Posted in Basement, Success Stories

Basement Clutter – Clearing a Path

Recommended by her niece Sarah, who’s already a De-clutter Me! client, Kristen emailed. She recently downsized, moving from a house to a condo. The basement was packed. She needed to purge more, beyond what she did before moving. Could I help with the basement clutter? Sure!

What are Kristen’s plans for the room? She would like to use it for working on crafts, especially with glass, and also for workouts, sometimes with niece Sarah. All good to know! I recommended that we design the room to leave as much clear space in the middle as possible, also because there are no windows. We don’t want the room to feel like a tomb!

After looking around, one of the first things we did was to move the boxed TV against the wall, to protect it and to clear a path.

Basement clutter, with the TV box in the middle
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The TV box moved against the wall, creating an aisle
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Next, we emptied a few boxes, adding their contents to a few bins. We consolidated empty bins and other storage containers. We placed and stacked them and furniture against the wall, to clear more space. We’ll be able to reach everything easily next time.

A cluttered area
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Some basement clutter cleared, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

The built-in piece, maybe meant to be a bookcase, held a box of art to be hung. I added another box there, to protect its contents, and so all will be together for when the time is right to enjoy that process. We moved a sturdy plastic storage piece and a white cupboard to the corner, which may be a good spot for them to be useful. TBD!

We discussed a wooden shelving piece that she doesn’t have room for anymore, and how to sell it. We set aside the grill cover and some plastic to protect her bikes on the front porch, as the season’s first snow was expected overnight and the next day.

The cluttered built-in area
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The built-in area, storing art to be hung
After

We cleared more of the middle of the room. Now, Kristen can walk around it, without feeling overwhelmed by everything there. Next time, we will continue the process of clearing the basement clutter to make it a useful and enjoyable space. Yay!

The cluttered middle of the room
Before
Middle of the room clutter cleared, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

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De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced, and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been changing chaos to calm since 2013.

Posted in Living Room, Success Stories

Living Room Clutter – a Second Session Focus

An avid hiker and camper, Sarah has A LOT of equipment for both aligned activities! Picking up where we left off after our first session together, we resumed clearing her living room clutter, focusing on a corner. Oh, she also has weights for at-home workouts! We added camping supplies to containers already holding some other related items. The goal – to eventually store all camping gear upstairs in the second bedroom.

A cluttered corner before we cleared it
Before
Corner clutter cleared!
After

Next, to the area in front of and to the right of the TV. There were several big fabric bags hanging, holding even more camping stuff. They were bugging me – “visual noise,” to use a former client’s term. If really noise, they would have been blaring! I took them down, for storage upstairs. What to do about the hooks attached to the walls? We will meet that challenge at another time. There were yet more containers holding camping stuff. We consolidated.

Sarah thought to put a couple of rolls, including for yoga, behind the TV. Absolute genius!

TV and corner areas before we cleared their clutter, with help from De-clutter Me!
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TV and corner areas clutter cleared!
After

A big cabinet holds bins of office supplies, dried food, and even more camping supplies. To the extent possible, we added items to bins with even a little extra space. We cleared in front of the cabinet, so that she could walk around the room without tripping over bins and bags.

Some shelves to the right held puzzles. Inspired, Sarah put them in the big cabinet, and placed on the shelves some small art pieces and figurines.

"Clutter in front of the big cabinet before we cleared it"
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Clutter cleared from in front of the big cabinet
After

Another successful session clearing living room clutter! What will we do next? That’s to be determined. Onward!

About De-clutter Me!
De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced, and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been changing chaos to calm since 2013.

Posted in Hallway, Living Room, Success Stories

A First Session Focused on Living Room Clutter

Sarah devotes many hours each week to her work in the health care field, sometimes even including on her days off. She spends as much time as possible outside, hiking and camping.

Where to start? We would clear living room clutter but, first, the hallway’s. We set aside boxes and bags for other work, and moved on to the living room.

Hallway clutter before we cleared it, with help from De-clutter Me!
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A clutter-free hallway, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

We started with the bar cupboard, dusting off the alcohol bottles on top, and removing random other items to clear its surface. Inside the cupboard, we consolidated some items, so that Sarah would find them easier. The plugs strip was a safety hazard, with the vacuum’s long cord plugged into it. We moved it to near a wall outlet. We placed a few items on the floor underneath, intended for her aunt, who was in the process of moving.

