Author: Gabrielle Watters-Smith


Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC) Jen Bowen, Sue Frost, Karen Jessee, and Carla Shipman and NAPO National member Pat DePalma joined forces for the 3rd annual “Project Thanks” one day make-over. The recipient family was selected from a lottery-style drawing which was open to all military service men and women, including veterans, at Dover Air Force Base last summer. The recipients, Technical Sergeant Jason Wicklund and his wife Valerie, received their home make-over on November 13, 2015.

With Jason home on leave and Valerie squeezing us in between attending classes for her Master’s degree and caring for their four beautiful children, we sat down to carefully craft a personalized plan. Next, it was carried out like a military operation – if we do say so ourselves. The boys room was organized to meet their growing needs. Valerie’s master closet was purged and sorted. Their daughter’s room and closet was organized to suit her needs (and the very feminine preferences of the only girl). Lastly, the children’s craft area was sorted to simplify putting things away, and to keep track of inventory at a glance. The organizers enjoyed every moment of this opportunity to help the Wicklunds and honor our military community. It may be a small gesture, but NAPO-GPC’s work with our military community is always done with heartfelt appreciation.

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