What They're Saying
Genie in a Bottle: Since discovering Cathy Fairchild, a master at decluttering and moving, my education is now complete. Cathy is a certified decluttering expert whose talent, tenacity and fortitude will serve anyone who wants to learn what it means to collect, and what it means to declutter. With Cathy’s help, you can learn the skills of separating the treasures (10% or less) from the symbolic (90% or more) of all that fills your home, office, cottage, and garage. With Cathy’s methods and unwavering strength, you can clean up the clutter in your life once and for all. If you want to be free to move, travel, and invest your precious time in your family and friends, I highly recommend Cathy Fairchild. Hopefully you can find her before she disappears back into her bottle.
SW Michigan resident – July 2022
For the past several years, after experiencing a life-changing time in my life, I have been fortunate in knowing the uplifting, energizing, and practical organizing skills of Cathy Fairchild/Say Yes to Less. Cathy was recommended by a friend as I was inundated with objects involved in an estate pertaining to my own family.
From our first meeting, she proved that she could organize in 2 hours what would have taken me 2 weeks! That is what I tell others who ask about my experience with her. She is quick, yet considers my feelings as we categorize belongings; keep, give, dispose.... Each time she comes, I feel lighter and actually can SEE and enjoy my possessions. I don't know how I would have come this far without her expertise. She brings containers according to my needs and labels my files for easy access. I am an artist and have a large studio, which she and I organized (after 38 years in that space). I could tell Cathy what I need, leave the house, and it would be done quickly and perfectly.
She was also invaluable in organizing my son's belongings as he moved from my house. He has a video business and has an extensive assortment of equipment, along with personal belongings, to fit into the master suite of a home he is sharing.
I plan to be on Cathy's client list for the foreseeable future! I can't express enough my appreciation for her professional manner and invaluable help. I have given others my recommendation for her skills.
Birdie Rossow McElroy, South Bend, IN
I want to tell everyone how much the efforts that Cathy Fairchild put into staging a home for me meant. Some people think staging doesn’t matter, but I am here to tell you that IT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. Also, it is important to get a Professional like Cathy Fairchild to do it.
I listed a home at the same price that it had been listed by someone else for 6 months. No offers had come in during that time. I asked Cathy Fairchild to meet with my Sellers to help them stage their home. My Sellers did everything she suggested. The results were overwhelming. After Cathy came into the picture and put her professional touches to work, the home had 10 showings in 2 days and went under contract on the 3rd day. I can’t say enough good about Cathy Fairchild. You need to hire her for any home you want to have staged and you should seriously consider having all your homes staged by her. Wayne Birkey, Real Estate Agent, South Bend, IN
I had a very positive experience working with Cathy Fairchild.
For over 2 years, Cathy helped me clean and organize (room by room) our large home of 31 years. She had an amazing system to give order to the chaos of large, stuffed closets and rooms. I loved that I could work beside her...we accomplished so much in our 3 hours together each week! Whenever I struggled with hanging onto stuff, she had a great way of helping me decide. It was not all work...we laughed a lot!
Then 6 months before I moved cross country, our downsizing and organizing kicked into high gear. I honestly do not know how we cleaned out the garage and massive, packed basement in time...but we did! She also helped me coordinate the estate people, the movers, and the junk man. With Cathy as a partner, I was able to adhere to my timeline and walk out the door (my last day in South Bend) feeling that we had done the very best we could. I highly recommend the wonderful Cathy Fairchild and her "Say Yes to Less" business! DC (formerly of South Bend, IN)
We hired Cathy to help us declutter our house when we put it on the market. Without question, hiring her was the best decision we made in the process. She showed up with a great attitude, tons of wonderful advice and knowledge, all the requisite materials, and more. Not only did she help declutter, she also helped in staging our home. In what was a very stressful time, Cathy was one of the few bright spots; she really made our lives much easier. Our house sold, and we received many compliments on how well it "showed." We recommend her without reservation! LC (formerly of Granger, IN)
Our home is a more beautiful and more peaceful place because of Cathy's superb work with my wife and me. She helped us to make hard decisions - identifying what we needed, what we could give away or sell, and what could simply be discarded. Yet she did this with grace, humor, and a "light touch" that allowed us, in the end, to own our decision with a joyful heart. I will always be grateful for Cathy's professionalism, energy, and common sense, and I recommend her highly. Thank you, Cathy! ESL, Granger, IN
Cathy did a fantastic job helping us transition from a very spacious Texas apartment to a tiny, 500 sq. ft. New York City apartment. She helped us decide what was important to keep, donate, or throw away. There were a few non-negotiable items that I knew I wanted to make room for - and she created the space for it! She is very creative - she was able to use what we already had and make it look great! She has a knack for visualizing a room in a way that we never would have thought of ourselves.
