Julie’s Retirement

Julie Clarke with Grandkids
Just over 30 years ago a friend encouraged me to put my organizing skills and passion for simplicity to good use. No one really knew about professional organizing back then and sometimes people asked me if anyone would really pay for organizing help. I was already aware that there was a need (due to my mom’s long-term illness and my own chaotic childhood home) and that many people struggled with disorganization. However, I soon realized that I was pregnant and pairing a new baby and a new business would likely not be “simple”. Instead, I decided to teach organizing classes in the evenings at Bellingham Technical College, had 2 more sons, and when my youngest started kindergarten, Organized at Last was born.

Julie ClarkeThat was over 20 years ago. Today, I am grandma Gogo to 5 precious little ones (with one more on the way) and I know firsthand how fast these years pass by so I have decided to retire. I am looking forward to spending extra time with our kids, and their babies, as well as serving my family, friends, and others in fun, new ways!

Over the years I have developed lifelong relationships with so many of my incredible clients and leaving this profession is seriously one of my toughest life decisions. I have loved serving thousands of clients, teaching hundreds of classes, donating tens of thousands of items to local charities, decorating, staging and redesigning more homes than I can count, sometimes on a tiny shoestring budget.

I never would have been able to do any of this without my incredibly supportive and amazing husband and my talented team members who over the years totaled more than 20. Wow, what a gift to have had so many organized, caring, thoughtful and intentional women as employees! My clients often commented that I had the most incredible team of women working for me. It was so true. They made this work “easy”!

Organized at Last will continue under new ownership/leadership. My successor is Lauren Godfrey. She has a background in design, loves organizing and has a knack for staging and redesign. She loves living a simple and purposeful life with her handy husband and 2 young daughters. The OAL phone number and website will remain the same. My personal contact will be 360-410-3855 and my new email address is Gogojulieclarke@gmail.com. Please update me in your contact list. The Organized at Last Instagram and Facebook pages will remain the same, but you can follow me on my personal Instagram @gogojulieclarke account and on Facebook

I can’t thank all of you enough for your support these past 30+ years. My work life could not have been any better. I am so blessed. Now, I’m off for new adventures with my tiny loves.

Best wishes always,

Lauren and Julie - Organized at Last

Autumn Has Arrived!

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” – Immanuel Kent

Autumn has arrived! The air is a little crisper, the leaves more colorful and schedules seem to be packed! I am always amazed how quickly we pass from “summer fun” to “fall frenzy”. Here are a few Organized at Last updates and some fall frenzy freeing tips!

Organized at Last continues to grow and the need for organizing seems to be more necessary and more in demand than ever before. When I started my business (over 20 years ago) it was just me. Now, I have 9 part time amazing employees! If you have any organizing, re-design, moving or staging needs we are your gals. We do jobs quickly, efficiently and work within any budget. My current team is so amazingly talented, I can’t believe the transformations in each of the homes/offices that we work in.

Tips for Fall:

Prioritize: Set goals-what is most important to you, your spouse, and your kids? You can’t do it all, or at least not well. Determine what your priorities are, what works best for your family and put your energies there.

Plan Ahead: We can’t anticipate everything but we can prepare for so much. Getting life a bit more organized is such a stress reliever. Fall is the perfect time to ready your home for winter, declutter before the holidays and look for ways to create breathing room in your daily schedule. We help with all of that. If you are not intentional about your life choices, bad habits and patterns will continue. Change is hard but oh so worth it!!

Play: There will be time to play if you prioritize those things that are most important to you and you plan ahead. As my husband and I walked the waterfront again this week (we walk everyday and walk the Bellingham waterfront about 3x per week) I commented about how incredible it is to live here. Still, in this beautiful place we don’t see many others outside.
We all have the same number of hours in our day. How are you filling yours?
Getting organized makes play possible!

Classes are back!

For 30 years I have been teaching classes but I didn’t teach any classes last year because we had live in guests and we did some updating and redesign to our home. That is now complete and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Fall 2018 Classes: Register here

The Simply Organized Home on Saturday Sept. 22nd, 9:00 am-3:00pm

Simple Meals Tuesday October 9, 6:00-8:00pm

Welcome January 2018!

Organized at Last

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog but I figured a new year is a great time to reach out, encourage you, and share a few updates.

Organized at Last is still going strong and though my team continues to evolve and change I currently have a confident, organized and redesign-friendly team. We are excited to help you with your projects in 2018. We work together to reclaim, redesign, reorganize, and simplify your space and your life, often in just a few hours.

I am also teaching some fun new classes. I don’t think there is a better way to improve our lives than to take a class and be given some new tools to create positive change in our lives.

Winter 2018 classes include:

Instant Pot Cooking: Tuesday January 23, 2018 6:00-8:00 PM. Most of you have probably heard of the amazing properties of Instant Pots by now but many of us have no idea how they work. Local cookbook author and cook extraordinaire, Lindsay Ahrens will be teaching us how to use this amazing new kitchen tool. Healthy, simple, fresh, real meals prepared in minutes!
Class is limited to 10 and it’s almost full! Come ready to eat some delicious food.

