Staff Spotlight: Rachel Lipsitz
Rachel Lipsitz - Head of Social Media & Personal Assistant
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How did you originally get in touch with Imagine It Done to start working as a professional organizer? And did you know that it would evolve into working directly with Lisa & the development of social?
I had no shame, I DM’d - I was DM’ing everyone at the time. The next day, in true Lisa fashion, she had me come in for an interview. I originally went in for a job for an on-site position just because I liked it and it was therapeutic. Our relationship was just so easy and organic that she wanted me by her side all the time. During my interview I had said I wanted to do social media and had worked for an influencer before. It all kind of just happened and was very organic.
Did you even know that careers like this existed before you found Lisa?
Yes, my dad and step mom have used a professional organizer before. So, in high school, when they moved in together I had seen it, not to this extent, but definitely similar. I knew what it was, but I definitely didn’t think it would end up being my profession or what I would go into, but I knew it was out there.
Have you always been really organized or was it something you grew into when you got older?
I was definitely more organized before the job because once I started, I wanted to come home and not work. It’s still really "organized" and it’s not messy. Someone coming into my apartment would think it was organized, but I see what we do and I just think it’s not. When I was in high school and college I would offer to help my friend’s clean their closets because I was bored, but I didn’t take the time to do mine because I wanted to do theirs.”
What is your current favorite organizing hack?
Something that I’ve learned is how to set up a kitchen properly. I never knew where everything should be in relation to the sink, the dishwasher, the fridge, and the stove. Even keeping pots and pans in the lower cabinets so you don’t have to lift them down. Knowing where everything goes in a kitchen properly and that works functionally is a hack.
What is your favorite product to recommend for a client’s space or use in your own home?
What is your favorite space to curate and organize in a client’s home and why?
I love the pantry, I love decanting things it makes me really happy. Not so much the kitchen, but more so the pantry. I like seeing what other people are eating and there’s nothing better than decanting something. You can play around with the colors of the wrappers. It’s just a lot of fun.
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?
No, but I would say that it makes me realize that when I don’t have space anymore, that is when it’s time to edit. I didn’t do that before I worked here.
What is the most rewarding part of helping clients in their home for you?
Seeing their reaction at the end is definitely rewarding. Especially when working for someone who doesn’t think they needed organization and they come to see the end and they’re like, "oh wow I get it now." And on the other hand people who really, really need it and they can’t even function in their home so clearly they can’t function in their life.
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?
That you have to be able to go with the flow. As much as we try and plan a project, it never goes according to plan. So I think being able to have the ability to go from plan A to plan B, or just not panic when plan A doesn’t work out is really important.