Posted in Bedroom, Success Stories

Bookcase and Dresser Clutter – Gone!

In our next session, Jennifer, Simon, and I returned to his bedroom to clear his bookcase and dresser. As ever, using my professional organizer’s method of working top-to-bottom, we started on the top left. We used the left side of the bookcase to display a variety of items. We sifted through books on the right side, keeping some, and setting others aside for his little brother, or for recycling, or for the trash.

The bookcase before we cleared its clutter
Before
The bookcase, now a display area with easily reached books and other items
After

Next, we cleared the dresser. Now, Simon will be able to enjoy his room much more. Both he and his mother smiled as we finished. Success!

The dresser before we cleared its clutter
Before
Dresser clutter cleared!
After

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Posted in Basement, Success Stories

Basement Medicines and Remedies “Treated”!

For our next project, Michael and I returned to the basement. One of its rooms includes built-in shelves, holding lots of medicines and natural remedies. He has an ailment that requires some of the items for treatment. It had become hard to see all of what was there.

As ever, using my professional organizer’s method of working top-to-bottom, we started on the top shelf. Working our way down, we pulled some medicines to return to a pharmacy, and dumped others into a paper bag, while saving their containers to be recycled. We would pour out others.

We even consolidated holiday wrapping, putting them on one shelf together. They will be much easier to see, when the time comes to use them.

Cluttered shelves before we cleared them
Before
Cleared clutter on the shelves!
After

On the lowest shelf were some bottles of wine, produced by Michael’s third cousins in France! We put them on the top shelf.

Medical clutter and bottles of wine!
Before
Cleared shelves!
After

As we finished, there was empty space on the shelves! Bonus points!

What’s next? Maybe more in that room, but there also is another basement room to de-clutter, and a shed, too!

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Posted in Bedroom, Crafts Room, Office, Success Stories

Office, Art Storage, and Guest Space Changes Begin!

A room in Willow’s house is intended to serve several functions. It’s her home office. It stores art projects and supplies. It also could be a place for guests to sleep. That would require moving heavy furniture, which we would do at a later time.

As we got acquainted, I suggested that we start in one area of the room and work our way around it. It’s my professional organizer’s tried-and-true method. It keeps us on task and on track.

We started by the door. A low table with paper storage, which had been a “freebie,” was partly used. We put some more paper in it, then Willow changed her mind. Out of the room completely! It might be used elsewhere in the house, or maybe it would end up by the side of the road, for someone else. We put its notebooks into a bin. We cleared the dresser, put some art supplies into a corner bookcase, set other items in the trash, and still others into recycling. We repeated the process with a stand in the corner, which Willow set aside to place in the interior green house. We also removed the white cubbies, which also might be used elsewhere in the house. We cleared the floor, too. I placed a tall stool in the corner.

A cluttered corner area
Before
Corner clutter cleared!
After

Our next focus area was a low bookcase, which held a few plants, including a decades-old jade plant! On its lower shelves – bins and papers. We went through the papers, putting some into recycling, others into the handy bins. Willow would review others.

A busy and cluttered bookcase
Before
Cleared bookcase clutter - and the floor, too!
After

With our remaining time, we cleared the sleeper sofa. We removed the “TV tray” and a small table. We cleared the table next to the sofa. Breathing room! Willow still would be able to reach items needed for her work, which might be enhanced by the cleared space.

Too many tables and clutter
Before
A much more peaceful-looking sofa area
After

Next time, we will continue on our way around the room, as its transformation takes shape.

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Posted in Bedroom, Success Stories

A More Welcoming Boys’ Bedroom

Two young brothers share a bedroom in a stately house dating from 1830. They were there to help part of the time, while their dad Yoshi and his partner Jessica were more present.

First, their two beds. When getting into bed at night, I asked if they care if their beds had been made in the morning, or if it feels okay if not. They didn’t respond much. Saying that I much prefer to slip into a made bed, I added that it’s a strongly affirmative morning action. It also feels more respectful to the self.

