Courtney Kowalske has lived in Nashville, TN since 2013 where she has primarily held a career in corporate sales with companies such as Cintas First Aid & Safety, Bloomberg and The Precisionists, where she helped win job opportunities & future career paths for adults on the autism spectrum. In every job and in every friend group, she was always known as the "go-to girl" when it came to organizing closets, pantries, and e-mail/workflow systems.
You name it, someone was asking how to organize it.
Her biggest inspiration has always been her father. He was a single father and a successful business owner of a 300-employee windows & doors manufacturing company. When she was 16, her father hired her over the summer to re-organize some of his executive's offices and the central file system.
"Growing up, I knew I wanted to own a business like my father, but I just never knew what I was passionate enough about to be able to turn it into a business.
It turned out it was staring me right in the face every time I went into my closet."
While she loved meeting & helping new people and the adrenaline rush, corporate sales was the ultimate unpredictable rat race. Every year it seemed as if there was either a negative change in the pay structure and/or corporate structure which always dramatically changed the role she originally signed up for. She constantly felt like she had no control. So she turned to organizing to feel a sense of calm and completion.
The first week of March 2020, she put in her two weeks at her current job for a life changing position at what she thought was her "dream job". A week later, the world shut down and she found herself unemployed and unable to start her brand new sales job due to the pandemic.
Now was the time to really take control.
Courtney started to create a plan of starting her own organizing company. Once things opened up in July 2020, she realized that losing everything was the best thing that ever happened to her.
Otherwise, she would have never found her true passion and "dream job".
"The most rewarding thing is being able to use my passion to impact my client's day to day life. The sense of excitement & relief my customers experience is what I strive for everyday."
Favorite space to organize: Garages
#1. Almost everything can be hung or categorized perfectly or put into a bin on a shelf to look extremely aesthetically pleasing.
#2. The neighbors can see it so taking care of your garage can say a lot about you.
#3. When I enter the house, most husbands don't understand why their wives are hiring an organizer. By the time I leave, 9 times out of 10 they are asking me to come back and organize their garage.
Jenn planted her roots in Nashville after having lived in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Mississippi. She has loved immersing herself in different cultures and parts of the country while taking her skill sets and applying them to various careers. Along with being a professional organizer, Jenn is an active real estate agent in the Nashville area. When she first moved to town, she was also the acting Head of Human Resources for Uncommon James, Kristin Cavallari’s lifestyle brand. Prior to moving to Nashville in 2017, Jenn led and trained students for the University of Massachusetts Athletics Department, Mississippi State University Recreation Department, and various universities across the country. She was a leading team manager and salesperson in Corporate America where she and her team consistently broke performance records in all facets of the business. Her experience in organizing teams, structures, systems, and processes is what led her to her passion for organizing spaces.
Being a real estate agent and knowing the mental and emotional value as well as the monetary return of a clean, organized space for homeowners, buyers, and business owners alike, Jenn joined OA to contribute her love for an organizational system that sticks and is easy to maintain. She has been able to create functional living spaces for clients while also working with a passionate, forward thinking team.
“An organized space serves as natural therapy. When everything has a place, it automatically creates time for the things that are the most important.”
Favorite Space to Organize: Master Bedroom Closets
Why? Seeing everything put together in one space and being able to grab and go is so functionally and aesthetically satisfying.
Yissel is originally from Venezuela and has lived in Nashville for three years. In her hometown, she worked as a hotel manager and ran her own business. Moving to Nashville has been a blank slate to discover new and different opportunities. She has realized that she can face new challenges and adapt to changes that come her way. Organizing has always been a top priority for her.
“I cannot sit in my office chair and start to work if my desk is a mess, it is like my brain is cluttered if everything around me is cluttered and the ideas will not flow!”
After working in the insurance industry, one day she decided to quit and go for something that she loves and enjoys doing: Organizing. “Life is too short to do something that I don’t feel passionate about”. That’s how she ended up applying to Organizing Acourtingly and being part of the team.
"Is there a better sensation than the pleasure of an organized home? I love the results so much after organizing a space, it is a truly pleasure for the senses! What is even more gratifying is seeing the smile of a customer when they see the results after the magic of organizing has transformed their space(s). Their happiness gives me so much joy!"
