MBA Member of the
Month – December
The Organized Lifestyle – Managing Time,
Reducing Stress, and Changing Lives
Donna Finocchiaro has
always believed you’re either a born organizer
or you’re not.
The ability to focus on the details, to
troubleshoot, and to anticipate any circumstance
that might go astray – these are innate skills.
“You can’t get this through training,”
“I can enter someone’s home or space and
quickly get to the bottom of what needs to be
It allows me to maximize my time with
each and every client.”
After spending sixteen
years working in the financial sector, Donna
reached a time in her life when she was not
feeling career satisfaction.
With two teenage daughters, she wanted a
flexible new career where she could be available
for family matters.
She wanted the opportunity to make her
own decisions and impact other people’s lives.
Donna had spent years organizing things
at work – improving processes and increasing
“The corporate world is all about
multi-tasking,” says Donna.
“You have to be organized to keep so many
balls in the air at the same time.
I excelled at that, and eventually
realized that a career as a professional
organizer was a perfect fit for me.”
Donna has built her
business organizing for clients in their homes,
and she has also been reaching out to small
business owners – particularly those who work
from a home office.
Her services follow a typical pattern:
When Donna receives phone calls from
potential clients – usually at their wits’ end
over some area of life – she immediately puts
them at ease.
She knows how important it is for clients
to feel comfortable with her from the very first
Assessment – By conducting a one-hour,
on-site assessment, Donna can very quickly get
to the heart of the organizational dilemma.
She asks pertinent questions and surveys
the space, using her innate abilities to see a
Many times, clients feel so empowered by
this initial meeting, they feel they can tackle
the project themselves.
Session(s) – For clients who know they need
more help, Donna schedules a series of hands-on
During this time, she works with the
client, using organizing principles and
customizing them to her clients’ specific needs.
Her goal is to set up systems for her
client and transfer enough knowledge that her
clients can apply these organizing principles
into other areas of their lives.
And she is never more satisfied than when
she sees her clients doing exactly that.
If there’s one thing Donna
would like to impart to potential clients, it’s
that her services are not just for the
stereotypical disorganized person.
“Professional organizing is really for
everyone,” she insists, “and it can be
Anyone can encounter a situation which
causes life to get off-track: a move, the birth
of a child, the death of a loved one, a new job,
or a major schedule change.
These events can consume a person’s life
and lead to a great deal of stress.
“It becomes a quality of life issue,”
Donna. “Managing your time
and space more efficiently leads to less stress
and a healthier, better quality of life.”
Donna wholeheartedly believes that being
disorganized is not about personal failure.
It’s difficult for people to know what’s
causing a certain aspect of their life not to
A skilled professional with the ability
to see things at a much more detailed level, can
bring awareness to these individuals.
Donna enables her clients to see what’s
really preventing them from living and
maintaining an organized life.
And she sets out to solve these issues.
Donna feels a tremendous
sense of pride and satisfaction in helping
“Clients can see and feel the benefit of
what they’ve accomplished.
It empowers them, and they become excited
to move on to the next project.”
It is a common occurrence for clients to
tell Donna how much she has changed their lives.
“It brings out an emotion in even the
most reserved client,” she explains, “knowing
there’s hope, opportunity, and a reassurance
that they are not alone.”
An eleven year resident of
Marlborough, Donna enjoys spending quality time
with her husband and two daughters – Kristen,
age 17, and Amanda, age 14.
This year, she is proud to take over the
position of President of the Marlborough
As an active board member and Vice
President for the past several years, Donna
could see the tremendous potential of the MBA.
“The home-based or small business owner
has a struggle with self-promotion and community
awareness,” she states.
“This organization is an incredible venue
Donna has one primary hope for the MBA
this year: to increase community awareness of
the vast array of businesses in the surrounding
Donna’s hopes for her own
future are more personal in nature:
“My resolution for 2008 is better health
and wellness .”
To learn more about The
Organized Lifestyle – both Donna’s professional
services and her retail store in Guilford, Connecticut
– contact her at
She looks forward to creating a
customized package to address any and all of
your organizing needs.