Hi, I’m Nia. I am a Certified Professional Organizer® and the owner of Spruced Up Spaces, LLC. I was born and raised near Boston. As a child my parents spent a lot of time exposing me to the outdoors and I fell in love with hiking, canoeing, and the land. I attended Bowdoin College in Maine and graduated with a B.A. in Government and Environmental Studies.
I’ve been fortunate to always find myself engaged in challenging and inspiring work. I’ve run a bed & breakfast in the mountains of northern California, managed a sales team for a renewable energy company in Oregon, and coordinated the development office at a nonprofit farm/education center in Vermont. I entered the world of organizing and founded Spruced Up Spaces, LLC in 2012.
My interests include trees and wood, gardening, reading, photography, golf, playing the ukulele, and collecting vintage keys. I am married to my dear partner, Mollie. We live in Ann Arbor. We have one very opinionated cat named Boo, and one very deferential dog named Chicory.
I am a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®). This credential recognizes professional organizers who have met specific minimum standards and proven through examination and client interaction that they possess the body of knowledge and experience required for certification. The CPO® program recognizes and raises industry standards, practices, and ethics.
I am a member of the following organizations, I participate in their classes and training opportunities, and I am bound by their Codes of Ethics:
* Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD)
* National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)
* National Association of Professional Organizers Southeast Michigan (NAPO-MI)
I volunteer as a Teleclass Handout Editor for ICD, and I volunteered as Director of Communications and Technology for NAPO Southeast Michigan from 2014-2016.
I’m working hard to become a Certified Organizer Coach®. In Spring 2016 (fingers crossed!) I will graduate from Coach Approach’s Foundation Program, having completed the five foundation classes totaling 65.625 ACSTH hours (plus an additional 40+ hours of practice coaching in skills groups with fellow students). Moving ahead, I’ll further my training via a practicum project, mentor coaching with a trainer, and by continuing to gain experience with my real-world clients. Hands down, this coach training is the best investment I’ve ever made in my professional development. Coaching is a fabulous complement to organizing. It allows me to partner in a more meaningful way with my clients, looking beyond the clutter to the real heart of things, and in this way it empowers my clients to design their own best solutions for lasting success.