• LO Neighbors: Top 10 Moving Tips By Catherine LeJeal of Escape Your Chaos™

    Escape Your Chaos™  During Moves  




    MOVING:  The word strikes terror in the heart of the brave. Whether you are moving by choice into your dream home or being forced into a move by an unwanted life change, moving can be traumatic for you, your life, your family and your belongings. 


    Let’s look at my 10 top tips: 


     1.  SIMPLIFY: Is a year in advance to early to begin? No!  If you have advance notice 6    

          months to a year before the move, get started by hiring a professional organizer to go 

          through the home with you step by step, inch by inch. Why pay to move something you no 

          longer need or want. Books are heavy and most are available on Kindle or at 

          your library. Remember “Love It, Use It or LOSE IT™” (Keep the First Editions, wink)


    2.  DON’T PANIC: Even if you have short notice, Keep Calm. Keep what you cherish. Keep 

         what you use. Keep your memories. This is not the time to throw away all your baby 

          photos and year books. Believe me, I did that and have regretted it ever since. 


    3. KODAK MOMENTS: Take lots of photos. You may think you have photos but in most of them 

        your home was in the background. This time go room by room and really photograph e

         everything, inside cupboards, medicine cabinets, linen closets, drawers, garage, attic, 

         basement. What’s on your walls and on your patio. This will be valuable for many reasons. 

         For insurance purposes in case of damaged goods. To help you remember how you 

         like those books you didn’t give away arranged on your shelves and for memories. 


    4.  PACKING: Professional move assisters can be life savers when you need to be at work 

         everyday. You can begin early packing the belongings you don’t use regularly. Stack 

         boxes in a garage or storage unit. This helps clear your home out for staging if it’s 

         for sale and helps you feel like you’ve got a good handle on the situation. *My favorite 

         freebies are produce boxes. They are sturdy, have handles, lids, don’t need taping 

         and stack perfectly. Call your local market produce department to reserve. 



    5.  CLEANING: Leaving a rental? Check with management. Sometimes it’s less expensive to 

         pay the cleaning fees than to have your place professionally cleaned or taking your valuable 

         time to do it.  DO have your new place professionally cleaned before you move in. Nothing 

         feels better than staring out fresh. 


    6. LEAVING ON A JET PLANE:  Pack a suitcase for each family member, and pet, as if they 

        were going on a 2 week vacation. Hopefully it won’t take 2 weeks to be settled but

        emergencies can come up that delay progress. My daughter had 3 emergency kidney     

        surgeries right after I recently moved. I lived out of my suitcase for about 3 weeks.


    7. BOX #1: Is one of the last boxes to get packed because it’s the stuff you use everyday. Ex: 

        Your favorite fry pan, toaster, blender, salt and pepper, toilet paper, paper towels, bath towels, 

        sheets, pillows and blankets for beds.

  • Lake Oswego Review: Woman Helps Escape Home Clutter, Chaos

    Is your house filled with chaos? Are cupboards cluttered and closets crammed so tight doors won't close?

    Catherine LeJeal can help. She is an expert at de-cluttering and organizing; her business, Escape Your Chaos, http://www.EscapeYourChaos.com is dedicated to organizing and staging homes for sale, providing packing/unpacking service and helping clients settle into their new home after a move.

    "Nothing is more important than living a joyful life," LeJeal said. She believes that eliminating chaos and living a more orderly, organized life can improve life for an entire household.

    Three years ago LeJeal had to move from her 5,000-square-foot home into a 700-square-foot apartment in one weekend. She was overwhelmed with decisions of which family treasures she could take with her.

    "It's an emotional tsunami when you find you have to do this — it isn't easy," she said. "We are nesting creatures, we love our stuff."

    LeJeal helps people make decisions on what belongings to keep, what to sell and what to toss. It boils down to two simple mottos: "Love it, use it or lose it" and "Everything must have multiple purposes."

    As an example, a stack of suitcases brought back from Singapore are used as decorative pieces but also hold games. A desk doubles as a buffet table, baskets serve as filing drawers.

    The apartment is full, but not cluttered, and LeJeal warns there is a fine balance between cluster and clutter.

