Member Spotlight: O.C.D Organize. Create. Design
Integral to The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale’s mission is telling the stories behind the small businesses Scouted in each Volume. The story begins in print and continues online, after all. And so, as we prepare to launch Volume 2, we are thrilled to kick off our story-telling mission with Member Spotlights…
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We are thrilled to welcome Ashley Stewart of O.C.D Organize. Create. Design, Arizona’s top organizing company, to The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale Volume 2! With a flawless reputation built on trust and confidentiality, O.C.D delivers systems that stay organized, offering more time and peace of mind to clients. In fact, after nearly seven years, Stewart and her team have helped bring order to hundreds of homes and offices. Read on for our Q+A to get to know Ashley, her business, and their community…
The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale: Ashley, we are thrilled to welcome you to Volume 2! Let’s kick off our chat by delving into what inspired you to start O.C.D…
Ashley Stewart:I have always loved seeing things transform into beautiful spaces. After planning weddings and events for 15 years, I knew there was something else out there for me to do, and when I realized there was a demand for organizing experts, it was only natural for me to start a business that would meet that need.
The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale: How did you choose the name for your organizing business? How does it translate to the work you do with your clients?
Ashley Stewart: I love a good play on words. The name came to me within minutes when I decided to start the company. I thought of what organizing means to me, and my OCD came to mind. About 99% of the time, people comment on how much they love the name, but there is that 1% who comment that it is disrespectful, believing it makes fun of people who struggle with OCD. I am quick to explain that the name stands for Organize. Create. Design, and it is in no way an attempt to minimize people with OCD. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to use my obsessiveness to help people get organized, which in turn, helps me too.
“I love that there is trust established from the time we walk in. It is an automatically personal relationship right from the start.”
The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale: What would you hope every potential client knows about O.C.D?
Ashley Stewart: We are judgment-free and trustworthy. What we hear and see in our clients’ homes stays there. We pride ourselves on respecting the privacy of our clients. Plus, we have FUN!
The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale: Of course, the benefits of organizing are infinite. Can you share the one benefit that stands out to you?
Ashley Stewart: If you know what you have and where to find it, you will not only be able to enjoy it but also, appreciate it.
“If you know what you have and where to find it, you will not only be able to enjoy it but also appreciate it.”
The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale: What’s the best part about your work?
Ashley Stewart: My favorite part of this business is the experience of helping my clients reclaim their time. It’s a process I cherish for myself. The older I get, the busier my life gets. But, I’ve experienced firsthand that good organizational systems can “create” more time. It’s simple: the less time people spend looking for things, the more time they have to enjoy them.
The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale: Before we dive into local-centric questions, we need to know: what’s on the horizon for O.C.D?
Ashley Stewart: Expansion! We are currently expanding in Tucson and are looking at more cities to introduce O.C.D. Stay tuned!
Photo courtesy of O.C.D
The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale: Now, onto Valley-centric questions. What do you love about living and working in the Valley?
Ashley Stewart: I am a second-generation native who loves Arizona and those who call it home. The best part about working in the Valley is the opportunity O.C.D affords me to connect with new people. From the start, organizing facilitates a personal relationship because there’s something so vulnerable about inviting someone into your home and personal effects.
The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale: If you could plan your “perfect day” to experience the Valley like a local, what would you do and where would you go?
Ashley Stewart: Most definitely a day at the Spa! We have so many great ones here in the Valley. Spending a day at the spa always makes me feel like I’m on vacation.
The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale: The Valley, like other communities, are deeply and positively impacted by small business owners like yourself. And not just for the skills and services you offer. So many small business owners are engaged in giving back to the community. Do you have a particular local organization or charity that’s close to your heart?
Ashley Stewart: Absolutely. The Sherman Home Hospice of the Valley holds a special place in my heart as my grandmother, Evelyn Feffer, gifted the Sherman Home in honor of her parents, Minnie and Armond Sherman. Before kids, I volunteered there every week and am looking forward to continuing my volunteer work there again. I also love to support Make A Wish Arizona! I have been on the Wish Ball Committee for five years and a Wish Granter for two years!
For organization tips and inspiration, make sure to follow along with O.C.D Organize Create Design on Instagram. And to learn more about Ashley Stewart and the O.C.D Organize Create Design team or schedule a consultation, visit them online.