Our team of skilled professional organizers is committed to helping you meet your organizing, downsizing, and relocating goals. We utilize our wide range of backgrounds and personalities to create customized solutions that work with your individual needs, personality, situation, and budget.
We hope you'll enjoy getting to know a little bit about each of our unique team members below. Although our team is diverse, we all share a passion for helping others regain control of their surroundings and life. We are also empathetic and non-judgmental, and promise to always treat you and your space with the utmost care and respect!
Aly James– Aly loves the challenge of decluttering and organizing overwhelming spaces. Removing that burden for people and helping them transform their space, gives her a great sense of joy and accomplishment. Before starting with Practical Solutions, Aly worked for many years in the food and beverage industry. She has enjoyed very much, blending her customer service skills with her love for organizing. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking with her dogs, traveling and watching movies.
April McMillan- Aprils thrives when helping people clear the clutter in their homes and minds. She has seen how much stress can come from a disorganized home and how good it feels to see the finished space, leading to a feeling of accomplishment and peace. She believes an organized home creates order in every aspect of our lives. When she is not working, she loves doing DIY projects, crafts, walking, hiking with her dogs, enjoying nature and spending time with her husband and two adult children.
Amie Mattson - Amie loves helping others improve their homes and workspaces to create time in their lives for what they enjoy doing. She has a passion for helping others experience the relief that comes with gaining control of spaces and getting organized. She has seen how order has helped her successfully raise a family, run a small business and give back by volunteering. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, trying new recipes, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Cathy Bates – Cathy founded Practical Solutions in 2003 as a way to follow her passion for helping others organize and de-clutter so they could simplify their lives and have more time for what matters most. As a busy professional, mom, wife, and caretaker for aging parents, she knew the daily struggles people faced, as well as the positive impact an organized environment could have on their home, family, business, and life. Read more about her story here. When she's not hard at work, she loves doing yoga, taking walks and spending time with her husband of 30 years and three adult children. The family loves doing simple things that don’t require a lot of money but create lasting memories, including hiking, taking picnics, going to the beach, and playing games.
Debbie Theodoraks - Debbie is a natural when it comes to organizing. She enjoys helping people get their homes and areas organized so that they can function better with less effort. Before joining the Practical Solutions team, she did interior design and ran a transportation company. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, two adult children and Athena, her dog. She also loves entertaining family and friends, making gatherings memorable.
Genevieve Brown - Genevieve has spent her career raising a family, working in schools with special needs children, teaching piano, and working with seniors in an assisted living community and as an in-home caregiver. She feels all of this led her to a career with Practical Solutions, helping clients get organized, downsize and move. She loves helping clients achieve their goals to get organized and simplify. When not at work, you can find her hiking, kayaking or at the beach. She is also an avid runner and swimmer. She relaxes by reading, baking, playing the piano or spending time with her husband, her two adult daughters and two dogs.
Heather Travis – Heather finds great joy in helping others, and organizing people’s lives is just one way to do that. She understands the positive impact of organization and loves to see the reactions of clients after a job is completed. Before working at Practical Solutions, Heather worked in the oil industry as a Training Development Coordinator for 6 years after having worked a variety of jobs, including teaching preschool and working at a bookstore. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, being outdoors, going to the beach, hiking, traveling, doing puzzles, and visiting Disneyland.
Janelle Winters - Janelle thrives on being able to help others by relieving the stress of a cluttered home by creating order. She has seen this save clients time, stress, money and much more. She also loves assisting clients with their moves so that they go smoothly, helping clients transition more quickly. Prior to her career as an organizer, Janelle worked in banking, and as a manager of a company that sold gifts and home décor. When she is not working, you will find her spending time with her friends & family (including 8 grandchildren). She also enjoys reading, hiking & being active in community events.
Jennifer Camp - As a social worker, Jennifer became aware of how being disorganized caused so much stress for her patients. She realized being organized could improve their lives and hoped someday to help those going through the same situation go from feeling overwhelmed by their clutter and not knowing where to begin to reach their goals. She loves seeing how happy and relieved clients are once spaces are organized and manageable. She also loves the way clearing the clutter allows them to concentrate on more meaningful areas of their lives. When she is not organizing, she loves volunteering in her community and at her church, reading, cooking, walking her dog, working in the yard and spending time with her newly married daughter.
