Order Your Life works with clients in the Washington, DC metro area and virtually around the world to help them conquer their clutter, go paper-less, manage money and moves, and make life simpler. Our clients range from age 27 to 97 and include busy executives, parents with households to manage, solopreneurs, and seniors who want to either age in place or downsize. We are happy to travel if needed, and can do much of our digital organizing work virtually as well. We abide by the codes of ethics of NAPO, AADMM and NASMM, and are proud to be entering our 10th year in business.
Penny is the Owner and Founder of Order Your Life LLC. As the daughter of a US diplomat growing up in Africa and Asia with frequent family moves, she got an early start on the social and organizing skills she relies on today in her work. After careers in banking, public relations and non-profit advocacy, she finally realized her true calling was professional organizing in 2009 when she started working with friends and family on their organizing challenges and has never looked back. Since then, she has grown her business to include digital organizing, daily money management and downsizing, and loves to spend time organizing her computer files and clearing out her email inbox. An Apple aficionado, she is very much at home on the iPad, iPhone and Mac and is more than happy to share her knowledge of Apps and all other things Apple with clients and friends.
Grady Catterall - In Memoriam
We are heartbroken to announce that Grady Catterall, Penny’s husband of almost 32 years, passed away after a short but valiant battle with liver cancer on March 21, 2020. A graduate of Harvard and Johns Hopkins, Grady spent over 20 years working as a health insurance actuary. Then as Penny’s right hand man at Order Your Life, he helped clients navigate their medical claims, provided bookkeeping services and handled other “spreadsheet intensive” tasks. He also helped with furniture moving, junk hauling, caretaking, and any other odd jobs that came up, because after all those years in the actuarial field, he realized there’s more to life (and organizing) than just crunching numbers. He is survived by his two sons, Philip and James, his mother Annabelle, his brothers Robert (Marcia) and Arthur (Jana), and numerous other loving friends and family. He was a decent, kind, highly intelligent, wry and witty person who will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Memorial donations can be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Montgomery Hospice or the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Sue has moved house a total of eight times in the past 18 years and has become an expert at organizing belongings into all different shape and size houses. After relocating to Bethesda from England, she spent the majority of her time restoring the house and garden of her home in Westmoreland Hills in Bethesda. She now uses those skills to help others bringing order to their lives and to make downsizing and moving a less stressful experience. Sue’s family has worked in the antiques business for over three decades and she brings an appreciation for treasured objects. Since she can remember, Sue has always helped friends, colleagues and relatives free their houses and homes of clutter, so it is a great privilege for her to work as a team member for Order Your Life in this area professionally.
Elizabeth brings multiple skill sets and a diverse background to her work with Order Your Life as a daily money manager. After graduating from American University, she began work as a program manager implementing complex contracts for some of the world’s largest multinational firms. after overseas travel, she returned to Washington, DC to marry her native born husband and was hired to turn around the branch of a temporary staffing office. She stepped out of the workforce to stay home and raise two children, during which time she volunteered both in school and in the community. As the kids grew more independent, she took time to become certified as a mediator in Montgomery County to help students, families and community members find peaceful conflict resolution. In addition to volunteering as a CRCMC mediator, she works part-time doing events for Politics and Prose, an independent bookstore in D.C.
Amy is experienced with Excel and other spreadsheet programs, as well as cloud and external disk storage, and is an expert at helping others make sense of their cluttered hard drives. She honed her organizational skills as President of the Westbrook Elementary School PTA, Treasurer of the Westmoreland Hills Garden Club, and in a variety of other volunteer and fundraising positions. Amy graduated from Mount Holyoke College and worked at a consulting firm before leaving the workforce to raise her family. With her two daughters now in college, Amy spends her time organizing a lifetime’s worth of photographs, recipes, spreadsheets, financial records, emails, scanned documents, and anything else that can be stored on her laptop.