Organized by Helen was formed out of a desire to help people create space and time in their lives for what they value most. Owner Helen Austen is a professional organizer, productivity expert and national speaker who—along with her team—provides solid tools, systems and solutions that offer real direction for families and businesses.
Having worked with clients all over the United States, Helen serves as the resident expert organizer on Kansas City Live and her work has also been featured in Woman’s World Magazine and on KCTV5, Fox4KC, KMBC Channel 9, NBC Action News 41, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate show Central Standard and many more. Clients benefit from her dedication, as she seeks to fully understand each individual’s personality, needs and habits. This, in turn, offers better chances at success in getting—and staying—organized.
“I love helping empower people to live full and happy lives,” explains Helen. “It’s at the very core of who I am. And I’m fortunate I get to do this through organizing and coaching.”
Organizing is more about the individual, not the stuff that’s overwhelming. It’s about improving efficiency and function. And it’s about alleviating stress and finding peace of mind. Here, at Organized by Helen, you’ll find a judgment-free zone.
“Nothing surprises me anymore; I’ve just about heard and seen it all,” explains founder Helen Austen. “My background in counseling really prepared me for this job. We’re all human and have our challenges. I accept people for who they are and where they’re at in life.”
Letting someone else see your clutter can feel embarrassing. And sharing personal or financial information can be unsettling. That’s why we work hard to ensure each client feels comfortable with us. From hoarding situations to sensitive business matters, discretion and confidentiality is our number one goal.
Meet Our Team
Helen Austen, M.S.
Lead Professional Organizer, Productivity Consultant & National Speaker
Helen Austen holds a Master’s degree in Human Services with a graduate certificate in Professional Counseling. Prior to becoming a full-time professional organizer, Helen served as center director and counselor for a non-profit helping young families in crisis.
In January of 2017, Helen became the resident expert organizer on Kansas City’s NBC affiliate show, Kansas City Live. Helen’s work has also been featured in Woman’s World Magazine, KCTV5, Fox4KC, KMBC Channel 9, NBC Action News 41, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate show Central Standard and many more.
Helen has two sons, one whom she foster/adopted through the foster care system in 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.
Michelle has a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration but gave up her career to be a homeschool mom. While working part-time, she homeschooled her three children for nine years, and during that time, sharpened her organizational skills. Two of her children have since graduated, and the youngest is now in middle school. In addition to her three biological children, she also has four step-children, including a stepdaughter with cerebral palsy, confined to a wheelchair. When Michelle isn’t organizing professionally, she works from home with her husband James as an SEO content writer for real estate websites. Organization of time and space is a must for Michelle with her jobs and large blended family, and she genuinely enjoys sharing organizational tips and tricks from her personal experiences.
Kelly O’Halloran has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Family Studies from Kansas State University. She has worked in the Human Resources field for nearly a decade where she’s been able to gain a great deal of sensitivity and care for confidentiality, attention to detail, and a passion for helping people. When she’s not working, Kelly enjoys watching her stepchildren play sports, a good Netflix binge, and spoiling her adorable niece.
Brittani Wheeler Rhoades has a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management and worked most of her career as a personal chef and restaurant manager, and currently works as a volunteer coordinator in the field of low-income senior care. Both careers involve time management and the ability to focus on what matters first without getting distracted by the rest. She has a lifelong dedication to caring for people and wanting to enjoy the little moments that happen when they’re least expected. She is quick with a joke and optimistic outlook, is the mother of two girls who love tutus, baseball, and rocket ships.
Kristin Lamarre is originally from Michigan where she worked as a Master Stylist at a salon for ten years before switching gears and becoming a Professional Organizer. She is always up for throwing creativity into what she does and strongly believes that communication, care, and attention to detail are key to a job well done. “Do the next thing” and “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” are mantras she works to live by and strives to find gratitude where she can.
Emily Tomlins has been a household manager and nanny for over 12 years. She’s skilled at creating creative systems for busy households and loves to help kids create order in their own spaces. In her spare time, she enjoys nurturing her green thumb and spending time with friends, family and her dog, Winnie.