The "bar cupboard" before we cleared its clutter, with help from De-clutter Me!
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The clutter-free bar cupboard, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

Our next stop was the table. First, we rolled Sarah’s bright orange sleeping bag, aired out after a recent trip. We cleared the table, put the vacuum in the corner, and emptied the blue bag, adding its contents to other camping supplies. The rest of the table area would have to wait for another time together. There were other, more important areas to clear.

The table before we cleared its clutter, with help from De-clutter Me!
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The table's clutter cleared, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

With our remaining first session’s time together, we focused on the couch and coffee table. We folded the throws and placed them on the back of the couch. That was easy! We grouped remotes on the end table near the wall. We cleared the other end table, and the coffee table, too, leaving candles on it for Sarah’s enjoyment.

The couch and coffee table, before we cleared their clutter, with help from De-clutter Me!
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The couch and coffee table clutter cleared, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

As we finished, Sarah was pleased that we had made such initial progress on clearing her living room clutter. More next time!

About De-clutter Me!
De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced, and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been changing chaos to calm since 2013.

Posted in Kitchen, Success Stories

Clearing Kitchen Clutter, Making It Easier to Use

Barbara lives in a house that doesn’t have enough storage. She found De-clutter Me! with an online search. Would I come to help? Of course! After I arrived, we toured the house. Where to work? She chose the kitchen clutter. We started with the table, where her husband also does school-related work. We tossed some items, placed others in the adjacent storage piece drawers. We put on the table his multi-colored pens and filled the napkin holder.

Table before we cleared its clutter, with help from De-clutter Me!
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Table clutter cleared, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

Next, we turned to the work table next to the sink. We moved the canning jars to the top of another surface next to the stove. Barbara would use them soon. We put containers in the pantry. On the shelves below, we moved garbage bags to under the sink. We set aside a couple of items for donation or sale. We put onions in a bowl, and breads in another.

Work table before we cleared its clutter, with help from De-clutter Me!
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Work table clutter cleared, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

With our remaining time together, we tackled under the sink, pulling everything out. Barbara put down shelf paper. She also had a couple of shelf extenders, which we put to good use. We placed bins on and under them. Carefully considering what she uses most, we placed items in them so that she wouldn’t have to pull some things out to get to others behind them. That sometimes leads to stacking things in frustration or haste, and then back to kitchen clutter!

Below sink clutter before we cleared it, with help from De-clutter Me!
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Below sink clutter cleared, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

As we finished, Barbara was happy with our progress. I congratulated her for her hard work!

About De-clutter Me!
De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced, and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been changing chaos to calm since 2013.

Posted in Kitchen, Success Stories

Kitchen Clutter Cleared! The Room Feels Better!

Pol’s family lives up a hill in a log cabin house. We toured it, then discussed how to use our session time. We chose the kitchen clutter, as the room is central to the family’s life together. An easy first action was to clear the table. The bags held food gifts from a wedding trip. Into the cupboards! Paper – recycled or, if “use-able,” added to the bookcase, where we would work next.

The table before we cleared its clutter
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After De-clutter Me! helped to clear table clutter
After

I suggested my professional organizer’s tried-and-true method of working top-to-bottom. The bookcase’s top shelf stored alcoholic beverages and a few other items. We dusted off the booze and removed the other things. Next, we sorted through the bins, which held medications and other items used often, if not daily. On the next shelf, we grouped the three-hole punch, stapler, and some other office supplies on the left, paper and notebooks in the middle, and a seemingly lifetime supply of post-it notes on the right.

The next shelf – some books and open space! It’s good for the eyes to be able to rest a bit. The three shelves below now held more office supplies, pens, and some play items.

Before we cleared bookcase clutter
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After De-clutter Me! helped to clear bookcase clutter
After

With our remaining time, Pol and I focused on the island. It held onions and other often-used meal ingredients. We put other food items in the cupboards. Pol asked about the tiered storage piece. Should it stay, or be removed? I asked what he thought. Perfectly anticipating my response, he removed it. We found some pretty bowls for the foods it had held. W agreed that the room’s energy and spaciousness improved, in a big way!

Kitchen island clutter before we cleared it
Before
Kitchen island clutter cleared, supported by De-clutter Me!
After

As we finished our session, Pol looked relieved about clearing the kitchen clutter. Success!

About De-clutter Me!
De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced, and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been changing chaos to calm since 2013.

Posted in Bathroom, Success Stories

Bathroom Clutter Cleared – Now Easier to Use!