    "Remember you are creating your own joy," she said. "Everything you see in your home should bring joy and have a purpose."

    In addition to the home decorating services, LeJeal provides life and transition coaching and website design and marketing services and emergency storage services.

    What does she like most about her work?

    "Providing strong guidance for my clients in all areas of their needs," she said. "Decorating, organizing, packing, unpacking, settle their new home. Seeing the smile and sometimes tears of joy as they escape their chaos."

    Learn more online at http://www.escapeyourchaos.com or call 503-805-5880.


  • Embark on Your New Year's Organizing Journey with Escape Your Chaos

    "Embark on Your New Year's Organizing Journey with Escape Your Chaos"

    As we step into the New Year, the desire to declutter, set new goals, and bring order into our lives becomes a common theme. Whether it's your home, office, storage areas or personal space, you may be eager to organize and streamline for a fresh start. In this pursuit, hiring professionals can make a significant difference, and we believe our team at "Escape Your Chaos" is the perfect choice.

    Discovering the Chaos:

    At the core of any organizing endeavor lies the recognition of chaos. At Escape Your Chaos, we excel at identifying and addressing the areas of your life that may be causing stress and disorder. Our team of experts understands that achieving your goals and maintaining a balanced life often begins with a clutter-free and organized environment.

    Tailored Solutions for You:

    We don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we take the time to understand your unique needs, preferences, and lifestyle. Whether you're looking to revamp your living space, optimize your workspace, or enhance personal productivity, our personalized solutions cater to your specific goals.

    Professional Guidance:

    What sets Escape Your Chaos apart is our team of seasoned professionals. Trained in the art of organizing, our experts bring a wealth of knowledge and innovative ideas to the table. From spatial optimization to time management strategies, our skills are honed to create a harmonious and efficient living or working environment tailored to your needs.

    New Year, New Beginnings – Your Way:

    The beginning of a new year is symbolic of fresh starts and new beginnings. With Escape Your Chaos, you can kickstart this journey by adopting a comprehensive approach to organization. Whether you're planning to declutter your home for a more serene living space or seeking to boost productivity in your workplace, our services align perfectly with your New Year's resolutions.

    Stress-Free Organizing, Just for You:

    The process of organizing can be overwhelming, but with Escape Your Chaos, it becomes a stress-free experience. Our team handles the logistics, planning, and execution, allowing you to focus on the positive changes that organization brings to your life. Say goodbye to chaos and hello to a more streamlined, serene existence, tailored just for you.

    Testimonials that Resonate:

    Numerous satisfied clients have attested to the transformative impact of Escape Your Chaos. The positive testimonials highlight not only the effectiveness of our services but also the dedication and professionalism of our team. Real stories from real people demonstrate the tangible results that come with partnering with Escape Your Chaos.

    Embrace Your Life of Order:

    As the New Year dawns, we invite you to embrace a life of order and organization with Escape Your Chaos as your reliable partner. We offer tailored solutions, professional expertise, and a commitment to helping you achieve your New Year's organizing goals. Say farewell to chaos and usher in a year of clarity, simplicity, and achievement with Escape Your Chaos by your side.

    Contact Escape Your Chaos today to schedule your sessions: 503-805-5880 


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  • Bedroom Beauty & Tranquility: Simplify with Escape Your Chaos

    Bedroom Beauty & Tranquility: Simplify with Escape Your Chaos

    Hey there, dreamer! Tired of chaos in your bedroom? Escape Your Chaos is here to transform it into a peaceful sanctuary. Let's save time, money, and your sanity, focusing on specific areas.

    Restoring Serenity

    Escape Your Chaos turns your bedroom into a haven. We'll declutter, making space for relaxation and better sleep.

    Save Time: Easy Mornings

    Lost items? We'll help you find what you need, streamlining your morning routine for a more organized day.

    Save Money: Wardrobe Wisdom

    Avoid impulsive purchases. Our wardrobe organization saves you money and time spent searching for clothes.

