Nationally Recognized Professional Organizer; Author of Secrets of an Organized Mom
Barbara Reich is the go-to guru of organization. For Reich, Professional Organizer of Resourceful Consultants, eliminating clutter is a way of life. She tackles organization with a 360- degree approach, streamlining the homes, offices, schedules, and daily lives of discerning clients to help them find the elusive work/life balance we all seek. Equal parts affable and type-A personality, her tough-love approach yields real results and lasting change. Reich has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times, New York Post, Real Simple, InStyle, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Working Mother, among other publications, and she is the author of Secrets of an Organized Mom. A sought after keynote speaker on organization, Reich has spoken at Martha Stewart, New York City’s prestigious 92nd Street Y, and at private clubs. She is the ideal speaker for women’s expos, parenting organizations, corporate events, community centers, and women’s groups.
“Everyone should Barbarafy,” raves The New York Times about Reich’s life-changing program for streamlining everything that’s weighing us down – from over-stuffed closets to overwhelming social calendars.
In talks and demonstrations based on her book, Secrets of an Organized Mom, she helps mothers out of that never-ending loop. She reveals all the strategies necessary for staying ahead of the curve – and she’s wrapped them up into four easy steps that can be applied to any organizing project.
The four steps: 1) purge, 2) design, 3) organize, and 4) maintain. Reich demonstrates how to solve organizing problems that may pop up in the future – from knowing when and how to keep financial papers to how to digitally organize the family’s photographs.
As the mother of 13-year-old twins, Reich offers tips for crazed moms as only a mother could. Combining the humor of a sympathetic friend, and the no-nonsense advice of a true type-A personality, Reich offers clever, appealing solutions that are genuinely achievable for everyone. She shows audiences that organization is not just about files, labels, and neatness. An organized home leads to an organized mind and a better way of living.
With a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Management from New York University, Reich began her career as a management consultant, a profession in which she excelled as a result of her efficiency and attention to detail. Today she applies the same skills to help her clients rid their homes of excess clutter, streamline overbooked days, and improve quality of living.
Known for creating solutions that are as aesthetically appealing as they are practical, Reich transforms each space from the inside out. From powerful executives to busy mothers, clients appreciate Reich’s unwavering confidentiality and eye for design.
A native of North Miami Beach, Reich formed Resourceful Consultants, LLC in 1999. She and her husband, real estate attorney Jeff Reich, live in Manhattan with their 13-year-old twins.
Praise for Secrets of an Organized Mom
“In a straightforward and concise narrative, organization expert Reich promises, ‘Whatever organizational nightmare makes you crazy on a daily basis, the antidote can be found here.’ It’s a tall order to fill, but Reich delivers. . . Reich’s book just might take the anxiety out of tasks that many find completely daunting and overwhelming.”
— Publishers Weekly
Praise for Barbara Reich and Resourceful Consultants
“Using Resourceful Consultants enabled me to organize my space and budget my time more efficiently. Barbara [Reich] uncluttered my home and my mind. She was a beautiful breath of fresh air that swept through my apartment and changed my world. She will save your time and your life…which is priceless. It’s a painless process with Barbara by your side. Thanks for everything!!”
— Judith Regan, Host, Producer and Publisher, ReganMedia, Sirius XM
“Thanks for everything. Our work together was so productive and I feel very prepared for baby #3! Today, I found my children playing with their train set for the first time. It is amazing how organizing toys can attract them to new hobbies and keep them occupied long enough for me to have 30 minutes to myself!!”
— Jennifer Vaughan Maanavi, Founder and CEO, Physique 57
“I enlisted the help of Resourceful Consultants to stage an apartment that was unoccupied and in a state of disarray. Not only did Barbara make the space look beautiful, but she did so using furniture and accessories that were already in the apartment. Her creativity and eye for detail expedited the sales process and made my job much easier.”
— Carol O’Connor, Vice President, Corcoran Group Real Estate
“I thought I was organized until Barbara Reich swept through my apartment. Now, I can’t live without her. Barbara brings a level of intelligence and enthusiasm to organization that is awesome.”
