Our Team of Professional Organizers

Vickie Dellaquila

Owner & Founder, Certified Professional Organizer

Vickie Dellaquila achieved the Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®) from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. There is a relatively small number of professionals that have achieved this certificate, with Vickie being the first in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. She is also a Certified Professional Organizer®, receiving her certification in the inaugural class of 2007. Vickie is the owner of Organization Rules® and has been a Professional Organizer for over 14 years!

Sometimes, people get stuck in their life because of difficult situations such as divorce, death of a spouse, simply being overwhelmed, depression, or hoarding. Other illnesses such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome can compound issues with disorganization. The stuff can paralyze them and they can’t move forward. They need some help to get unstuck and to move forward in their life. Through her business, she has helped many clients get unstuck by de-cluttering, organizing, and simplifying their lives. She helps people to focus on what "stuff" they really want to keep in their life and what "stuff" to let go. Vickie also focuses on the financial and emotional costs of keeping all that stuff that is not used.

Vickie has moved several times and as a child, she loved to de-clutter and organize her bedroom with each move. Her parents thought she was a little strange because one of her hobbies was “organizing.” With each move, Vickie's parents ignored the idea of unpacking all those boxes, however Vickie saw it as a fun challenge. Her parents thought many of the packed boxes should stay in the basement and just move them the next time they move. Vickie loved to unpack and organize those items.

Using her background in nursing and social services she helps seniors downsize and relocate. Her expertise enables her to answer questions like: "I have lived in a five-bedroom, two-story home for the past 47 years and need to downsize and move. How do I start?"

Vickie's life experiences include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Slippery Rock University. She also has hospital nursing experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has worked in social services as a Caseworker in a Nursing home and as an Employment Specialist for a non-profit agency. Vickie also has done basic financial budgeting seminars for non-profit agencies, focusing on why we overspend.

Her company has been featured in several publications, including Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, The Pittsburgh Magazine, the Costco Connection, USA Today Your Life, the Miami Herald, the Boston Herald and KDKA TV. She has taught the class, "Working with Adult Children of Elderly Clients" and "Hoarding and Seniors" for the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. She has taught the "Get Organized" and "Senior Downsizing" courses at the Community College of Allegheny County in McCandless.

She is also the author of the book, Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash-A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move and The Moving Workbook.

Vickie is married and has three grown daughters, and is Gigi to four grandchildren and counting!

Vickie Dellaquila


Membership
  • National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)
  • NAPO Pittsburgh-Founding member and current Program Director
  • Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD)
  • National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM)
  • NAPO Golden Circle
  • NASMM Circle of Service

Educational achievements in the Organizing Industry
  • Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD)
  • ICD Level IV Education Mentor
  • Certified Professional Organizer (Inaugural Class of 2007)

Certificates of Study from Institute for Challenging Disorganization (formerly NSGCD)
  • Hoarding Specialist Level II Certificate
  • Aging Specialist Level II Certificate
  • ADD Level II Specialist Certificate
  • CD (Chronic Disorganization) Specialist Certificate
  • Basic Hoarding Issues with the CD Client
  • Understanding the Needs of the Elderly CD Clients
  • Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client
  • CD Client Administration
  • Basic Mental Health Conditions and Challenges Affecting the CD Client
  • Learning Styles and Modalities
  • Basic Physical Conditions and Challenges affecting the CD Client
  • Life Transitions
  • Understanding the Needs of the Student CD Client
  • Study in Time Management and Productivity

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Slippery Rock University
  • Licensed Practical Nurse Certification

Lauren Gilchrist Chapin

Professional Organizer

Lauren Gilchrist Chapin comes to Organization Rules with a background in Architecture & Interior Design. She has a talent for envisioning furniture placement, devising unique storage solutions, repurposing items, and generally maximizing your space. A native of Northern Virginia, she honed her spatial skills while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia, from which she graduated with honors and received an award in Design Excellence. She has had a knack for organization since childhood and was introduced to world of professional organizing while downsizing several of her own family members. Lauren grew up with a Chronically Disorganized parent and brings that understanding and perspective into her work with clients.

Lauren is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and NAPO Pittsburgh. She served on the Board of Directors of NAPO Pittsburgh from 2015-2017. As of December 2015, she holds a Level II Chronic Disorganization (CD) Specialist Certificate from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Lauren has appeared as an assistant on the 8th Season of "Hoarders" on A&E. Her organizing and design work have been featured in both digital and print media, as well as in a recent commercial for Dolby Audio. She lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband, Alex, twins Henry & Hannah, and cat, Freckles.

Lauren Gilchrist Chapin


Membership
  • National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)
  • NAPO Pittsburgh - Director of Technology

Certificates of Study from Institute for Challenging Disorganization (formerly NSGCD)
  • Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization
  • Level II CD (Chronic Disorganization) Specialist Certificate
  • Level 1 Certificate of Study in Basic Hoarding
  • Level 1 Certificate of Study in Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client

Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Virginia