An Atlanta native and mother of 2 children, Michelle Cooper was born with good organizational skills, which she has continued to sharpen throughout her professional career. Armed with a business degree from the University of Florida, she began her career in Corporate America in 1990 and followed that with almost 10 years as a Realtor with Harry Norman, Realtors.
After 10 years, she had a conversation with a friend and colleague, mentioning some of the unique challenges of a real estate career. Her friend thought all of about 5 seconds and said, “You need to become a professional organizer!” Michelle’s strong organizational and interpersonal skills served her well as a Realtor, and as soon as she heard the suggestion, she knew it was the right fit!
After reaffirming her expertise with extensive research into the professional organizing business, all the pieces came together, and Put It There was formed in 2003. Through her years as an Organizer, she has gained experience working in both residential and small office settings. Michelle is a member of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers and the local chapter, NAPO-GA. In 2007, she became a Certified Professional Organizer, CPO, as a member of the first group to pass an exam and qualify for the title. In 2009, she became a member of NAPO’s Golden Circle recognizing those who have been in the industry for 5 years or more.
In the meantime, while pondering how she could truly make a difference in the lives of children, she began speaking with a fellow Organizer, Michelle Grey, who shared similar goals. Together, they decided to apply their knowledge and experience towards empowering children with the organizational skills needed to become more successful and confident both at school and home. The results of their combined efforts led to the creation of Student Organizers of Atlanta and their comprehensive method they use to design organizational systems that accommodate each student’s unique needs.