Creating the best environment for your family means everything to you.
You’re not a “hoarder” by any means, but somehow your possessions have gotten out of control. You feel overwhelmed by the clutter and tired of feeling disorganised.
Only, you don’t know where to start.
You don’t have the time or can’t face the idea to do it on your own and it seems like every time you’ve tried, nothing’s changed.
Hi, I’m Nathalie Ricaud. I’m a professional organiser and founder of Get Organised & Beyond.
Originally from France, I’ve been living in Singapore since 1998.
I work with families who feel overwhelmed by all the stuff they’ve accumulated in their home – being the clothes, the toys, the paper, the books, the photos, the digital files, you name it – or by even all the activities they’re trying to fit into their schedule.
I help them declutter and set up systems so they can create and maintain a clutter-free, organised and peaceful home and make time for the important things in their life.
You may wonder how someone can possibly enjoy clearing other people’s clutter, right?
Well, my passion for organising started as a child. My mother had a habit of procrastinating on important things until the very last minute. And my father had a tendency to collect a lot of stuff that, over the years, led to an overstuffed, cluttered garage.
So around age 10, I decided to take the matter in my own hands and started to sort and organise things in our house. Looking back, I think it was a way for me to create a structure that had been missing up to that point in my life.
Far from being negative, these experiences were my first inspiration to enter the world of organising. When I was invited at my friends for a playdate, I often ended up helping their parents sort things out in their houses!
I carried my love for organising by embracing a career in Supply Chain Management.
I spent 20 years, planning and managing large projects, optimising warehouses’ space, processes and systems and driving efficiencies. Unconsciously I started transferring the concepts I was using in the warehouses into my home.
Then I became a mother. I was travelling quite extensively at that stage, and I needed to establish systems and routines so that things could run efficiently, even when I was not around. I once again saw how organisation and time management were so crucial to keeping a family happy.
I also realised that not everyone was equipped with these skills when my friends, inspired by the way I was organising our home, started seeking my guidance in creating order in their homes.
Finding out there was a profession out there for something I was so passionate about was a big a-ha moment for me! I quickly became certain that this was my calling. It took me a while to find the courage to take the leap. But eventually I did and Get Organised & Beyond was set up in 2013.
I feel very privileged to be able to put my passion, my skills, my personal and professional experience together to help others get organised and transform their lives.
Because let’s face it: clutter and lack of organisation take a toll on people’s life, on their happiness, on their peace of mind and on the quality of their relationships with their loved ones.
And that’s what drives me in my job. Seeing the transformation that happens in individuals and in families, not only with their physical spaces, but also at a mental and emotional level, when simple yet effective solutions are put in place to get organised and regain control over their schedule.
Whether it’s this lady who started losing weight after we decluttered her wardrobe because she no longer had to face a wardrobe made of clothes that didn’t fit her and made her feel fat and hopeless.
Or this busy mum of 3 young children who, after streamlining her belongings and schedule, was able to go back to a part-time job while she was just bargaining for a couple of hours in her week.
Or this dad who rediscovered the joy of going back home after work because the kids, based on the systems we had created, were able to clear away their toys, making it possible to maintain the home clutter-free and peaceful.
“Before I met Nathalie, the thought of decluttering my home made me break into a cold sweat. But there was absolutely no need to be anxious. Nathalie is a lovely person: calm, generous and absolutely non-judgmental. She helped me put systems in place to deal with the never ending chaos generated by 3 children. The outcome is a home that is still lived in but clutter-free and organized beautifully. I couldn’t recommend her services more. If you’re considering it, just do it.”
Shola Asante, Writer, Journalist and Mother of 3
“Professional organisation is an investment – you invest in the time (and maybe even discomfort) of figuring out what’s not working, so you can cleanse, declutter and put a system in place. But once that system’s in place? You’ll have more time and head space to focus on what matters. A bloody great return on investment, if you’re willing to take the plunge.”
Amanda Blum, Writer, Storyteller, Humanist