We Love Our ShipShape Team & So Will You
Whether you are a down-sizing boomer or senior, a relocating millennial, or a homeowner on the move, or just want to get more organized, ShipShape can make your transition or transformation an easy one. Deb Stone and Deb Bernier are Boston’s premier Move Managers and Organizers. They started ShipShape Organize in 2013 to help clients facing a transition or needing assistance de-cluttering or organizing their homes. ShipShape quickly grew and in addition to home organizing, now also offers comprehensive move management services to prepare homes for showings and assist with packing, unpacking and/or managing the entire move. After providing a free ½ hour phone consultation, their team is ready with boundless energy and enthusiasm.
Members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) and the National Chapter of Professional Organizers (NAPO), they have earned the Golden Circle certification. ShipShape has also been awarded Best Home Organizer in Boston for four consecutive years. Click here for press and more of their story…..
Deb has always been organized in her professional and home life. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Psychology, she worked in public relations and marketing at ITT Sheraton World Headquarters for 8 years. During her work day, organization was critical given the busy, hectic, deadline-oriented pace. She then decided to leave the corporate world to raise her three children. During this time, she co-chaired cultural enrichment and community outreach committees, served on alumni leadership committees, parent committees, and booster clubs. Volunteering for schools such as Stoneridge Montessori, Shore Country Day, Hamilton-Wenham highschool and Pingree.
A lover of simplicity, she practiced it while she lived on a boat with her family for two years in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. She and her husband home schooled their three children, lived their dream, and enjoyed the freedom of the simplicity. Now that her children are older, she has focused her efforts on helping others become organized so they can manage their busy lives.
“Organizing Heaven”: give me the junk drawer any day!
Deb is a graduate from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Previously, Deb was a Marketing/Meeting Planner for a major Boston Real Estate Syndication office. This then turned into an Operations Manager position with the Premier Women’s Conference in California and similar smaller satellite Women’s Conferences. After that, she worked with a non-profit organization called Project Adventure as their events and fund raising associate.
Deb enjoys her role as a Move Manager and Organizer, and has a passion for working with seniors. Consequently, ShipShape Organize became the exclusive move management company for all out-of-state moves for a 1,300 unit independent living community. When she is not straightening a space, organizing a room, or most recently in the middle of down-sizing herself she enjoys: tennis and golf, skiing, and backgammon – but mostly spending quality time with her family and friends.
“Organizing Heaven”: playrooms because of the fond memories
Elizabeth is an organizer with the ShipShape team. She has helped with numerous senior moves and residential organizing jobs. Her prior work at consignment stores and staging serves her well when getting a home ready for market. When de-cluttering, Elizabeth knows the re-sale value and has advice to offer as to what will sell and what should be donated. Re-purposing a room is one of her favorite jobs, and she has just the eye for it. Above all, a new perspective is offered using what you have and suggestions are offered for what you might consider purchasing. Kind, considerate and interested in every client, Elizabeth has much to offer. During a recent move, a client commented “the understanding you showed was a balm to my soul.”
“Organizing Heaven”: bookshelves with good books and nice tchotchkes!
Georgia is ShipShape’s “energizer bunny”. She gets right to the task at hand with an abundance of enthusiasm and lots of laughs. We joke that we occasionally tell her that it is time to stop. She always greets clients with her warm, friendly demeanor and everyone instantly loves Georgia.
After graduating from St. Lawrence and Mass College of Art, she worked for many major Boston firms as a graphic designer/art director. She then moved from working full-time to freelance work and while maintaining a busy schedule, always found time to volunteer and spend numerous hours working at her children’s schools. She is not one to sit still so organizing with the ShipShape team is a perfect fit, and she loves the sense of gratification at the end of the day!
“Organizing Heaven”: organizing a whole house or apartment from top to bottom!
Dawn has a longtime passion for organizing, which has helped in her professional and volunteer work, and running a household. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and began her career as a Media Planner and Buyer. She then became an Advertising Account Manager with Sports Illustrated.
While raising young children, she enthusiastically volunteered in several school and community organizations. She served as president of the Tower School Parents Association, and co-chair of two Marblehead High School auctions.
She loves diving into organization and moving projects with the ShipShape team, especially finding logical and practical solutions to help clients maintain organization in the future. She is energized by their readiness to make changes and finds it very rewarding when clients are excited about the results.
Dawn’s most recent client commented “We have had several productive days with Dawn—she’s a rock star!”
Tish has worked as an accounts manager for a design firm on the North Shore, project management for design and advertising firms in the Boston area, as well as in marketing and business development.
While focusing on raising her children, Tish remained active in the community and with local non-profit organizations, serving as the President of Friends of Marblehead Public Schools and Co-Chair of Merry Mixers, Friends of MGH for Children at NSMC.
For Tish it’s about simplifying your life, increasing productivity, restoring balance, and decreasing stress. As a result, this allows you to have more time to focus on what’s really important, ultimately making a positive contribution to your overall well-being. She takes great satisfaction in helping others feel their very best.
“Organizing Heaven”: Closets! I love to purge and re-arrange (and shop)!
Janet has helped friends and family with organizing and de-cluttering projects for decades. Although encouraged to start a business – raising three children, running a household and chairing school and community events left little time for a business venture. ShipShape gives her the opportunity to continue helping people at different stages of their lives as Janet’s household has become quieter. Janet and her husband raised three children in a city condo, and visitors always asked, “where do you keep everything?” Their response, “Organization and not a lot of extra stuff.”
Janet graduated from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and moved to Boston where she worked in the financial industry for many years. Janet continues to share her time and knowledge with several non-profit organizations while also enjoying tennis, running, yoga and travel.
“Organizing Heaven”: kitchen cabinets, pantry & organizing mountains of clothing and shoes!
Cecily recently joined the ShipShape team and is a great addition as she comes from a background of staging, estate sales, and organizing. She, as all of our team, receives a great sense of satisfaction from helping clients. Cecily has always been a contributor. She’s volunteered at the Family Services of Merrimack Valley and given numerous hours to her childrens’ schools. She continues to give back by going to Guatemala every year for a non-profit organization that provides education, health and nutrition to families in rural Guatemala.
Cecily is a do-er, adventurer, and contributor in every sense of the word, as well as a compassionate, good listener which is imperative and allows her to easily adapt to a clients needs.
“Organizing Heaven”: organizing, categorizing & purging items in a small space.
Nancy is a relocation consultant for ShipShape. She helps offer concierge services to those needing help settling in. During the stressful weeks pre and post-move, Nancy can help with a variety of to-do’s:
- choosing financial institution
- obtaining new driver’s licenses
- changing of address notices
- voter registration
- identifying local places to worship
- shopping for groceries, new bedding and on and on…
Clients are well cared for when they work with Nancy. Personally, she has taken care of a family of 4 children, 2 dogs, and a husband – she is ready for anything! Furthermore, Nancy is fun to be around, and her enthusiasm and sparkle follow her everywhere.
Call 978.771.0527 (Boston office) or 978.314.6410 (North Shore Office) for your free ½ hour phone consultation.