The boys' beds before we made them
Before
Made beds - much better!
After

Starting to move around the room, we focused on a trunk and the items on top of it. First, we moved the chair, empty boxes, and portable plastic file box. Then, we pulled many Legos pieces from around the room, and added them to the trunk, which was now about two-thirds full with them. Hopefully, any wanted pieces could be found and, maybe equally important, not stepped on. That hurts!

Floor and other clutter
Before
Floor and other clutter cleared, and Legos together in the trunk
After

Our next focus was a set of shelves on the wall. We changed it to better display some toy tractors, small stuff animals, and books. Below the shelves, we put some more stuffed animals in a basket, and also placed a miniature hot air balloon atop a toy bus.

Cluttered shelves and small cabinet before we cleared them
Before
Now, a fun display area
After

Moving around the room, we turned our attention to a low red chest. We closed its doors, and removed empty boxes.

Cluttered floor and open cupboard doors.
Before
The floor cleared, and cupboard doors closed
After

As we finished what was visible, Jessica and I looked at bins stored in the closet. One held a funny surprise. Her partner Yoshi, a high school teacher, paints houses during the summer. The bin’s contents – three painting shoes. Not two or four. Three! Where was its “mate?” We laughed.

For a laugh!

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Posted in Porch, Success Stories

Porch Progress!

You know how it is with moving and getting settled. It’s tiring and stressful.  Add physical ailments, and it can be downright overwhelming, too.

Kristin moved into her new apartment, and part of her outer porch became a dumping ground. We set to turn that around. We consolidated craft and sewing supplies, set aside frames with broken glass to be carefully thrown out, and other items, like cardboard boxes, to be recycled. Into another box – items that her friends might want.

A cluttered porch area
Before
Consolidating, clearing clutter, and vacuuming help!
After

Now, Kristin can sit in her outer porch with some measure of comfort. Sure, there’s more work to do there, but it’s not overwhelming. Porch progress! She was happy.

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Posted in Garage, Success Stories

The Mini Garage!

For our next project, Michael chose an outdoor storage space next to the house front door. It’s like a mini garage, though without a door. It held bikes, summer sports equipment, his daughter’s stilts, a folding chair, and more. Up top – an extension cord, car rack parts, a screen.

Using my professional organizer’s method of working top-to-bottom, we started up top. I suggested hanging the extension cord. We placed the rack parts below. We stored the screen vertically. (It’s used for garlic!)

Below, we used the rack for the two adult-sized bikes. I recommended hanging them, to save space. We hung bike helmets on hooks already there – yay!

We put summer toys into the bin already there, including badminton rackets and a plastic bat. When the summer season ends soon, it will be easy to put the bin in the basement, then bring it back up for next summer.

As we worked, Michael asked me to name the space. The first name that popped into my mind was Alphonse, for no reason at all. Not a good choice. Now, I think Minnie is a better name, for the mini garage! I hope he laughs at the suggestion, then agrees.

The cluttered mini garage
Before
The mini garage, clutter-free and accessible!
After

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Posted in Basement, Success Stories

Big Basement Room Changes

Michael and I devoted a session to one of the basement rooms. We would use my professional organizer’s tried-and-true method of working our way around the room, and top-to-bottom.

We would start on a set of shelves which he called the “toy library” – a delightful surprise! We looked at each item, and he decided if it was a keeper, or should be tossed, or donated. Of course, we also cleared the floor in front of it, too.

The "toy library" before we cleared its clutter
Before
The updated "toy library"
After

Next, the set of shelves to the right, which held camping gear. We made sense of it, better arranging items so they’ll be easier to see, and then pack for family fun.

Cluttered camping gear
Before
Camping gear ready for family fun!
After

How many families have cribs that have been used for three generations of babies? This one does! We removed some items from inside and around it; again, to toss or donate.

A crib used by three family generations!
Before
Such a pretty crib!
After

Moving to our right, there was a set of shelves “calling out for attention.” Again, working top-to-bottom, we cleared the general disorder. Now, some fun, too. We placed a small art piece by Michael’s mother on the top shelf towards the left, and tucked into the corner an old photograph of a rather stern-looking man. Who is he? Michael’s great-grandfather in Russia!

