Deb Stone and Deb Bernier are co-owners of ShipShape Organize, a professional organizing and move management company. Often affectionately re-named as “the Debs” by their clients, they started ShipShape to help organize and de-clutter homes and offices in preparation for moves or to regain structure. They have served clients all over the North Shore and metro-Boston area ranging in ages from 18 – 85. After providing a free ½ hour phone consultation, they and their team are ready with boundless energy and enthusiasm. The Debs enjoy helping individuals and families tackle downsizing and right-sizing their homes to address life changes and provide enhancements to their clients’ lifestyles. Members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) and the New England and National Chapter of Professional Organizers (NAPO) they have recently earned the Golden Circle certification. Their team has also been awarded one of Boston’s Best Home Organizing Companies. Click here for press and more of their story…..
Deb Stone has always been organized in her professional and home life. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Psychology, Deb worked in public relations and marketing at ITT Sheraton World Headquarters in Boston. Organization was critical given the busy, hectic deadline-oriented work schedule. After 8 years with ITT Sheraton, she decided to leave the corporate world to raise her three children. As she did this, she co-chaired cultural enrichment and community outreach committees, served on alumni leadership committees, parent committees, and booster clubs for schools such as Stoneridge Montessori, Shore Country Day, Hamilton-Wenham highschool and Pingree. Deb, a lover of simplicity, 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. She also down-sized herself recently and can speak from experience. Now that her children are older, Deb has focused her efforts on helping others become organized so they can manage their busy lives more efficiently. She enjoys reading and educating herself as to the myriad of ways one’s mind works and developing different solutions based on her client’s needs. This education continues through courses offered by NASMM and NAPO.
Deb Bernier is a graduate from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Her work in the past included a Marketing/Meeting Planner position for a major Boston Real Estate Syndication office, which followed into a long standing Operations Manager position with the Premier Women’s Conference in California and similar smaller satellite “Women’s Conferences”. She then was affiliated with a non-profit organization called Project Adventure in Beverly, MA as their events and fund raising associate. She has a passion for working with seniors and her personal support, involvement, communication and willingness to go beyond a job description did not go unnoticed. ShipShape became the exclusive move managers for all out-of-state moves for a 1,600 unit independent and assisted living community. She enjoys teaching those around her how important it is for one’s mental state to keep their space clutter-free so they can be more productive in other areas of their life. 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 with her family, backgammon with girl friends and mastering the piano but mostly spending quality time with her family and friends.
Elizabeth is an organizer with the ShipShape team. Elizabeth has helped with numerous senior moves and residential organizing jobs. Her prior work at consignment stores and with staging serves her well when working on downsizing jobs or getting a home ready for market. When de-cluttering, she knows the re-sale market and has valuable advice to offer as to what will sell and what should be donated. Her favorite job is re-purposing a room, and she has just the eye for it. Elizabeth loves to offer a new perspective using what you have and provides suggestions on what you might consider purchasing. She is happy re-arranging furniture and advising clients on what may or may not work in their new space. Kind 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.”
Betsy specializes in home office organization with Ship Shape and feels that an organized home creates an organized and calm mind. Betsy worked in the financial industry in New York and Boston which required detailed knowledge of accounts and various investment funds. Her two very active sons schedules demanded organizational skills which she then took to her development position at a local non-profit where one of Betsy’s responsibilities was planning annual fundraising events. She has had a great deal of experience moving her family members and their possessions and knows what is needed and what is not. Betsy’s motto is less is more. Her corporate background combined with her calm spirit and interest in activities such as yoga, makes even sorting through clutter a relaxing activity! One of her clients stated, “I hope you know my pleasure with the job you did, as well as with your professional yet warm and encouraging presence. I am grateful!” Betsy is passionate, empathetic, and has a kind spirit. Her network of friends and people she touches is wide spread and everyone who knows her is a better person because of it. When not practicing yoga, she can be found enjoying most any activity that involves being in the great outdoors.
Nancy, a relocation consultant, brings her talent to the ShipShape team and helps offer concierge services to those who are in need of some extra help getting ready to move or settling in. Nancy is invaluable during the stressful weeks pre and post-move to help choose financial institutions, obtain new driver’s licenses, handle mail forwarding, change of address notices, voter registration, identifying local places to worship, shopping for groceries, new bedding and on and on… Nancy takes that extra step to ensure that our clients are well cared for. She has taken care of a family of 4 children, 2 dogs, and a husband – she is ready for anything! Nancy customizes services to the individual client’s need and more than anything is fun to be around! Her enthusiasm and sparkle follow her everywhere.
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