Abrams Home Solutions is a one-stop shop for all your home organizing and Staging needs. You may wonder what a day in the life of a professional organizer or home Stager is like. To be honest, each day is different from the next because each client and family is different. There is no “cookie cutter” solution when working in the fields of organizing and staging. That being said, there is one constant. That constant is that I cannot do this job alone! My success as a professional organizer and home Stager is a result of having a digital rolodex of vendors that I can call at a moment’s notice to provide additional value and service to my clients. This blog post, along with part 1 that posted last week, will give you a snapshot of a few of the vendors that I count on each day so that I can provide red carpet service to every client. Each of these players helps my clients in different ways, but the end result is that we move them closer to realizing their organizing or Staging goals. So, without further ado, here is a sneak peak behind the scenes with two of the referral partners that make my job so much easier!

This blog post will focus on two partners, a certified photo organizer and junk hauler. Each individual was asked the same questions in order to give you information on who they are and what they offer to consumers. Make sure you check out last week’s post to meet two more vendors.

Caroline Guntur, The Swedish Organizer, Owner, Professional Organizer, Certified Photo Organizer, Digital Media Specialist, Genealogist, Personal Historian, & Technology Coach

Caroline Guntur (formerly Nilsson) is a Swedish Certified Photo Organizer and Personal Historian, specializing in digital organizing and family history. She is the owner of The Swedish Organizer, LLC, a company that provides customized family history solutions to clients all over the world. Caroline also hosts webinars, workshops, and creates online courses. A native of Ystad, Sweden, Caroline has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications from Hawaii Pacific University, and a Masters Degree in Media Management from Columbia College Chicago. She currently divides her time between the United States, and Sweden. She is fluent in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, and conversational in Spanish, French, and German.

Caroline is a member of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and currently serves as Director of Technology & Communications for the Chicago chapter. She is also a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO), the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and all of their respective Chicago chapters. Caroline was also a member of the Association of Personal Historians (APH) until their dissolution in 2017.

What is your background and area of expertise? 

I have a combined background in Media Management, Technology, Photography, and Family History, so the Photo Organizing/Genealogy combo is my specialty. I enjoy taking someone’s memories, organizing them, digitizing them, sharing them, and exploring the stories behind them.

What can a client expect when working with you?  What is the process?

I start with an intake process, and then move on to the organizing part. Once we know where everything is, I create a backup strategy and maintenance plan. I’m reliable, honest, and communicate often with the client, which I feel is important since I work remotely the majority of the time.

What is the most unique item you have seen or the most unique client situation that you have been involved in?  

I don’t see a lot of unusual items since I primarily work with digital and printed photos, but I suppose some of the oversized memorabilia items have been tricky. I once had to scan an enormous wall painting.

Why do you love doing what you do?

Family history can be very healing and transformative. I helped a client find his birth parents and entire extended family through genealogy, and that was very special.

For more information, visit Caroline online at www.theswedishorganizer.com and she can be found on social media on the following platforms: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Linkedin, and Google+.

Corey Heidkamp, Junk Remedy, Co-Owner

After graduating from St. Viator in 2000 and attending Kansas University, Heidkamp became a PGA apprentice and began his networking while out on the golf courses of Chicagoland. In 2009, Corey met up with childhood friend Nick DeGiulio and they decided to put their experience and skills together to form a junk removal company.

Operating out of Lake Zurich, they employ a small, reliable team that covers a 50-mile radius of Chicago. Junk Remedy is licensed, bonded, and insured, gives free estimates, and handles all loading, labor, clean up and disposal fees.

What is your background and area of expertise? 

Junk Remedy is a locally owned Professional Junk and Trash Removal Company that services the Greater Chicago Area. From a single Item to multiple truckloads, Junk Remedy can handle any size removal. We pride ourselves on donating and recycling as much as possible.

What can a client expect when working with you? What is the process?

Our goal is to exceed our client’s expectations every time!! We do what say we are going to do and treat people like we would like to be treated. We provide an over the phone quote if it sounds like you have less than a truck. If you have a lot of stuff then we provide a free estimate to go over project costs and logistics. A specific date and time is scheduled typically around the client’s convenience. We show up promptly and remove all the items safely. Regardless of how much stuff you gave it typically goes away in a day!!

What is the most unique item you have seen or the most unique client situation that you have been involved in? 

We deal with people from all walks of life. We’ve uncovered many items that people don’t realize they even have or forgot about. Sometimes the item pays for the clean out and then some. Some very rare tobacco baseball cards from the late 1800s were discovered a couple years back and liquidated by the estate for around 25k. There was even a Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb in the bunch!!!

Why do you love doing what you do?

We get to help people everyday. We provide a service that relieves the stress in an often overwhelming situation. Whether you are moving, clearing out an estate of a loved one, moving your commercial business, or just have too much stuff we are your Junk Remedy!! Being a locally owned business (which is not a franchise) makes us feel like we are your favorite locally owned hot dog stand!!

For more information, visit Junk Remedy online at www.junkremedy.com or on the following social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.


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