Karen

Wilkening MA, CPO

"Out of clutter , find simplicity . From discord , find harmony . In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
- Albert Einstein
Karen has organized over 100 satisfied clients in San Diego County since 1999. She specializes in residential and home-based business clients. Her mission is to make a lasting impact on the quality of her client’s lives.

Karen is inspiring, attentive, and compassionate as well as being fast, efficient and creative in her work with clients. She not only clears clutter and creates streamlined working environments, but creates life-long change as well. The result is a home and workspace that is life-enhancing. She works at a pace appropriate to the client’s ability and is skilled at helping people get clear about what’s important to them. The process of organizing one’s space builds confidence, clarity, energy and self-esteem.

One of her greatest strengths is her understanding of human psychology. She has not only worked successfully with moderately disorganized clients, but also with more difficult issues including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), anxiety, depression, compulsive hoarding, and brain injuries. Past history as well as a person’s working style can make being organized next to impossible. Her experience with a wide range of challenges allows her to help clients move productively forward in their lives. Organizing is powerful medicine.

Karen has an eclectic background that gives her unique skills as an organizer. She studied architectural drafting and solar home design, and gained experience in cabinetry and carpentry (she has always loved to be hands on). These home design skills contribute to her awareness of the home as an efficient and nurturing environment. She has managed rennovation of family property and is a skilled DIYer. On the therapeutic side, she worked for over 20 years in lifestyle and personal coaching as a Holistic Health Practitioner. She also earned a master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, which greatly developed her people skills and creative thinking. Professional organizing is a powerful venue for combining her hands-on talents with her teaching and therapeutic skills to significantly enhance the lives of her clients.

She is an active member of the National Association of Professional Organizers(NAPO), and is a Board Certified Professional Organizer (CPO). She led the Study Group for Chronic Disorganization for NAPO – San Diego, 2008-2010.

Engagements

- Volunteer Simplicity Group – “Simplify Your Home and Your Life”
- KNBC TV morning news – “Clearing Closet Clutter”
- San Diego Brain Injury Foundation – “Simplicity and Support – How to Organize Your Life as a Brain Injury Survivor”
- Chairman – Chronic Disorganization Interest Group, NAPO San Diego
- Co-Chair – 2008 Get Organized service project for St. Vincent de Paul – Father Joe’s Villages.
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