It’s a word we hear almost every day, and a trait that most everyone could admit to being terrible at or could at least use improvement: Organization. An organized home or office leads to more time, more space, and more money. And Lisa Soma of Organizing by Lisa, is the one to help you maximize your time and wallet by using her professional organizing skills.
Whether you are getting ready to move, need help meal prepping, or just need to de-clutter, Lisa will free you from the burden of an unorganized space. As a realtor, I have already seen a number of homes that could benefit from Lisa’s services. The empty nesters ready to downsize need to eliminate years of purchases to fit in their new home. The busy and distressed mom trying to take care of everyone and the house needs another set of hands so she can spend more time with her family. The young couple getting ready to move may not need a professional stager, but a couple hours of organization can make all the difference in the time their house is on the market.
After just a few interactions, I can tell Lisa is a genuine person who enjoys sharing her talent to help others. I look forward to working with her in the future for mutual clients!
How did you get started in the home organizing business?
I got started in the home organizing business when my children started leaving the nest. I had worked from home for 18 years as a home childcare provider. I knew that I was no longer needed at home and started looking into what I wanted to do next. Get another degree? No. Work for someone else? No. Organize for other people? Yes! But was this something someone would hire me for? I started researching professional organizers and my world started to change. I had found that my passion could also be my work.
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What is the most common mistake or problem you see in homes regarding organization?
The biggest problem I see in organization is that people do not have a plan. Most people tell me they are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Knowing how to sort items and how to put like items together is important. Knowing where and how to store items is also important. For instance storing utensils and plates and bowls near the dishwasher for easy access when putting them away. Or having a tote in the bathroom or linen closet with your first aid items in it. I often times see band aids mixed in with light bulbs mixed in with glue sticks. Like things should be stored together. Storage shouldn’t be random. Things are easier to find when in logical places.
What is your favorite room to organize and why?
My favorite room to organize is the kitchen. It has been my experience that unorganized people spend and waste way too much money on groceries. I like organizing kitchens because it gives me the chance to coach people on menu planning, shopping and on ways to save money.
[Lisa Soma, master organizer]
What tips do you have for a homeowner to stay organized?
Tips to staying organized. REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF STUFF YOU OWN! Too much stuff is the biggest problem I see. Too many books, too many toys, too many clothes. Finish what you have before you open more. Too often I see bottles or containers with a little bit of product left in them. For instance a new bottle of shampoo. You may be intrigued by the smell of the new product and start using it. The almost finished bottle gets put under the sink. Your intention may be to use it up later, but usually the bottle gets shoved to the back of the cupboard and forgotten. Pick up as you go. It may seem monotonous but once you get into the habit it will be like second nature. Having a schedule, writing notes and delegating chores are also ways to stay organized.
[If your kitchen looks like this, call Lisa!]
Are you ever stumped on how to organize something?
Photos can be hard for me to organize with a client. People change as they age and I can not always tell who is who from one time period to another.
Any other fun facts?
There are a lot of people who are ashamed or embarrassed by the amount of stuff they have. I want everyone to know you are not alone! I would like to be able to help everyone! Sometimes the emotional attachments are very strong and having someone to help talk you through the de-cluttering, downsizing and/or organizing tasks is extremely helpful. I have a good ear and love seeing the transformations that have taken place in the clients I have been able to work with. Relief, hope and motivation are the things I provide my clients with. I coach them in how to save time, space and money.
The time to organize is before you move. If you are looking to be in a new home in the next few months, contact me at 605.261.8396 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will discuss a plan while I connect you with the best vendors in town to help with every aspect of your move.
This process doesn’t have to be an anxiety-ridden chore. I guarantee the time spent buying or selling your home will be a stress free and borderline FUN experience. I look forward to working with you!
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