Today we’d like to introduce you to Imani Rhodes.
Hi Imani, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I moved to Baltimore from Chicago 3 years ago. In that time, I always knew I wanted to go into business for myself but couldn’t quite figure out what specific thing I wanted to focus on. I tried a cleaning business and it went well for a while but was unfulfilling. I enjoyed the money that came from it, but not the actual work itself. From there I dabbled in interior design. A few of my friends from college let me in their homes to decorate and I enjoyed it. I loved transforming spaces and making their homes beautiful and comfortable. When I was referred to one person in particular to decorate, I realized this space needed to be decluttered and organized before any type of decorating could take place. I spent 13 hours over this person’s house. At the end of the day when it was all said and done, I was tired but I felt a sense of fulfillment I had never before felt. We changed his entire space room by room. The client told me he felt so much better in his home since it was clutter-free and organized. After that, I knew home organizing and decluttering was what I wanted to do. I am able to help people gain peace of mind and help them bring a little order to their everyday life. I truly enjoy every single project I take on and love reactions when clients see the final product.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Like any journey, the road is never always smooth. The biggest thing I would always think about is “Do I have clients” no clients then no money. This forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and do things I wouldn’t normally do like start and have conversations with people I might normally be nervous or afraid to talk to. Doing that has opened so many doors all because I pushed fear aside. The other struggle was exercising self-discipline. Any successful business is more than just what the public sees. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work has to be done like creating a business plan, financials, and even taking time to examine yourself and really challenge and push yourself to go harder. I think that’s one of the most difficult things. Finding the self-motivation when no one is always around to tell you to keep going. My solution to that and everything else is prayer to God for strength and focus and even quoting a Bible scripture or two to get me through.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Change of Space is a professional organizing business that does residential and commercial decluttering and organizing. We help people get their spaces in order not just for their everyday lives but also help organize spaces for upcoming moves through packing and helping clients prepare for downsizing. One of our most popular services is closet organizing and change of season closet clothes swaps. Usually when people get their spaces organized, after the professionals leave that’s usually it until they need another organizing project completed. Change of Space knows that when people have severe disorganization their space needs to be checked on and because of that we have maintenance services to ensure that all the work we put in with clients does not go to waste. Whether it’s swapping out dry cleaner hangers in closets to watering and maintaining plants, to even giving your home a light touch-up. We follow up and make sure our clients are satisfied and ensure the tailored organizing mechanisms we put in place work for each individual.
The thing we are most proud of is the happiness we see on people’s faces when our work is complete. It makes the long days and nights all worth it.
We offer organizing for any space but also do interior decorating, our specialty is bachelor pad interiors, plant watering and care, packing and decluttering for moving, and general in-home decor/ organizing maintenance. These services are offered all together or individually.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I believe my faith and relationship with God first and for most keeps me grounded and always able to see the Forrest through the trees. I always try to have a pleasant attitude.
I’m a pretty calm person and don’t overreact to allow myself to maintain a level head.
I constantly seek knowledge from people that have either been where I am or are on some level where I want to be. I read a lot of books and push myself to go outside my comfort zone
- Email: Changeofspace410@gmail.com
- Instagram: @yourchangeofspace
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