Here's my story...
HI! I'm Carrie, a professional organizer and interior designer based in Syracuse, NY. I started Pretty Neat in 2014 to help others get rid of clutter and create beautiful spaces that work for real life. My story began as a kid who always kept her room clean and rearranged the furniture for fun. I went through a tough time in my 20s after my father died and, a few years later, I got divorced. I moved out of a big suburban house that I could barely afford to start over in a small 1-bedroom apartment taking only the basics with me. By society's standards I had taken a big step backwards, but instead of feeling like a failure I found that minimalism gave me the mental and emotional space I needed to grieve my big losses and figure out what I wanted to do next.
I went back to school to study interior design, a lifelong passion, and I eventually started my own company. I recognized the positive impact simplifying had on me during that difficult time and I knew I wanted to help others who were navigating their own life transitions. Today, a major part of my business is sharing what I have learned about the benefits of minimizing and helping others do it, too.
My work is a partnership with my clients to devise simple yet practical solutions that reflect their own individual style. Getting to know them and their families (including pets!) is a highlight of my job and it helps me design systems and spaces that truly fit their lives.
I am committed to building trust with my clients and protecting their personal information. I worked for more than a decade in the fields of medical and psychological research and received extensive training in maintaining confidentiality. Many people I work with express embarrassment about the current state of their homes. I am not there to judge but to help address problems and design solutions for better living.
But don't just take it from me!
Here's what my clients have to say:
"I was able to clear over a decade of clutter in [a] short time thanks to Carrie's simple, straight forward methods, and I ended up profiting (literally!) doing so! She was a pleasure to work with and not once did I feel judged for the mess I had made that's now just a memory. Highly recommended!"
"Carrie was a pleasure to work with. She provided great ideas and tips into my living room transformation. She took her time with us discussing her ideas and emailing her suggestions and offered multiple options to work with to make the space ours. We are very happy with the result!"
"Carrie has not only changed the feel of my home but the feel of my life. When I walk into my home it feels welcoming and open. My living room is now a peaceful place to be opposed to the old "dungeon" it felt like. She even helped me declutter my home and realize all of the items I was holding on to that no longer provided any use to me. Carrie is professional and listens to exactly what you are looking for. She is an A+ in my book."
"Her designs showed that she listened to me and she did not have a problem with my desire to make any changes. She held my hand through the whole project and it was a wonderful success. I would hire her again in a heartbeat."