    Save Your Sanity: Personal Retreat

    Imagine entering your bedroom as a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation, instead of a stress-inducing mess. Escape Your Chaos is your key to bedroom serenity. We'll help you declutter your bedroom, creating a space where you can unwind, sleep soundly, and wake up refreshed.

    Life's Simple Pleasures

    Escape Your Chaos simplifies life, emphasizing the joy of a beautiful bedroom and peaceful sleep 

    Your Dream Bedroom Awaits

    Say goodbye to chaos and hello to serenity. We're not just organizers; we're your partners in creating a personal oasis. Reclaim your bedroom serenity with Escape Your Chaos. Your dream bedroom is just a call away! 

    Contact Catherine for your first in person or virtual session: 503-805-5880 

    Licensed Bonded Insured CCB# 205698

  • Recipe for a Joyful Life - Escape Your Chaos in the Kitchen

     Is your kitchen more chaos than calm, leaving you with a recipe for stress rather than success? You're not alone. Kitchens can be ground zero for clutter but fear not, because Escape Your Chaos is here to transform your kitchen into a haven of organization, efficiency, and pure joy. Let's embark on a journey to save time, save money, and most importantly, save your sanity, all starting in your kitchen.

    Cooking Up Zen

    Picture your kitchen as a sanctuary where you cook and create with ease, instead of a battleground filled with clutter. Escape Your Chaos is your secret ingredient for culinary zen. We'll help you declutter your kitchen, creating a space where you can cook, bake, and savor the joy of making delicious meals.

    Save Time: Say Goodbye to the Scavenger Hunt

    Time is your most valuable kitchen tool, and a chaotic kitchen can steal it away. How many times have you searched for misplaced utensils, ingredients, or pots and pans, wasting precious minutes? Escape Your Chaos is your time-saving recipe. With our help, you'll instantly find what you need, streamline your cooking routine, and focus on the joy of creating in the kitchen.

    Save Money: No More Food Wastage

    Chaos can lead to a wasteful kitchen, where you lose track of ingredients, and perishables go bad. How many times have you thrown away spoiled food or bought duplicates of items you already had but couldn't find? Escape Your Chaos is your guardian against wastage. We'll create an organized system that prevents food and money from going down the drain. Saving money isn't just about pinching pennies; it's about mindful cooking and grocery shopping.

    Save Your Sanity: A Peaceful Cooking Oasis

    If a chaotic kitchen has you pulling your hair out instead of stirring the sauce, you're not alone. The mess can mess with your culinary creativity, leading to stress and frustration. Escape Your Chaos is your recipe for regaining your cooking sanity. With our kitchen organizing prowess, you'll rediscover the joy of cooking. A well-organized kitchen brings tranquility and culinary clarity, making your kitchen a place of peaceful creativity.

    Life's Simple Pleasures

    Escape Your Chaos isn't just about organizing your kitchen; it's about simplifying your life and savoring every culinary moment. It's about shedding the unnecessary to make room for what truly matters - the joy of cooking, creating, and sharing meals with loved ones. It's the art of mindful cooking and intentional living.

    Your Kitchen of Joy Awaits

    Say goodbye to chaos in the kitchen and hello to a happier, more delicious life. We're not just a kitchen organizing service; we're your culinary partner in a life makeover. We're the folks who help you reclaim your time, your money, and your cooking sanity. It's like having a cookbook filled with recipes for a better kitchen and a happier life.

    So, why wait? The recipe for a more joyful life starts with that first step into your organized kitchen. Reach out to us - Escape Your Chaos today and let our team guide you to a life free from the grip of clutter and chaos, starting in the heart of your home - the kitchen. Save time, save money, and save your sanity with us. Your kitchen of joy is just a call away!

    Call Catherine 503-805-5880 to schedule your in person or virtual appointments 

  • Escape Your Chaos: The Path to a More Joyful Life

     Escape Your Chaos: The Path to a More Joyful Life

    In the whirlwind of daily life, it's all too easy to find ourselves drowning in clutter, disarray, and the never-ending quest for more space. The chaos in our homes and offices can weigh us down, making it difficult to find peace and happiness. This is where our family owned Escape Your Chaos Organizing & So Much More LLC steps in, offering not just organizing services, but a gateway to a more joyful life. With our expert guidance, you can save time, save money, and most importantly, save your sanity.

