Melissa Picheny learned the positive effects an organized, efficiently-designed space can have on productivity and well-being during her time as a producer at the YES Network. Drawing upon her experience in her previous role, she founded declutter + design with a mission to uncover the potential of any space and create environments which are livable, workable and stress-free. The LuxPad caught up with Melissa to find out more about the company…
Can you explain the concept of declutter + design for those who are unfamiliar with the company?
declutter + design is an organizing, staging and redesign company offering both in-person and online sessions to help homeowner’s and office dwellers unlock the potential and to create a functionally-designed space. My mission is to inspire, motivate and provide my clients with simple yet timeless solutions to their organizational and spatial needs.
Where does your love of organization and redesign come from?
Growing up, my father kept everything and my mother threw everything away. I was left somewhere in the middle and placed an emotional attachment onto everything I owned. One day, I had an incredible revelation that taught me to objectively evaluate my space and let go of what I no longer needed. Realizing the impact this had on every aspect of my life sparked a passion to share my insights with others.
What does your typical working day entail?
One of the things I love about my business is that every day is different. Some days I’m working back-to-back organizing sessions with clients, other days I’m staging a home that’s going up for sale and then there are days that I am meeting with vendors, writing up action-plans for clients and responding to press inquiries.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
There are two pieces of advice I’ve received in the last 15 years that altered my life.
The first piece of advice given to me when I started my business was by my mother. A business owner herself, she shared with me that whenever if I ever began to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of owning a business to just continue working hard and keeping a positive attitude and that the work would always come.
The second piece of advice came to me this past year as I was becoming certified in positive psychology. My teacher, the world-renowned Tal Ben-Shahar, revealed, “When you appreciate the good, the good appreciates.” I’ve come to embrace this philosophy and have seen it manifest in my own life.
What are your top three tips for creating more space in a home?
Top three tips for creating more space are:
1) The best place to start decluttering is in closets and inside cabinets
2) Schedule your declutter time wisely – it gets worse before it gets better, so make sure you plan enough time in the day or week (end) so that you’re space can be messy for that period of time
3) Take some time to figure out what you want your end result to look like then, break up your goal into smaller, more manageable tasks so that you won’t feel overwhelmed getting there.
Can you tell us about your favorite project you’ve worked on so far?
I love staging apartments that are atypical. If left un-staged these kinds of apartments would sit on the market and the seller would lose money. I’m able to help my clients realize a much bigger profit on the sale of their homes, which then affords them the opportunity to move forward in their lives.
I also love working with families that think they’ve outgrown their space. I work with them to declutter and then design spatial solutions that allow them to fit comfortably and love their home again!
How would you spend your perfect day off?
The perfect day off would be filled with the sound of my little boy giggling, my husband’s hugs, a walk through a new town we’ve yet to discover and some delicious food!
What does 2017 hold for declutter + design?
2017 has started off with some exciting new ventures and opportunities that I am not quite ready to divulge as they are still being solidified.