As the mother of two, Jen Kilbourne understands all too well that sometimes families need help staying organized.

That’s one reason why she started Simplify Professional Organizing by Jen Kilbourne, a business that caters to anyone in need of assistance downsizing, organizing or staging their homes.

“I can do offices, but I mainly work in homes with moms or families or couples,” she said. “They’re all going through a variety of different situations. Some of them are actually moving, so I help them downsize. I also organize and stage their home so it will sell. ”

The situations and needs are diverse, she said, adding that she offers free consultations to help potential clients determine whether her services are right for them.

“It would be a good fit for a family who wants to have someone get their home organized and keep it that way,” she said. “I’m willing to come in, say, once a month and do upkeep. I’m also willing to work with someone who wants to learn to be more organized in the short term so they can maintain it themselves in the long run.”

Being a mom has helped Kilbourne relate better to many of her clients. A former executive assistant who always dreamed of owning her own business, she often helps families who want to be organized but don’t have time to do it themselves.

“I can help when it comes to managing kids’ activities after school and keeping straight all the things they need to do, and also the amount of paperwork that comes home with them,” she said. “I know how it feels to have papers stacking up on the counter every day and that type of thing. That’s one of the most common things I’m asked for help with — setting up a central station for a family and how it can be managed. ”

Some of her clients are also older women who physically need help with organization, she said.

Kilbourne sells packages of time to fit the needs of her clients.

“Cost really depends on the person’s situation and how much help they want,” she said. “If someone just wants their home office reorganized, that doesn’t take long.”

“One of the most common fears potential clients have is that their home or situation is too embarrassing,” she said. “They’re afraid to have someone over, or they worry their house is so messy it would scare me. What I do is completely confidential and it’s also non-judgmental. I’m happy to help if I can.”

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