Eileen Koff, C.P.O.®, Certified Profesional Organizer
Eileen was born and raised in the suburbs of Houston, TX. Even at a young age, Eileen showed a knack for eliminating clutter and bringing order (and consequently, happiness!) to people's lives.
As a teenager, her favorite store was The Container Store, which at the time was just a small mom-and-pop shop on Hillcroft Avenue.
She was an avid customer, always buying organizing items for her friends and family. Eileen attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning a B.S. degree in Home Economics (with a concentration in child development) and a minor in interior design, all the while organizing her friends' dorm rooms for fun.
Soon after college she met and married Wayne Koff, and proceeded to apply her organizational skills to the momentous task of raising their three boys, Ian, Evan, and Keenan. Eileen's family moved around, settling in Bethesda, MD for some years.
In Bethesda, she served as President of a parent cooperative whose focus was to evaluate and provide side-by-side comparisons of over 60 Bethesda-area pre-schools, to assist new parents in choosing the best place for their children. Also, under Eileen's direction, the cooperative offered organizational services to the pre-schools, helping with everything from administrative filing systems to bulletin board arrangements.
In 1992, the Koffs made their move to Long Island, and Eileen's organizational talents and aspirations took a backseat to establish a new home and community. Then one day while watching TV, Eileen came a across a show highlighting a current NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) member, and she couldn't believe what she was seeing. All the skills, talents, and ambitions that she possessed were being channeled through this national organization; professional organizing had become a business, and it only took Eileen about 30 seconds to reach for the phone, call the advertised NAPO number, and become a member.
Eileen immediately understood the value of volunteering for NAPO and she has served as their Publication Chair and editor of NAPO News, as well as project head for their education committee helping to develop courses for their 4,000+ members. Eileen received the prestigious “Golden Circle Membership” designation in 2003, celebrating the five years distinction in the professional organizing business.
She received her C.P.O.® certification in June 2007, in the inaugural class certified by the Board of Certified Professional Organizers. “The program of certification for professional organizers acknowledges the importance and value of standards in our industry. The CPO® contributes to those evolving standards, and represents the epitome of competence, ethics, and professionalism,” says BCPO President Audrey Lavine, CPO®.
“Eileen has spearheaded implementation of green organizing techniques.”
In the area of Eco-organizing, Eileen has spearheaded implementation of green organizing techniques throughout Long Island. In recognition, NYC based Green Irene company promoted her to their position of Practice Leader.
She speaks nationally to professional organizers seeking to incorporate a “greener or eco-organizing” specialty into their businesses. Her topic, “Green and Orderly” was presented at the 2010 NAPO conference and she was honored to have been selected to be part of the “ECO” panel in the 2013 NAPO conference. That same year, Eileen was awarded “Best Green Service” by her peers at the national NAPO–LA gala.
Between 2007 and 2015, Eileen was Faithful Organizer Education and Devotion Director. Between 2012 and 2015, she was the organizing columnist for Christian women’s magazine Just Between Us.
In 2013 Eileen’s first book ”Organize His Way—A Christ-Centered Approach to Organizing Your Life” was published, and Eileen’s new path spurred her to create Eileen Koff Ministries. “Organize His Way” bible study has been taught in various US locales and the word of this unique study is receiving transforming testimonies of lives changed.
"It has been a year since I first heard you speak at my Church Mothers Group.
I instantly knew you could help me get out from under the paper prison I was in! I knew I needed extra help, so I attended your paper clutter seminar and armed with your easy to implement solutions, I went to work.
I now have a system that I still depend on a year later. I am moving in a month and so many times in these past months I have said "I know exactly where that is" and there it was. Receipts, appliance warranty's, the house deed, you showed me how to create a place for everything.
Thank You for sharing your gift with the rest of us! I look forward to having your expertise as we set up my new home."
- Marybeth Ermmarino