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Hidden Gems: Meet Stacy Thomes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacy Thomes.

Hi Stacy, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Prior to becoming an organizer, home stylist and stager, I was a busy “stay-at-home” mother of two. While home with my kids I became obsessed with cleaning and organizing. I felt an intense need to simplify everything and, upon reflection, I believe it was a way to feel I had some control when I often felt I had none. Before I became a mom, I worked in Children’s Television Development which was a career path I decided to forgo after working in a very competitive space for over five years. This time around I wanted something flexible as being an involved and present mom was extremely important to me. After some soul searching, hours of consuming self-help books and workbooks, I realized my true passion of organizing was a legitimate profession and I decided to go for it. I reached out to friends and family offering to do organizing work in exchange for before and after pictures and testimonials; and with that, I was on to building a business. I launched Strive to Organize in 2009 and have been helping people simplify their lives ever since.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Organizing and staging can often be a very physical job, after about five years of working, I was beginning to experience some physical symptoms. By 2015 I had chronic neck and shoulder pain and soon discovered I had a torn rotator cuff. After months of physical therapy, acupuncture and finally, cortisone injections, I reluctantly decided to have shoulder surgery. This unexpected setback, coupled with the downtime after surgery, had me questioning my abilities and career choice. I announced to clients that I would no longer be organizing. I spent the next year on another soul-searching journey dabbling back in the production world again, only to realize that I had been doing exactly what I was meant to be doing. Healed, confident and motivated, I jumped back into the organizing profession with gusto. I reworked my business model, rebranded as Stacy Thomes Organizing LLC, got involved in organizations such as NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals), became an accredited home stager with IAHSP, joined the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce, began networking with local Realtors, took relevant courses from seasoned organizers and earned my certificate in Residential Organization through NAPO University. I know I have to stay strong to work in this profession and I also know that growing my business and relying more on assistants will allow me to keep doing what I love.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
My passion really lies in helping my clients create a home that they love. With over a decade of residential organizing experience I am a master at decluttering and space planning. I can transform any home by identifying core disorganization issues and leading my clients through the necessary steps to achieve their ideal space. By creating a vision for how each room can function more efficiently, I then implement solutions until we reach our ultimate goal with as much (or as little) input as each client desires. I also specialize in occupied staging which is a fantastic way to showcase your home in its best light if you are planning to sell or simply ready to change up your home. Whatever your home goals are, I can bring new life and energy to a once stagnant space.

Most recently I was rated one of the top 20 organizers in Los Angeles by and I am so excited to be doing what I love every day!

What were you like growing up?
As an official Valley Girl, born and raised in Encino, working in my hometown gives me the unique advantage of knowing all of the neighborhoods and the best resources available. An only child of divorced parents in the 80’s, I grew up pretty quickly and became fiercely independent at a young age. I developed street smarts and did what I wanted, often not making the best choices and getting into trouble. Upon reflection, I believe the independence I acquired at such a young age led me to prepare for the worst possible outcome in all situations as a way of protecting myself. Fortunately, through years of therapy, self-reflection work and supportive family and friends, I have learned to extract the positive traits from this mindset and let go of the negative. Ironically, the positives of this long-developed perspective serve me well as an organizer and stager. My unique perspective allows me to help my clients cut through to the root of their clutter so we can set themselves up for the simplest, most efficient environment possible, custom tailored for their lifestyle needs.

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Image Credits
Jessica Gray @Klick Media LLC (All photos with me in them) Stacy Thomes (all other photos)

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