Nice to meet you!
My name is Shaina Hotchkiss and I am truly passionate about reaching your goals in your HOMES, EVENTS and BUSINESSES.
I am known as a "FIXER" able to take "UN" and make it "DONE"... with a strong philosophy that "it all seems impossible until it is done."
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. I am a social butterfly with a strong sense of community and I love networking and connecting people.
My passion is ENDLESS for making people feel they have accomplished something, even if you needed a little help.
I look forward to getting stuff done accomplished you!
*Scroll down for Frequently Asked Questions
F A Q 'S
Do you use the same methods as Marie Kwondo to Declutter spaces?
This is one of the top questions that I am asked when I am decluttering for clients.
I do not believe it should be as cut and dry... But I do believe that there should be a purpose and a place for everything.
How did you know you wanted to get into packing for a move?
My parents own a business which require a lot of boxes to be made to ship things. I remember making boxes starting since I was about 13 years old, and prepping the boxes to be packed and shipped. It was fun and cathartic in a way... might be hard to explain, but I think it started there.
Do you consult people on their Social Media, or even Dating profiles?
YES! I have consulted on Social Media, creating a clear and concise message to their followers.
YES! I have also consulted on Dating Profiles for a few *friends* mostly, which is fun and helps them to convey who they really are- online, which can be hard.
Is your house totally organized and spotless?
I live in a 2BD apartment, so NO! Like most of my clients, I have my trouble spots and I am constantly playing the "put away" game. You know that one....
What do you do with the items once you declutter them from my home?
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. Last year my sister and I coordinated a Barbie & Ken Pool party for my 3 and her 2 year old! We decided to make two "life size" barbie boxes out of cardboard for the kids to stand in and take pictures. Even the most obscure ideas can be made into an amazing party!
How do you quote your services for Consulting?
No two consulting projects are the same and unfortunately I do not have an "auto" price to manage any project, 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 results 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.
Depending on what condition will determine what happens. There are a few options for selling which would be the responsibility of the Client. Of course, donating stuff to local charities or churches, to be resold or reused, is always an option.