The Simply Organized Home: Saturday January 29, 2018 9:00-3:00 PM. I first offered this class about 29 years ago. It continues to be my most popular class ever and those who have taken it continually share personal stories of how this class was a “game changer” for how they manage home/life. Here is a quote recently shared by a student. “I just want to thank you for the class (Simply Organized Home). I was hoping for a breakthrough from being STUCK, and I feel the class was exactly what I needed to bring some movement. Very influential day. I appreciate your vision to see people live wholehearted lives”. – Margaret 2017

Living Well in 2018 and Beyond: Wednesday February 7, 2018 6:00-8:00 PM. This is a brand new class with a focus on some of my best tips and shortcuts for living an authentic “Emptier, Fuller, life”. I will be sharing many of my favorite ideas for organizing and redesign ( what works and what doesn’t ) as well as my A, B, C’s for life. How to live your best life, with what you have, right where you are!

I also wanted to mention that Steve and I just became grandparents for the third time and…it’s a GIRL! Yep, the first girl in 3 generations of Clarkes! Our hearts are overflowing with love. As I think about my dreams for a new year, I hope to be free to rest. “Rest time is not waste time. It is economy to gather fresh strength…It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less“. ~ Charles Spurgeon

My wish for you in 2018 is to do what you have to do to live a life you love, but don’t waste time or energy doing more than is necessary. Be free to rest! I wish you all the best, and rest in 2018!

Creating Space for What Really Matters!

Our friends at Decorating Your Life have had quite a year so far for their “Our Year of Wellness” journey! A beautiful year of inspiration, knowledge and community to influence us towards embracing wellness in all aspects of our lives including: nutrition, fitness, emotional health, finances, community, and spirituality. And here it is…Fall…the time when school begins and we can focus on getting a fresh start, developing better routines and habits, returning to regular mealtimes, and getting our life and home organized.

Please join me on Wednesday, September 27th, 7-9pm at the Squalicum Boathouse as we gather to unwind from summer craziness and to gear up for a more structured fall. Learn new ways to create space in your home and heart, and how focusing on just a few things can have great impact on your overall wellness. Mental health, rest and sleep, real food, and regular exercise are all important. Getting organized means that you’ll have time for what adds value–and years–to your life.

Happy Fall and I hope to see some of you there!

Click here to reserve your spot!

Organized at Last - Julie Clarke

Spring Has Finally Arrived!

Spring seems to have finally arrived in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and we are excited and ready to thaw out from a long and particularly cold, wet winter.

Organized at Last is growing and changing and I continue to learn and grow along with my business. I’m reminded daily of the importance of making smart choices on this journey of life. We are constantly bombarded with media that encourages us to buy more, bigger, better, nicer stuff. Somehow, it sucks us in and in the end we end up feeling empty, with homes, garages, storage units and lives so full that we can hardly breathe. We want to help you breathe again…to create emptier but much fuller lives!

In my last blog I mentioned that Becca was no longer with me because she was pregnant. She gave birth to little Bennett on May 1st and he is so wonderful! She will be focusing on him for awhile. Right where she should be. Sasha is working as a personal assistant to her husband now as he grows his financial planning business at Thrivent Financial. Their spots have been filled with amazing new talent which I shared a bit about in my last blog. I have also recently hired Jeannie Hayden who is leaving a 30+ year career in public education to join my organizing team and eventually partner with me in this business. More information about these new additions can be found here.

This is such a fun time of year to think about what might need freshening up in your life and we can help with all of it. Does your home need a makeover? We do that. Do you need someone to help choose inexpensive décor so that your home looks better? We do that. Does your garage need an overhaul? We do that. If you’re not sure if we can help you, give me a call or shoot me an email. Don’t delay, summer is full and fun and we all take time away with our families so if you’ve been thinking about calling us, do it now! Most jobs require about 3 hours. If you could change something about your life in just 3 hours, what would it be?

Can’t wait to hear from you!

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” -Alan Cohen

Starting Fresh

Happy New Year!

What excites you most about a new year?

Is it the opportunity to start fresh?

Are you looking forward to making healthier choices in 2017?

Do you hope to finally do something with all of your old boxes of photos and the thousands of digital photos on your phone?

Are you planning to get more ORGANIZED in the new year?

Whatever your dreams are for 2017 we applaud you and want to support you with hands on organizing help as well as some great classes if you need some motivation/ ideas to do it yourself.  

 The Simply Organized Home:  (offered quarterly for the past 28 years) will include  classroom instruction as well as a very personal tour of two homes to give you a clear, hands on approach to simplifying  your home and organizing your life.  Not Pinterest perfect, just real life!

“This class was exceptional. It gave me new perspective on an organized life. Julie walked us through how to organize each room in our houses with tips for keeping it simple and well thought out and then she showed us her own home and how she lives out what she teaches. It was the catalyst for a complete overhaul in my own home. I have implemented so much of what she taught me. Even as a working mom of 4 kids I can maintain a clean and organized home. Thank you Julie. We are all benefitting from a simpler, less cluttered, and more organized home.”  – Kimberlee Barnes

The Simply Organized Home class will also be offered in Puyallup on Jan. 28th. Email Julie for more information.

Meals Made Simple: This class will cover the basics for simple meal planning and preparation using just a few fresh ingredients and some clever short cuts that will have you cooking great meals in no time.

Organizing and Enjoying your Photos:  Do you feel overwhelmed by the volume of photos you have stashed in boxes and stuffed in drawers?  What about digital images stuck on devices and are not sure what to do with them?  This class will give you clear and easy solutions so that you can begin enjoying all of those photos!


Coming in March, we are offering a One Room Giveaway! We will spend one day with you transforming your space, finding practical solutions, and clearing the clutter. What better way to kickoff your spring cleaning? Look for more details coming soon!