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A Big Basement Project, Vol. II

In our second basement session, Meg and I continued our “path” of working top-to-bottom on the shelves. We pulled down the containers with green drawers, full of holiday decorations. Some were set aside for distant family members, others for donation, and the rest to be kept.  We explored other boxes, repeating the process. We agreed that the bagged summer furniture cushions were fine where already placed. We pulled out ski and other boots, to be considered for the upcoming season. Keep? Give away? Discard? To be determined, when husband Steve has a free few minutes. We cleared items from the floor in front of the shelves, then rearranged a few more before our session time was ended.

Our thorough basement work is continuing well, with more to come. We looked at our calendars. With Meg’s planned business travel, then Thanksgiving, we scheduled a third session for right after the holiday.

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A Big Basement Project, Vol. I

When first meeting Meg, she shared her upstairs office/crafts room, and also showed the basement in the beautiful house she and husband Steve enjoy so much. Our first session together was devoted to work upstairs.

In our second session, we started on the basement. In my work as a professional organizer, it’s been useful to start in a corner of a room and work our way around it. Shelves line a wall, holding decoupage materials, holiday decorations, paint supplies, silk flowers, ski and other boots, bagged summer furniture cushions, and various other items. Working top to bottom, we organized a few shelves, separating trash and recycling, and also placing into boxes items for donation to both Goodwill and a “higher end” local resale shop.

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Our second session time together used up, we opened our calendars and scheduled a third session in a few days. Meg was smiling and the basement was already looking better. 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.

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Before a Move – Sorting in the Basement

Occasionally, De-clutter Me! is hired by Home Sweet Home, a California company that does corporate relocations. This time, Lisa requested help for Wendy’s upcoming move to the South. We would work in her condo’s basement, separating items that she would bring to her new home and for local family members. She also had a number of items to donate. Where, though? She didn’t have a firm idea in mind. I mentioned the annual Tag Sale of the Bella Voce women’s chorus I’m in; would she perhaps consider it? She asked if I know a particular member. Of course! In fact, Deb planned and led our Scotland tour in June.  Wendy used to work with Deb, booking flights for Deb’s travel company. Small world!

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A Good Start!

Emma contacted me in mid-December, asking about a possible Christmas present for her wife Megan. Their basement was cluttered with some of the usual stuff. It also had excess tools. Could I help Megan decide about duplicates? Could I ask if she really needed five hammers? If needed, could I approach the task with tough love?

After a series of back-and-forth emails, they decided to hire De-clutter Me! The holidays and their aftermath took over, then Megan went to visit family in South Africa for three weeks in February. We finally settled on a Saturday morning in the early spring. Christmas in April – what a hoot! Continue reading “A Good Start!”

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Some Results Seem Subtle

Newlyweds Judy and Robert asked for help. She moved into his house several months before their wedding. Since they’re middle-aged and avid cooks, they have all that they need. Some things, like spices, were in unneeded multiples.

As we discussed first working in their basement, Judy said, “Let the festivities commence.” All righty, then! Continue reading “Some Results Seem Subtle”

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“The Basement Miracle,” Continued

In our next “double session” day, Ann and I continued on our path around the room. We cleaned the shelves of a free-standing bookcase, placed in recycling some old papers, and better stored for later sorting several boxes of family photos. We placed together some old machinery for viewing the photos, which had been scattered around other parts of the basement. Continue reading ““The Basement Miracle,” Continued”

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It Took Discipline

Nina and I had started work in the family condo’s basement in late July. Our next opportunity turned out to be a perfectly clear, very warm, even hot, day in late September. Such days are gifts! Plus, one of the family’s two cats was sprayed by a skunk the previous evening and had been in the basement. The space was a bit, well, fragrant. Did I want to reschedule, because of the excellent weather and aroma? I was already there and, with our two busy lives, thought it better that I stay.

We went downstairs, where the sprayed kitty was somewhat hiding on a big cushion on the top shelf of the basement’s back room. All I could see was a set of ears. The skunk smell actually was faint, so we decided it was okay to work.

We returned to an area started in our first session, working on shelves, top to bottom. They have lots of sturdy plastic containers, some of which store “memorabilia,” which Nina promises to purge. (Suggested – in stages, early in the morning while sipping coffee, before the rest of the family wakes up.) We moved things around, and cleared the floor.

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With our remaining hour or so, we went into the room where the unhappy-looking kitty seemed to be sulking. Understandable! First, we moved a door, which Nina’s husband had removed to hang a bar for pull-ups. We placed it on its side against a wall. Working our way around the room, we added to a trash bag, consolidated craft supplies and generally neatened the space.

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At the end of the session, Nina was pleased. Her young daughter would be able to ride her scooter around the basement in the winter. Her husband said that the basement looked great, and ready for “man cave construction.” Our discipline, forcing ourselves downstairs on a perfect Vermont afternoon, had paid off.

Our next project – the garage.

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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 “bringing calm to chaos” since 2013.