What people are saying about Organizing For Everyday and Elizabeth Tawney Gross

A Judgement Free Zone

Working with Elizabeth is truly a judgment free zone. While we work only on my house, it has had a far reaching positive impact on nearly all areas of my life.


A Path to Hope

My own personal thanks to you for giving me a path to hope for my apartment.

– Lois Howard

Warm and Compassionate

Elizabeth is an organizing professional, warm, compassionate, and able to assess a client’s needs and come up with a workable solution.

– Virginia Carr

Weight Lifted off my Shoulders

Elizabeth never judged me or made me feel bad she just gently helped me see what the problem was and how I could work on correcting it. She was there every step of the way helping me make the tough decisions, helping me realize what I didn’t need. Now before I buy anything I stop and think, “Do I need it, do I have room for it?” Every time Elizabeth came to my home I knew that by the end of the day I would feel like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

– Camille Smallwood

Grace and Humor

I so appreciated your help and support and friendship, during one of the most challenging periods of my life. Your ability to figure out how to communicate with Mother, and to work with both of us, was uncanny. Even when we were doing the last pieces of work with everyone in the family involved, you steered us straight, kept us on task, and managed us all with grace and good humor, so that we really did accomplish all that needed to be done.

– Laura Schneider

Light at the End of the Tunnel

When we finally decided to put our family home on the market, I knew I needed help. I called Organizing for Everyday and found Elizabeth. There were twenty-five years of memories to be sorted through. Elizabeth kept me focused and her organizational skills are outstanding. She helped me to see that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you Elizabeth for being my guide.

– Cheryl Potenziani   

Respected my “Treasures”

Elizabeth taught me so many lessons in organizing my sewing studio that I have already applied in various areas of my home, as well. She is easy to work with and when Elizabeth saw me struggling to make a decision about what to do with something that I had owned for thirty years or more, she would ask the right questions that allowed me to decide which category the item fit. She never pressured me to get rid of one thing and she also respected my “treasures.”

– Sandra Nettles

Learned How to Use My Own Skills

I called Elizabeth out of desperation. I have this beautiful studio space that wasn’t merely messy, it was post-apocalypse abandoned. Not only were my supplies unavailable, I had no room to work when I could find supplies! I had bought books about organizing, looked at stuff on the Internet about organizing, and worked hard at organizing the studio, but was stumped by the last bit. Elizabeth was measurably helpful, gently saying “you’re just churning right now” or, even more gently, “let’s finish this project first” as I dashed about enthusiastically, ADD in fragmented control, trying to clean and organize everything at once. I continue to implement “sacred space” (you’ll have to hire her to learn about this) and many small clean ups instead of one major one that never happened. I particularly appreciate the skill she used in helping me, the ADD artist, learn how to use my own skills instead of coming in with a one-size-fits-all approach which would have required me to fit someone else’s management style. I would work with Elizabeth again in a heartbeat.

– Margie Disque

Wow, Look at all that Stuff

After a month of packing madly, sweating the details, and having nightmares about misplaced boxes, I’ve finally got my Godmother’s apartment cleaned out and the keys turned in. Big thanks to the amazing Elizabeth, without whom I’d still be standing around like a spotlighted deer, thinking, “Wow, look at all that stuff.”

– Ann Elizabeth Wilkinson

A Multitude of Wonderful Ideas

My house used to have mounds of paper on every flat surface that wasn’t a shelf, and too few shelves for all of the other stuff, even though there were shelves in front of the windows, as well as along the walls. I had trouble keeping track of bills and other important documents. Elizabeth evaluated my home and came up with a multitude of wonderful ideas for creating more storage space, making things easier to keep clean, ways to keep track of the important papers and make everything else easier to find. All of these suggestions were written down in a comprehensive plan.

I am about halfway through implementing these suggestions and I am amazed at how much more quickly and easily the house can be put back in order, how much nicer and more spacious the rooms look, and how much more quickly I can find anything I need! I have been able to find just the right place for most things already and yet I’ve been able to take down the shelves that were in front of the windows. I’m really eager to see how much better the house will look once the rest of the changes are made.

– Rhoda Winters

Armed with Encouragement

When I called Elizabeth I could tell right away that she was ethical, professional, and kind. We set our first appointment. She arrived on time and prepared. We went over the entire house and she wrote notes, carefully listening to me and my husband. We set up an overall plan in that first appointment. I knew then that she was exactly the person I was looking for. After all, Elizabeth is an expert with my problem. She actually has a gift for what she does and enjoys working with people like me. She always came armed with encouragement and a label maker! Elizabeth became my little light at the end of a very long tunnel. I’m glad I didn’t wait one more day to do this.

