We had the good fortune of connecting with Reagan Phillips and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reagan, how does your business help the community?
After organizing thousands of spaces since 2004, I decided to finally put my CURE Method on paper and share it with the world. In November of 2021, I published a book titled, “The CURE Method” so I could help teach and educate others in 52 countries about how to organize any space in their home using the method that I use in every one of my own spaces and my client’s spaces. We’re not taught techniques nor methods in school on how to get organized nor taught how to set up systems and deal with the overwhelming items that can creep into our homes and spaces. Transitional periods in our lives can also lead to disorganization and increase clutter in our homes, not to mention incredibly busy lifestyles many of us live in modern times, so I wanted to help as many people as I can by publishing my book. Additionally, I am developing a course that should be released in the next few weeks giving in-depth examples and demo videos of the CURE Method that I follow when organizing various spaces. I hope that these tools give my readers, followers and clients the education they need in order to organize their own spaces themselves. If some folks need additional 1:1 help, I offer virtual and on-site organizing assistance as well. I’m looking forward to certifying many students on “The CURE Method” and help them Cure the Chaos in their homes.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
If I had told my 16-year-old self that I would be a professional organizer one day, I would have said, “What’s that?” This profession barely existed back then and I really disliked tidying when I was that age. Luckily I didn’t have a lot to keep up with growing up. Organization wasn’t something I was naturally interested in because I didn’t know how to set up systems for myself. My love for organizing came about in my mid 20’s when my grandmother got diagnosed with macular degeneration and started losing her eyesight. In an effort to keep her safe in her tiny apartment, I decided to do some massive decluttering and the result had me hooked! Her apartment looked amazing and I felt relieved that she’d be less likely to trip and fall over things in her way. That year, in 2004, I started Cure the Chaos, an organizing company.
When it came to organizing my own spaces, I had to learn from others and teach myself how to organize because unbeknownst to me, I had ADHD. My own home could get very messy quickly and there were times when I doubted my expertise in this industry. Experiencing the overwhelm and discouragement that comes from a cluttered environment helps me connect with my clients. I don’t judge because I truly empathize and have compassion for what they are going through when they try to tackle their space without professional support and are unsuccessful. It’s quite similar to losing weight. You will likely find better and more lasting success with a coach/trainer who can lay out a plan and hold you accountable. It’s amazing what motivation I can stir up after we organize one space!
The biggest lesson I have learned is that you cannot let perfection inhibit progress. Perfection and rejection have stifled my growth personally and professionally for years because I listened to inner voices that held me back from truly taking the risks I needed to pursue my passion and help others “Cure the Chaos” in their lives. For the past two decades, I have had a career in cybersecurity. I truly loved helping schools, businesses and organizations protect themselves from cyber attacks, but my underlying passion for organizing was yearning for something more. I wanted to get my hands on more cluttered spaces and simply serve others through my organizing talent. Leaving the corporate world was the scariest thing I have ever done, but it has been the most rewarding because I am changing lives and living my dream. After leaving the corporate world, I created the CURE Method, a proven system to help others organize their home in four easy steps. I’d ultimately love for my CURE Method to become the gold standard for organizing. The CURE Method not only addresses aesthetics, it addresses function first. Understanding the use of our items and thinking about what purpose they serve in our home is powerful because it opens your eyes to what you actually have in your home, how you are using it and why. I’m super excited that my book, “The CURE Method” is now available on Amazon and is soon to be followed by an online course. Generations to come can use this method over and over again to help them curtail their clutter and chaos.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love showing friends and family around Houston. It is so diverse and has plenty to do. The biggest attraction is NASA, you can spend an entire day there and explore the whole complex. Houston is also the home to the second-largest livestock show and rodeo in the world, so I highly encourage folks to visit this city in March to explore the rodeo and all it has to offer. The barbecue cook-off right, which happens right before the rodeo opens, is extremely fun with tons of booths to visit and plenty of places to enjoy the best barbecue your mouth has ever tasted! The cook-off and rodeo could easily entertain guests of all ages for two days. Some other places we love are Galveston and Moody Gardens. Galveston’s rich history and beautiful architecture is a hit with our out-of-state visitors as they love to explore Pleasure Pier or go swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Moody Gardens also offers plenty to enjoy in its discovery museum, aquarium and the rainforest pyramids.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First of all, I cannot go without recognizing my current organizing team. My sister, Fara has been my rock since day one. She is a great organizer, and without her support, I would not have had the ability to pursue this passion as she has helped me grow and expand. Other team members are: Sylvie, Winter, Betsy, Christen, Kylie and Kaylee, who have my back on any project as much as I have theirs. These ladies mean the world to me and have become family. My husband, Chad, has been the biggest supporter along this career journey and his constant encouragement has given me the confidence to pursue this dream of helping others.
There are four women that have entered my life in the last three months and have propelled my business to new heights beyond imagine. Peggy Garner, publisher of City Lifestyle Magazine in Cypress, Erica Hernandez with Erica Hernandez Media, Brittnay Murray an animator and designer and Jen Gaudet my business coach. Peggy introduced me to Erica and Erica introduced me to both Brittnay and Jen. Jen Gaudet has been absolutely incredible to work with by making sure that I am uncomfortable being uncomfortable almost daily. She gives me tasks to do that create new possibilities for more on a daily basis. I am so glad that she has pushed me off a ledge that that for years held me back. Erica Hernandez is an incredibly gifted photographer, editor and social media manager. I don’t know where I would be without her.
Lastly, I cannot go without giving a huge shoutout to my extended family and a few super close friends: my mother, Carol and my father, Ray; my children, Kellen and Maren; my sisters Katherine and Stasie; my in-laws Betty and Mike; my sister-in-laws and brother in-laws Greg, Jenn, Wendy and Kurt; and my super-close friends, Andrea, Michelle W, Amanda, Michelle D., Renee, Karen, Velissa, Sita, Lori, Lisa, Ashley, Christie, Tamie, Kimberly, Christa, Maria, Jill, Diane, and Angela. I truly love these amazing friends and family who have given me the incredible support I needed to catapult my business forward in ways I never knew possible.
Erica Hernandez Media