We had the good fortune of connecting with Shalae Price and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shalae, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success in business, is having people on my team that are dependable and trustworthy! In the beginning, I was afraid to let anyone help me. Over time though, the burden of taking care of everything the business needs had me completely overwhelmed and wanting to give up on growing or even continuing with the business. It took a leap of faith to let go and allow some of my team members to have more responsibility, but once I did it, I felt enthusiasm for my work again! Besides just relieving me from some of my duties, there were so many benefits that came as a result of utilizing my team members more. We all have different ideas which is great in the work of home organizing. Sometimes, the best solutions to problem solving come when we think outside of the box… which is much more likely to happen with a team of individuals brainstorming together.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started my home organizing business (AZ House of Order) at a time when money was tight for my family, and my youngest child was getting ready to start kindergarten. I knew that the timing was good for me to be able to work outside of the home during school hours, and contribute to our family’s finances. I have loved organizing my entire life, and thought that “professional organizing” was something that sounded too good to be true. I used instagram as an advertising tool and was very surprised by how many people wanted to hire me! I feel very blessed to have clients that trust me to organizing their homes. I found out pretty quickly though, that owning a business requires a lot more than just doing the thing that I love to do (organizing)… it required me to learn how to use social media to my advantage (I don’t like being on camera); I had to be confident in communicating with clients about money and then charging money and requesting payment (something that still makes me very uncomfortable); I’ve had to hire and lead other organizers (I am totally content taking direction from other people, but hate being the one to give it!)… and the list goes on. I have had to learn every part of the business and fill the role of owner, manager, and technician all at once. My working hours have consumed much more of my time than just school hours. Trying to keep balance in my family life and work life has been the hardest part of owning a business for me. I’ve learned along the way though, that I can rely on other people to help carry out the work that needs done. Doing that has been the best way for me to overcome challenges in my business. I am so proud of the way my team has been able to transform our clients’ homes into places that function well, look beautiful, and will stay organized even after our work is done.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve lived in Mesa, Arizona my entire life! I love it here, and these are the things I would do and places I would go if I had a friend visiting from out of town: -we would eat at my favorite restaurants of course, which are GECKO GRILL (in Gilbert), LIBERTY MARKET (in Gilbert), FLANCERS (in Mesa and Gilbert), and LA GRANDE ORANGE (in Phoenix).

-we’d also be enjoying treats (of course) at my favorite soda and cookie shops: SWIG, BATCH, and SODA RUSH!

-I’d tell my friend to visit anytime between October and April, so we could ride e-bikes and enjoy perfect weather, My family’s favorite biking trail runs from Tempe Town Lake to Scottsdale Fashion Square.

-If my friend insisted on coming during the summer months, we’d hit up Canyon Lake or Saguaro Lake for some boating (which has been a favorite thing to do since I was young).

-A 2-day trip to Flagstaff and/or Sedona would probably be on our agenda, since the drive alone is so pretty in those areas.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband (Russ) is my best supporter! He is an entrepreneur and has a lot of experience with running a business. I go to him with anything and everything that I stress out about, or need advice on when it comes to making changes or decisions in my business. He always knows the right questions to ask in order for our discussions to be productive. He has allowed so many of our “date nights” to turn into hours of talking about my work. He has also adjusted his own schedule several times in order to help me get products to or from clients’ houses, rescue a broken down work van, and even stepped in as an organizer a few times. He’s the best!

Website: www.azhouseoforder.com

Instagram: azhouseoforder

Facebook: AZ House of Order

Other: linktr.ee/azhouseoforder

Image Credits
Kendyl Hawkins Portraits

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