Cathy's passion for organizing, de-cluttering, and simplifying shines through when she works. You can tell that she absolutely loves what she does, which makes it fun for the client, too! She never seems to run out of energy and always keeps you focused on the project at hand. What we thought would be an overwhelming project at first turned into a full day of laughter and fun! Emily K, New York City, NY
Cathy helped John, a family member, get ready to move to a retirement village in another state. The rest of the family did not see how this move was going to be possible since John had little emotional and physical ability to sort, toss, and organize. He had saved 75 years of possessions, including what he had taken from his parents' house. This organizing job seemed impossible. However, Cathy Fairchild worked miracles. She helped John work through the entire house, organizing what John would send to auction, donate to charity, throw away, and take with him to his new home. Emotionally, it was very hard for John to part with a lifetime of memories, but Cathy has an unbelievable talent for handling these situations. John's family was completely amazed when she helped John deal with the contents of the entire house so that he could put the house on the market. If it weren't for Cathy, John's move would probably have gone badly, if it had happened at all. Her fee is reasonable and she works quickly and efficiently. She earned every penny! Forever grateful to Cathy Fairchild. Linda M, San Jose, CA
This testimonial is challenging for me to write because I am afraid I will not do it justice. I hope I am able to fully express my gratitude to Cathy and her service, “Say Yes to Less.” My mother-in-law was moving out of her home after 60 years of memories and “stuff.” As the only family member assigned to this overwhelming task, I needed help! My daughter heard about Cathy and her gift for organizing and de-cluttering. As I worked with Cathy, she empowered me to make difficult decisions that I was left to make on my own. Because Cathy did not have the same emotional attachment, she was the balance I needed when letting go of “stuff.” I found Cathy kind, fair and so very hard working - a combination hard to find! I am forever grateful to Cathy for linking arms with me and tackling this daunting task. Ruth D, Plymouth
With Cathy's help, I began the huge project of completely overhauling my storage spaces at home. I was thrilled when Cathy arrived to help me with my library, which was so overstuffed and disorganized that books were stacked on the floor in front of the shelves, blocking access to some of the shelves. Cathy brought boxes, tape, trash bags, sticky notes, and a deep intelligence about how to work with the space. I rid myself of 160 books that I had read or was not going to read, got all the books organized by genre, and cleared the floor! This project gave me the momentum to tackle my closets and drawers. I can honestly say that Cathy gave me the tools and the motivation to organize my home and "say yes to less!" Mickey H, South Bend
Cathy’s services have been a Godsend to me personally and to my clients. I’ve found that so many people feel overwhelmed by the clutter in their worlds that they shut down and begin to drown in it. The shame and depression that accompanies that doesn’t go away with therapy alone—they need to get a handle on their environments. Cathy comes in with an unflappable “can do” attitude that sets them at ease but moves them through their blocks. As a holistic practitioner, I have found that Cathy’s services are another healing component beyond mind/body/spirit that help me to help my clients regain balance in their lives. And the feedback about her from my clients has been incredibly positive. Katie S, South Bend
Cathy has a great knack for "editing"! She helped me pare down my art supplies which in turn really helped my creative juices flow! I now have distinct and organized work stations for all the different art I like to make! As a bonus, Cathy is a lot of fun to work with! I actually look forward to more organizing with her! Erin T, Granger
When faced with a big project, I have an intractable habit of telling myself I can’t just go ahead and do it, I have to plan exactly how I will do it, step by step. Things must be done methodically, in a particular manner, in a particular order, else chaos will rule, I believe. This belief is rarely useful because I tend to get bogged down on one task and the whole project comes to a halt. This is what happened to me recently when I had to move from my apartment to a new home across town. I told myself all my papers had to be carefully organized before they could be filed and boxed for the move. I had to label all the wires of my A/V equipment so I would know what goes where when I’m ready to reconnect them. My huge stacks of books, piles of clothes, shelves full of tools had to be meticulously sorted and labeled before they could be moved. “No worries, I’ll get it done,” I told myself. After all, when I started out I had plenty of time to make the move, nearly two months.
This is the story of my life: Good intentions, too much value placed on “things,” extreme procrastination, excessive planning, myriad undone projects and failed expectations, all resulting in the chaos I had fastidiously plotted to avoid. The pattern is familiar and pervasive, but I regard it as real only in the rear-view mirror; I never believe it will strike again. When I finally, reluctantly admitted to myself I needed help with the move and called Cathy Fairchild, I had only one week left. What had been just another item on my impossibly long to-do list a month earlier had become a real emergency. I felt overwhelmed, hopeless.
I called Cathy on a Thursday afternoon and explained my desperate plight. Fortunately she wasn’t already booked. She arrived at my apartment with an assistant the very next morning and we spent the entire day boxing everything I owned and began transporting it to my house. The next day, a Saturday(!), and again on Monday, Cathy arrived with two assistants. I had a jam-packed three-bedroom apartment, and a two-car garage so full I couldn’t park my car in it. The job of moving was even bigger than I had anticipated, but by Monday evening it was all but done. I was exhausted, relieved, grateful and elated.
Since that first emergency intervention, I’ve hired Cathy to help me organize my new house, my garage, and over 20 banker’s boxes of paper files. Cathy is an organizer, an advisor, a coach, and a doer. She doesn’t make decisions for me, but she helps me make decisions then she helps me carry them out immediately. I have thrown out literally hundreds of pounds of paper and donated half a dozen van-loads of unwanted stuff to Goodwill. What remains is more easily manageable. I have several more jobs lined up for Cathy. Each tangled mess I sort out with her assistance brings me closer to a feeling of mastery over my things, and my life. Tim H, South Bend
Cathy helped me look at my collections in a new way. As a visual artist, I see almost everything as an object in a yet-to-be-painted still life. Cathy stepped in to help me set limits on my collections and art supplies. She taught me ways to store these things so that I can actually find them! Her pleasant personality and non-judgmental attitude eased the pain of parting with extra "stuff" and clutter. Jackie W, South Bend