We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Mensing and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I came to organizing and owning a business differently than most. I never wanted to have my own business. I’m not naturally organized. But here I am, almost 11 years of doing both!
It all began when I got engaged. At the time I was working as a Chemical Engineer in Los Angeles and my fiancé, Jeremy, was in Washington, D.C. The discussions on who would move were endless; we both loved our jobs and our respective coasts.
My decision to move to D.C. was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made. I lived half a block from the beach (my favorite place in the world). My job was great. I was close to family. I decided to leave it all and move to D.C. The job I found in D.C. didn’t take advantage of my degree or work experience. I was well paid, and I was miserable. I liked the people, liked the money, liked working in the city, but hated the work.
I was looking for anything else I could possibly do: nutritionist, personal trainer, engineering, anything. At the same time, I was reading The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin, and it mentioned “professional organizing”. It resonated with me, and I Googled it. This was an actual thing! The more I read about it, the more I knew it was my next career. When Jeremy came home that night I told him I was quitting my job and starting a professional organizing business. His response was an understandable look of shock.
I’m not sure why organizing connected with me. I definitely wasn’t the little girl who always put things away and had things just so. I wasn’t the friend people called when they needed help organizing their closet.
But I create processes. I solve problems. I understand people and how unique each situation is. I also relate to my clients. I’ve lived in an unorganized home. I’ve moved a lot. I’ve set-up a new home. I’ve adjusted my home and life to kids arriving on the scene. I juggle home life, mom life, wife life, business life, and my life. I know how overwhelming it is to see your home and life and not see a way to calm the chaos. I also know all the work necessary to calm your home and life is worth it. I love to help people with the same thing.
People think it was a big jump from engineering to organizing, but it lets me do everything I liked about engineering in a new way: solving problems, creating and implementing processes and solutions, and helping people. I found a way to use my engineering experience in a way where I see results with each client appointment. I make a difference in how someone’s day goes. There’s nothing better.
What should our readers know about your business?
Space & Serenity is completely client focused – whether managing a complicated move for a client or creating a pantry that maintains itself!. There are tons of ways to organize a space; I specialize in learning the organizing style of each client to create a sustainable solution. There isn’t one way to organize – it’s all about what works for the client.
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?
Tacos a Go Go – best breakfast tacos and margaritas!
Donovan Park (aka the Train Park in my family)
Boomtown Coffee – best iced coffee!
Mastrantos – we had all of our special meals in 2020 there
Jenni’s Ice Creams
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
LTD Moving & Storage – amazing moving company! PomPom Florists – my go-to for gifts for clients!
Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce – wonderful way to connect with my Heights community
NAPO-Houston – amazing support of other Houston professional organizers and productivity professionals
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – got me started on this journey
Bookkeeping & Beyond – helps to keep my books straight!
Linkedin: Tiffany Mensing