– Sue Gaiser

Listened to My Preferences and Made it Happen

I have been a fan of Elizabeth’s simplified filing system, FreedomFiler® for a couple of years. I hired Elizabeth again to help me organize my craft room. My craft room is a tiny, unusual shaped room and I am a scrapbooking supply collector. Elizabeth was able to get ALL my crafts into the room in an easily accessible forum. I now have the ability to go into the room and work on any craft I desire without set up/take down time. Most importantly, I had expressed my desire to have my sewing machine up and available for use. Elizabeth listened to my preferences and made it happen.

– Cathy Rypma Dixon

A Thoughtful and Creative Woman

I had the opportunity to work with Elizabeth to better organize my home office.  Elizabeth is a thoughtful, creative woman who understands people very well. She offered suggestions based on what she knew I would be comfortable with doing in my office. She is highly skilled and was a tremendous asset in helping me create a space I could use more effectively. Her gentle nature and tireless approach to my clutter problems still leave me impressed and very grateful!

– Brenda Petty

Never Made us Feel Bad

Elizabeth came to our house and did a nonjudgmental walk-through with us. She never made us feel bad and asked us what was working, what wasn’t, what we’d like to see happening in a space/room, etc. She evaluated our whole house including the garage. She took notes as she went along. She was calm, never made us feel bad, very objective in her assessments. She delivered good news and “hard to swallow news” in a very kind manner.

Elizabeth wrote down her recommendations for us and showed us by rearranging some tables and shelves we already had, how we could use them for organizational tools, and “launch pads” for us. She gave each one of us shelves on a small telephone cart we had for our “in and out” box. She really helped us in our Home Office-how to file  our papers quickly and we got files we keep on our desk to do “bills” ‘taxes” “file” “receipts”-so we sort quickly and the desk stays clear and ready for work. She helped “attitude adjust” my husband and myself since out of frustration we’d both point the finger at each other. She quietly would tell us when we were wrong, again in a nonjudgmental manner which defused our emotions and helped us focus on working on our piles. She got us moving into a positive, productive manner.

That was back in 2008 and the systems she set up for us are still working great and in a new house to boot. We HIGHLY recommend Elizabeth to anyone who wants to get a handle on their disarray and start enjoying your living space more! The longer you put it off, the higher your piles become!

– Celeste Suminsby

Always Listened to My Concerns

I had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth Tawney Gross after a change in my life that meant consolidating an entire house into three rooms. I had tried for years to organize it, but it just got worse. When I was on the verge of striking a match to the whole mess and watching it burn, I found Elizabeth at Organizing for Everyday. Contrary to my fears, she assured me it was not hopeless, and we jumped into the fray.

What a pleasure! She discussed with me everything I wanted to do in the rooms, and then presented suggestions on how it could work. Some I liked and some not so much, but she always listened to my concerns and came up with alternatives when her first idea didn’t fit with my work or lifestyle. Other people with whom I had spoken were selling a “system,” and were determined that I was going to need what they sold. Elizabeth had no such agenda – she used whatever worked for me and, if she could re-purpose something I already owned to save me money, that’s what she did.

Once we decided on a plan, Elizabeth went to work. Each time she came, she sorted, consolidated, rearranged, and left me with “homework” to complete before her next visit. The good news was that the homework was reduced to bite-sized chunks that I could handle, rather than the overwhelming piles of stuff begging for a match! It wasn’t a quick fix but, as she said, it had taken me years to get it into that state, so spending a little time reclaiming it only made sense.

At the end of the process, I had a bedroom I actually could sleep in, a gorgeous quilt studio where I could find all my fabric and tools (rather than continuing to re-purchase what I knew was in there somewhere, but had no idea where!), and an office that only had the papers I actually needed – and I could find them. Not only was it beautiful when she was done, but it was so practical that it has stayed functional. Okay, sometimes it still gets messy, especially when I’m in the middle of designing a quilt – but it only takes minutes to restore it to its former glory, rather than days, weeks, or never!

In addition to being a great organizer and designer, Elizabeth is a teacher. She taught me a bunch of techniques (ask her about hanging your hangers backwards – it’s a fabulous technique for keeping control of your clothes) which have made maintenance a breeze.

If you’re faced with a seemingly insurmountable jumble, call her!  I can’t recommend her too highly!

– Heidi Nesbitt