Gwen McClure helped me take on the overwhelming project of getting rid of a storage unit and making better use of the space in my home. Gwen took me from overwhelm to delight and serenity (and even with laughter and FUN sprinkled in along the way)! Thank you, Gwen!
— Linda C.
Dearest Gwen, Thank you so much for your guidance and gentle nudging in our merging of two families together. We love everything you’ve done and are so grateful for your time and effort. Thank you for your many contributions and for keeping our home organized and beautiful.
— Gregory S. & Ben I.
Gwen McClure has changed my life. I have ADHD and clutter can really weigh me down. She listened to me, created and presented options to organize my paperwork, clutter, furniture, and really my entire apartment. It feels like I have more space and the energy of my home feels so much better. THANK YOU GWEN!!!
— Joel C.
Gwen McClure helped me to get organized! Because everything has its place I feel less anxiety when I walk into my home.
— Lisa W.
Gwen is amazing at what she does. I was terrified of having someone come into my home to see the spaces that I usually hide from people, but Gwen made it so easy. She is truly judgment-free when it comes to the spaces she organizes, and you can feel it when she walks in. She is focused on solutions, and she is an excellent problem solver when it comes to space issues. I run my business out of my home so I have clients over regularly, and I also have limited space for all of my equipment and personal needs. That is no match for Gwen's expertise! She has helped me rearrange, declutter, and made a shopping list of all of the furniture I need so that everything has a place in my home. And not only that, but she makes sure that the placement makes sense for my lifestyle and business. It has reduced the time it takes for me to prep for a client appointment in half, which has saved me so much time and stress!! I love being in my space now, as it is clutter-free and looks beautiful.
— Jamie N.
I recommend her as a professional organizer. —Gwen listens, pays attention to detail, is very conscientious, and can work through complex and challenging storage situations.Gwen is a highly talented multifaceted professional. She knows the furniture and design industries intimately, is an accomplished designer and an effective professional organizer.
— Isabelle B.
Gwen helped us set up Elfa storage systems in our new condo. We were downsizing from a 3-story Victorian house with lots of storage to a spare, modern 1350 sq ft apartment with minimal storage. She came to the big house to assess our needs and spent considerable time planning with me. She followed through and communicated all through the process, even checking on the delivery when she was out of town. She was cheerful, supportive, and and saw to every detail. A great experience. Gwen gets my highest recommendation.
Jario and I have found your services to be delightful. It has been our joy and privilege to get to know you through this project. Thank you for “lighting the path” towards beautifying our home. You can always count on us to give you an outstanding endorsement.
— Cynthia C.
I highly recommend Gwen McClure! She has an outstanding reputation in the design industry. She's extremely organized and detail-oriented, yet always keeps an eye on the big picture. I found her to be a very dedicated, professional, team player, with a positive attitude, and she is fun to work with.
— Ann E.
We have a VERY tiny house, and we were trying to figure out the best way to maximize use of the space. We were also looking into renovating our garage to create a bit more room. Gwen was great. She came in and helped us make decisions on what could go where and helped us to reorganize our "stuff". She did multiple layouts of the garage space for us to choose from. She was able to work with most of the furniture we currently have and point out where we could make future changes down the road if we wanted. Gwen is so easy to work with and great on follow through. She listens and really works hard to make your idea for your home a reality. We couldn't be happier. We would hire her again in a heartbeat.
— DeeAnn W. M. & Chris M.
My profession requires a lot of time in the "office." I recently purchased a condo/loft in San Francisco and Gwen filled a great need; a professional and knowledgeable designer to help plan my new home. Gwen understood my needs and met an agreed upon budget for the project. She was thorough and provided many options. I am very happy with the results and recommend her highly.
— Glenn G.
Gwen McClure helped me downsize from a two-bedroom apartment into a one-bedroom. I felt like I gained space instead of losing it. She made my new apartment feel like a home.
— Richard H.
Gwen helped my mother move from a large apartment into a very small one. Since my sisters and I live out of town it was going to be challenging helping her with the complex details of a move that had very specific requirements.
Gwen worked closely with our mom determining what she wanted to take to her new apartment, creating a floor plan utilizing her existing furniture, organizing the move and setting up her new apartment. She did a fantastic job discussing mom's concerns and requirements for her new apartment. This process of brainstorming together created a space mom feels comfortable in and absolutely loves. Every detail was thought through and every effort was made to make our mother feel stress-free about moving. As a bonus, mom really enjoyed Gwen's company! The second phase included packing belongings to be moved/shipped to 5 different locations, organizing the moves and setting up the shipping details, scheduling donation and consignment pickup as well as organizing the pickup of museum quality artwork. All of this had to be done is less than 3 weeks. Gwen even completed this portion of the project 4 days early. She didn't miss a single detail, and had to work with multiple constraints, which she did with good humor, patience, and kindness.
Gwen is a miracle worker! My mom, sisters and I are very grateful for Gwen’s assistance and couldn’t have done it without her.We would recommend her in the strongest way possible!”
— Carla W.
