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Former police officer offers home organization in time of chaos

Palm Beach Gardens mom creates booming business during pandemic
Posted at 8:59 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 08:59:30-04

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.  — Like most of us, you probably find yourself at home a lot more these days. Now, some of us are taking on home projects that we've put aside for years. Perhaps more of us are also realizing the value of an organized space.

"I realized after being home so much these past few months that my pantry was a mess," Shannon Shiell said.

While at home, Shiell finds herself craving organization and order.

"I was just buying, buying, buying and I didn't know what I had," she laughed. "So, I had a lot of jerky, evidently. Some of it was moldy in the back."

She called in a natural born organizer, Jessica McGillicuddy, the founder of The POP Home.

Jessica McGillicuddy, founder of The POP Home, offers advice to client Shannon Shiell
Jessica McGillicuddy, a former police officer and founder of The POP Home, offers advice to client Shannon Shiell.

"Because of COVID, people are spending so much time in their homes," she explained.

McGillicuddy's business started booming during the pandemic with gloves, mask and Lysol wipes in hand.

"They're realizing while they've been home that there is all of this chaos in their cabinet," she explained.

McGillicuddy is a former police officer. She said one of the things she loved about it was the structure.

"The main reason I went into law enforcement was to help people, so I wanted to do something where I could still have structure and help people," she said.

Jessica McGillicuddy, founder of The POP Home
"The main reason I went into law enforcement was to help people, so I wanted to do something where I could still have structure and help people," Jessica McGillicuddy said.

If you are not comfortable having someone in your house due to COVID-19, there is also a virtual option that is customizable and comes at a lower cost.

The before-and-after pictures are Pinterest-worthy for sure.

"The Pop Home is a luxury, but I think that it's also a necessity," McGillicuddy said.

Her blog offers up suggestions for how to do this yourself as well.

"It just kind of clicked one day," she said.

McGillicuddy believes key areas of the house to organize first include the kitchen and the bathroom -- essentially, where you start your day.

Jessica McGillicuddy organizes her child's toys
Jessica McGillicuddy organizes her child's toys.

"Take it one step at a time," she said.

Her advice is to try to not do too much at once so you don't get overwhelmed.

"They will find something in their closet that doesn't belong, so then they'll go to where it belongs, realize that area is chaos and then start organizing there, too," McGillicuddy said.

Organization in a time of chaos can't be understated.

"It's helping them streamline ... their lives and providing a little bit more calm in the storm," she said.

For more information, visit ThePOPHome.com.