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

Professional Organizer, Certified Teacher, PhD Student Community Psychology   

Leslie Hatch Gail, M.Ed., recognizes her clients are the experts and ultimate authority in their own life processes. A sensitive and gifted lifelong learner, Leslie values interpersonal relationships and solving problems using a strength-based approach. She guides clients challenged by managing their living spaces to set-up and maintain organizing systems that meet their unique needs.  

Owner and founder of Declare Order Professional Organizing, Leslie is a professional organizing entrepreneur and former early childhood special education teacher, developmental therapist, and before and after school program director.   

Leslie has presented many in-person and virtual programs for audiences interested in learning more about organizing and decluttering. She is also an instructor for the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professional (NAPO)’s Brain-based Conditions Certificate and is presenting at the NAPO’s annual conference this April 2022 in Baltimore, “Educate. Elevate. Celebrate!” She enjoys opportunities to participate in community projects with her local NAPO chapter for nonprofits throughout Chicagoland.  

As a PhD student, Leslie’s research about community responses to hoarding has connected her to conversations about defining successful outcomes for people living with hoarding challenges and how to support children and adult children who grew up in hoarded conditions. 

Following her motto of Ready…Fire…Aim, Leslie’s TikTok platform, @declareorder, became an outlet for creativity and reaching others as she quite accidentally amassed 170k+ followers teaching about conscious consumerism and challenging the notion that “Instagram-worthy” does not equal “organized.”  

Leslie values and gains inspiration from client’s living with brain-based conditions and would like to share what she has learned with you!   

National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals:
Leslie joined the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and their Chicago Chapter when she started her business. What started as micro-volunteer positions for NAPO Chicago, evolved into creating curriculum for NAPO University, booking guests for NAPO National’s StandOut Podcast, and stepping into the role of NAPO’s Marketing Committee Chair. Leslie is presenting, “Shifting Your Mindset: Tapping into Client Strengths,” at NAPO’s 2022 annual conference in Baltimore. 

Hoarding: Are you a fan of “those hoarding shows” on tv? Leslie had the privilege of working with fellow NAPO Chicago organizers on an episode of A&E’s, Hoarders, “Beverly/Megan,” and two episodes of TLC’s, Hoarding: Buried Alive. She shared lunch on set with Geralin Thomas in a backyard storage shed and learned how to wear a hazmat suit!

Expertise: The goal of is to connect people with the best local experts. They score businesses across the following five categories: Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Availability, and Professionalism. Over the past five years, they have looked at nearly 600 organizers serving the Chicago area and picked the top 9. Declare Order Professional Organizing has been in the top 9 for five years in a row!

Aspiring Author Scholar: Leslie is currently pursuing a PhD in Community Psychology at National Louis University in Chicago. Her dissertation research involves community responses to people living with hoarding challenges. She has two books, one fiction and one non-fiction in the works.