photo credit: Susie Tanchel
I believe that LESS IS MORE. We all accumulate personal belongings along the way, and many of us come to a point where it feels overwhelming.
I'm here to help.
I try and make it easy, fun and pleasant to help you and your family declutter rooms and organize what's in those rooms so that you feel a bit "lighter" and more in control. You keep what you really want to but don't feel burdened by what you feel you "ought" to keep. I also find ways to organize better what you want to keep (such as samples of children's artwork or schoolwork).
I can also help you plan special events and do the home-related tasks that can feel overwhelming.
I've had a varied professional life. I have worked in the nonprofit world for many years designing programs, special events, fundraising and marketing organizations to the larger community.
During the last 18 years, through my company Spencer Films, I have also been producing and directing documentary films, most recently short films for non-profit organizations. You can see some of my work here.
I enjoy helping people organize, plan, and do the tasks that can feel overwhelming. I look forward to speaking with you about how I might be of help.
SPECIAL EVENT PLANNING
HOME TASK SUPPORT
I help you ascertain what items you want to keep and what items you can give away (donate to good causes) or give to family or friends). Some things get recycled; some get put in the trash.
As an added benefit, I will take bags and boxes to thrift stores or places like More Than Words (which take books) for you, so you don't have to deal with taking the time to go to those places.
How I Help
I help you plan or organize a birthday, B-mitzvah, anniversary party, or small wedding.
I can do as much or as little as you would like, and we work together to make sure the event is just what you want.
My services include:
Hiring a caterer
Designing a menu in consultation with you
Helping you create and choose an electronic invitation service
Finding a venue (if it's not in your home)
Renting items that you may need
Helping create a program for the evening (if you wish)
Serving as the point person during the event
Taking care of clean up
I can help you create an online bill pay system and help you get ebills instead of paper bills to lessen the paper accumulation in your home.
I can also help you design a filing system that makes sense for you, while eliminating extra paper, bills, etc. you don't need.
Additionally, I can help you get off endless mailing lists, decreasing the amount of junk mail you receive.
Get pictures framed for you (I know a guy!)
Hang up pictures on your walls
Move furniture around
Research and order items online.
Take photos and sell things online via Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
Go to storage lockers and help you clean out the items there.
We have worked with Jen Kaplan on several home organizing projects. The biggest one was moving from one home in Newton to another. We were merging two households and had lots and lots of stuff. Jen was hard working, detail oriented and fun to work with. She helped us pare things down, made suggestions of what to toss and listened to us if we felt differently. She helped us pack up, and then unpack in our new home. We highly recommend Jen as a home organizer, and we’d happily work with her again.
It is impossible to overstate how much Jen has helped in tackling the long-neglected tasks of purging and reorganizing numerous closets and drawers in my home that have accumulated who knows what over the decades (not to mention the attic full of documents dating back to the Clinton administration).
She is willing to tackle any task that comes up and is very helpful as a resource for finding people to take care of what needs to be done for house upkeep - handymen, house cleaners, plumbers etc. I can't say enough good things about her.
I am so grateful to Jen for the assistance she has given me on numerous occasions. She has helped me organize my chaotic home and workspace, made research and follow up calls on my behalf, and been a supportive and calming partner, helping me tackle projects that felt too overwhelming for me to do on my own.
Jen’s great. She helped me sort out and organize business papers, household items, and clothes. I really liked that she took all of the things I didn’t want anymore to be recycled, sold, shredded, mailed. She helped me make decisions quickly and then move on. She packed everything from my books and shoes to my good wine glasses.
She is very kind, honest and trustworthy.
We have had the good fortune of working with Jen on several events. In 2017 she helped us plan our small backyard wedding. It was a joy to work with Jen. She is fabulous at keeping track of myriad details. She is upbeat and fun to work with, so rather than feeling overwhelmed and stressed, the process of planning was fun and satisfying. Jen has great ideas and is not afraid of hard work. We were so pleased with the wedding that we worked with Jen for my husband's 60th birthday party. Again, planning was smooth, easy and enjoyable. Jen takes care of lots of details, and always has good suggestions. It was a wonderful party! We highly recommend Jen for any events you are planning.
Jen’s expertise goes beyond her organizational skills. We have worked side by side to create a tidy and functional environment where I have learned to differentiate memorabilia from clutter! We have sorted photographs, organized kids artwork, emptied storage lockers, and shredded documents.
Jen is tireless and truly does all the heavy lifting. Jen is incredibly resourceful—from framing to furniture repair to donations and recycling—she knows it all.
Over a period of several months , Jen has exhibited consistent availability , professionalism and courtesy in a most helpful way in assisting me in several delicate and challenging organizational matters.
My large 60th birthday bash had so many moving parts - DJ, dance teacher, catering, volunteers, paid servers, and quirky rental hall details. Jen was a life saver with enormous attention to detail, compassion, consistency and calm. The event was a huge success, and she was a tireless champion during the actual event. I can't recommend her enough!!