Delighted Clients

  • "Laura assisted us in creating a database to store important information for our business.  Laura guided us in finding pocket pc's that have virtually changed our professional and personal lives and the way we organize.  Laura was very patient with us as we moved from having little scraps of paper all over our desks to having critical information at our fingertips whenever our clients have a request.  Thanks Laura.  The benefits of your service and expertise are immeasurable."   - Noel & Dave Stockman, Crescendo Concierge...
  • "Thank you for the hard work it took in getting the 'Pluntze' move organized. The Eliminate Chaos team took time to understand the situation and any concerns or questions on how to make things run more smoothly. Moving two people who are well into their 70's is tough. Your team showed up on time, ready to go and with a positive attitude. We all warmed up to your team right away. Truthfully, we were a little sad when the time came to say farewell." - Kate & Barry Steinleger -Anne & Jack Pluntze
    "Eliminate Chaos made unpacking as 'easy' as any move can possibly be. From unpacking boxes, organizing drawers and cupboards, assembling furniture, and breaking down boxes they were always willing and able to do whatever was necess...
  • “Laura’s knowledge of the vast capabilities of Outlook was amazing. I learned more from her in 30 minutes about organizing within Outlook than I had been able to figure out on my own in 10 years.”       

    - Kevin Howard, The Howard Group, Inc.
  • "I worked with Erin, one of the specialists who works with the Chronically Disorganized (hoarders). In a word, she was fantastic. In four 4-hour sessions, she helped me go through and box up (keep, donate, trash) almost everything that was stacked up in my kitchen, dining room, office, and bonus room. Erin arrived promptly. We went over what I wanted to accomplish that day, then we got to work. She was focused, calm, non-judgmental, and tireless. She faced very dirty circumstances and didn't bat an eyelash. She never once caused me a moment of anxiety; the relief that I felt when we were done was amazing. And Laura Leist, who is the owner of Eliminate Chaos, was lovely. She returned my calls promptly, was kind and understanding, and offered me some options. I would hire this company again ...
  • "Thank you for your contribution to the Administrative Assistant's Conference.  From my perspective, your presence, demeanor and skill contributed to a higher caliber conference than would have been possible without you."

    - Emily McGrath, Director of Professional Development - PNAIS (Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools)    ...
  • "Every day I walk into my back bedroom and feel as if I have a new home.  What a difference 8 hours of uncluttering can do to a room.  It's awesome - and a pleasure to spend time there now.  It has also given me the push to make sure the rest of my place is up to snuff."  Your very loyal fan!   - Thurbon Tukey...
  • "Laura saved my sanity and helped my home-based business immeasurably.  She has a unique ability to tackle the logistical problem head-on while dealing with the stress and frustration created by the situation simultaneously.  I could not recommend anymore more strenuously!" - M.K. ...
  • "I got my car in the garage today!!  No more scraping ice off.  I can't thank you enough - you are my hero.  I'm telling everyone about your service." - Kim Gillespie ...
  • “Nancy & Tina are a delight- thoroughly professional, fun to be around, very helpful and absolutely delightful people.”   -H. S., Bellevue    ...
  • "Laura Leist provided our members with common sense techniques on how to organize one's business and personal life in these times of avalanches of information.  We are very appreciative and recommend her as a speaker and workshop facilitator." - Bill Vadino, Executive Director,  Kirkland Chamber of Commerce ...
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Laura Leist, CPO, MOS, CRTS (Certified Professional Organizer, Microsoft Office Specialist, Certified Relocation Transition Specialist)
Founder, President and Chief Organizing and Productivity Consultant


Since launching Eliminate Chaos in 2000, Laura Leist has walked her own talk about getting more done to allow “More Time for Life®.”  A poster child for gettingmuch accomplished, this self-described overachiever and award-winning entrepreneur has grown what was once a one-woman show into a thriving business. She has also written eight books, including the newest release –

Eliminate the Chaos at Work: 25 Techniques to Increase Productivity (Wiley 2011.) 


Today Eliminate Chaos operates five divisions – speaking, business, home offices,

residential organizing, and relocations for residential/commercial clients.


Appreciative clients include CEOs of multi-billion dollar corporations, paper-and-systems-fatigued law offices, high-profile authors, speakers, athletes and media personalities, solopreneurs, and divas of domesticity.  Though they come from all walks of life and work, they all share a universal need to invest in professional help to escape the clutter, disorganization and lack of productivity that slows them down, steals valuable time from their lives, and puts a crimp on their upside earning potential.


Eliminate Chaosemploys productivity and organization specialists who are united in their belief that everyone can enjoy life more if they just get organized first.  Laura sets the example for the team. She has the rare ability to serve as a strategic, big-picture thinker AND handle the most complicated, detailed projects without letting anything slip through the cracks.


