This month, we chat with Christie Robsham of Plymouth, founder of Flourish Organizing Company, about her business. If you would like to be considered for this column contact firstname.lastname@example.org
When did you found Flourish Organizing Company and what led you to start your own company?
I have always been passionate about maintaining a clutter-free, organized space, but I never thought to turn it into a business. After graduating from Bridgewater State University with a social work degree in 2017, I pursued my social work license and began the job search. However, when a job opportunity presented itself, I felt disappointed. I discovered a celebrity home organizing company through social media and immediately fell in love with their work. I couldn’t believe home organizing was a possible career path; although I had never considered the entrepreneurial route, I immediately knew I wanted to take it.
At that point, I was determined to learn all there was to know about organizing. I read books, listened to podcasts, took online courses, and practiced organizing with family and friends. In 2019, I launched Flourish Organizing Company and have loved every minute of it since!
What do you do for clients?
My mission is to provide clients with the beauty and functionality of an organized home without adding anything to their to-do list. From beginning to end, my clients can expect a white glove experience. I offer an all-inclusive service that includes sorting, editing, and measuring their space; researching and purchasing products, designing solutions that accommodate your space, lifestyle and routine; creating custom labels, and coordinating with other service providers to fulfill any project needs.
We work with young professionals, busy families, downsizing seniors, and those tackling home renovations and moves.
What has been your most challenging project to date?
An out-of-state, full-home organizing project. I collaborated with Aspire Organizing of New Jersey to organize a 10,000-square-foot home in Sag Harbor, N.Y. We spent almost 20 hours planning and sourcing products over Zoom calls prior to the project, and over 100 hours organizing every inch of the home. As challenging as it was, it was incredibly rewarding and fun.
Why should someone hire an organizer?
I believe that establishing organization within your home supports a stress-free lifestyle, and everyone deserves that. When you’re organized, your dreams, goals, relationships, and health have the opportunity to thrive. Organizers have the expertise to create long-lasting systems that allow you to devote more time and energy to the things that you love, ultimately avoiding the burnout from the endless cycle of decluttering.
What are some organization tips for employees who work from home and set up an office in limited space?
An organized home office space is essential when it comes to reducing stress and creating balance. Here are my top three tips for those who have transitioned to working from home:
- Less is more! Especially when you are limited on space. Declutter your office supplies and determine what you actually use, what you need to keep, and purge the rest.
- Do you wake up and make your bed each morning? If you answered yes, consider applying the same concept to your workspace. At the end of each day, tidy your desk and give everything a home. It’s much more inviting and motivating to wake up to a clutter-free work space each day.
- Create a system to avoid the build-up of paper clutter. Consider using a filing cabinet, stackable letter trays, or magazine holders; find a system that works best for you and sort your papers as soon as they come in.