“Kristi trusted in my possibilities more than I trusted in myself.”
- Alexis, former client
I’m Kristi, the founder and owner of Simple Surroundings Consulting. Should you decide to use our services, you will be working directly with me.
As a professional organizer
I have been organizing professionally since 2008. I am proud to be the only professional organizer worldwide to have earned the distinction as both a Certified Professional Organizer® and a Certified KonMari™ Consultant. The broad range of knowledge, experience and examinations required of these credentials allow me to serve my clients with confidence in both my abilities and their success.
I also continue to study and earn certifications in organizing for special populations. These include ADHD, chronic disorganization, seniors, students, families and hoarding.
After applying “traditional” organizing methods for a couple of years, I began to shift to the “nontraditional,” and immediately saw positive results. When I read Marie Kondo’s first book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” I knew I had found an effective methodology which matched all my essentials for life-altering organizing services.
As a student and a teacher
I have undergraduate degrees in political science and psychology and graduate degrees in history and teaching. After college, I spent 13 years as a K-8 public school teacher. I’ve always been an organized person, but it was during my teaching years that I developed a strong interest in the study of organization. Daily, I saw the correlation between organization and academic achievement. I began emphasizing organization skills in my classroom. This expanded to teaching organization skills on a school-wide basis and then to an adult education setting. My interest broadened to the relationship between organization and overall happiness.
As a person
I have an amazing teen-aged daughter and a supportive husband. I love travelling and high adventure. My bucket list includes visiting Oman, the country where I spent my middle school and beginning high school years, riding all the best roller coasters in the world, sky diving and ziplining across Niagara Falls. In the meantime, I am content reading YA fiction and binge-watching Netflix.