Patience and kindness are key aspects of Laura Ecker’s success working with chronically disorganized clients. Laura is living proof that patience can be learned. Very few of her early work experiences required the kind of deep patience she has gained after becoming a mom at age 41 and establishing her home organization business.
Laura joined the Air Force a few months before turning 21 and and served 9 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard. After leaving the military she was a professional temp....routinely going into Fortune 500 companies to run the receptionist desk or front office for a day or a month. Whether it was 500 lines on a switchboard (if you truly understand this term you may be old) or learning to outsmart the phone and computer system of the Cincinnati Enquirer during a distribution strike to get results for subscribers, solving problems was the theme throughout her life.
Professional temporary work allowed Laura to pursue opportunities in acting and in film production. She was a good actress but her heart and mind weren’t truly focused on performing as producing films and project management routinely distracted her from learning lines.
During her senior year studying Communications at The Union Institute, Laura organized a film festival to showcase all the independent films available at that time in southern Ohio. This festival was the catalyst for the formation of the Southern Ohio Filmmakers Association in 2001. Persuading filmmakers with vastly different attitudes about what constitutes a quality film to join together in one organization was one of the most significant challenges in 18 years in the entertainment industry.
Laura began her career as a home organizer by helping an elderly friend downsize and get ready to move to an independent living community. At first she was inspired by making spaces more look organized and attractive but something was missing. Pretty containers and label makers just weren’t enough anymore. A few extremely cluttered and chronically disorganized clients helped her find her true calling.
Today Laura is the only Indianapolis professional organizer with a Level 2 Hoarding Specialist Certificate through the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. She has also earned NAPO Specialist badges in Life Transitions, Residential Organizing, Household Management, Team Productivity and Workplace Productivity.
Laura is a self-described “education geek. She loves learning, reading, being a mom and she has a strange hobby of untying knots.
Victoria Thompson has led a very interesting life. At age 81 she is not done yet.
After 20 years as a Christian Missionary and journalist in Alaska, she moved to Indianapolis to be near Laura and her family. Victoria lent her name to the family business and became a partner with Laura in 2016. Her experience working as a caregiver for clients with dementia as well as a substitute teacher in special education have been very valuable to the business.
Victoria is moving to Texas in October 2020 to be near her other children and will continue to teach ESOL classes and substitute teach at local schools.