To me, organizing is more than just putting things in their proper place – it’s discovering what truly makes us happy and letting go of things that no longer serve us. This opens space around us and within to allow what we truly love fill to our lives.
I help women find more peace, calm and joy, so they in turn can take those feelings into their families and the world. This work is my contribution to world peace!
I also want to reduce the waste stream and mindless consumption, so I take unwanted items to people in need, compost and recycling whenever possible.
I love helping people step off the hamster wheel of buying “stuff” in pursuit of happiness – we find the joy right in our own minds and homes.
I’ve done this work in my own home, life and mind – I’ve experienced incredible freedom and joy that I want to share!
My goal is to help each person I work with become an organized, happy person, not just to make a space look pretty for awhile. Client-friends often call me a life organizing coach because I help them see and change mental and lifestyle patterns that cause clutter and chaos.
I have a way of connecting with people in a unique way that makes organizing fun, exciting and lasting – see the testimonials for evidence!
Fun fact about me: I’ve been a kayak and outdoor guide for 20 years and every year I lead women’s trips to Blake Island and Belize!
To learn more visit www.JourneyForPurpose.com.
To learn more about my unusual life, read the campfire version of my story below…
To let me help you get organized, contact me through e-mail, Facebook or call/text:
firstname.lastname@example.org / Spring Courtright / 360.265.2477
About Me – The Campfire Story
From a young age I found solace and adventure in the natural world. I spent my first ten years living in a log house on five wooded acres outside of Spokane, Washington. All around me from the time I was born were plants, water, sunshine, snow and animals.
My parents ran a plant nursery on our property and had a large garden that supplied much of our food. We didn’t have much money, but I felt rich. I played in the woods, collected frogs and worms, picked peas in the garden, played with my ducks, chickens, dog, and, well, you get the idea. I spent a lot of time barefoot with unbrushed hair. I often organized mini-expeditions into the woods with my neighbor friends and spent hours organizing my legos, stuffed animals, crayons and pens.
We moved to Seattle, Washington when I was 10, then to Poulsbo, Washington when I was 11. I was a shy girl in a new place, forced to keep my shoes on and hair brushed, and around age 13, troubled teenagerhood began (read my blog post for a story about this time, with a somewhat graphic MeToo story).
I spent long afternoons alone on the beach with my journal and a bottle, taking breaks from my acting career as a normal girl who played soccer player and was a happy student.
At age 15, I went through treatment for alcohol after an overdose, then went on a three-week Outward Bound course. I found a healthy community and rediscovered my love of being immersed in the natural world. Through deep emotional work and long afternoons alone with my journal on the shores of the Puget Sound, I again connected with the inner Spring, full of love and light.
At age 19 I took a mountaineering course at Olympic College, which lead to the opportunity to lead a two-hundred mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon with teenagers from the Suquamish Tribe, and I got a job selling outdoor equipment at the Mountain Shoppe in Bremerton.
With weekends spent climbing mountains and weekdays spent learning new subjects in school and talking with people who traveled around the world for outdoor adventures, I found the joy I’d had as a child. I decided I wanted a future being outside and surrounded by outdoorsy people as much as possible.
While working toward my BA in Environmental Education at The Evergreen State College, I learned how humans were harming the natural world and at first I was angry, depressed and frustrated. I wrote angry poems and ranted in my journal.
But one day I realized it wasn’t fair for me to rant unless I was part of the solution. I sold my car, started riding my bike and the bus, and pared my belongings down to just what I loved and needed. I began eating organic food and learned about buying in bulk. I held clothing swaps and studyied people who made a difference in the world.
I decided the best way to help the natural world was to teach youth, vote with my dollars, and buy new as little as possible unless I believed in everything about the product. For the next 15 years I dedicated my passion and most of my energy to outdoor, environmental education and getting people outside to connect with the natural world and their bodies. This was my mantra:
I spent a few car-less years working for outdoor education organizations in any capacity I could. This included:
- YMCA Earth Service Corps Internship
- Logistics for Outward Bound in the High Sierra and Joshua Tree
- Snowboard instructor at Steven’s Pass in Washington
- Naturalists At Large educator – ecology, natural/human history, canoeing, hiking and ropes courses
- Dogsledding guide in Leadville, Colorado
Of course, things changed as I grew older – I bought a car, started giving in to my Cheetos cravings – but I’ve kept my values close and am still very thoughtful about my actions and purchases.
The last 15 years have been full of more focused adventures…
I became the program director for the Olympic Outdoor Center (OOC) on the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula in Washington, where I taught kayaking, mountain biking, standup paddleboarding, rock climbing and marine life to youth and adults. It was there that I created Outdoor Adventure Camps, my dream summer camp that combined environmental education and outdoor recreation to introduce youth to both the freedom and safety/respect guidelines for outdoor play.
During a break at OOC, I worked in Seattle for my friend’s company, BabyLegs, which flew and drove me all over the U.S, England and Uganda as a salesperson and unofficial “sustainability staff.” I received my certificate in sustainable business through Pinchot University and helped get the Seattle Ski Shuttle going, then came back to my beloved OOC the Kitsap Peninsula.
Now, as the owner and operator of Spring Cleaning Home Organization, I live a comparatively calm, localized life and try to have as little negative impact on the natural world as possible. I continue to learn and share my experiences along the way. I’m married to a firefighter/EMT, with whom I love to do edible gardening, cook with whole foods, canoe, backpack, hike and generally love life with.