MEDIA


Reporters have quoted Jill Lawrence, CPO-CD® in many feature articles.

Major Media Coverage includes Atlantic Monthly, Family Circle, Real Simple, Washingtonian, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Fox 5 Morning News.

Magazine Coverage

• Atlantic Monthly, March 2002
  Leaving it to the Professionals by Caitlin Flanagan

The professionals insist, for example, that householders designate a consistent “home” for each of their possessions, so that they don’t end up with what Jill Lawrence calls “thirteen hammer syndrome,” in which it becomes easier to haul ass down to the hardware store and buy a new hammer every time you need one than to spend a frustrating hour looking for an old one.

• Family Circle, May 18, 2003
   The Paper Clutter Cure – 35 Smart Solutions by Vicky Mlyniec

Jill Lawrence of Jill-of-all-Trades, a professional organizer, has her clients remind themselves, I’m no longer in the import business, I’m in the export business. Remember this before you pick up any printed information to bring home – brochures, flyers or free newspapers.

• Real Simple, October, 2007
   If I'm so organized, how come I can't get organized? by Nicole Sforza

PROBLEM:
“I BUY BOXES AND BINS, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEM.”
Before hitting the store, measure the width, height, and depth of your closets and shelves. “If the shelves are deep, have two rows – with less frequently used items in the back,” says Jill Lawrence. One rule of thumb: You should be able to reach a hand into the opening of the box (or bin) without much effort,” she says. [Jill Lawrence is included in a list titled “The Experts” with 11 other professional organizers in this issue of Real Simple magazine.]

• Washingtonian, May 2004
   Spring Cleaning by Wendy Ann Larson

Professional organizer Jill Lawrence calls it the just-in-case scenario. “We buy a new blender, but we put the old one in the basement just in case,” says the owner of DC-based Jill-of-all-Trades.

• Washingtonian, January 2001
   Help! I Need Somebody by Ellen Ryan

Jill Lawrence, energetic “holistic organizer,” says she shapes up not just homes and offices but lives. She’ll identify your “clutter type,” then suggest systems you can use to file important papers, sort mail, pay bills, display treasures, store seasonal items, pare possessions, and find everyday essentials. She’ll also declutter a home before its sale.

Newspaper and Newsletter Coverage

• Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2000
   A Clean Sweep by Caralee J. Adams

“People shouldn’t feel any shame about hiring an organizer. We are all overloaded,”says Jill Lawrence, owner of Jill-of-all-Trades, a professional organizing service in Washington DC. Organizing is just a skill that some people are better at than others, she says. “It’s no different than hiring a plumber or a landscaper.”

• Capitol Hill Business Quarterly, Fall 2005
   Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals (CHAMPS)

Jill-of-all-Trades, “Mistress of Organization” by JC Dalen When she offered her presentation “Smart Storage Solutions for Small Historic Homes” to an audience of approximately 70 for the Capitol Hill Restoration Society: Preservation Café on September 14, 2005, she did so with the typical Capitol Hill Victorian row house in mind. You see, Jill Lawrence is not only a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization; she also lives in a typical Capitol Hill row house with no attic, basement or garage.


• Fairfax Journal, March 11, 1999
   Closet Cleanups by Susie Currie

Take stock before you shop. “People would do well to have an organizer come in before they start designing closet additions,” Ms. Lawrence says. “People don’t know what they have, and they may not have to spend the money.”


• VOICE of the Hill, July 2004
   Holistic Living on Capitol Hill –
   Feng Shui Transforms Home by Erica Stanley

(Acupuncturist Marilyn) Adams also enlisted the help of a professional organizer, Jill Lawrence, to help maximize her space. “Jill-of-all-Trades spent six hours helping me organize and it really helped. You don’t realize how much affects you until you start changing things.”


• Washington Post, April 10, 2003
   Keeping Play in Place by Beth Donovan

“Use fun labels and humor,” says professional organizer, Jill Lawrence, a member of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. “If it’s boring, kids won’t use it. Ask them what to call the box of plastic animals.” Then be sure the containers are at a height the child can reach.


• Washington Times, April 10, 2003
   Organize away all the Clutter by Gabriella Boston

The best way to start this process is to take a good look at your space and your things to identify what your needs are, says Jill Lawrence, a professional organizer on Capitol Hill. “You have to figure out what your issues are,” Ms. Lawrence says, “Do you have too many side tables? Do you need more shelves? Can you give things away?”


• Washington Times, Sept 19, 2000
   Marrying tastes by Frappa Stout

If styles are in opposition, couples probably shouldn’t decorate every room together, Ms. Lawrence says. To avoid the disjointed look, she suggests letting each have an entire room to decorate as he or she pleases, a “self-expression den,” as she calls it.


• Washington Woman, January 2002
   10 Ways to Reinvent Yourself by Robin O’Brien Sofge

“I’m overwhelmed with people calling and (asking for help in) stopping the procrastination that’s taken hold of their lives...People want order. People want comfort.” Lawrence said life is more relaxing and less stressful when you’re organized.



Television Appearances

Fox 5 Morning News– Live Garage Makeover.
Jill is pictured on the right with the reporter in the
center and the garage owner on the left.

WDCA-TV – “Not for Seniors Only” – In-studio half-hour interview


Book Recognition

One Thing at a Time, 100 Simple Ways to Live Clutter-Free Every Day
Cindy Glovinsky, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., St. Martin’s Griffin, New York
Acknowledgments – for editorial help on manuscript

The Consumer’s Guide to Experts, Top Pros in 50 Fields show you how to hire the best... Susan T. Shay, Kiplinger Books, 2001
One of six U.S. organizers listed in her national “Panel of Insiders”

Your Garagenous Zone, Innovative Ideas for the Garage
Bill West, CRS, Paragon Garage Company, Ltd, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2004
The only organizer inside the Washington, DC beltway listed in his “Geographical Directory of Professional Organizers”

 

Inspiration:
Thoughts on Living Well

 

 



“Do you wish to live well?  Who does not?”
–Horace

 

 


“It takes the whole of life to learn how to live.”
–Seneca

 

 


“One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”
–Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 


“Harmony is so essential.”
–Gertrude Stein

 

 


“Clutter feels threatening.  Order feels nurturing.”
–Deepok Chopra

 

 


“Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact.”
–William James

 

 


“Trust no future, howe’er pleasant?... Act – act in the living present?”
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

 


“Make the most of every sense; glory in all the
pleasure and beauty which the world reveals to you....”
–Helen Keller

 

 


“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
–George Eliot

 

 


“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first
be overcome.”
–Samuel Johnson

 


“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
–Alice Walker

 

 


“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.”
–Chinese Proverb

 

 


“If you do it, you can. If you don’t, you can’t”
–Shinagawa Tetsuzano

 

 


“Happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think.”
–Dale Carnegie

 

 


“Go on with a spirit that fears nothing!”
–Homer

 

 


“Know that you are not your past, but your future.”
–Tyra Banks

 

 


“From contentment with little comes happiness.”
–African proverb

 

 

 


“Alone we can do so little.  Together we can do so much.”
–Helen Keller

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