Certified personal organizer Stacey Hopkins brings her one-woman war on messiness to homes throughout the Houston metropolitan area, vanquishing clutter with thoughtful tips and the twin swords of Neat and Tidy. Born to organize, Stacey preferred to play in friend's rooms rather than her own as a child to ensure all of her possessions, including her Barbie's extra shoes, stayed in their proper place. After a personal consultation and onsite evaluation, she devises systematic solutions designed to restore order to lawless closets and home offices, all while demonstrating tact, thoughtfulness, and creativity. Clients can pick Stacey's brain for organizational know-how, taking the opportunity to tame unruly desks, whip kitchens into shape, or finally sort piles of baseball cards in order from best to worst mustache.
Having resolved at a young age to pursue his passion for green building, Jeff Kaplan created the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Program when he was just 21 years old. In late 2007, Jeff started New Living, a green building and home store whose high environmental standards earned the shop a B Corporation certification. Today, New Living sells exclusively eco-friendly products from ethical businesses, stimulating the local green economy while making green materials more affordable and accessible. Staff members passionate about responsible consumerism often help customers interested in repurposing and refinishing items. Kaplan's efforts at revitalizing Houston's small businesses and affinity for wearing capes earned him the title of Green Hero from the U.S. Green Building Council.
When the staff at Sam's Cleaning and Hauling say that no job is too big, they mean it. Just look at their roster of services—they clean everything from private homes to big commercial spaces. For house cleaning sessions, they team up in pairs and arrive weekly, biweekly, or monthly according to their clients' wishes, using their own cleaning supplies and tools to scrub, vacuum, and mop surfaces. Heavy-duty jobs might require their carpet-cleaning services, or perhaps a 6–10-hour deep-cleaning session. They can also assist in cleaning out a home—before moving day. The team also takes on the task of setting cluttered attics or garages straight, keeping household items, family heirlooms, or memorabilia, safe and sound.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.