By GABRIELLA BOCK | Contributing Writer
Is your home in need of a spiritual makeover?
For many of us, when we see a large mess we might feel anxious and stressed, often choosing to ignore the problem by shutting doors and letting it pile up.
But when Courtney Lewis and Jordan Moore look at clutter, they see an opportunity to simplify.
That’s because the Palisadian duo recently launched The Happy Space, a professional organizing company that transforms chaotic closets, disasterly dens and unorganized offices into calm, clean and productive living spaces.
In an interview with the Palisadian-Post, the organizing entrepreneurs revealed that they help a variety of clients, most of whom are not clinical hoarders or extreme couponers.
Some are working professionals too busy to tackle their messes head on or cooking gurus who need a spice rack overhaul. Others are mothers whose living rooms have been taken over by a sea of scattered toys.
But, according to Moore, one thing all Happy Space clients have in common is that they are seeking to clear up the “stress and emotional blocks” that come along with accumulating too much stuff.
“We believe a clean and organized home helps promote a clear and organized mind,” Lewis further explained.
And the two might be onto something: according to findings published in the 2010 scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, researchers found that women who described their living spaces as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” expressed higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol and were more likely to be depressed and fatigued.
“Many Americans are anxious in their own spaces,” Moore said. “They feel overwhelmed—or even paralyzed—by their own mess, so much to where they can’t even begin to try and sort through it all … that’s where we come in.”
Lewis told the Post the majority of requested jobs are for kitchens, offices and playrooms, and that clients need the most help with sorting objects into easy-to-see, easy-to-access groups.
In operation since October, the idea for their business came while Lewis and Moore, who have backgrounds in interior design and project management, were strategizing new and efficient ways to organize their own cluttered homes.
“It really all started out of necessity,” Moore revealed. “Our friends and neighbors kept asking for our help and so we thought, ‘We could really have something here.’”
And, apparently, they were right: Lewis said the local demand for professional organizing is high and with the holidays behind us, Palisadians are preparing for the New Year by committing to purge last year’s clutter.
“We’ve been booked out a month in advance,” Lewis told the Post. “We feel so lucky to live in such a caring, supportive and mindful community.”
For more information or to book an appointment, visit thehappyspacecompany.com
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