clients have to say...
"Ruth has been
terrific. She is always on time
(more than I am), highly competent and industrious. Suddenly my
is orderly, usable and spacious! She did a complete job in
organizing my home office and filing system at a reasonable price. She
was able to get things done quickly and [stored] out of the way. I will
definitely refer her!"
LAW PROFESSOR, ENCINITAS
professional organizer, Ruth has helped
me and my family make headway in getting our house back in order. This
is an ongoing process and with each organizing session we are able to
work through more accumulated possessions and more stacks of paper. As
a mother of an 18-month-old with special needs and a husband whose
first priority is not organizing our home, it has been very useful to
have Ruth's advice. It has helped to keep me from feeling overwhelmed. I deal with
Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms; fortunately Ruth is able to reign me
in when necessary, to help set priorities and keep focused on the task
at hand. Together we have created good solutions for my
needs, our guest bedroom, kitchen, and family room. Ruth is always
cheerful, energetic and insightful in meeting our organizational needs.
I always feel
a sense of
relief and accomplishment after she leaves. Thank you!"
S., MORTGAGE CONSULTANT, OCEAN BEACH
"I am so glad
I found you! I just couldn't get
motivated to tackle my chaotic garage on my own, but it was driving me
crazy. Finally, I can park my car in it again! And thanks for
these nifty organizing supplies for my office, guest room closet,
crafts room, and bathroom. Now I can see and easily access
my handbags, sewing supplies and everything else. Thank you!"
CONTROLLER, ENCINITAS, CA
for today; you were great and very
easy to be with and quite an expert! I have to tell you, I just went to
email you because I
walked into the front room with the office and felt such peace and
simplicity and wanted to thank you again. I can hardly recognize my
desk and the rest of the work space. Of course, the garage
amazes me whenever I drive in!! Great idea about taking pictures with
your camera! I really appreciate you thinking about that, it will make
it a lot easier for me to get started selling the items I no longer
need. In gratitude, Nancy."
G., PSYCHOTHERAPIST, SAN DIEGO
weekend Ruth came to my house and helped me to get organized. I just
went through the death of my mom, and many of the items that had been
hers were cluttering my room. It's been tough to get the right help
friends who often take charge and throw things out, or want to sit and
was great at working with me and giving direction, while listening to
needs. She helped me to clear the mess, to rearrange my room, and to
move furniture. She did a great job and now my room is peaceful and I
can focus on the fine details of organizing and redecorating. I told
her she feels like Mary Poppins to me, with her work bag (but without
the umbrella :-). I'm really happy and I highly recommend her,
especially as she, and her husband Richard on the phone beforehand, are
sensitive and warm people. Thank you Ruth!"
H., SEARCH ENGINE
OPTIMIZATION SPECIALIST, POINT LOMA
thank you for calling to
remind me to cover those bins against the rain! And thank you so much
for what you've accomplished in our house and the garage &
looks better than it has in fifteen years!! It must have been a little
overwhelming, at least it has been for me. Thanks for
independently in our absence. I don't usually extend that kind of
trust easily, but you have to give yourself a lot
for having pushed the right buttons for me and my son. My son isn't
that cooperative when it comes to sorting his stuff, so it is great
that you got him motivated to do it. You're the right fit with our
H., ATTORNEY, MISSION BEACH
with Ruth has been a dynamic process of growth for me and my family. We
have seen the interactive nature of our lives, our emotions, and our
issues being both reflected in our home organization and brought toward
healing by improving that organization. The best word
describe the effects of her work in our home has been a sense of
serenity. With her help and advice, we have been able to
every cluttered area of our home: the home office, the children's
rooms, our bedroom, closets and bathrooms, the kitchen and of course
the garage. Now we are able to park our car inside the
husband is thrilled because our house is feeling more and more like a
real home! As a working mother of two small kids, I felt
overwhelmed and weighted down by the constant accumulation of stuff.
This made me tired and depressed. Working with Ruth has brought order
to our home, and energy and hope to our family."
PhD., LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST, ENCINITAS
thank you for coming today. You made an enormous difference and were
able to get me so organized and inspired that I have cleared off all
surfaces and am feeling totally organized.... Thank you!
I will definitely contact you regarding our garage... and will be able
to refer you to people I know. You are very
work with and I appreciate your insight - thank you again!"
INVESTMENT ADVISOR, OCEANSIDE
VERY satisfied. Ruth is incredibly efficient and was helpful even
beyond my expectations. My sister was threatened with being evicted
from her apartment because of her excessive clutter. The most
for me was how Ruth was able to deal with my sister. I was pretty
nervous about how successful she could be given that my sister was
diagnosed with hoarding syndrome and is very emotionally attached to
her stuff. Ruth, however, was the perfect person for us.
understood the situation and was gentle & caring. Bravo! She
the efforts focused and was always mindful of the goal. She kept us
from going off in tangents. Amazingly enough, we were able to clear the
clutter from every single room in the apartment. As a result, my sister
passed with flying colors when the landlord came for the announced
inspection. [This saved her from being evicted from her apartment.]"
