Jodi Eisner, President of Method to the Madness, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been a professional organizer since 2000 and received her certification in 2008. In addition, she holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, from the University of Pittsburgh. Jodi works with clients to help them create a stress free, uncluttered, systematic space. Each individual has different learning styles and unique qualities. Jodi assists her clients, by tapping into these styles and creating a living environment that has functionality and beauty. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Jodi Eisner.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My style goals center around a clean, uncluttered, yet functional space. I believe that if a space is aesthetically pleasing, people are more likely to keep it that way. I think people should surround themselves with things they love.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I start by asking clients which pieces they love and desire to keep in the space. That gives me an idea of their taste and style. Functionality is the next piece of the puzzle: I try to repurpose other items from around the home to give it the functionality that the room requires.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I am inspired by all things creative. I often have a vision, but I look to the creative people in my life to make that vision a reality. When it comes to basic organization, I use Julie Morgenstern’s Kindergarten Model of Organization. The basic premise is that a home should function as a well oiled machine, much like a Kindergarten classroom. A home should have specific zones, where everything is labelled, accessible and functional. Yet. a home should be a relaxing and comfortable haven not a museum.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
My inspiration usually comes from my clients and I take my cues from them. Individuals have different styles and approaches with regards to the functioning of their home. I always try to repurpose items that someone already owns. Usually people have items that they love, but are not being used in the most efficient manner.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
For over ten years prior to becoming a Certified Professional Organizer, I practiced as a Social Worker in the field of Addiction. While seemingly a completely different career, professional home organization is a natural offshoot of personal counseling. My counseling background has been an invaluable tool in helping me assess underlying issues. The biggest piece of advice I can give an aspiring Professional Organizer is to leave all personal judgment at the front door.