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Elsa Elbert, Owner

I believe in the connection between our physical space and our emotional well-being. Where there is emotional turmoil there is also physical clutter, and vice versa.

Living in an organized space fosters a sense of calm. When our homes are overrun with clutter, it creates stress whether we are conscious of it or not. The visual distractions pull our attention away from the things we want to focus on - like quality time with your significant other, or being a really present mom for your little ones. I know from experience that if my kids are trying to tell me a story, but their belongings are strewn all around the room, my attention is split between the visual distraction and wanting to really connect with them. By creating systems in our home that are easy for them to use, they are able to stay (relatively) organized, our house stays clutter free, and we get to spend so much more of our time just being together as a family. 

The idea of providing this change, inspiring clarity of mind and creating peace for people in their surroundings is how Composed Living came to be. Order emerging from chaos is an exceptional gift, and one that doesn't have to be overly costly, or environmentally harmful. I love finding ways to repurpose or reimagine an existing belonging, or discover an unusual and beautiful use for an everyday item. I truly look forward to helping each client, and watching them find the same joy I do, once their space - and sometimes their sanity - is refreshed and renewed! 

 

Get to know Elsa even better...

  • Mom to 3 boys: Lukas (18), Lincoln (10), & Hayes (8)

  • Hometown: Redlands, CA

  • Moved: 17 times in 10 years (this qualifies me as a moving expert, right?!)

  • Alma Mater: UW Seattle (BA-Philosophy) and Gonzaga (MA-Organizational Leadership)

  • Current reads: The Untethered Soul; Whiskey in a Teacup; What We Loved

  • Fave movies: When Harry Met Sally; Sleepless in Seattle; You've Got Mail (any 90s romance with Meg Ryan or Tom Hanks! Or both!)

  • Fave TV Show: Beverly Hills, 90210. (Obsessed!)

  • Passion: Helping kids in foster care. To learn more about the organizations I love, click here!


For me, composing a beautiful life is not just about decluttering your home. It’s about bringing together the sights, sounds, smells, textures...all those things that bring you happiness and serenity.

I look forward to helping you create the happiest version of your life, whether by decluttering, organizing, or beautifying!
— Elsa

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Maddy Bryan, Organizer

Maddy Bryan has had a passion for cleanliness and organization since the 6th grade, when she asked for a vacuum cleaner for Christmas (thank you, Santa!). She has put her organizational skills to work in a variety of settings, from tech startups, to mom-and-pop coffee shops, to boutique catering companies. As the daughter of an architect, she has a keen eye for clean design and functionality. She firmly believes that a tidy space is a happy space!

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Keana Cowden, Organizer

Keana has loved organizing since she was a baby, sorting her wooden blocks into neat little piles. Her parents led by example, always keeping an organized home and making cleaning fun. Her passion for organizing grew as she helped friends tidy their spaces, and became their go-to for creative storage solutions. Keana believes there is no feeling quite as lovely as stepping into one’s home and feeling at peace, knowing that each item brings happiness and peace of mind, and she loves helping people feel the same way. Keana grew up in Southern California, and like a true Cali girl, she loves the beach and yoga. She loves movies, and is making it a priority this year to be a better cook (any and all tips welcome). She also believes that a room can be entirely transformed by a fantastic candle, but that’s a conversation for another day.