I spent years trying to get my 75 year old, stubborn and angry father to downsize a bit, go through his "collections" and finally pack up his apartment so I could move him into a smaller place. He wouldn't let anyone, including me, help. But it got to the point where I had to do something. Because he's a hoarder, I didn't know where to start. The thought of negotiating what to pack and throw out was overwhelming, not to mention that getting dad to agree was impossible. Somehow, he at least agreed to meet Gwen, and miracle of miracles, after a couple of short meetings with him Gwen had gained his trust. He then said she could help. She assessed both him and his situation, and created a step-by-step program that allowed him to digest the change.
She organized the disposal of the trash in stages so it was easier for my father to accept. They had to go through EVERYTHING, from clothes to stacks of magazines, from old prescriptions to ancient food. There were dead insects and vermin, and conditions were so bad, we had to wear gloves and masks! Nothing shocked or disgusted her, she even dealt with cremating the pets my father had been secretly keeping in his freezer!
I asked Gwen for further help when we found a place to move dad into. Gwen's fantastic background made her perfect for this too -- she carefully measured the remaining furniture and household items, as well as the new apartment, and created various floorplans for us to choose from. Gwen also managed the move itself -- dealing with a laundry list of condo rules, scheduling restrictions and other difficulties. She even arranged for dad to be "occupied" that day too so he wouldn't be too stressed. In his new apartment, she labeled cabinets and drawers so he could find things.
At the end of the project, Gwen planned a housewarming party for his friends. Surprisingly, my reclusive and standoffish father was thrilled to show off his new home and get positive attention from friends.
We could NEVER have accomplished any of this -- much less so smoothly -- without Gwen. I had spent over a decade with no progress at all, and she was able to downsize him, move him, and minimize stress and work for us in three months.
— Iling N.
I was overwhelmed with the thought of clearing out years of belongings. Gwen McClure helped me to make decisions quickly without stress. It was easier than I thought it would be.
- King S., San Francisco
As a Mover Coordinator for a large building, I've had several opportunities to recommend Place It to my clients. Gwen McClure's abilities as both a designer and an organizer benefit anyone looking to make changes in their living space. She can accurately assess a job so it comes in on time and within budget. If there are any surprises, she informs you know ahead of time. She always looks for ways to economize and she's very environmentally conscious. When it comes to professional organizing, her company is at the top of my list.
— Peggy O.
I had the pleasure of working with Gwen on a very urgent project in early to mid-2014, that involved moving and downsizing from one unit to another within a tightly regulated high end senior living facility. Gwen had a short time frame, and she was very organized and punctual. She utilized resources as necessary, kept communications with me short and concise, and complied with all facility's regulations. The move was a huge success due to her outstanding professionalism. I hired her again for the second time when another move occurred in the same facility, and her team and her again proved to be very good. I strongly recommend her service, to anyone seeking professional moving and organizing help.
— Brite Z.
My wife, her parents, myself and our 3 children moved into a spec home which was not set up for a busy family of five and grandparents. Since we were incorporating two families into one home Gwen helped us evaluate the function of each room. In doing this we realized the huge master bedroom would be a terrific family room and the mega-size master bedroom closet would make a great place to store all our craft supplies, books and teaching materials.
At the same time Gwen created a priority list based upon our biggest concerns. She helped us understand and prioritize our use of space, how to use our time and money wisely, what to focus on first, and what things to defer. For example, we needed window coverings ASAP. Storage was a problem so she helped us determine flexible storage solutions (flexible because we weren’t exactly sure, at that point, what we needed to store). Within the first week Gwen set up appointments with window covering and cabinetry vendors. She also designed closet storage and had a closet system installed within a couple of weeks.
We brought very little furniture to our new home, but we did bring a lot belongings that needed to be ‘liberated’ and/or stored efficiently. Combining like items-with-like items has been a huge win. She made it easier for us and the kids to "do the right thing" by thoughtful positioning places for things and helped us work through some tough issues including a lot of stuff still in boxes after our move.
We’ve worked with other organizers in the past and felt frustrated because after the organizer organized things we either couldn’t find them easily or the organizer wanted so much hands-on time with us the process was extremely slow. Working with Gwen was much easier because she understood our busy lifestyle and took charge. She clearly labeled everything and placed items in a logical manner so we could find things quickly. It’s now easier for the whole family to find things themselves so they don’t have to always ask Mom.
Gwen created furniture space plans utilized existing furniture and area rugs. She asked us what kinds of activities each room would be used for and came up with aesthetically pleasing ways of making the space work well for us. She introduced us to great furniture stores we didn't even know existed and passed along her designer discount when available. She was always conscious about selecting child friendly furniture and working within our budget. She went shopping with our whole family, including the grandparents, to help us make final selections that worked for everyone.
This spec house was painted in grey, grey and more grey. We wanted a more cheerful environment so Gwen helped us brainstorm colors that would be fun to live with and would make us smile when we walked in the door. She based options around our artwork and area rugs which helped us to incorporate what we already had.
Working with Gwen has been not only productive, but delightful. She’s efficient with her time and gets things done. We are very pleased with her work ethic, positive attitude and insights.
— Geoff G.