Emily Wilska, founder of The Organized Life

The Organized Life is a San Francisco Bay Area-based company owned and run by me, Emily Wilska. Organizing has long been my passion, and I'm excited to share that passion with others. 

Years spent living in apartments with less-than-generous storage taught me to make the best use of space and to find creative solutions to organizing problems. Professional experience in the independent film, start-up, and corporate worlds has taught me to hone my paper, time, and information organizing skills. A lifelong love of travel, and numerous trips each year, have allowed me to master the arts of packing light, preparing well for traveling, and making the most of time in the air or on the road.

My focus is on speaking and writing about organizing in a motivating, engaging, humorous, and realistic way. Organization isn't just for the organized, and I love making the process of taking control of your space, time, and stuff more accessible to people from all walks of life.

Affiliations & Education

I am a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and a past Director of Professional Development for the NAPO-SFBA Chapter. I adhere to NAPO's guiding principles of integrity, honesty, and confidentiality. In addition, I had the honor of being an inaugural Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®).

I also belong to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD; formerly the NSGCD), which is devoted to exploring methods, techniques, approaches, and solutions that benefit chronically disorganized clients. Through the ICD, I have received my certificates as a Chronic Disorganization specialist and an ADD specialist, as well as the following Certificates of Study:  

  • Chronic Disorganization

  • Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client

  • CD Client Administration

  • Learning Styles and Modalities

  • Understanding the Needs of the Elderly CD Client

  • Basic Mental Health Conditions and Challenges Affecting the CD Client

  • Basic Physical Conditions and Challenges Affecting the CD Client

I served as Editor of the ICD's newsletter, The Chronical, from 2006-2015 and was a Board member and the chair of the Program Development Committee of the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers. I hold a BA in Film from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.