debra baida, life organizer & coach…

Debra Baida, Liberated Spaces…for people navigating their spaces, stuff, time, projects, goals, and life transitions.

I started my organizing business in 2007 after two decades working as a photo editor in New York and San Francisco. In many ways the transition made a lot of sense. Collaborating with photographers and art directors to edit images for the purpose of publishing impactful stories, translated quite naturally into collaborating with clients so they can edit, embrace, and reclaim their spaces and continue to pursue and create their life stories. Admittedly, too, I believe the organizing gene has been as prominent in my DNA as is the gene for curly hair.

This work provides me with a meaningful and creative outlet to share skills and information that empower individuals to bring about positive change in their lives. Connecting with people fuels my days, and I continue to be inspired and humbled by those who invite me into their homes and work spaces.

Throughout my pursuits, I maintain a strong commitment to participating in the various communities of which belong. My company has been a San Francisco Green Business since 2008 and was the first professional organizing business to receive this certification. In 2018, Liberated Spaces® became the fifth certified Green Business Innovator in California and was named best organizer in San Francisco Magazine’s annual Best of San Francisco issue. I served for three years leading the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals’ Environmentally Conscious Organizers Special Interest Group. I was a volunteer project captain for Rebuilding Together San Francisco (RTSF) for five years during which I collaborated with their staff to incorporate professional organizers into their efforts. In 2018, I partnered with Ecocity Builders on crafting the Ecocity 30 Day Zero Waste Challenge. Currently, I am a core advisor to the new online journal, The Art of the Green New Deal.

My personal journey of adopting a more mindful and sustainable lifestyle began shortly after my move to San Francisco. Some may say it was the left coast’s air and water, but truly, it happened by accident and out of necessity.

Liberated spaces* is a motivating force in my life and in the collaborations with my clients. In my blog of the same name, musings and findings loosely pertaining to organizing, sustainable living, and creativity intersect and mingle. These are themes that fill my waking hours, though they’ve yet to infiltrate my sleeping hours.

In other parts of my life I am a photographer who refuses to give up black-and-white film, a sustainable food advocate who loves sharing her latest local find, an avid cook who considers time in the kitchen a form of meditation, and a voracious reader of nonfiction.

*Liberated spaces is the result of removing physical, mental, and/or emotional obstacles that hinder efforts to focus on the things in life that matter. When we liberate our spaces, creativity and motivation begin to flow and new avenues of possibility begin to open.