@ShiraGill, Organizing Expert and Author, is “passionate about helping people clarify what they truly care about, cut the clutter that’s in the way, and create living spaces that reflect and support their values.” The Reset’s emphasis on timeless essentials perfectly fits within Shira’s fewer, better ethos. Look for Shira’s upcoming book, Minimalista, which will be available for preorder soon.
How did you get started doing what you do now? What led you down this path?
After being laid off from a full-time event planning job when I was eight months pregnant, some friends encouraged me to start offering home organizing services as a side hustle. I had always loved helping friends edit and organize their spaces, so I cobbled together a website-ShiraGill.com, spread the word locally, and almost instantly couldn’t keep up with the demand. I am passionate about helping people clarify what they truly care about, cut the clutter that’s in the way, and create living spaces that reflect and support their values. I’ve been able to evolve my career to incorporate life coaching, (I was certified in 2016), wardrobe styling, writing, and speaking.
What inspired you to write Minimalista?
After spending a decade of my career organizing homes around the world, I developed a toolkit and process that applies to anyone – regardless of their style, space, or lifestyle. My book, which comes out in October, is a way of sharing everything I’ve learned with an even wider audience at a more accessible price point.
What do you say to yourself when sh*t hits the fan?
Moving my body is my quickest shortcut out of overwhelming or paralysis. It’s amazing what a walk and some fresh air can do to help restore perspective!
When’s the last time you hit the Reset button?
Probably at the start of covid, when I had to pivot my business to a completely virtual model. I was forced to think outside the box and completely redesign my business model since I couldn’t travel or work in people’s homes anymore. Reinventing my business felt scary, but the forced circumstances ended up being just the push I needed to develop and launch a collection of online programs, workshops, and offerings that had been in my brain for years.
What have you struggled with the most in 2020?
While my career revolves all-around helping people feel better at home, I’m really happiest when I am out and about – traveling, meeting new people, going to restaurants, attending or leading workshops, classes, etc. Being confined to my home for the past nine months has been challenging, especially since my husband and two daughters are also home 24/7. As much as I love my family and our cozy home, I desperately miss the energy of other people and the world outside of our walls.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I’m extremely social and love people, so people assume I’m an extrovert, but I’m actually quite introverted and need to be alone for long stretches of my day to recharge.
And if you weren’t doing your current career, what would you be doing?
Documentary filmmaker or maybe a hotel concierge – I’m endlessly fascinated with people and how they do life, and I could talk about food and travel all day.
The first place you want to go in 2021?
I can’t wait to visit friends and family in NYC, and I’m also dreaming of traveling internationally again – Tokyo, Mexico City, Copenhagen, and Berlin top my travel wish list.