Ashley’s lovely apartment includes a river view. I arrived on a sparkling October morning, warm enough for the door to her little outside deck to be wide open!

How to spend our time together? She chose the bathroom clutter. We started below the sink. The area was packed, making it hard to see what was there. We started by pulling everything out. I suggested that she might want to consider buying pull-out bins. We looked online and found some that she liked. In the meantime, we carefully returned still-useable items, making sure that everything could be reached easily, or the clutter might return. When done, I wondered out loud if the bins were necessary. She likely would know soon, as she started to use the newly-organized space.

Below the sink before we organized it, with help from De-clutter Me!
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Below-sink clutter cleared, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

Next, we looked at the counter next to the sink. Stored on it were a number of items that could go elsewhere. We placed the hair “appliance” below the sink with other electrical things. We tossed other items and set others aside, to be placed in the drawer, where we would focus next.

Bathroom counter clutter, before we cleared it, with help from De-clutter Me!
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The clutter-free counter, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

The top drawer presented a challenge! It was overflowing, making it difficult, if not impossible, to find anything except what was on top. We tossed cosmetics past their prime, recycled packaging, and strategically placed items used daily where Ashley could reach them easily. We placed jewelry in several small boxes at the back, where she could reach them easily, too.

An over-full and cluttered drawer before we organized it, with help from De-clutter Me!
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An organized drawer, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

After our session together, the bathroom clutter was cleared. Ashley could use the room easier. Success!

About De-clutter Me!
De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced, and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been changing chaos to calm since 2013.

Posted in Kitchen, Success Stories

Highlights of Kitchen Clutter Cleared

For our second session, Melodie and I chose the kitchen clutter. The room actually was in pretty good shape, so we focused on just a few areas.

One was a drawer, with towels piled on top of each other. After rolling them, she would see them much easier.

The towels drawer before help from De-clutter Me!
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Towels more easily seen after help from De-clutter Me!
After

A storage piece’s top had become cluttered. It held paper goods, which Melodie uses often. We consolidated them, placed some in a cupboard, then unrolled the runner to add some warm feeling to the top of the piece.

The storage piece's top before we cleared its clutter
Before
After bathroom clutter clearing help from De-clutter Me!
After

Small actions can bring big impact, both always in view and out of sight. Her kitchen clutter cleared, Melodie was smiling – yay!

About De-clutter Me!
De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced, and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been changing chaos to calm since 2013.

Posted in Living Room, Success Stories

With Living Room Clutter Cleared, Let’s Sit Comfortably!

Melodie lives in a senior housing apartment. She recently moved from a big house, so is very much aware of using limited space well. Where to start? She chose the living room clutter. I suggested first clearing the couch, as it looked like an easy first step to take together.

As always when working with a new client, I asked lots of questions. How often did she use the cozy, warm wraps on the couch? Where could she store them for easy access? There was space in her bedroom closet. I rolled her very favorite one and placed it behind one of the back cushions on the couch “shelf.” How handy!

What about the books? There was room for them on the bottom shelf of the furniture piece across from the couch, which also holds the television. The boxed trash bags? We likely would use some. We would store the rest in the kitchen, which might also be another session’s focus.

Quite easily done, we cleared the couch.

A cluttered couch before care from De-clutter Me!
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A comfy-looking couch after care from De-clutter Me!
After

 
We turned our attention to the corner upholstered chair between two windows. It held some spiral notebooks. Melodie has a number of them, for separate topics. (Excellent! I heartily approve(d), since that’s how I operate, too. There’s one for my business, De-clutter Me!, and one for my personal life. It’s easy, eliminating the “need” for lots of little, random pieces of paper. There’s a record of tasks to be done and/or completed.) I placed them in a drawer of the furniture piece already holding the television. We added more books below.

Next, we “explored” papers in the small black plastic bin on the floor. Some could be filed in the plastic bin nearby. Others could be recycled or shredded. We discussed the files, and how she might add a few, new specific ones to help with household organization.

A cluttered chair before we cleared it
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A cleared chair after care from De-clutter Me!
After

With our remaining time, we organized the side table, adding books to the across-the-room furniture piece.

Her living room clutter cleared, Melodie was pleased. What would be next? We weren’t exactly sure, but we scheduled a second session together. Success!

About De-clutter Me!
De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced, and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been changing chaos to calm since 2013.

