Meet Leslie

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You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare. ~ O’Keefe

Leslie Gail, M. Ed., owner of Declare Order Professional Organizing and Professional Development Director for NAPO-Chicago, uses sensitivity, patience, and a dose of wit and whimsy to help families reduce stress in their lives.

One of Leslie’s favorite things about organizing spaces is the instant relief order can bring. What makes her the proudest is helping families uncover solutions that work for their unique needs. On a personal level, she enjoys the health benefits provided by the physical nature of the job. Organizing literally makes her heart happy – from the inside out!

Leslie started college studying human behavior. She earned a degree in Psychology and then returned to school for both Elementary and Early Childhood teaching certificates. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Curriculum – yes, she has an advanced degree in Child’s Play!

Professional Involvement
Leslie is a proud member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. She currently serves as Professional Development Director for NAPO-Chicago and is always on the lookout for interesting, dynamic speakers to address NAPO-Chicago Chapter members. Please let her know if you have any contacts or topic ideas!

Leslie has also had the privilege of working with NAPO-Chicago organizers on A&E’s “Hoarders” (Episode #47: “Randy and Vicki”) as well as TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive” (“Denise’s House” and “Little People, Big Hoard”).

In addition, Leslie loves room makeovers and helping families faced with unique challenges. One non-profit where she volunteers is Special Spaces Chicagoland, which is a unique organization that specializes in creating dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical illnesses. Visit Special Spaces Chicagoland’s website to learn more about this amazing organization.

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Experience:

  • NAPO-Chicago Professional Development Director
  • Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
  • Developmental Therapist
  • Before and After School Care Director
  • ABA Therapist

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Bachelor’s Degrees:

  • Psychology with a minor in writing
  • Elementary Education

Master’s Degree:

  • Early Childhood Curriculum

Teaching Certificates:

  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education