Shelves "calling out for help!"
Before
Organized shelves, including an art piece and old family photo
After

With a cleared wall that now seemed empty, I suggested that we hang a kite. Of course, I asked about the pipe running the length of the room. It was okay. It may surprise anyone walking into the room for the first time!

A kite "flying" in the basement
The kite!

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Posted in Closet, Success Stories

Closet Clean-up

In many families, closets can become dumping grounds. In this family, Elizabeth and her two teenaged sons lead busy lives. Those two “conditions” meant that the closet closest to the garage and the kitchen could use some attention.

Suggesting my tried-and-true professional organizer’s method of working top-to-bottom, Elizabeth and I pulled everything off the closet shelf. We “assigned” a bin for each family member so that, when winter returns, gloves and hats will be easy to find. A couple of other bins were for extra items.

The right side of the closet shelf before we cleared its clutter
Before
"A place for everything, and everything in its place."
After
More closet shelf clutter
Before
Extra bins for extra stuff = no clutter!
After

After we thought through, and organized some of the family’s winter warmth needs, we turned our attention to those hanging below them. Elizabeth and I carefully looked at all of the items, deciding that some were too “past their prime” to donate, and set them aside for the trash. Others were collected for donation. Others, both hers and some still likely to fit her very tall sons, were re-arranged, so they will be easy to pull and wear.

Closet clutter before we cleared it
Before
A more "workable" closet
After

But wait, there’s more! Like all above, we went through the shoe bins below. We matched some sandals, shoes, and boots that were without their “mates,” kept some pairs, and set aside others for the trash or donation.

Success!

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Posted in Living Room, Success Stories

A Living Room Ready to be Lived In Again

Jess and John lead a busy life. Both working professionals, they also enjoy a wide variety of activities. Time can be tight, including for keeping things straight. We decided to tackle the living room.

The long view…there were several areas “calling out for help.”

The long view of the living room before we cleared its clutter
Before

First, a set of decorative shelves, which looked okay at the top. The middle and bottom areas, though, had become a crafts materials storage area, with spill-over onto the floor. As ever, we started at the top and worked our way down. We left some free space, set aside the crafts for storage elsewhere, and cleaned up the floor.

Decorative shelves before we cleared their clutter
Before
Decorative shelves' clutter cleared, now with open space ready for additional items
After
Crafts and other papers spilled onto the floor
Before
The cleared floor!
After

Our next focus was the TV area. We moved their dog Blaze’s bed, placed some of Jess’s rocks collection treasures under the wide screen.

The TV area before we cleared it
Before
The TV area, its clutter cleared
After

With COVID-19, Jess has worked at home much of the time. The couch became her primary workspace. We separated papers to either go back to her “real” office or upstairs office, returned salt and pepper to the kitchen, folded throws and other small blankets,

The cluttered couch, now a work space
Before
The couch, now ready for relaxing!
After

As we finished, John said that he didn’t think we would get it all done. I admitted to having privately thought the same way. We finished it, though! There were smiles all around.

The long view, much improved!
After

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Posted in Crafts Room, Office, Success Stories

An Office/Crafts Room Transformation Begins!

Jess is a busy professional. She also loves crafts of many kinds. As has been true for many other people spending more time at home during COVID-19, her workspace became cluttered. She, her dear friend Lisa, and I started on its transformation.

Where to begin? The room has a large worktable, a desk, shelves, two beds, and more. We chose the worktable. We would work from one side to the other. With Jess looking a bit apprehensive, I reassured her that all would be okay. We moved the little flower pots to the window sill. We added pens to the cubby holes on the far right corner, added yarn to other storage in the room.

As always, it was a matter of carefully considering each item – how often used, how easy to reach. It’s a process, which sometimes calls for later tweaking. There’s more to do in the room.

As we finished, I suggested a homework assignment for Jess. A somewhat tough one, I asked her to decide which bed to remove from the room. It would allow for more badly-needed storage. Onward to next time!

The worktable before we cleared its clutter
Before
The worktable ready for action and fun!
After

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