Laura’s IT Experience Eliminates Chaos at Work

Laura's education, training, and dynamic background in information technology bring welcome calm to the technology storm. Her proven ability to streamline processes was rewarded early in her career when she was recognized as the employee of the year for SAFECO Surety.  For over a decade Laura designed computer systems to manage work processes and information to help employees store and retrieve information quickly.  What makes her contribution to client success so valuable is the combination of her prior career experience and her gift for explaining how to make the most of technology in a non-geek-speak way.


Creating Order Out of Chaos So Clients Find What They Need Fast

Clients come to Laura overwhelmed by technology tools and the steep learning curves associated with making the most of them. Laura consults with clients about their business processes and creates custom productivity systems.  As a result, clients gain control and mastery over mobile devices, customer relationship management tools, and file sharing systems that save them valuable time and make life a whole lot easier.  For those for whom technology tools were once a challenge, this is cause for celebration.


Clients Rave

Client’s rave about how the company delivers on its promises.  Laura and the entire Eliminate Chaos team listen compassionately and deliver systems, professional advice and customized organization and productivity solutions that really work.  Best of all, they can be easily and seamlessly maintained.  Clients breathe a sigh of relief as they put into practice systems created just for them that deliver practical, priceless, and life changing benefits.


Success by the Numbers

After a decade of dramatic growth that spans the dot-com bubble burst of 2001 and the Great Recession of 2008, Laura has built a company that is proud to have served thousands of clients.  They sing the praises about how the power of organization, systems, processes, and logical work flow has changed their lives, advanced their careers, and saved hours of frustration.  Along the way, Laura has:


·   Earnedtens of thousands of fans of her eight books that guide people to eliminate chaos, including her newest book Eliminate the Chaos at Work: 25 Techniques to Increase Productivity  (Wiley 2011) released in March of 2011.

·   Presented 500 seminars, keynotes, and speeches about business productivity and organization in the workplace and at home to appreciative audiences across the nation and internationally.

·   Given 300 media interviews to publications such as Entrepreneur, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Real Simple, Chicago Tribune, Family Circle, MSN Real Estate, Cosmopolitan, Balance, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance,  Fidelity,  the Seattle Times, 425 Magazine and more.

·   Served in four board positions for the National Association of Professional Organizer (NAPO) since 2004, including the top position of president.  In addition, she earned the NAPO Shining Star Award, recognizing her vision, project management, leadership in redesigning the NAPO website.

·   Written five books on Microsoft Outlook and Business Contact Manager; helping thousands become more productive utilizing this tool at work.

·   Influenced hundreds of people to enter the profession and enjoy rewarding careers as organizing or productivity professionals.

·   Shown thousands of people the value in acting on market opportunities for electronic information organizing to earn a great living.

·   Been among the first in the nation to earn the prestigious Certified Professional Organizer, CPO® designation and a company leader who is proud to employ several team members who have followed her lead.

·   Earned a degree in management information systems from Washington State University and a certificate in Software Product Management the University of Washington.

·   Earned recognition in 2001 as one of the 40 business executives under 40 years of age making a difference in the marketplace and the community by the Puget Sound Business Journal.


Laura’s Organizing Genius Took Root Early and by Necessity

Laura came by her organizing genius out of necessity.  From a very early age, Laura made sure her Mom – a visually impaired, music teacher -- could find what she needed when she needed it.  These early acts of service and love built a strong appreciation for form, function and order.  Today she and her team orchestrate beautiful and elegant organizing systems, processes, and work flows to create symphonies of order, productivity, and more.


What many would be surprised to learn is that while Laura’s home in Snohomish, WA is lovely and well organized, it is also a welcome haven for treasured pets (Bear {the Alaskan Malamute} and Chaos {the Bernese Mountain Dog}) and past four-legged family member’s Teddy and her beloved Saint Bernard named Mozart.


Mozart joined Laura at the same time she launched her company. With Laura’s training and focus on desired end results, Mozart quickly learned to stop at the door to have his paws wiped off.  He also learned to stay out of the living and dining room.  Setting up systems, boundaries and expectations paved the way for many happy, joyful moments with Mozart through the years, much like business systems and processes do for clients. She’ll quickly tell you that it is treasured moments in life that matter most and not the stuff.


Laura’s favorite place to travel is Hawaii. Lounging on a beach chair while holding a fruity drink adorned by a paper umbrella, Laura loves to read and do a lot of nothing while pondering beautiful sunsets with her husband Rob by her side.  They married on the well-ordered date of 9-10-11.


Click here to read what Laura's delighted clients have to say about her.


