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 de-clutter and organize their homes. ShipShape quickly grew and in addition to home organizing, now offers comprehensive move management services to help clients prepare their homes for showing and also 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!
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!
Whether you are moving, preparing your home for sale, decluterring, organizing or handling the estate of a loved one, Michelle has done it all. Having moved numerous times due to her husband’s career, Michelle knows first hand what you are experiencing. She has done it all herself and sometimes with kids while her husband was in another city.
Michelle has always loved organizing and with three kids, two dogs, and a guinea pig, it seems she is constantly organizing! She loves to help others simplify and organize their homes—it is a fulfilling exercise for her. The wonderful ShipShape Organize crew, seeing the before and after, and helping her client’s achieve their goals are just some highlights for her. And, the client’s LOVE Michelle’s great smile, kind nature and bubbly spirit.
Michelle graduated from Fordham University with a Master’s Degree in Education. Earlier in her career and before starting her family, she worked in special education with a focus on children on the Autism Spectrum. Over the last few years, as time permitted, she has been a substitute teacher in the Hamilton-Wenham schools.
“Organizing Heaven”: all spaces!
Jenny Frain is excited to be a recent addition to the ShipShape team. She loves to try new things and take on a good challenge. Jenny’s previous positions at Acord Food Pantry and B-Corp, Perserve, have solidified her desire to incorporate improving people’s lives while at work. She knows how life-changing a good home organization project can be!
Jenny has raised 3 children on the North Shore and has always stepped up as leader in the school district, on the sports field, and in her community.
While not at work, Jenny loves to explore new places to walk her two labs, and play tennis with friends. ShipShape has been a perfect fit for her as it allows her to meet new people and work with a determined team.
Victoria has fond memories of organizing her childhood home, starting at the age of six — which she laughs about now! She would wait until her parents were in bed, and then reorganize the house to surprise them in the morning. Unfortunately, she wasn’t so quiet in her endeavors and most times her dad would find her and tell her to go back to bed.
She has a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College and has worked as a marketing manager at various technology startups for over a decade, however, her true passion is organizing. She firmly believes in creating spaces that are functional for the every day while being aesthetically pleasing. She is now following her dream and enjoys every moment that she gets to help clients create systems to better organize their homes and feel good about their spaces.
Victoria is also an active volunteer with the American Red Cross and often helps with reorganizing projects in the MA headquarters!
“Organizing Heaven”: Kitchen pantries (or anything kitchen, really!)
Janine holds a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from Syracuse University. She worked in Boston and Washington, DC for several years before earning an MBA from Simmons College. She spent most of her career in corporate communications and investor relations, serving several companies as the liaison to Wall Street, as executive speechwriter, and manager of press and shareholder inquiries.
With more than 30 years of business experience, she has managed hundreds of successful projects and is adept at finding and coordinating just the right resources to get complex jobs completed on time.
In 2008, Janine decided to switch gears and launched her own small business in suburban Philadelphia which provided a range of services for seniors transitioning from their longtime homes to retirement communities. After 14 successful years helping clients to right-size and resettle, she returned to her New England roots and has connected with Ship Shape Organize.
Over the years, Janine has been an active volunteer with several non-profit organizations, and enjoys planning and helping to reduce the chaos and stress of major projects, including moving.
When she is not creating detailed floor plans or finding new homes for excess furnishings, she enjoys tennis, skiing and The New York Times crossword puzzles.
“Organizing Heaven”: Tool Benches and Home Offices
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