David Reno - Alain Pinel Realtors
Refresh Personal Organizers offer a variety of services. I recently had the pleasure of using their Staging services for my business, David Reno - Alain Pinel Realtors. Juliette and Gary came to my Seller's home to review the property, make suggestions for preparations (e.g., painting, minor repairs, what can stay, etc.) and discuss the style of staging that would suit the home.
After that, I gave them the keys and didn't have to worry about anything again.
They arranged the move-in of the furnishings, provided custom artwork from local artists, arranged to have fresh flowers delivered for the Open Homes, kept the place clean and as the close of escrow approached, they seamlessly removed everything.
Refresh was professional, reliable and definitely helped sell the home, as most people that came through commented on how nicely staged it was.
I look forward to using Refresh again and hope to have an opportunity soon to refer them to my clients for their Organizational and Design services.
Tonya J, Berkeley, CA
The best!! Gary and Juliette were amazing - could not have been successful without them. We did a huge makeover on my garage and office closet. They had great ideas that we executed - but were also completely ok with my overrides. They created a great team atmosphere. I appreciated their energy and expertise - and stuff really moved quickly!
The bigger job was going through my mom's house - who recently and suddenly passed away. It was a very tough situation but they are both so kind and supportive in the midst of getting things done that it worked really well. Gary helped get old photos digitized as well as took pictures of a bunch of art I was not able to keep. I truly appreciate their work and could not recommend them more!!!
Kathy K, Oakland, CA
"I have been living in a very cluttered apartment, and was facing the monumental task of packing my stuff up for a move. I had no place to work due to the clutter. I wanted to start in my bedroom since that was the most cluttered room. My spirits had gotten so low because I couldn't seem to find a way to even begin!
Gary and Juliette tackled my bedroom - it was a storage throw-all. I was hoping they could make significant inroads into the clutter. I had things strewn all over the floor, boxes of things that had tipped over, endless paper, books, cds and knickknacks everywhere. This was 6+ years of accumulated mess. Not only did they make inroads - the room is completely cleared! I explained that my big push was to de-clutter and down-size because I'm going to be moving soon.
Gary and Juliette separated items into: keep, donate, trash and "box for moving." They did all the hard leg work that I just am not up to doing. They kept very organized and helped me be productive too, bringing items for me to sort through during the process.
They also made a much bigger pathway through my livingroom, and relocated items to other rooms where appropriate. What a nice bonus!
Gary and Juliette were respectful, friendly and professional. They turned a day that I had been dreading into a happy, super-productive day. They listened to everything I was hoping to accomplish and kept focused on doing just that. I didn't want to throw "perfectly good" items into the garbage, and they were willing to do the legwork necessary to donate these items for me. I feel so motivated now to continue boxing for my move. And now I have the space to do it!
Thank you SO MUCH, Gary and Juliette! You've made my move possible."
Melissa P, Martinez, CA
Juliette and Gary are superb at what they do. They bring a ton of life experience to help make organizing decisions, do the work, and get it done! I'm an artist and trainer so appreciated the artistic sensibility each of them has: Juliette has an architectural and teaching background, and Gary a photographic and real estate background. They applied those artistic and practical skills to help me purge a huge garage full of stuff and organize a completely messed up office/guest room.
The first thing I liked was the free estimate. It was helpful to know their pricing and breakdown, and I liked them right away. When they came to work, they showed up on time and we got right to work. Their energy is boundless! I was the one suggesting a tea break here and a lunch break there.
I liked that both of them had ideas and still respected my requests and preferences. It can be scary to delve into boxes and make decisions; they were both sensitive and patient with my process--and never stopped moving, creating or labeling boxes while I sorted and purged. We got the garage done (except stuff I need to do myself) in 1/2 the estimated time. Then Juliette and I worked on the office, while Gary worked on two other problem areas on his own, with my checklist in hand.
They are fine hauling and lifting and in each case, they went above and beyond, cleaning up at the end of the day and driving donations to the thrift store, so I had a nice space after all the work. I still walk into the office in amazement when I see how clean it is!
