Melanie Baker, Career Profile

Melanie Baker
Career Profile

Briefly describe the business you own or work for and your role.

I am the owner of Method Organization Co. We are the only Professional Organization and Certified Senior Move Management Company west river.

Why do most people hire professional organizers?

A lot of people tend to feel overwhelmed or paralyzed by clutter, sometimes just having someone there to help and take charge can jump-start motivation.

What’s the most common mistake people make with home organization?

Trying to bite off more than they can chew, this can cause more confusion and add to the original overwhelmed feeling. Start with one small space and finish it. Then on to the next.

What do you think is the smartest career decision you’ve made?

Taking on Senior Move Management as our primary focus at Method. Our business grew immensely when we added this service and I think the reason why is that we LOVE what we do. We are rewarded daily by giving people an organized move and helping them through a normally very hard time.

What is the greatest career mistake you’ve made and how did you turn it to your advantage?

It’s a lesson I learned in the very first business I was a part of, and luckily, I took this knowledge into my current endeavor. It doesn’t pay to be a jack of all trades, master of none. The people in my field have some very valuable services and products to offer and it’s important to share the love. I’m an expert on a few things but not all, I’m glad that I learned that networking and relying on other businesses to help my clients is beneficial to my clients AND me. It allows me to focus on what’s important and give my clients the best service.

What is the one greatest/easiest thing people can do to be more organized?

If a person could just commit one hour a week to sorting and purging they would see a world of difference in their home in a short time. At our house, we utilize a weekend morning to go through a certain portion of the house and purge. With our large family, it’s easy to accumulate, so we have the rule that if something comes in something HAS to go out.

How do you balance your personal and professional life?

Sometimes not very well, my husband Spencer and I have 6 children and up until a couple of months ago we had two young businesses that needed a lot of our attention. A lot of family support helped us get through the more demanding times. We recently sold our other business (NOSH Mobile Eatery) so we are very excited to focus more of our attention on our family and Method Organization.

What habits have made you successful?

I think being a dreamer and a risk taker has been the biggest component of our success. There are so many people out there with good ideas and they are just too scared to take the plunge. You also HAVE to love what you do, it’s a requirement. People will see it in your face and in what you do. That excitement spills out into your client’s lives and then THEY become excited about your business and tell everyone. It’s a good thing.

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