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Life & Work with Ashley Ingraham

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Ingraham.

Hi Ashley, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I began my business 6 years ago, in June 2016.

For years, I had always been helping both friends and families with their moves or to get their homes in order after big life events, babies, divorces, or a death in their family, or in a lot of cases just general stress.

I decided to capitalize on my own nature of being organized and create a business helping people to get organized, prepare for a move, or clear an estate. I had personal experience in all these areas and realized how helpful it would have been to have assistance.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I hit the ground running and have been very successful. I feel fortunate that my business has thrived through word of mouth and client referrals. As with so many businesses the biggest bump in the road I faced was in Spring 2020 with the onset of the Covid and Quarantine.

The foundation of my work is being able to go into homes and work and I obviously couldn’t do that. I pivoted to helping organize their homes virtually, selling gift certificates for Home Organization to be used at a later date as well as hosting organization Zoom seminars as well as online classes.

I was very concerned as we all were, about how long this would last and if people would be comfortable with having someone inside their homes. At the end of May 2020, I began getting back to actual work and have been busier than ever.

The time at homemade people both revaluate the way they live and use their space which made for a LOT of home organization.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I earned my BA in Art with a double minor in Art History & Education. I began my career as a teacher and spent 13 years teaching.

My time in the classroom in addition to my creative side really has helped me to be more organized and look for creative approaches to organizing a client’s space and home.

I think too that the former art teacher in me is always thinking of ways to upcycle or donate my client’s purged items so that they aren’t just thrown away but able to be used and given a second life NOT in a landfill.

I also love working with kids and families to create a system that will work with their needs, ages, and interests.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
Home Organization is only going to grow! Organizers such as Marie Condo & The Home edit have really helped to make this business mainstream.

I am excited to see people everywhere really embracing the sentiment that an organized home makes for a less stressful life and I love helping people to get there.

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