Cathy Bates founded Practical Solutions in 2003 out of a desire to help others organize and downsize their homes, offices and lives so they could make time for what matters most. As a busy professional, mom, wife, and caretaker for aging parents, she knows the daily struggles her clients face, as well as the positive impact an organized environment can have on their home, family, business, and life.
Practical Solutions offers hands-on de-cluttering services that are customized to fit the client’s individual needs. Although clients may have failed time and time again in the past to stay organized, with the help of a competent, non-judgmental third party as their guide, they can be successful in clearing the clutter for good. Based on an initial consultation session, the client will be matched with an organizing consultant whose personality and skills are complementary to their own.
In addition to organizing and de-cluttering, the Practical Solutions team also helps seniors downsize and relocate to new homes that fit their changing lifestyles. So whether clients are moving, starting a new life phase, or downsizing after the loss of a loved one, the team makes the transition easier and less stressful.
All of Practical Solutions' consultants share Cathy’s passion to help others regain control of their surroundings and life. They are compassionate, trustworthy, patient, and respectful. They highly value their clients' privacy, and keep all client information strictly confidential.
Practical Solutions' overarching goal is to help clients simplify and stop focusing on things so they can get back to spending time on the people and activities that mean the most to them, and enjoying life to the fullest. Practical Solutions also believes in giving back to the community at large. That's why more than 20 percent of the team's time and profits go back into making the community a better place to live.
I’ve been successfully using the services of Practical Solutions for many years to organize the home of my elderly parents, which had become a huge problem in a house that had accumulated more than 40 years of clutter. Before starting the organizing, I was very stressed and depressed about the size of the job and the amount of work that would be involved, since I knew that there was… Read more “-Jack Q.”
Practical Solutions helped me move my parents from out of state. I was worried about my parents making the move while I was recovering from surgery but Practical Solutions took care of all of the details so that I could take care of myself. My parents were settled in their new home and even had delicious cookies to enjoy when they arrived. They take the stress out of the moving… Read more “-Maddy P.”
We are so appreciative of the Practical Solutions crew for all of their thoughtful caring in making mom’s move from her home of 50 years so easy and understandable. At the end of the day, we sat comfortably in her beautiful new home where she felt right at home. Mom was still smiling at the end of a long day, week and month which says it all.
Practical Solutions helped me with my complete move, including ordering cost effective supplies, careful packing, monitoring the moving company, unpacking, and organizing my new place quickly and efficiently. They were flexible with their schedule to meet the demands of the move. I couldn’t have made this move without their help.
Getting help from Practical Solutions seriously changed my life! My home is organized and I have been able to maintain the order because of the personalized systems developed. I’m no longer embarrassed to have friends over and am telling all of my friends to give the service a try!
Practical Solutions is a wonderful company that offers a fabulous service for people who need help with moving, packing, organizing, staging, getting rid of furniture, The Owner Cathy Bates is wonderful and honest and offers a one stop shop for whatever the client needs she will design a package for the clients needs. She has an amazing team of people who work hard and they go above an beyond. I… Read more “-Janine M.”
Practical Solutions helped my husband’s parents’ move and I know they never could have made the move without the help they received. The consultants were professional at all times and extremely helpful in guiding my in-laws in deciding what to bring and what would fit in which room. Their expertise in moving and organizing allowed my in-laws to sit back and make decisions based on these wonderful ladies’ advice. The… Read more “-Ann L.”
My office is wonderful! I am able to get more done than ever before now that I am organized. My business is growing because I am not bogged down with paperwork and clutter. I actually have time to be creative and grow my business.
PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS WORKED TIRELESSLY AND SEEMINGLY EFFORTLESSLY TO HELP ME START MY NEW LIFE!!!! Recently I sold my home in Four Seasons Beaumont. Practical Solutions helped me downsize, donate, give away, and sell things I no longer wanted. This is an AMAZING COMPANY. Cathy, Patti, Sal, and Ben gave me complete confidence that they had my best interest 100% of the time! Practical Solutions is an ethical, fair, OUTSTANDING COMPANY!!!… Read more “-Rhonda B.”
There are no words that can describe my gratitude to you all! What a super job you all did in an impossible situation!! There are no words to express how much it meant to have not only you three, but my three kids here.
What a change this has made in my life. If only I had known about Practical Solutions years ago, I could have saved a lot of money on therapy.
Working with Practical Solutions was very productive and personally empowering. My consultant had a sharp eye and practical way of organizing. What we achieved today would have taken me so much longer on my own – my perfectionism sometimes traps me and I get caught up in the process and finer details. On my own I would have just made a mess, but we were able to find a home… Read more “-Jennifer C.”
Wow, am I glad I called Practical Solutions! They are AWESOME! True professionals, the kind, courteous staff helped make my move so much easier! My organizer was so great – quick, efficient, super careful, and always respectful of my wishes. I couldn’t have done it without her!! Thank you, Practical Solutions! Your services are worth every penny!
A week ago, I was stuck in what I thought was a hopeless situation. My home was being foreclosed and I had a week to move out. I didn’t know how I could possibly do everything I needed to do that quickly. I called Practical Solutions and immediately they put a plan into place. Here I am a week later and not only did they get me downsized, packed and… Read more “-Sue C.”
I never thought I would be able to get my house together with our third child on the way. My consultant has shown me and taught me how to manage my home, not just her way, but in a way that fits my life. Her energy and words of encouragement are so motivating. I love that she is always full of ideas to make our lives easier and more manageable.… Read more “-Chrystal R.”
I am so glad I decided to hire Practical Solutions! The help and expertise they provided made the process so much easier and I would have easily paid them twice as much as they charged. I couldn’t have done it without them!
I was so overwhelmed and tired all of the time trying to function in a disorganized home. My consultant helped me gain control of my home and life so that I am more relaxed and able to be a better mom. I even found time for me which is something that has not been a priority since having children.
I am so thankful for the attention and hard work the Practical Solutions team provided. It was a pleasure dealing with professionals who were understanding, compassionate and calm when it was such a stressful situation for our family. I would soooooo recommend their services to anyone in our position.
My Home was horrendously horrible! I had trouble throwing things out. Thanks to Practical Solutions, I was able to let the “stuff” go. I feel lighter and have my life back again. Instead of sitting around worrying about the clutter, I am out living life to the fullest!
At first I was reluctant to hire someone to help me organize. I felt embarrassed and thought I should be able to do it on my own. I also felt guilty about spending the money. But, the moment I met my consultant, I knew I was making the right decision. She put me at ease immediately. She was both personable and professional. She saved me hours upon hours of work,… Read more “-Katie J.”