Serena Paulus has been a Central Coast resident for 36 years. She and her husband raised three daughters and now enjoy five grandchildren. Her background has been in Human Resources until 10 years ago when she started her organizing business, Serene Spaces.
Serena brings her skillset as a Professional Organizer into many different environments; working with clients abroad, in other states and locally. Helping busy individuals, families and businesses lose their clutter, streamline their processes and find their Serene Space through organization brings her great joy. She works alongside her clients to find the best solutions to get their spaces organized, functional and looking amazing while teaching them skills and implementing systems to help them maintain success! Serena has extensive experience working with hoarders, businesses, ADD/ADHD clients, downsizing estates, filing systems, move management and general organizing.
Here’s what some of her clients have to say about her.
- “Serena Paulus has a spatial ability that I have never seen before. She can just look at a space and figure out how to maximize its effectiveness works very quickly and just “gets it done”. I never knew there were humans like her that existed on our planet; kind, thoughtful, generous of their time, super intelligent and can “re-engineer” a space (in her head, as it seems) quickly.”
- “If I could give her 10 stars, I would! Serena is a marvel and a delight. A true “Wonder Woman”! She is the epitome of hard work. She doesn’t stop, and I don’t know where she finds the energy. I worked with Serena for a year and a half when my parents began their downsizing journey from a 4500 sq. ft. home, to an 1800 sq. ft. cottage. They had a huge attic, garage and garden, also filled with stuff. (It was all GOOD stuff, too! Just ask my mom!) Serena is grace and kindness and thoughtfulness all rolled into one. She was so careful with my mom’s feelings and requests. She has the patience of a saint. She was present and mindful with every step. She ended up helping me drive them from Cambria to San Diego in 2 vans with 2 cats and my parents. She then came BACK to move my parents into their new home, unpacked every box and put everything away and even hung the art and pictures. Her last act was to get my dad out of the storage unit he thought he would have to pay for for forever by brilliantly organizing shelving in the new garage. We could NEVER NEVER NEVER done this without her help. She is worth every penny. I hope you are lucky enough to utilize her talents.”
NCI AFFILATES, INC.
NCI Affiliates, Inc. (formerly North County Industries) is a 501 (c) 3 California non-profit corporation established in 1979 to provide vocational and community living supports to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. NCI Affiliates serves north and eastern San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and San Benito Counties.
NCI contracts with the State of California, Department of Rehabilitation and Department of Developmental Services with funding administered through the Tri-Counties Regional Center Office and San Andreas Regional Center Office.
The programs at NCI are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities cover Community Employment Services: Job Development and Employment Supports, and Organizational Employment Services.
NCI serves the vocational and community living needs of close to 350 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Current developmental disabilities served include intellectually challenged, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, down syndrome, and similar disorders. Additional challenges may include paraplegia, hearing disorders, vision impairment and mental illness.
Current vocational programs include Supported Employment, Individual and Internship Placement, Direct Placement, Work Services and Situational Assessment programs. The Community Living program provides support services to those seeking to live independently within the community and the Activity Center Day Program provides a daily living curriculum for individual’s transitioning both into and out of vocational training and placement, as do our Community Based Day Programs.
NCI currently owns, operates, and supervises several supported employment vocational training sites from Salinas to Atascadero. They include three retail thrift stores, document destruction, roving janitorial and grounds keeping crews and food service contracts with the City of Atascadero (Orange Dog Café), and Coffee Café at Camp Roberts Military Base. In addition, NCI individuals have long term vocational training employment contracts with local and state agencies including Caltrans, Hearst Castle, Camp Roberts, City of Seaside, and more.
NCI’s Individual Placements (competitive integrated employment) continue to support individuals during the pandemic at jobs in the community. Currently we are assisting 61 individuals placed, and 38 individuals in development. Job placements include the Monterey Law Office, Target, Albertson’s, Tennis Warehouse, Farm Supply, and Grocery Outlet to name a few.