— Valerie Feigen, Owner of Edit Clothing Boutique
“After just two hours of working with Barbara, she leaves and I am on this high that I call the ‘Barbara Effect’. Not only have we completed at least one of those awful tasks I’ve been avoiding, but as the days go by, I have this nice little voice in my head saying “what would Barbara do” as I look at the 37 other projects waiting to be addressed. I start going through them thinking how proud Barbara will be when she returns. Next thing you know, I’m looking at an average art project my son created, and I hear Barbara’s voice saying, ‘THROW IT AWAY’. I may get sentimental for a minute and then I THROW IT AWAY!! Barbara’s effect is not only organizational but it’s therapeutic and calming. Frankly, it’s a little stalkerish how much I think about her…in a good way!”
— Aline Shapiro, Owner, Alineshop
“Having a two-hour appointment with you is like being on a cruise to a fabulous island. But once you cross the sea and arrive, you can’t actually go ashore because it’s time to turn back.”
— Jackie Moffett, Mother of two boys
“Barbara Reich has reorganized every room of my house, reworking closets, designing built-in units, and developing systems for dealing with the never ending clutter that’s a reality when you have five children. Now I have file drawers where there were piles of papers, shelves where there were piles of toys, and drawers where there were piles of clothes. It’s no exaggeration to say that Barbara has changed my life.”
— Lauren Geller, Retail Consultant
“Barbara Reich is an amazing organizer. She is especially helpful if you’re starting from scratch, setting up and labeling bins, boxes, and more. She also does home office and paperwork organizing. Although Barbara was at first a client of mine, I am now a client of hers! I LOVE her and so will you!”
— Melissa Meyers, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, PageDaily
“Here’s the Barbara Reich difference: looking into my large, poorly-utilized entry way closet, she said, ‘I want you to feel happy when you look in here.’ Although she is a professional organizer par excellence, Barbara goes way beyond implementing systems and corralling chaos in ways that save your sanity. She also manages to address the emotional and psychological benefits that a sense of order can bring to our lives. Balanced, helpful and a genius at what she does, as well as great fun to be around, Barbara provides a service that is not only practical but also highly therapeutic. When I look at the places in my home where Barbara has worked, I do, in fact, feel happy, peaceful, and able to focus.”
— Wednesday Martin, Ph.D., Author and Psychology Today columnist
“On a recent trip to Paris, my passport was stolen. Thanks to Barbara Reich, I calmly called my husband and directed him to the file where she had placed copies of all of my important documents. He faxed a copy of my passport to the U.S. Embassy, averting a potential disaster!”
— Keri Bernstein, Freelance Author
“I worked with Barbara Reich shortly after a move to a new apartment. Barbara reallocated the closet space and made sure that every drawer and closet looked fabulous. My closets are happy and so am I.”
— Jill Heller, President, Jill Heller Designs
“When my first child was born, I hired Resourceful Consultants. We received many gifts and had little to no room in our small, New York City apartment. Barbara transformed my son’s room, creating space that I had no idea existed. She also added creative touches to make it a fun room for baby and mom alike!”
— Lauren Rutkin, President, Ventures in Philosophy
“Barbara helped us reallocate the space in my apartment, enabling us to give my oldest daughter a bedroom of her own. Barbara set up her room in a way that was organized, inviting, efficient, and beautiful. My daughter now has a place for all of her things and is excited about maintaining Barbara’s systems. Barbara also reorganized a shared bedroom for my other two children and the transformation is miraculous. I feel like their room doubled in size and they are now using things that were previously lost in the clutter. My children now have labeled bins for all of their things and they know that they are expected to put things back where they belong. This is a big change for my kids! Working with Barbara was eye-opening and helped me to realize that sometimes less is more. I couldn’t be happier with the end result!”
— Wendy Reimer, Mother of three girls
“I hired Resourceful Consultants when I moved from San Francisco to New York City. Between launching a business, adjusting to motherhood, and learning a new city, I had more than enough to do. Barbara determined what I should keep, what I should store, and where everything should be placed. I knew she’d capture my style, and she did.”
— Susan Hook Frigon, Vice President Public Relations & Corporate Communications, FAO Schwarz
“Barbara helped me prepare to move and then got me settled into my new home in record time. And, the organizing lessons she taught me have stayed with me. Whenever confronted with another piece of children’s artwork, a gift I’ll never use, or a catalog I don’t want, I think, ‘What would Barbara say?’ and into the recycling pile it goes.”
— Sara Berman, mother of six and founder of Hebrew Charter School Center