MaryJo Monroe founded reSPACEd in 2008 in Portland, Oregon. ReSPACEd melds strong organizing principles with innovative design concepts to bring form and function into the spaces of Portland-Metro homes.
With 20 years of design experience, MaryJo knows how to make a home feel bright, spacious and warm. Using a friendly approach, she works at the client’s pace, respectfully offering suggestions for improvements while finding creative ways to best use the space. MaryJo is able to work within a wide range of budgets and has received specialized training in working with those who struggle with ADHD, mental health issues and chronic disorganization.
ReSPACEd advocates green design principles, starting by using supplies that the client already owns and keeping new purchases to a minimum. Whenever possible, reSPACEd advocates recycling or donating items instead of throwing them away.
MaryJo is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and Past President of the Oregon chapter of NAPO.
She is an Oregon native, who grew up in Newberg and attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. MaryJo now lives in North Portland with her husband and son.
Christy Charnquist brings with her 11 years of experience as a professional organizer. Helping families get organized is what she loves to do most, and she especially enjoys working with moms of kids/teens who have ADHD and moms who own businesses.
Christy also has extensive experience working with seniors, particularly in the area of downsizing and senior living communities. Clients continually comment on how kind and patient Christy is with even their toughest organizing challenges. Her knowledge of organizing products and kid-friendly organizing strategies is extensive.
Christy’s education background is in management and music business.
She is originally from Seattle, but after 13 years in Tennessee, she has made her home in Beaverton with her husband and daughter for the last 11 years. Christy currently serves organizing clients out in Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard.
Gwen Montgomery loves helping people setting up their space for success, and is known for her big heart and friendly demeanor. With a background in preschool teaching, she works wonderfully with our youngest clients and their families, helping them get organized while making the project fast and fun.
Gwen also has extensive experience working in offices and helping seniors downsize. She loves tackling big stacks of paper and getting new filing and paper management systems set up.
Gwen has her degree from Portland State University, and currently lives in NE Portland, where she enjoys walking her dog and traveling to places both near and far.
Catherine Dart has been working as a professional organizer for more than 4 years, and she truly loves helping clients part with the clutter that weighs them down. She has an eye for design and is great at helping homeowners pick out the perfect containers for their pantry or the right shelves to install in a bathroom. Her favorite space to organize is the kitchen, since she’s passionate about cooking, and is an expert at setting up efficient and beautiful kitchens for at-home cooks.
Catherine came to the Pacific Northwest 20 years ago after spending time in New York. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, running, doing yoga and spending time with her husband and two older kids. She also has an art studio, where she plumbs away at reflecting the beauty and struggles around her through oil painting, pastels and stone sculptures.
Clients comment on Catherine’s warm and calming demeanor, as well as her ability to connect with others.
Jodie Brauer has more than a decade of experience organizing and brings with her an expertise in working with people going through the grieving process. Facilitating groups at the Dougy Center for the last 8 years, Jodie has seen and heard it all. This makes her especially skilled at working with those who have depression, anxiety or ADHD. Clients often comment on Jodie’s patient, compassionate approach and ability to draw on clients’ strengths.
Originally from North Dakota, Jodie has lived in Oregon for more than 25 years and considers herself an Oregonian. She lives in SE Portland with her teenage son and husband.
Jodie has a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Portland State University. Her passions include organizing, working in the grieving community, cooking and gardening.