Organizing for Healthy Living
Purpose-driven. People-centered. Quality-focused.
Mind Over Mess is about creating usable systems that assist you in living life purposefully and freely.
Our environments, our schedules, and our stuff play a huge role in our health. Much like small changes can have big results in the quest for physical health, a little organization can go a long way in improving your mental and emotional health.
You define "organized." Mind Over Mess is the expert friend who helps you live out that definition.
Below are examples of how we can help.
|Sample Scenarios: You can't find your car keys...again. You no longer work in your home office because, well, you can't find your desk anymore. The playroom looks like a bomb went off. You'd like to downsize because the kids are grown, but you're overwhelmed by years of accumulation. And when you open your drawers, your t-shirts jump out like Jack-in-the-Box.|
|Photo & Memorabilia|
|Sample Scenarios: You'd like to digitize years of photos. You don't know what to do with your children's artwork. Your sports team memorabilia collection never sees the light of day. And the nostalgia of grandma's china plates leaves you feeling paralyzed because they're just collecting dust in the cupboards.|
|Sample Scenarios: You're always rushing. Family dinner happens once in a blue moon. You have a reading list that only grows bigger because who has the time to read. You feel enslaved to the long list of home repair projects. And despite the best intentions, you never seem to have time for what really matters.|
|Paper & Data|
|Sample Scenarios: You're constantly making late payments on bills because you can't remember their due date. Your filing system is non-existent. Your computer desktop is a mess. And the living will you've been meaning to update is still sitting in the to-do pile.|
Portfolio & Testimonials
"We moved into our new home in April of 2016. It was the fourth move we’ve made in our 5 years of marriage. Each home that we’ve lived in has presented its own challenges of getting things set up and organized, but the kitchen in this home was particularly difficult. We were at a loss for how to make this space work. We had way too much stuff and not enough space or storage in the kitchen. Courtney was able to help us organize our space so that it was functional, yet still cozy and welcoming. She helped us utilize what we had so that we didn’t have to spend a lot of money to organize our kitchen, but also made affordable recommendations for what we could buy to help us organize it. Having a kitchen that doesn’t overwhelm us with all of our stuff has helped to greatly decrease our stress and the upkeep of our kitchen. Courtney’s expertise was invaluable in helping us make a smooth transition into our new home."
- JN & AN
"We're so glad to have our garage clear and organized enough to fit both cars in! Not only does it save us from the winter ritual of scraping ice, but it's so much more motivating to perform home maintenance on the vehicles!"
- RP & JP
What is a professional organizer?
A professional organizer is a trained, skilled specialist who helps people objectively create and maintain order in their life and spaces.
Why hire a professional organizer?
Often times people think, “I don’t need to pay someone to help me organize. I know how to organize.” And this very well may be true. An organizer is a lot like a personal trainer. Most people know that in order to be physically healthy, you need to exercise and eat right. And there are a lot of books and videos that can help you reach your fitness goals. Yet, many people still hire a personal trainer to coach them through the process. A professional organizer can motivate and coach you in how to create and maintain usable systems and spaces.
So whether you have no idea how to organize or you have a very clear idea, but lack the energy or time to do it, an organizer can be the friend and coach that you need.
Why Mind Over Mess?
At Mind Over Mess, organizing isn't about stuff; it's about people. We don't organize to just have a nice-looking room or a streamlined billing system; we organize to create clarity for the mind, peace for the heart, and freedom for the soul.
With that said, Mind Over Mess was founded with a background in design and design research. We understand the human need to have simplified, working systems and the desire to have it look good. We do both - crafting solutions based on user research and design principles that meet your needs both functionally and aesthetically.
Designer to organizer. Wife, mother, & friend.
Buckeye-born and Hokie-educated, I now call Pittsburgh my home. Moving four times within the first three years of marriage, my husband and I finally settled into a quaint home nestled in the South Hills. We’re now learning to balance life’s demands of raising a young family, bringing home the bacon, making home improvements, maintaining a social life, and cultivating the romance of our dating years. All good stuff. But easily overwhelming without purpose-driven organization.
I studied product design in college and spent five years as a design researcher in a local design firm, collaborating in the design of everything from screens used by engineers to drive a train to a pediatric heart VAD to a water bottle refilling station. I know about assessing needs and brainstorming solutions to meet those needs. I understand usability and the importance of thinking of the whole system while meticulously considering all of the details.
With a growing family and a desire to impact people on a much more personal level, I started Mind Over Mess in the summer of 2016. My organizing capabilities have always been something that I’ve kept to myself, along with my drive to live fully healthy - emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically. I now feel called to share these passions and talents with others.
I strongly believe that the environments we live in and the way we manage our time greatly affects our well-being. It’s a privilege to come alongside you to help simplify your spaces and schedules, so that you can take a deep breath and live with intentionality.
Courtney is a proud member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and thus, abides by NAPO’s code of ethics.
473 Parkview Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15243