    Embrace the Power of Organization

    If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the mess around you, you're not alone. The modern world bombards us with possessions and responsibilities, leaving our living spaces cluttered and chaotic. Escape Your Chaos knows that organization is the key to a more harmonious existence. We will help you streamline your environment, making it a serene sanctuary where you can thrive.

    Save Time: Efficiency is the Key

    Time is our most precious resource, a disorganized life can eat it up in countless ways. The constant search for lost items, the endless cleaning, and the stress of never finding what you need when you need it all take their toll on your time and energy. Escape Your Chaos helps you reclaim this invaluable resource. With a well-organized home or workspace, you can instantly find what you're looking for, streamline your daily routines, and focus on the things that truly matter.

    Save Money: Goodbye Wasted Expenses

    Chaos often leads to wasted resources. How many times have you bought something you already had but couldn't find? How often have you incurred late fees or fines due to misplaced bills or important documents? The cost of chaos can add up quickly. Escape Your Chaos will help you take control of your finances by creating a system that eliminates unnecessary spending and financial disarray. Saving money is not just about cutting costs but also about making sure you're aware of your financial situation and can plan for the future with ease.

    Save Your Sanity: A Peaceful Haven

    Perhaps the most critical aspect of the Escape Your Chaos experience is the restoration of your peace of mind. A disorganized environment can lead to stress, anxiety, and an overwhelming sense of chaos in your life. With their professional organizing services, you'll regain your sanity. The tranquility of a well-organized space fosters a sense of calm that transcends the physical world, offering you mental clarity and emotional well-being.

    The Joy of Simplicity

    Escape Your Chaos doesn't just provide organizing services; they offer a blueprint for a simpler, more joyful life. By embracing organization, you'll discover the freedom that comes from decluttering and simplifying your surroundings. It's about shedding the unnecessary to make room for what truly matters. This process extends beyond your physical spaces, transforming your entire life.

    Make the Change Today

    Don't let chaos hold you back from living the life you deserve. Escape Your Chaos is your partner in reclaiming your time, your money, and your sanity. Embrace the power of organization, and embark on the journey to a more joyful life.

    The path to a more harmonious existence starts with a single step. Contact Escape Your Chaos today, and let their expert team guide you toward a life free from the burdens of clutter, disorganization, and chaos. Save time, save money, and save your sanity with Escape Your Chaos. Your joyful life awaits.  

    Call 503-805-5880 to chat about your goals and schedule your first session

  • Escape Your Chaos LLC Organizing & So Much More for Garage and Storage Units


    Is your garage or storage unit a never-ending labyrinth of clutter and chaos? Do you struggle to find what you need, wasting precious time and money in the process? If so, you're not alone. Many of us face the challenge of keeping these spaces organized and efficient. But fear not, there's a solution – Escape Your Chaos, a professional organizing service designed to transform your garage or storage unit into a streamlined and functional space that will save you both time and money.

    Escape Your Chaos: Your Organizing Partner

    Escape Your Chaos is more than just an organizing service; we are your partner in decluttering and maximizing your storage spaces. Our team of experts understands that a disorganized garage or storage unit can be a major source of stress and inefficiency in your life. That's why we offer tailored solutions to tackle these spaces, so you can finally regain control.

    Save Time: Find What You Need When You Need It

    One of the most frustrating aspects of a cluttered garage or storage unit is the time wasted searching for items. With Escape Your Chaos, you can wave goodbye to those moments of frustration. Our organizing professionals will work with you to sort, categorize, and label your belongings, making it easy to locate anything at a glance. No more endless digging through boxes or shuffling items around – save time by having a well-organized space.

    Save Money: Avoid Repurchasing Lost Items

    Lost in the clutter, you may not even realize what you own or what you've forgotten about. This can lead to repurchasing items you already have, which is a costly mistake. Escape Your Chaos will help you unearth forgotten treasures and possessions, allowing you to make the most of what you already own. This means fewer trips to the store, less money spent, and a more sustainable approach to your belongings.

