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My whole life I have had a deep passion for taking neglected spaces and things and bringing them back to life. My father’s garage is where my passion for organizing began. He had a garage with about 5 to 10 of every tool imaginable, and no true designated place for any of them. I remember the smells of oil, cars, tools, wood chips… and clutter. I would go in and spend hours just putting all the screwdrivers in one place and the wrenches in another. I would get lost in that experience for hours. I’ve had a passion for helping and coaching people since I was young as well, for over 20
years I taught yoga and had a massage therapy practice where I got to sharpen my skills as I guided people through their yoga practices and relaxation. These skills combined with patience, acceptance, and non-judgment come in very handy.
I have always been a hard worker and would look for others to provide me a place to put my passion and energy. Often times asking friends or people I hardly knew, who were doing things I found interesting, if they were hiring or if I could help out in any way. In 2008, while on a job site building custom homes, I realized my favorite part of the build was keeping the job site organized so I checked that night to see if people actually organized for a living and that was the beginning of me creating my dream job (BE FREE ORGANIZING). I decided I would no longer look to others to provide a place for me to bring my passion and hard work.
As a young rascal, my parents often found me digging through unpacked boxes in the basement from previous moves. By the age of 13, I was riding my bike 5 miles to make $3.75 an hour assisting and working with Mr. Fuller and Mr. Jacobson caring for their estates, located along the Minnesota River Valley. This provided many learning opportunities: from tending prized rose bushes to tackling odd jobs and basic maintenance of a home.
By my late teens, when it came time for both households to move, I was right back where my parents found me: this time packing boxes, deep cleaning, and assisting preparations of selling a home.
About a decade ago, I resigned from managing a Media Arts and Communications team. My partner and I discovered Boulder, CO and I met Brian Saeger. After years of assisting Brian with larger BE FREE ORGANIZING projects, I knew this was the right fit. As a live-in personal assistant for a woman with M.S. and working for BE FREE, I continue to use the knowledge, skills, and care I learned from my early teen years.
My passion for organization and space clarity started when I moved from a four-bedroom house into a 550 square foot cabin in the mountains with my husband and 120lb dog. There was barely enough room for ourselves, let alone the “I’ll fix it someday!” items that we all hold onto regardless of the fact that more often than not, they’re glorified dust collectors.
We’ve lived in our little cabin for almost 4 years now, and I’ve never been happier, felt healthier, or slept better. This, of course, is partly due to the serenity of the Colorado landscape, but also largely attributed to the mental clarity I have given myself by getting rid of THINGS. Through this newly found passion and realization for what organizing and downsizing can do for the soul, I was lucky enough to find BE FREE and Brian and turn it into a rewarding and fulfilling career. After completing a project with a client, I truly enjoy seeing them relax as they unload some of the stress in their lives. I can’t wait to help you restructure your living space and help you find your own personal sanctuary.
Humanitarian turned realtor and organizer. I've worked in four continents on a quest to uplift those around me, and bring the same attitude into organizing with Be Free. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring Denver on my moped and boogying on the dance floor.
My name is Maryann and I was born a neat freak. By the age of 3, I was driving my mother crazy always lining my shoes up and putting things in order. Once I became a mother to 3 boys, I had to relax my standards quite a bit, but always enjoyed cleaning and organizing projects in my own home. After many years as a stay at home mom, I went back to work for the airlines, my previous career. Another passion I have is travel. When I retired with my full travel benefits, I started exploring the idea of being a professional home organizer. I did a lot of projects pro bono for friends and low income people who needed the help. My favorite one so far, has been helping a family clean out their storage unit that they had for 6 years. During that time, as they were working hard to get caught up on bills and out of poverty, they had spent over $8000 in storage fees. In less than 2 days we were able to turn in the keys! I am so excited to get to work with Be Free and look forward to helping many more families!