Jennifer Keeney - Whether she is assisting clients in a new start, or making their current situation more workable and efficient, Jennifer enjoys being part of the process of helping her clients improve their quality of life. She loves being creative and "thinking outside of the box" to provide solutions for her clients. When she isn't working, she enjoys participating in local community theater, spending time with her family, walking, reading, and looking for bargains.
Jodie Beachtel – Jodie enjoys every aspect of being a professional organizer, but her favorite part of the job is working with senior citizens. In fact, she loves helping them so much that she thinks getting paid is almost a fringe benefit! The biggest payoff for her is seeing clients satisfied, happy, and living life to the fullest. When she's not busy enjoying her job, Jodie loves doing yoga, cooking, taking walks with her two border collies, and spending time with her husband of 27 years and their two sons.
Kathleen Gandy - Kathleen has used her creative talent and aesthetic sense throughout her career, first as a graphic designer and then as a high school art teacher. She looked forward to joining the team of Practical Solutions after retiring from teaching to help others feel the satisfaction she gets from improving the functionality and aesthetics of indoor and outdoor spaces by organizing and decluttering. In addition to her job, she enjoys
creating her own artwork and doing home improvement projects. She also likes hiking,
biking, watersports, gardening, the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
Laura Mapes - Wherever she is, you can find Laura organizing; she has had a passion for organization since childhood. She loves helping clients organize so that they do not waste precious time that could be spent doing something meaningful looking for lost items. Before working with Practical Solutions, Laura worked as a court reporter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, triplets and two dogs, sewing, refurbishing old furniture, and other art projects. She also volunteers at her church and local schools.
Leah Gernetzke – Leah has always had a knack for organizing. She's fascinated by the psychology behind the different ways people relate to space on a daily basis, and knows that the spaces people inhabit have a powerful impact on their mood, stress levels, and productivity. As such, she loves helping others feel more in control, empowered, and productive in their environment, and more motivated to take control over other areas of their lives as well. In addition to being a professional organizer, Leah has worked as a reporter for a newspaper, communications and multimedia specialist for a non-profit, and a freelance writer and editor. In her free time she enjoys traveling, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, reading, writing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Mary Jo Laskowicz – Mary Jo loves all aspects of being a professional organizer, from meeting and working for wonderful clients to working with the best group of professional, kind, and hard-working co-workers. She finds working with clients to help them achieve their goals, and giving them the confidence to keep them up, very rewarding. Before becoming a professional organizer, Mary Jo worked for the Alumni Relations Department for the University of Redlands, where she planned a variety of events and functions and assisted three directors. When she's not busy helping others move and organize, she enjoys doing home improvement projects of her own, as well as going on short cruises, visiting family, hosting the holidays, and spending quality time with her parents. She also loves spending time with her husband of 31 years, and their two grown daughters, as well as their active golden retriever.
Natalie Aquire - Natalie takes pride in helping clients create practical spaces and bring ease to their life. She is passionate about creating homes that are functional and allows clients more time, space, and clarity. Organization has been something she has enjoyed doing in every job she has had. In her free time, she loves being with her husband and spending time with her family. She also loves to bake, training and walking her dogs, hiking and striving to live her best possible life.
Patti Eickhoff – When Patti retired from her 25-year career as occupational therapist, she knew she wanted to find a new outlet to help make people's lives better. After her first day at Practical Solutions in 2009, she felt it was her dream job. She's still just as passionate about her roles as a professional organizer and move manager, and especially enjoys helping others by bringing order to chaos. She also has a special sense of empathy for those who are moving, as her family re-located every 18 to 24 months when she was growing up – She has a first hand experience of the stress and effort that goes into a move. When she's not on the job, she enjoys quilting, taking yoga and tai chi classes, being in the mountains or on the beach, getting together with friends, and spending time with her husband and three grown kids.
Wendy Bailey - Wendy has always had a love for helping others create order, no matter whether she was in a retail job setting up displays or in an administrative roll where she brought order to offices. She loves helping her clients get organized so that they can easily find what they are looking for and put things where they belong with little effort, allowing
time for living life to the fullest. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family
and friends, being involved in her church, meeting new people, traveling, taking pictures, watching movies and reading books. She believes we are never alone, we can overcome the mountains that stand before us and anything is possible!