Nice to meet you!
My name is Shaina Hotchkiss and I am truly passionate about reaching your goals in your HOMES, EVENTS and LIFE.
I am known as a "DO-ER" able to take DRAB and make it FAB... with a strong philosophy that NO... it doesn’t have to cost a million dollars to feel like a million.
I'm originally from Oakland, California, moved to The Berkshires in 1992 and have resided in New Haven, CT since 2009. I am a mom to my beautiful daughter, Lumen, and a pocket pitt named Cloe. I am a social butterfly with a strong sense of community and networking.
My passion is ENDLESS for making people feel comfortable in their homes, at their parties or just in life!
I look forward to getting stuff done with you!
*Scroll down for Frequently Asked Questions
F A Q 'S
Do you use the same methods as Marie Kwondo?
This is one of the top questions that I am asked when I am decluttering for clients.
I do not believe that every piece in your home or office, should bring you joy. But I do believe that there should be a purpose and a place for everything.
How did you know you wanted to get into decluttering?
There was not always a clear path that lead me to this occupation. I think I could have been a therapist, but after starting the decluttering process with clients, and helping them clear the "material stuff" that is consuming them, I started to realize that people just want action and results, more than just talking about their problems.
Do you pack for people who are moving out of the state?
YES! Packing for a cross country move, or even out of the country is something we take seriously, to ensure your items arrive in one piece. Packing these items with extra materials, and labelling boxes accordingly.
Is your house totally organized and spotless?
NO! Like most of my clients, I have my trouble spots and I am constantly playing the "put away" game.
What do you do with the items once you declutter them from my home?
Depending on what condition the items are in will determine what happens to those items. Most of my clients prefer to donate items to local charities or churches, to be resold or reused.
How did you get into planning parties?
Parties are my true first love and passion.
I have thrown parties for my own enjoyment for over 20 years. As of recently I have opened my skill set to help others throw epic parties, and take the stress of logistics away.
Do you have favorite parties to plan?
Any and all THEME parties are my favorite to coordinate. Even the most obscure ideas can be made into an amazing party!
How do you quote your services for Events?
No two events are the same and unfortunately I do not have an "auto" price to manage any event, which people seem to expect. I am of course always happy to have a discussion with potential clients to find out the information I need to know to put together an accurate quote but expect me to ask you ALL about the type of event you have in mind.
A Wedding Coordinator is expensive; can’t my friends or family help out?
A coordinator is an investment in making sure your wedding day is beautiful & flawless while taking that stress & duty off you and your family. Just like you, your friends & family want to enjoy the day and celebrate with you rather than working your event for you. Regardless of whether I am hired a year+ in advance or a week before your event, you will have peace of mind... and that is priceless.