Posted in Closet, Dining Room, Living Room, Success Stories

A Sweep Around the Room

How had three months passed since Willow and I were last together? Busy-ness, travel, COVID, and other delays got in the way. Finally together again, I asked where she would like to start. She walked over to the storage cubes, inset like a closet on the side of the living room. First, we discussed the cast iron pot holder, hanging in front of them. Why not use it in the kitchen for its intended purpose? She and her husband both thought it looked awkward in the available spaces, and used up too much energy. Agreed! Willow brought it out onto the back deck. She’ll string small white lights through it and hang it there. It will look festive!

Next, using my customary professional organizer method of working top-to-bottom, we touched each item. We set aside a few things for donation, others to be tossed, and still others to be stored downstairs in her crafts area. When done with the cubes, they looked neater, and there even were a few empty ones. Easier on the eyes!

Storage cubes before we cleared their clutter
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Storage cubes clutter-free!
After

We then worked on the sitting area across from the storage cubes. We repeated the organizing process with the boxes on the floor and on the upholstered chair.

Before we cleared box and chair clutter
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Box and chair clutter gone!
After

Next, on to low storage cubes and the little table in front of it. We consolidated some paper, recycled catalogs, and otherwise “neatened up” the area. It also included the couch.

The cluttered "long view"
Before
The "long view" with its clutter cleared
After

Now, how many pets do you know of that have their own designated sitting areas? Well, pooch Dylan does! He kindly does share it with Willow, though. Why else would a small lamp be there? We “neatened” it up.

Dylan's area before we "neatened" it
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Dylan's more inviting lounging area
After

We next focused on the dining table, repeating my organizer’s process of touching everything, before deciding to toss, recycle, or store it elsewhere. The table now felt more inviting to use.

Dining table clutter
Before
Dining table clutter gone!
After

With our remaining session time together, Willow and I worked on a hutch next to the dining table. As ever, working top-to-bottom, we consolidated items to toss, recycle, or store elsewhere for crafts. We placed candles together on the middle shelf, where they’ll be easily seen for use in the darker times of the year.

The hutch, before we cleared its clutter
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The clutter-free hutch
After

It was a very productive session! What might be next? That’s to be determined…

About De-clutter Me!
De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced, and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been changing chaos to calm since 2013.

Posted in Crafts Room, Pantry, Success Stories

A Mother’s Day Gift

Kelsey emailed, having found De-clutter Me! in an online search. Would I be available to help her mother, Lynne, as a Mother’s Day gift? Sure!

In a phone conversation, as is customary when talking with new clients, I told her about my work process. She wanted to discuss it with her sisters. Their decision – yes, please!

As I arrived on a sunny morning, Lynne greeted me with a smile. We would work in a room that stored baking supplies, books, and also served as overflow pantry space. We would start on metal shelves holding varied supplies, some crafting items, gift bags and ribbon. I explained that my professional organizer method is to work top-to-bottom on shelves. We would place items not often used on the top and bottom shelves, saving the “most valuable real estate” for items she uses most, right in front of her field of vision. It would also be important  for her to be able to reach them easily, since she uses a walker. Balance is especially important!

I first brought down a box that held a little “fairy house.” I placed it across the room, with the goal of using it in the tall bookcase. A couple of little holiday items went into a holiday items basket on top of the bookcase.

The metal shelves before we cleared their clutter
Before

Asking Lynne lots of questions about what she bakes most, and with which pans, etc.,  I arranged them so she could easily reach them, with a minimum of moving items to get to others. Plate chargers and rubber bowl lids were placed vertically at the back to use space well and to add some visual interest. Small gift bags went into another larger one.

The shelves, with clutter cleared
After

Next, we turned our attention to the tall bookcase across the room.  It held many cookbooks, especially for baking, plus self-help and other books with inspirational sayings.  There also were photo albums, bagged photos, and instructions for crocheting.

The tall bookcase before we cleared its clutter and straightened its books
Before

I grouped “like” with “like,” including safely placing the little “fairy house” on a shelf where Lynne would  enjoy it. Photos were put together. It all would be easier on the eyes.

Similar books and photos together
After

With our remaining time, we focused on a low bookcase that functioned as overflow pantry space.

Before we cleared its clutter
Before
The low bookcase with its clutter cleared
After

While working on the tall bookcase, I couldn’t resist placing a particular book where Lynne would see it often. It honors her baking hobby and might be a good way to proceed through uncertain times!

Keep calm!

About De-clutter Me!
De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced, and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been changing chaos to calm since 2013.