Favorite Space to Organize: Closets!
Organizing closets is creating a place where you can get ready to jump into the world and shine! You only need to open your closet and empower yourself; we have done the rest!
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Tammy is a Nashville Native. Before joining Organized Acourtingly, Tammy worked in Sales Management and Market Research for a large publishing company. She is currently a licensed Realtor with a background in construction and design.
"Organization and creating beautiful spaces both indoors and outdoors has always been my passion. My greatest pleasure is seeing the sense of relief and calm over a client's face once we have finished their space."
Favorite Space to Organize: Closets & Kitchen
Closets & Kitchens are two spaces that affect not only our budgets but they also impact how we feel about ourselves and how we approach our daily lives. Seeing these spaces transformed spark joy!
Growing up with a father who owns a construction company, she watched job sites go from a complete disaster to a beautiful finished product and fell in love with the process. She loves creating order out of chaos and finding creative solutions that not only look good but function well. She has organized for several business offices, independent families, and is always looking for new ways to maximize space and efficiency within her own home. Regardless of the space, finding usable systems and helping people feel more at ease in their home is her favorite aspect of organizing.
“I never thought my passion for organizing would lead a career helping people in their home. I love to jump into a mess and see the result of a long day’s s work. When everything has a place, it’s easier to maintain cleanliness and minimizes overwhelm.”
Favorite Space to Organize: The Pantry
I love cooking and I love creating meal plans. It’s challenging to create a system that can integrate into our busy lives. Obstacles such as, maximizing space for back stock so that you’re not constantly running to the store, putting healthy snacks in easy to reach places for little ones, and being able to see everything in the pantry so that items don’t go unused and out of date, are some of my favorite problems to solve.
Phillip is a Tennessee Native and loves a great workout session! Although exercise and health is his passion he has found a way to combine it with organizing.
"I love the idea of organizing the spaces where we spend the most of our time like the kitchen, laundry room, bedroom and office. Just walking into those areas can bring you peace or anxiety. Everyone needs a fresh and appeasing area when it is time to relax."
Favorite place to organize: Creating and organizing the most functional home gym.
He believes that motivation to pump out those sets, reps and miles can be found in an aesthetically pleasing space.
Madeline is originally from Massachusetts and moved to Nashville in 2016 to attend Belmont University. Since graduating, Madeline has launched Mayfly, a sustainable art and fashion business, with her sister. Her two favorite aspects of every job she's had has been organizing and problem solving. In her free time, Madeline enjoys reading, crocheting, writing songs, and going for walks!
"I have always felt at ease and more productive in organized spaces and I enjoy helping people achieve that for their own lives."
Favorite space to organize: Kitchen
I grew up spending most of my childhood in the kitchen. The kitchen is an ever-changing space that can easily become cluttered and disorganized. An organized kitchen brings ease into your everyday life and it typically leads to less food waste too, which is a plus!
Whitney is a Nashville native who now attends Samford University in Birmingham, AL. She’s a Nutrition & Dietetics major, as well as a member of the dance team!
When she’s home on break, Whitney loves to use her problem solving skills to organize with Courtney.
“I love organizing because it’s the perfect collision of functional and beautiful, and it allows every inch of a space to be used to its fullest potential. Plus, I’m a sucker for a dramatic reveal!”
Favorite Space to organize: Kitchen
As a future dietitian, it’s so rewarding to set up a pantry or refrigerator in a way that makes cooking easier and encourages healthy food choices.
A songwriter pursuing her dreams in Nashville and exploring her therapeutic love of creating comfort through neat and organized spaces.
“I live for creating order out of chaos and making it easier for people to find what they’re looking for and finding happiness in a once messy and confusing space. I love puzzles and challenges, and find so much happiness in arranging things to be not only functional but pleasing to the eye.”
Favorite space to organize: Office!
I think the office is one of the scariest projects for people to tackle and figure out where to even begin. I have found my own system for this space and love to share my process with others to make it easier, providing a place for every paper and document. Nothing makes me happier than the transformation a client feels from overwhelmed to relief when turning to their office.