Emily Sclafani - On-Site Organizer & Product Coordinator
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How did you originally get in touch with Imagine It Done to start working as a professional organizer?
I came across Imagine It Done on Instagram and of course was immediately obsessed. At that time, I was looking for a new job and I thought, why not? I reached out to Lisa to see if there were any available opportunities and it happened that she was looking to hire. I sent my resume, interviewed the next day, and just like that!
Did you even know that careers like this existed before you found Lisa?
Yes - I was actually following a ton of different professional organizers and was something I was looking into for a next career path. Lisa’s page was the one I felt I related to and really stood out just because of how personal she is and how unique. Hers was the company I knew I definitely wanted to reach out to.
Have you always been really organized or was it something you grew into when you got older?
I think I started organizing as soon as I was out of the womb. I was always the one who organized all my Barbie’s, and was putting everything away. Growing up my whole family knew, “Emily’s going to organize that.” It’s something I’ve always done so I feel like it comes natural to me. Any space I’m in, if I see something that isn’t organized, I have to go and fix it. It’s great because as you get older, you also have less stuff and it’s all organized already which sort of followed me to college and into my adult life.
What is your current favorite organizing hack?
I often find myself in the kitchens, so I would say decanting everything into containers. Because when things are in packages you don’t know how much you have left of something and you don’t even know what you have. If everything is in the same canisters and you can see everything, you won’t rebuy something you don’t need and let it go to waste. Also marking things with expiration dates and checking expiration dates often.
What is your favorite product to recommend for a client’s space or use in your own home?
My favorite thing is a Lazy Susan. You can put it in so many spaces and it’s so multi functional. Bathrooms, kitchens, kids’ rooms, play rooms - you can put it in so many places and use it to hold different things. You can use it for coffee items, children’s toys or crayons, hair accessories, the options are endless.
What is your favorite space to curate and organize in a client’s home and why?
This is the problem, I like every space. Throw me in anywhere and I will have a field day! Whenever the team asks if we each have a preference when we get to a project, I truly am happy anywhere. Our day to day is so different and everyone’s home and spaces are so different that whatever I do, it’s still so fun. From the bathroom, to the kitchen, to the closet, I love all of it.
Does helping clients donate and sell items they no longer need during the editing process inspire you to constantly be editing in your own space?
Of course, I mean how could it not? After I see how much client’s give away I realize how much I have to give away and what I don’t need. I go back through everything often and re-edit and working with them inspires me to go through my stuff and be donating the things I don’t need.
What is the most rewarding part of helping clients in their home for you?
For sure the smile on their face at the end of a project. When they go through all their things and their expression is just pure joy, that “oh my god” moment, you know that you did your job right. We’re doing things to help clients, even the little things. When life is so chaotic outside of your house, to come home and have things in order and make your life easier within your space, everything else just falls into place. It’s not just making things look pretty, it’s about making things functional for their lifestyle so if you know they’re happy - you got the job done.
If you had to give one piece of advice to someone who was thinking of going into a professional organization career what would it be?
Always saying yes and being a team player. We really do work together on everything and it’s not like you’re in one room just doing your own thing. With us, it’s important to bounce ideas off of one another and not be afraid to say, “Does this work well, can I have your opinion?”
In a lot of other careers and workplaces, people don’t always ask for help, but for us it’s nice to step back and have a fresh view of things. You can learn so many different styles of doing things from one another.