TEACHER, SAN LUIS OBISPO
"I've told so
about my experience with you! I think of
time I look at my garage. You've helped me develop some good habits. I
like your insight regarding the psychological aspects of this process.
I think sometimes people feel they have to hit rock bottom before
they're ready to work with an organizer."
Kevin N., SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL, HILLCREST / NORTH PARK
here is another story for you to post on your website: This is
fantastic! We just followed your Feng Shui advice
our front door Chi flow [by moving a large plant that was blocking the
door]. Ten minutes later somebody walks up to ring our bell and asks
about buying the car sitting in our driveway, that we've been trying to
sell! Plus, my husband has wanted to move that plant for a
or more. Stick
around, will you?"
C., INVESTMENT ADVISER, OCEANSIDE
Ruth! You did a fabulous job - I could not have done it
you. You got a lot of things done. The Photo Room is working out great
because [my client] can sort through things and spread everything
out.... Just continue what you are doing because you are doing a
fabulous job! ...it was perfectly arranged to his liking. ... Thanks again
your patience and hard work, and mostly all the updates.
later: "[My client] was VERY HAPPY with the way you organized things.
... He really likes the labels and asked how you made them. He said he
can tell you think the way he thinks, and to let you know to continue
organizing the way you've been doing it. Keep up the great work! Thank
you for all your help and the great progress you are making. It really
helps to know
that you are in charge of this project."
ADVISOR, DEL MAR
"First, let me
for the incredible job you've done getting us cleared away, pulled
together and organized! It is such a relief to drive into
garage now. The shelving you put up looks great. And the kitchen
cabinets are so much more usable now, with all the organizing tools you
brought along. My
husband and I both feel like the house "feels" different now. I can
certainly think more clearly! Once again, thanks for your
thoroughness and great work. We very much appreciate all you've
thanks for your thorough email. All your suggestions sound great and we
sure appreciate you taking care of this. Thanks so much for getting our
storage unit taken care of so well and in such a timely fashion to
allow us to get out of the space by the deadline. We are very grateful
for the help you and Richard have given us. You two are the best!
Things are beginning to settle down a little so I'll be back in touch
about tackling the file sorting for the tax project. My husband and I
have the sense that 2007 will be much, much happier and calmer due to
all the wonderful ways in which you and Richard have come alongside and
helped us in so many ways. I don't know how to keep thanking you both."
S., MEDICAL OFFICE MANAGING DIRECTOR, LA JOLLA
Mellen did organizing work a number of times in our Rancho Santa Fe
home. In the summer of 2004 we were going through a stressful
remodeling of our kitchen. Ruth sorted through all the items in the old
kitchen and chose what was needed for a temporary kitchen; the rest was
stored away neatly. She designed the temporary kitchen facilities
outside so that we could survive for four months without a real
kitchen. She was also there to fine-tune the temporary system as we
continued to use it. At other times, she successfully organized our
master bedroom closet and the bedroom & playroom of my twin
daughters - including their closets and toys. Ruth even got our
overcrowded refrigerators and pantry organized! I would
highly if you are looking for a fast and efficient way to get your home
uncluttered and looking beautiful!"
DESIGNER, RANCHO SANTA FE
one and a half years in our new home where we were downsizing space and
belongings, I was getting nowhere with my paperwork, arts and crafts,
and photographs. I made great strides under Ruth's guidance and calm
manner. I am delighted at how freeing it is to let go of my 'stuff' and
have peace of mind at last. Ruth is a delight to work with and
understands how difficult it can be to get organized alone. Her fee is
and I consider what I paid the best money I've spent in years. Thanks!"
CREATIVE MEMORIES CONSULTANT, CHULA VISTA
I'm talking about my wife's
business, so I admit to some bias (but I would also claim some
objectivity... I do know her pretty well). She found her
helping the typical harried person to organize his or her home and/or
office. You can see this in the accolades from her
can make things right for you. Give her a call and watch your
mood lift as
chaos begins to turn to order. Ruth is a member of the
Association of Professional Organizers, and our company has been
helping folks in San Diego since 1998."
Mellen, Challenge Services
COMPUTER CONSULTING & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
day we worked together, I felt like
I did not make any headway in my cluttered room. It was driving my
mother crazy, since she likes things to be neat. Anything I tried did
not seem to make a dent into it. That one
you made such a difference, thank you so much. It was helpful to hear
what you said about ADD and getting organizing since I am
to work with my ADD tendencies. In the last two months, I kept working
on getting organized: My room looks
different now from when you first saw it. My mother says:
"Amen!" and she thanks you, too. I got a new bed with roll-out bins for
underneath, I got rid of the broken dresser that we talked about. I got
rid of a lot more clothes, and I have been sorting through tons of
paperwork. I still have lots more papers to go through, but I am making
progress. And we got a new storage shed for the outside. I have been
helping my mother to sell her art supplies and books on Craig's List so
we have more room now in her shed. Since I am still making progress on
my own, and because my financial situation is still tight, I want to
wait a little before hiring you again. I know I will get stuck at some
point, and it is good to know that I can call you then!"
