About An Organized Life

MJ Rosenthal is an empathetic, passionate and experienced Professional Organizer and Organizational Coach who helps her clients move from where they are to where they want to be by helping create balance in their lives among space, belongings and time. Working with individuals, families and businesses, she not only shows Clients how to become organized, but also how to develop strategies to stay organized. Her customized approach shows you how to simplify your life, create a more efficient and productive environment and have peace of mind knowing you are in control. Founder of AN ORGANIZED LIFE, MJ is a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO,) and an Organizational Coach. An Organized Life is based in Newton, MA and services Greater Boston, Metro West and Eastern Massachusetts communities. After graduating Boston University and working in the fields of advertising, event planning and hotel/property management, MJ decided to make a change. Corporate America was going a million miles an hour. MJ saw colleagues, friends, family overwhelmed by life, their schedule, their “stuff.” Life is complicated enough. Space, stuff and time should not complicate one’s life. They should be simple, attractive, create balance and enjoyment. What if MJ could teach people to learn the tools she possessed that made her successful in her professional and personal lives…organization, planning, balance? Help them create simplicity and be more in control? Assist them in digging out of the clutter and find solutions to be organized, ultimately making life easier in this busy world of ours. Telling her best friend of her new idea and her new venture AN ORGANIZED LIFE, her friend chuckled. “Don’t you know you have been doing that all of your life? From organizing and writing captions in your photo albums when you were a little girl, all of the strategic planning and organization you do at work, to the amazing organization and planning you did for me when I moved.” MJ was ready to teach others. MJ is a proud and long-standing member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers,), NAPO-New England and The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (formerly The National Study Group on Disorganization.) Active in these organizations, she formerly held the position of Treasurer on the NAPO-New England Board of Directors. Always working to expand her education so she can continue to provide advanced services and teachings to her clients, MJ has earned her Certification in Professional Organizing (CPO,) Level I ADD & CD Specialty Certificates from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization and is a graduate of Coach Approach, Coach Training for Organizers.

An Organized Office / Before & After



Is your office and all of that paper your achilles heel? Does it feel like you will never get it under control – or maybe you don’t even know where to start.  SPACE:  Sort, Purge, Assign, Contain & Engage/Evaluate.

An Organized Life will not only help you get to where you want to be, we also transfer and teach you the skills so you can continue to stay in control.


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An Organized Laundry Room / Before & After


There is nothing better than an organized laundry room – next to the kitchen and family room, it’s the most used room in the house.

Organize your laundry room using the space process.  Sort, purge, assign a location based on frequency, contain (yes, that’s where you shop), and then engage & evaluate.


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42 Projects for An Organized Weekend

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An Organized Halloween

Here are some quick and easy tips for an organized halloween:


  • Lay out costumes. Know what they are wearing and where all the miscellaneous parts are. If the costume requires special parts or make-up, place it out with the costume.
  • Have a healthy after school snack ready to give them when they get home from school. Have them eat it before chasing out to gather candy. This way you can at least ensure that they’ll get something decent and won’t just fill up on candy.
  • Locate treat gathering containers. Little ones like those cute round pumpkins with a handle, while the older kids prefer to pile treats in bigger bags like a pillow case. You may even have something clever that ties in with the costume they are wearing.
  • Prepare an easy meal. A pot of chili or something similar that can sit in a crock pot so dinner-on-the-go can happen whenever it’s convenient. Throw to the wind any idea of having a pleasant sit-down meal on Halloween.
  • Get your halloween hand-outs ready. Find a large bowl or decorative container like a cauldron and put the candy near the door.

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How to Work With a Professional Organizer

Great article by  / Houzz Contributor. Fresh out of journalism school, I fell into decorating media and…

An organizing pro can help you get your house together. Here’s how to choose the right one and gain your own clutter-clearing skills

Raise your hand if “Get organized!” topped your New Year’s resolutions list (again). Now put it down if you’ve already fallen off the wagon. Don’t feel bad: It happens to most of us. But if clutter is taking over your life and making you crazy, it may be time to hire a professional organizer. Read on to ensure a smooth experience from start to finish.