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Meet Elsa Elbert of Composed Living in West LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elsa Elbert.

Elsa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I spent nearly twenty years as a customer service executive, managing teams of people, improving efficiencies and streamlining processes. My passion has always been working with people, and making things function better. This led me to earn a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. After leaving my last job in the corporate world, I purposefully took a one year break. It was during this time that I realized my desire to be in control of my own little world. Being a working mom (three boys!) and running a household is a big challenge, and having the ability to work from home and on my own schedule is of the utmost importance to me. I have always found joy in organization, and when deciding to start my own business, this was the obvious choice. While much of the conversation around professional organizers is about physical space, I believe that your physical home is a reflection of your emotional state – by putting one in order, the other inevitably will follow. I enjoy working with clients to help them build the life of their dreams. I chose to name my company Composed Living, because that is what I want to help people achieve – a composed life. Compose…to form (a whole) by ordering or arranging the parts, especially in an artistic way. For me, composing a beautiful life is not just about decluttering your home. It’s about bringing together the sights, sounds, smells, textures…all those things that bring you joy and create lasting memories.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The process has actually been a smooth one for me, but mostly because of my prior experience running organizations. My biggest challenge was actually social media! I was not terribly active on social media before, so it took some getting used to – but now I have so much fun being able to explore my creative side, and I’m always looking for beautiful items to photograph! I find myself moving things around in my house all the time so that I can get some great before & after shots…my kids are even on board now! That has been the best part of the process for me, is watching my sons take an active interest in what I’m doing. They have already repainted their bedrooms and they’re very involved in the decor decisions now.

Please tell us about Composed Living.
Composed Living offers a variety of home and office organizing services. We specialize in decluttering, creating efficient storage solutions, and effective space planning. We love coordinating moves, handling everything from decluttering before you pack, to unpacking and styling your new home!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wish I would have started sooner! It took me many years to decide that I was ready to do professional organizing full time, and I wish I would have jumped in head first a decade ago. But I believe everything happens for a reason, and the universe was telling me to wait. Now, the timing is perfect and I couldn’t be happier.

Also, if you’re not extremely organized and comfortable with legal paperwork, hire a pro to handle that part for you – that can be overwhelming.

Pricing:

  • $165 per hour
  • Travel time included
  • Free consultation!

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For profile photo: Scott Clark

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