Christine Ballard is a professional organizer in the US and the UK, specializing in home and office organization since 2007. Her clients credit her with bringing order and peace of mind into their busy lives. She makes her home in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she manages her business, The Orderly Office, and enjoys hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Records to the Rescue! is her first book in which Christine shares the lessons her clients have taught her, making them available to a wider audience.
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Originally from Worcestershire in England, Christine worked at The Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, as an Occupational Therapist. She first visited America as an exchange therapist at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. She moved to Charlottesville in 1986, and is proud to have become a US citizen in 1992.
When her father became ill with dementia, Christine returned to England to be with him. Noticing his distress at being unable to manage his own business affairs she developed a unique filing system that allowed him to feel in control. At the same time, it enabled family members to see exactly what needed to be done to help him.
When she returned to America, more people asked Christine to help with their organizational challenges. Thus began The Orderly Office, Christine’s home and office organizing company. It soon became apparent to her that most clients could not find important information when needed, which prompted her to write, and then publish, an organizer to help a wider audience organize their essential information.
Over the years, Christine has had many interesting hobbies, including raising sheep, processing the wool for her own use and for sale to other hand spinners, knitters and weavers, and also enjoyed decorating intricate wedding cakes. She also trained and worked as a dental hygienist where she learned the fine art of working with people in stressful situations – useful when working with overwhelmed clients!