Changing Places’ Founder and President, Margaret Fearey Walsh, was born and raised in Philadelphia. She studied interior design at the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University. Margaret also studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and traveled to France to learn under Louisette Bertholle, co-author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking alongside Julia Child and Simone Beck. Upon returning to the US, she opened a catering, events and retail shop and by 1980, the company was recognized as the top caterer in the Philadelphia area. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Margaret ended her career in food and moved to warmer climates in California.

In 1993 Margaret founded Rent-A-Wife in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering residential “concierge services” including catering, housekeeping and errand running. The business evolved into Changing Places, Inc. She pioneered the business of organizing simple to complicated household moves for clients – her first project was an executive moving from San Francisco to New York City. Margaret flew in to New York and personally handled all of the details, allowing the client to start work immediately.

Changing Places progressed into a close-knit family of organizers, dubbed “The Dream Team and also The Organizing & Moving Architects”. Our employees make magic happen on each and every job. Delivering excellence is at the root of Margaret’s style and work ethic.

Changing Places’ mission is to “bring beauty, order and peace to our customers.”

An avid international traveler, Margaret is especially passionate about France.

She also gives generously to several charities that are personally dear: as a two-time breast cancer survivor, Margaret champions Sunflower Wellness, and The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. She also has raised awareness of Celiac Disease as the west coast business advisor for Beyond Celiac.

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