The ShipShape Team
Whether you are a down-sizing boomer or senior, a relocating millennial, or a homeowner on the move, ShipShape Organize can make your transition an easy one. Deb Stone and Deb Bernier are Boston’s premier Move Managers and Organizers. They started ShipShape Organize in 2011 to help clients facing a transition or needing assistance de-cluttering or organizing their homes. ShipShape quickly grew and now offers a full suite of move management services to prepare homes for showings and assist with packing, unpacking and/or managing the entire move. 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. 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. ShipShape has also been awarded Best Home Organizer in Boston. 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. Downsizing herself recently, Deb can speak from experience. Now that her children are older, she has focused her efforts on helping others become organized so they can manage their busy lives. Reading and educating herself as to the myriad of ways one’s mind works and developing different solutions are a priority for her. This education continues through courses offered for Move Managers and Organizers through NASMM and NAPO.
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. Her personal support, involvement, communication and willingness to go beyond a job description did not go unnoticed. Consequently, ShipShape Organize became the exclusive move management company for all out-of-state moves for a 1,300 unit independent living community. Bringing a sense of order and teaching how important it is for one’s mental state to keep their space clutter-free is an important part of her work day. 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, backgammon, and mastering the piano – but mostly spending quality time with her family and friends.
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.”
Nancy is a relocation consultant for ShipShape. She helps offer concierge services to those needing help settling in. During the stressful weeks pre and post-move, Nancy can help with a variety of to-do’s:
- choosing financial institutions
- obtaining new driver’s licenses
- changing of address notices
- voter registration
- identifying local places to worship
- shopping for groceries, new bedding and on and on…
Clients are well cared for when they work with Nancy. Personally, she has taken care of a family of 4 children, 2 dogs, and a husband – she is ready for anything! Furthermore, Nancy is fun to be around, and her enthusiasm and sparkle follow her everywhere.
Georgia and Deb S. have known each other for years, and their husbands were in each other’s weddings. Deb says there is no one better to rent a ski house with because everything is organized between the two of them from meals to clean-up and putting the house back in order at the end of a weekend with lots of kids. Who better to work with on the ShipShape team than someone like that?
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!
Dawn has a longtime passion for organizing, which has helped in her professional and volunteer work, and running a household. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and began her career as a Media Planner and Buyer. She then became an Advertising Account Manager with Sports Illustrated.
While raising young children, she enthusiastically volunteered in several school and community organizations. She served as president of the Tower School Parents Association, and co-chair of two Marblehead High School auctions.
She loves diving into organization and moving projects with the ShipShape team, especially finding logical and practical solutions to help clients maintain organization in the future. She is energized by their readiness to make changes and finds it very rewarding when clients are excited about the results. She wants her family and clients to feel a sense of peace and calm when they walk in their front door.
Dawn’s most recent client commented “We have had several productive days with Dawn—she’s a rock star!”
Call 978.771.0527 or 978.314.6410 for your free ½ hour phone consultation.