Melissa Schmalenberger is the founder of MS. Simplicity, a professional organizing service she runs from North Dakota. Melissa was originally an attorney but felt unfulfilled, so decided to switch careers to pursue professional organizing. She finally decided she had to be true to herself and live her passion. She loves helping others to grow, de-stress and realise their full potential. She also firmly believes that clutter has an impact on health and the way we live our lives. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Melissa Schmalenberger.
Image Credit: 1) Lord and Taylor 2) Harrods 3) Calypsost Barth 4) Domino 5) Ballard Designs
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
When I organize a client’s home I see it as a puzzle that needs to be put back together. I gather the right pieces and put that puzzle together.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I start by doing a quick assessment and watching my client’s physical reaction to different areas of their home and possessions. We start where it would impact them the most.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I recently worked with the designer Joan Hebert. She has been exclusively working with one client for several years and brought me in to help with some organizing needs. She found some amazing treasures while decorating the home. The attention to detail along with her creativity are to be admired. I was inspired by her little touches all while being true to the client’s wishes.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I don’t suggest to a client to do something unless I have tried it first. It keeps my advice genuine and creates trust with my clients.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
It is important to be a lifelong learner on varying subjects. If you are creative do some left brain learning and vice versa. Be a better listener than a talker. Clients appreciate when you actually listen to them and can figure out their particular needs.