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Life & Work with Lisa Menees of Fuquay Varina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Menees.

Hi Lisa, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was a teacher for 20 years before we moved down here in 2018. I was looking to make a career change, but had no idea what to do, as teaching is all I have ever done.

I’ve always been a naturally organized person, and with the rise in popularity of professional organizations thanks to Marie Kondo and The Home Edit, when I stumbled upon an online webinar on how to run your own organization business, I thought “Ok, I’ll give it a try and see how it goes”.

That was 3 years ago, and though Covid was definitely a “Monkey in the wrench”, the business has grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple of years!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Covid was the biggest challenge by far. Even after we were allowed to venture out again, it still took a long while for people to be comfortable with a stranger coming into their home, and rightfully so.

Before Covid, however, the biggest struggle was getting my name out there and becoming known and trusted. Since we moved from out of state and had such a small circle of friends in the area, it took a while.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
There’s so much more to organizing a space than just making things neat and tidy. Many clients are motivated and ready to make decisions about the things in their space, while other clients are motivated for the finished product, but get stuck along the way by certain items in their space.

There are many mental blocks that go along with the clutter, and though I’m definitely no psychologist, there is some psychology to helping clients over those hurdles to figure out what is really important for them to keep and what they have been holding on because they feel they have to.

I take as much time as a client needs, and through many judgment-free questions and what-if scenarios, we get down to the heart of what’s important to them. I think my time as a teacher has given me the patience and skills needed to nurture a client through what can be a very difficult process.

I love being able to help my clients free themselves from the clutter that has been weighing them down (and I can literally see the weight lift off their shoulders). I create personalized systems that bring function to the space and work with the natural habits and routines of the family to make those systems sustainable long term.

The best part of my job is when I see the look on their face when they finally see their completed space in a way they couldn’t even imagine before. It’s the same “Light bulb moment” as when a child finally learns something you’ve been trying to teach them. That’s where the magic is!

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