Rebeca Mosher, owner of Space Composer, is used to organizing in life and in in business. As a professional organizer, manages move logistics and creates customized organizing systems in order to make everyday life more efficient and harmonic. I interviewed Rebeca to learn more about being a professional organizer and also learn a few tips about staying organized in your life and business.
What does your business do and who do you do it for?
We offer professional organizing services to all: from overwhelmed parents in need of clutter control to overworked individuals who need more efficiency in their space. The goal is to bring harmony to our client’s lives and no job is too small or too big for the Space Composer’s team. As part of our organizing services we encompass home organizing and general de-cluttering, move management and full unpacking, styling homes for sell and clearing estates
Why did you start your business? Share your story.
I’ve always had strong logistic, team management skills; seeing the ‘big picture’ of situations has always helped me navigate the world of music production. Knowing me well a good friend of mine entrusted me with the organizing of a 5000 sf storage space of a residential building in Manhattan … that project (which became a 5 month’s gig that turned into a 5 year client) lead me into finding out that professional organizing was ‘an actual profession’ and the rest is history…
What are 2-3 things people can do to declutter their workspace?
Since nowadays nearly everybody is working from home, the main thing I can say is to keep things visually simple and ONLY keep on your desk what you use daily. A clear desk will help you focus better and will help increase productivity so, whatever is ‘non-essential’ to your day-to-day operations, either dispose of it (now’s a good time to re-evaluate the items of your workspace) OR box it up and move it into a different area (underneath the desk, on adjacent shelf, etc…) BUT not far from your work area to make the relationship of your spaces functionality cohesive. If you don’t have a filing system/filing cabinet in place now is the time to have one, so only keep on your desk your ‘action files’ and file away permanent documents (e.g. a business lease) and reference files (e.g. client files).
My other main advice when it comes to tackling the organizing of your work space is that you give yourself a good amount of time. Do this over 1-3 hours and be gentle on yourself, this can be one of the most frustrating areas to organize as it opens very unexpected cans of worms in the process. Take short breaks if needed… You’ve got this!
What are your top tips for maintaining an organized space?
Overall, this is a time to re-evaluate what’s in your space and understand that it is probably wise to own what you need VS. owning what you want. I mean, some indulgence is not bad (even necessary sometimes, but in moderation) and to think in terms of functionality so that your space serves you and not the other way around.
As we have now become very conscious of our physical health we also need to be conscious of the ‘health of our space’ and how that reflects on your mental health. Clutter is detrimental to your space health, the excess of potentially redundant or not fully necessary items, not only clouds the visuals of your space but also your mind. Clutter provokes anxiety, it affects functionality and ultimately that will end up affecting your state of mind. I’m not of the extreme school of Marie Condo and I don’t think there is a universal rule for what to keep. Some people love their books and records so, why part with them in the midst of a digital era? The key point is to understand the dimensions of your space, which you can use as a template to let you know what your limitations are and you’ll be able to keep the right volume of items accordingly. In doing this you should probably keep a little bit less than what you think fits, so your items are accessible any time they are needed. It’s a bit difficult to access items when they’re ‘crammed’ onto a shelf or in a cabinet.
Think about the functionally VS. just the aesthetics of each space to increase the productivity of each area. For example: what good does it do for your everyday life to keep your hats and gloves on very high shelves in a coat closet (one of the most visited areas of the home) if you cannot access them easily? Instead, maybe use lower hooks dispersed along the walls of the closet for some of your most used items or get a small drawer unit to put on the floor of the closet so not only you, but your kids can retrieve and put back their scarves, hats and gloves.
What has been your biggest challenge with entrepreneurship?
I always find that it is most challenging to find good team members that are good at what they do, reliable, resourceful, pleasant to deal with and will be able to represent your brand and business properly. There has been a large proliferation of professional organizers in the last few years, but that hasn’t made it necessarily easier to find good team members. In my case, to make sure my brand is represented the way I want it to be, I always train my staff on our overall organizing philosophy and our particular way of dealing with clients and overall situations. As a matter of fact I’m working on creating an official school of organizing where I’d be able to certify and ‘graduate’ people into this wonderful profession. But yes, finding good organizers and team members is always a challenge and not as easy as it might sound.
What has been your proudest moment in entrepreneurship?
I don’t think I could pinpoint a specific moment but, overall I’m very proud of how I’ve been able to grow, pivot and specialize as over the years on this journey of having my own company. When I first started I did all kinds of projects with all kinds of client types. After trying every side of my profession I realized what my strengths were and then decided that things like that working with ‘chronically disorganized (a.k.a. hoarder) clients’, for example, were not my specialty as they require a more specialized set of skills, and there are plenty of organizers that specialize in that. Along the way I realized that large scale projects involving logistics and team management were my forte (my many years of music production background came in handy there) and so I re-directed the bulk of my business towards those types of jobs. I feel proud that I have been able to recognize the opportunities to specialize, after all, being a jazz musician, improvising and adapting are my second nature.
Since doing on-site sessions with your clients is as viable these days, what other services does your company offer besides hands-on organizing?
Our specialty is in anything that relates to moves: from purging and staging before a move, to doing move management, to full unpacking of a move. These days, where many people need to move but are caught out of their homes due to the lock down, our move management side of the business has become the most useful service to our clients. We coordinate virtual tours for estimates with movers, take care of all logistics and oversee the packing, loading and delivery – if local- of a move. We also also style homes for sale (especially in cases where clients are not on-site to do it themselves) Another side of our business is estate clearances, which in these particularly challenging times, we do with love, compassion and extreme effectiveness.
What piece of advice do you have for anyone starting out with their own business?
Patience, determination and supportive people around you
When you’re not running your business, how do you spend your time
I loooove to cook and to entertain friends and family (at least once a week!) through great, plentiful meal feasts. I also enjoy going to the movies with my son and husband.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Rebeca Mosher has been residing in Jersey City since the year 2000. With over 14 years of experience in the field of professional organizing, Rebeca Mosher brings her extensive expertise and background in the fields of event production and music composition to manage move logistics and to create everlasting and customized organizing systems in order to make everyday life more efficient and harmonic.
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