RETIRED ACCOUNTANT, SANTEE
boxes of disorganized paper associated with my home business and
personal files and created order by sorting and filing all the paper.
She worked independently as I was only in my office about 1/2 of the
time she was. She also assessed how to make use of all of my storage
space and made recommendations for improvement. She brought with her
some options for making the storage space more effective that were very
economical (less than $100). I encouraged her to consolidate and move
items in my office cabinets as she saw fit and she did that all
independently. Ruth responded within 8 hours to my initial phone call.
She was able to start my project within days of the first call. She
worked in my home office with me, taking on each box of unsorted paper.
She didn't ask any unnecessary questions and was easy to have in my
good judgment on what to do with the papers she found and how to file
them. I can now look forward to working in my office!!! Ruth has a
soothing personality that is very well suited to the work she does"
RANCHO SANTA FE
service and demeanor from the
start were nothing short of astounding and she worked with me to
transform my garage into a highly usable area. Tool drawers are
labeled, and duplicate tools that were sold more than paid for her
reasonable fees. I am a very picky customer and more than a pack rat
and Ruth really helped me. Call Her!"
thank you for making this so
looks so different, and now I will actually be able to find my tools!"
S., NAVY ELECTRICIAN, LEMON
you so much for your wonderful service! I could have never gone through
all my old files by myself. Now I feel
start my new business, with my professional papers all in order.
It seems like your brain works in a different way, to be able to work
through big piles of mixed papers just like that!"
A., OWNER , 'MUSIC TOGETHER', UNIVERSITY CITY
xx "I can't tell
much more relaxed I am since we did all the organizing of my paperwork
and my house! I am still fighting with all the mail that
in every day, but everything is more manageable now."
VISION SPECIALIST, SAN DIEGO INST. FOR THE BLIND
"I'd like to
opportunity to sing the praises of Richard and Ruth Mellen. They have
been managing my vacation estate in the Covenant in Rancho Santa Fe for
a few years now, and I don't know what I'd do without them. Richard and
Ruth are 100% reliable, completely trustworthy, and very pleasant
folks. [...] Ruth does an excellent job at maintaining the house
interior and keeping it organized. The Mellens have made managing my
home from 1,000 miles away pretty much carefree. Over the years they
have earned my respect and friendship. I doubt I
find another property manager as organized and reliable as Team Mellen."
REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER, EUGENE, OR
"This is an
unsolicited note to
thank you for the efforts and results you achieve at my home, making my
visits to my Rancho Santa Fe estate relaxed, enjoyable and
attention to detail, your organization skills, your ability to
interface with vendors, etc., and to initiate solutions
cost-effectively have impressed me. I truly believe that
Challenge Services delivers as much or more service results than a
full-time staffer, especially for me as a part-time resident. Thank you
for your excellent work!"
COMMERCIAL DEVELOPER, HOUSTON, TX
"Ruth, I wanted to
give you an update with my progress. It's been amazing! Thank you so much for helping me
move in the right
direction. The pool table is completely clear... above and
below. I moved all the wine glasses (getting rid of
many) and created our new game/puzzle/craft area which the boys are
thrilled with. (They are even keeping up with the new rules
of only one game or puzzle out per boy at a time.) I got rid of 10
large puzzles and much more.
I currently have three completely empty shelves in the bookshelves, and
one large empty spot in the buil- in cabinets that we are dedicating to
"Costco overflow." My husband promised he will not put
anything under the pool table as long as I keep that spot
empty. I'm about to put away everything in my "fish box", so
that won't be sitting by my desk anymore.
There's SO MUCH MORE TO DO, but I feel great about what has been
accomplished. This has exceeded my expectations by far for
what I thought could be accomplished in two days. I think
when I get through a few more of the projects that are obvious to me
then I'll book another session with you to help organize my desk and
By the way, the new "to do" book that you suggested has been a huge
success! I even brought it in the car with me today (and back
out again) and that really helped me to organize my thoughts and
MOTHER OF TWO, PHOTOGRAPHER & MUSIC TEACHER
"Ruth handles pressure well, is
extremely professional in her work ethic, and provides a refreshing and
pragmatic approach to all efforts. NI have
appreaciated her suggestions to improve the organization and daily
operations at the San Diego Tech Center. She is an
invaluable asset to any company."
Linda H., OFFICE MANAGER,
COMPUTER SCIENCES CORP.
has been instrumental in providing organization and management to the
daily functioning of this office. She is able to juggle
multiple tasks and has done so in a calm manner with the end result of
getting the job done. In organizing my office, Ruth has proved that she
is trustworthy and can maintain confidentiality. Her skills, knowledge
and experience have contributed greatly to the success of my medical
case management business. I highly recommend hiring Ruth and am pleased
to serve as a reference for her."
Linda C., MEDICAL CASE MANAGEMENT,