We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Griffin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
The most important principle in my business is discretion. This is huge! Most people have a hard time letting people other than their immediate family in their homes in the midst of every day life. Sure, we prepare our homes for parties, gatherings and social events, but are we ever really prepared for someone; a stranger, to come into our homes and start opening every cabinet, every door and looking in every drawer? No! It’s nerve wracking and most of the time I get a lot of people saying to me they are hesitant to book my FREE in-home consult because of possible embarrassment or judgement. My business is judgement free, embarrassment free and completely confidential. I get the question all the time…”I bet you have seen worse, huh?” And I almost always say, YES! I like to remind all my clients that this is thier home and they are living the way they want in thier home. Thats nothing to be ashamed of. I’ve seen many things and there isn’t anything I can’t handle. There is no need to be embarrassed by your home. There is no need to defend your home. Its your home! Its where you laugh, love and live everyday life. I help busy people take control of their out of control spaces. I expect you to be too busy to handle it. I expect people to not know where to start. I expect clients to have a messy home…otherwise they wouldn’t need me.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Organized Creative Design is a locally owned, boutique residential organizing firm specializing in designing beautifully custom organized spaces for busy families. We began 6 years ago in my home. I was hosting a bunco party and some of my friends were interested in seeing the parts of my home that normally stay closed to visitors; i.e. the pantry. They opened the doors and were in amazement. One of them said to me, “People don’t live like this” I responded and said, “Sure they do!” Well, guess what? Much to my young hearts’ surprise, my friend was right. No most people don’t live like that. Several of them asked me to come help them with their own homes and O.C.D. was born. I have had some ups and downs along the way. We were formed shortly after my daughter was born and I was pregnant with my son. I had him in 2016 and so the business was placed on the back burner for a while. I slowly dipped my feet back in after he was 6 months old. I took on projects here and there but never really committed to be full time until 2018. We reorganized the business and rebranded. I began using social media more and built my website by hand. When the pandemic hit, I was afraid all organizers everywhere would be without jobs. I thought for sure people would be at home organizing everything, but I was wrong again. There was a bigger push for organizing than ever before. Could this be because we are living in our homes more than ever and surrounded by the constant clutter? I think so.
2020 especially taught me a lot of lessons. I am ever grateful for my clients who come to me with constructive criticism and give me ideas, this is what builds a solid foundation and make me a better business owner. Organized Creative Design is fun, upbeat and personal. That’s who I am as well. I have a signature color…pink. Its a feminine color, a happy color, a striking color. That’s me! I am pink! Too many people have told me that I have the best personality. They could talk to me forever. That is what I want to create with Organized Creative Design. We aren’t stuffy, we are chill and relaxed. We want everyone to feel welcome and to feel loved by what we do. We support everyone through their organizational transformation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Woodlands is my go-to place. I absolutely love it out there. There is so much to do and so much to see. We would definitely be eating dinner at Jaspers or Tommy Bahamas. If we got a sugar craving we would go over to Paris Creperie. The shopping in The Woodlands is great. If we wanted to see a concert Cynthia Woods is amazing and the hotel on Market Street is great for convenience. The Westin on the water is also great. Riva Row Boat House is wonderful for spending some time on the water getting some needed exercise. The resort has a great golf course and a wonderful play space at the pool for the kiddos. One day we would probably hang out here in Kingwood. Kingwood has some amazing boutiques; Pretty Little Things, Moda Village (inside the Skin Gallery) and FrogStones. We would eat at Raffas or Chimmichurris which are both right next to the water. We would have facials with Victoria at the Skin Gallery and have nails and toes done at Kingwood Super Nails with Kimmie. There are miles and miles of trails if we wanted to run, walk or bike and simply hanging on the patio at Kingwood Country Club having a late afternoon wine would work too. Id definitely want to take her to Galveston for a day or more. We love to rent a condo at Diamond Beach. The pool there is so chill and it so quiet. We would go to the pier for some child like fun and maybe even take a drive down Jamaica Beach. The San Luis is amazing and has a great spa.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many. First, I have to shoutout to my husband, Jonathan! He is my rock. He has helped me in pretty much every aspect of this business. Long, late night conversations, schedule changes and so many ideas to toss about; he is there for them all. He has been my biggest cheerleader and I couldn’t do this life without him. I love you Jon. My kids who in thier own sweet way support mommy wholeheartedly. I want to shoutout to my parents and my in-laws. They all have helped with every business decision and they are always there for every conversation. My parents actually work with Organized Creative Design when they can. There are facets of this business that clients dont see and these two help with all that. My mom, Kathy, works with me to create our signature children’s memory box which we sell on the website. My father, Richard, he is one of our many contractors. He helps makes clients’ dreams come true through installs and other assignments. Thank you mom and dad. My mother in-law, Geri, helped come up with the business name and my father in-law, Raymond, helped draw up our logo, but they are involved with so much more. Organized Creative Design is truly a family busines. Finally, I want to shout out to my clients, followers, friends, and the community. Without all this support Organized Creative Design wouldn’t be where it is today nor would we be tracking to where we want to go in the future, We feel loved because we are loved by each and every one of them.
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