time. I am the party planner in the family, so executing the perfect holiday event and being the keeper of family traditions is very important to me.
Please share one of your favorite organizing tips.
Establishing “homes” for all of your items is one of the basics I like to use the most. Once you determine where items should be stored, and maintain that system, it becomes easy to find what you’re looking for quickly. Simple habits like putting your mail or keys or purse in a designated area is an easy way to streamline your routine.
What are your favorite organizing products?
I often use over the door shoe organizers for numerous items. Also drawer dividers work wonders. And my label maker is priceless.
If you’d like to book an organizing session with Marcia, please contact us today at 617-893-9242 or email us at [email protected]