Laura's Delighted Clients



I have been using your services for many years now. It is because of your professionalism, efficiency and respect for your client, that I come back. You do not judge and you understand the emotion with organizing. Thank you so much for helping to make my lift a little more organized!

- T.T., Seattle


Laura provides easy tools and solutions that can improve your productivity so you can focus on growing your business. Her techniques are smart and simple to put into action straight away!


- Kelli, Shindig Events



This was my first introduction to one of Laura's workshops. Wow, what a wealth of information - Including tools that are in front of us, but nobody talks about.  I particularly enjoyed learning about e-mail templates and scheduling e-mail. I bought Laura's book, "Eliminate the Chaos at Work" and read half the book in my first sitting. It was packed full of useful information. I can't wait to put into practice all her useful tips!

Thank you Laura for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with Women Business Owners.”


-  Annette Bond, Frontier


“It was such a pleasure working with you and having you present to Women Business Owners. I appreciated how organized and responsive you were leading up to the presentation.  You gave a fantastic presentation that provided the attendees with useful information they could implement right away. The evaluations were very positive - people really got a lot out of your presentation. Thanks much!


-  Arden Clise,  Clise etiquette

“Laura's presentation was practical and inspirational. Her focus on what really matters, and it's not stuff, is empowering. Want to enjoy the peace of mind that simplicity brings--take Laura's class and begin your journey to eliminate chaos!”


-  Barbara, Leisure Care



I discovered that the amount of time I could save weekly multiplied by our billable hours would save my company the equivalent of my annual salary. It was eye-opening to say the least. These are techniques which can extend your productivity and revenue-generating time daily. I feel empowered to create more productivity within my day and still have time for family and friends.

-  Laura Doerfler, Five By Five Events


I am so appreciative of the expertise and ease in which Laura handles "my chaos". She is dynamite and seems to adapt to each situation.  I especially appreciate the sensitivity to my unique situation as the result of my stroke. :)


-  Anonymous



"THANK YOU for being a conduit for change of our most significant productivity improvement of the year!


Your recommendation paired with that I won a FREE year of Office 365 made the switch over a NO BRAINER, we did it and it’s awesome, shared calendars, real email access for all my teammates on all their devices (iPhone, iPad, laptop) as well as web access that my office manager uses on his mac.

I also switched over and use SkyDrive exclusively for my yearly docs and can now access them via iPad and iPhone as well as having all my important files backed up automatically all year long."


-       John Chen, CEO, Geoteaming



"I just wanted to thank you for an inspiring and touching Right-sizing presentation the other evening at the Fairwood Library.  I've been to several of your other presentations (the Master Builder series as well as those back in the IKEA days -  always useful information) but this one resonated with me.  Your personal story brought the message home.  Thank you so much for sharing and of course for the wealth of information."


- Lois Y.



”Laura's knowledge of workplace Chaos was evident, therefore allowing her to give some very quick and easy tips to eliminate or reduce chaos in the workplace, which I have found to be very valuable. Thank you Laura!"


- Tina, The Schaaf Group



"Laura was truly a delight! She provided our members and their guests with organizational "nuggets" they could apply that day, when they returned to their office or home. She is an Outlook "Guru" and a wonderful resource. I hope to have the opportunity to hear her speak again soon."


- Kristin, The Rainier Club



"Thank you so much for your detailed, inspiring class on E-mail Productivity Solutions for Outlook 2007."


 - Mari Waltz


"I am sitting here with a bit of filing to do but not too much.  Easily reaching for my seminar file… easily finding and dealing with expenses and year end planning this month…

Your help this year taught me a lot and made  a big difference in my life and I am grateful." 


- LeeAnn Huggins, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney   



“I highly recommend Eliminate Chaos for anyone who is looking to pull ahead in their productivity and process.”


-Elizabeth Van Moppes  


"The work Laura has done for us has required her to design and implement a process for the project, to listen well to our needs, goals and limitations, to work closely with members of our staff and to provide us with a plan of action we would undertake after our work with her was complete.  I always had complete confidence in her leadership and management.  In my interactions with outside vendors, I would rank Laura's level of service in the top 1%!    Laura delivers what she promises, on time on budget and with cheerfulness and a positive, uplifting attitude. 

I gain two things when I work with Laura:  organization and the tools and strategies to stay organized!  Laura knows the right products to use in our office and shows me how to use them.  She observes how we work and develops systems and tools to help us work more efficiently.  Laura holds herself to very high standards and it shows in her work!

Laura has always treated me and members of my staff with respect and kindness.  Laura has a special way of making us comfortable when working with her.  Laura is completely dependable and reliable.  She completes projects in the amount of time that she says it will take to complete them."