Thanks Gary and Juliette!
Marla F, Walnut Creek, CA
"Just spent some time with Juliette and Gary on a major project reorganizing my 90-year-old mom's bedroom, living room, and bathroom to better meet current needs, given her reduced mobility and safety considerations. What a talented and highly effective duo! My mom wasn't thrilled with the prospect of needing to make so many changes to her cherished space, but Juliette and Gary were respectful, compassionate, and patient throughout the process. In the end, we are all thrilled with the results, especially my mom who loves her apartment's improved organization and flow. I appreciated their ability to creatively repurpose what she already had on hand as much as possible and their willingness to work within our budget.
We are planning to have Juliette and Gary back soon to help with another round. Next up:
the closets and kitchen!"
Bindi P, San Francisco, CA
"Refresh Personal Organizers is absolutely wonderful! Working with Juliette has been beyond excellent! She is very personable, insightful, thorough, organized, and has a great attention to detail. She takes the time to understand the individual's needs and expectations as she assists with the process. Her work has been incredibly helpful in keeping me on track in many ways: She has helped with finances, household, personal, work, and lifestyle organization. She has been a delight to work with because, as a person, she has a lovely, serene, and thoughtful disposition. I highly recommend working with her and Gary and will continue to recommend her to everyone I know!"
Karen B, Berkeley, CA
"Juliette and Gary are a pleasure to work with. Juliette has helped me with light bookkeeping, organizing and completion of those nagging items that always seem to get put on the back burner. Importantly, they have helped with grocery shopping, and they have cooked delicious, healthy meals for my family for several months. It has been a lifesaver as I juggle feeding hungry teens and a huge workload. I'm grateful for their care, creativity and the ease with which they work."
Eva Y, Berkeley, CA
"It was a delight to work with Juliette and Gary from Refresh Organizers! They efficiently and sensitively helped me organize my office in three seemingly short visits. There were files and boxes everywhere, some that I hadn’t touched in 20 years. Now everything I need is filed, color coded, and of course organized, so easy to find everything. We were able to discard so much, what a relief!
They are so nice and just a joy to work with too!
Refresh Organizers are the best!
I had a closet full of photographs and family mementos. Many were in old style photo albums, some free floating in boxes, and we had loads of old color slides. The big job was now before me, so with Gary’s guidance, I started sorting and editing all the images and finding the essence of my families life, just the best moments.
Gary's work really began after my initial editing and together we decided which photographs to keep, the best of the best photographic treasures. It was quite simple, one group was for me, all my own personal nostalgia and the other was going to be for my two grown kids. One of the best things to come of this work is that all my photographs are now digitized and safe for generations to come.
Now, I am the proud owner of 5 digital photo albums of my life and times, thanks to Refresh. Yes, there are lots of gaps, but it is such a delight to page through them and they hardly take up any space on my bookcase!
Thank you, Refresh photo organizers!"
Danny P, Santa Cruz, CA
"Refresh Organizers helped me to get my study-office together. Gary’s skill was evident in the way he made the space more functional by installing a comprehensive Ikea wall system. He helped us move the existing shelves and cabinets out and we got rid of the old furnishings that were unnecessary. I was pleased with how much interior room space was liberated. Now I can actually walk around the room, whereas before I could hardly turn around in it."
Thank you Refresh!"
Sally Q, Oakland, CA
"Refresh Organizers came to me as a Mother’s Day present from my daughters. Let me tell everyone that it was the best present received. Gary came in and took charge over straightening my closets, my office and bathroom. I am so impressed; within hours they took years of accumulated clothes and papers and organized them. It was unbelievable, like a transformation.
As you can see I am very happy with their collective set of skills of organizing things and I would highly recommend Refresh for any size job of organizing.
Thank You, Juliette and Gary."
Marcia A, Santa Cruz, CA
"Refresh Personal Organizers " Are the Best! I called them up, they came right over ,and helped me organize my Office and Art room, they did everything I wanted and more! You guys Rock! Thank you for making my Life so Fun & Free of Clutter!"