    Customized Solutions: Your Space, Your Way

    Escape Your Chaos understands that no two garages or storage units are the same. What works for one person may not work for another. That's why we offer personalized solutions tailored to your unique needs and preferences. Whether it's creating a designated workspace, maximizing vertical storage, or setting up a dedicated sports gear area, their team will help you design a space that suits your lifestyle.

    Embrace a Stress-Free Lifestyle

    An organized garage or storage unit isn't just about saving time and money; it's also about reducing stress. Clutter can weigh heavily on your mind and create a sense of chaos in your life. Escape Your Chaos will not only transform your physical space but also bring peace and tranquility to your daily routine.


    Escape Your Chaos is your trusted partner in conquering the chaos of your garage or storage unit. By enlisting their expertise, you can save time, save money, and embrace a stress-free, organized lifestyle. Don't let clutter and chaos dictate your life any longer – take the first step toward a more efficient and peaceful existence by reaching out to Escape Your Chaos today by calling 503-805-5880 

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  • Declutter, Decorate, & Delight: Why You Should Hire Escape Your Chaos Organizing & So Much More Before the Holidays

    The holiday season is fast approaching, let Escape Your Chaos Organizing & So Much More  make it stress-free and enjoyable for you and your family.

    Prepare for Festive Decorating: Escape Your Chaos will declutter your space, providing a clean canvas for holiday decor. We can also bring your decor out of storage and decorate your home beautifully for you

    Stress-Free Hosting: You will enjoy decluttered kitchen and living areas for easy hosting

    Efficient Storage Solutions: Maximize storage ideas for new gifts and decorations

    Enjoy the Holidays: With a clutter-free home, you can focus on making memories

    Fresh Start for the New Year: Start the year with a clean, organized space

    Don't miss out – contact Escape Your Chaos Organizing & So Much More today for a hassle-free holiday season! 

    Call Catherine 503-805-5880 to schedule your first session today 

  • The Transformative Power of Professional Organizing: Escape Your Chaos

    In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it's easy to find ourselves drowning in clutter, struggling to maintain order in our homes and offices. We accumulate possessions over the years, but as our spaces become increasingly chaotic, we lose the precious commodities of time and peace of mind. That's where professional organizers come to the rescue, and one company stands out as a beacon of organization in Portland, Oregon - Escape Your Chaos.

    Finding What You Need When You Need It

    Imagine a world where you can effortlessly find what you need when you need it, where your living spaces are a haven of tranquility, and where your work environment enhances productivity. Escape Your Chaos turns this vision into a reality. With their dedicated team of organizers and handymen, they provide a comprehensive solution to declutter, simplify, and organize your home, office, garage, and storage spaces.

    Experience the Before and After

    The transformation that Escape Your Chaos brings is nothing short of remarkable. Before their expert touch, spaces may be filled with clutter, disorganization, and stress. After their meticulous work, you'll find an organized, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing environment that soothes your soul and simplifies your life.

    Your Trusted Partner in Organization

    Escape Your Chaos is more than just a professional organizing service; they are a licensed, bonded, and insured company (CCB# 205698) with a General Contractor License. This added layer of protection ensures that they can tackle home repairs as needed, providing an all-encompassing solution for your organization needs.

    Accessibility for All

    Whether you're in the heart of Portland or miles away, Escape Your Chaos has you covered. They offer hands-on organizing sessions for local clients, allowing you to work closely with their team. For long-distance clients, virtual appointments are available, ensuring that everyone can benefit from their expertise.

    Your Time and Peace of Mind Are Priceless

    Escape Your Chaos recognizes that your time and peace of mind are invaluable. By investing in their professional organizing services, you're not only reclaiming your physical space but also freeing yourself from the stress and frustration that disorganization can bring. It's an investment in your well-being and productivity.

    Contact Escape Your Chaos Today

    Don't let chaos rule your life any longer. Reach out to Escape Your Chaos today and embark on a transformative journey toward a more organized, efficient, and peaceful existence.

    Escape Your Chaos is here to help you escape the clutter and chaos, allowing you to focus on what truly matters in life. Your journey to a more organized and harmonious life begins with a simple call.

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