- MaryPat Cheng, Net Star Communications

"Laura assisted us in creating a database to store important information for our business.  Laura guided us in finding pocket PCs that have virtually changed our professional and personal lives and the way we organize.  Laura was very patient with us as we moved from having little scraps of paper all over our desks to having critical information at our fingertips whenever our clients have a request.  Thanks Laura.  The benefits of your service and expertise are immeasurable."

- Noel & Dave Stockman, Crescendo Concierge;

"If you can find 15 minutes extra each day - what would it be worth to you?  I have always considered myself pretty organized, so I was impressed with the ideas that Laura was able to show me that saved me the time each day.  Even just saving 20 minutes a day is a big deal.  That is enough time for me to connect with a new client or spend time with my daughters."


- Bill Brooks, American Pacific Mortgage


"Laura is very easy to communicate with and she knows how to get to the heart of a project very quickly.  I would highly recommend Laura Leist and Eliminate Chaos to anyone needed organizational or computer-related services, no matter how simple or complex.  Laura's background and experience offers a customer more advantages than one might think.  Thank You Laura!"

- Karen Cassell


"Laura did a wonderful job of organizing my home office.  My office was a disaster and Laura helped sort through piles of paper and showed me effective ways to keep business and personal information in order.  Her filing system is very effective."

- Paula Feldman, Money Mailer

"Thanks so much for your helpful work today.  I can see why you're so much more valuable than a book.  You got into my work and way of thinking in order to determine what systems would best suite me and my business.  You watched and listened to me and brought me the system that fits me like a glove.  I feel so much clearer.  You eliminated MY chaos!"


- Renee Adsitt, Color Whiz



"Laura saved my sanity and helped my home-based business immeasurably.  She has a unique ability to tackle the logistical problem head-on while dealing with the stress and frustration created by the situation simultaneously.  I could not recommend anymore more strenuously!"


- M.K. 


"I got my car in the garage today!!  No more scraping ice off.  I can't thank you enough - you are my hero.  I'm telling everyone about your service."


- Kim Gillespie


"I was at Denise's delivering product and heard a great compliment that I wanted to share with you.  One of the gentlemen installing cabinet hardware told Denise that based on what the inside of her office cabinets and drawers looked like 'Martha Stewart would be envious of her organizational skills.'  Denise told him all about you and told him that you were very talented and had been a great help to her."


- Jill Turner- Willox, Designer



I have worked with Laura for over 6 years and I can’t imagine my life without her. Finding myself in disorganization overwhelm, I made an appointment with Laura. I heard her speak at an event and liked her immediately. I found her warm, understanding and inviting. She spoke of our need to “only handle paper once” and to create a system of storing necessary documents (both on the computer and as hard copies) in a manner that makes it easy to both file and retrieve items with ease. We jumped in and by the end of the day we had created such a system. I had plenty of “homework” to do yet I felt calmer and noticed a sense of ease as we finished our workday. I also felt accepted and not judged for how disorganized I had allowed my office to become.


As we continued to work together over the years, we made a natural shift from hard copy organization to computer clean up and order. Laura helped me to begin learning basic computer skills necessary in order to “eliminate the chaos” on my laptop. We created folders and documents, spread sheets, headers, footers, data bases – and more. Laura is a patient and compassionate teacher and guide. We made our way through years of unskillful habits and continued to create order and ease. We worked both side by side and, at times, remotely (which works beautifully). Laura always worked with my needs and my level of understanding, never suggesting any program or system that would be inappropriate for me. I trust Laura completely.


I wish I could convey the level of stress reduction that I have experienced after working with Laura. I am now able to file and store important paper items and work on my computer with a sense of order and efficiency. When I walk into my office or start my computer, I feel happy and secure in knowing I can find things. I spend very little time searching for items and my life has an ease and flow now.  When I think back on how it “used to be”, I just shake my head.


I cannot recommend Laura highly enough. My life has changed significantly from working with Laura – it’s about so much more than the “stuff”. I now have a feeling of ease and organization (though I am still on the journey) and a lack of stress and panic. I have a strong foundation upon which to continue my current system of order and it will serve me for my lifetime.


-  Lorrie Jones, Simple Serenity


"Laura and her team steered us with firm and friendly hands through our move into our new streamlined office space.  They took time to understand our unique challenges as a large graphic design firm, and offered expert advice on the big picture and the small details. Eliminate Chaos motivated us to purge 10 years of paper samples and various paperwork and provided us with a plan to use as a guide for where the post-purge essentials would live in our new office.  They offered fresh ideas about the casework for our new space and on moving day they worked with our staff to unpack and help organize our new spaces.  We were in good hands!"

- John Carroll, Methodologie





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