Posted in Bathroom, Closet, Success Stories

A Bathroom Closet That Could Use Some Attention

A bathroom closet in Ann’s house could use some attention. Crammed onto the two top shelves were sheets and towels used on a sailboat she no longer owned, plus a variety of beach towels. Lower shelves held smaller towels and wash cloths, a collection of hotel and other toiletries, a hair dryer, neck braces, a heating pad, and other supplies for a disabled daughter, plus rubber workout bands, facial tissues, and toilet paper.

As ever, working top to bottom, the first task was to re-fold all of the sheets and towels. They were returned to the top two shelves, with their folds showing. It’s a subtle, though powerful, thing to do. It eliminates (what another client called) “visual noise.” More simply put, it just looks neater.

Shelves with towels and sheets before better folding
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Towels and sheets folded better. Easier on the eyes!
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Next, the smaller towels and wash cloths were straightened. Toiletries were organized and placed into two containers already there. The hair dryer, rubber workout bands and health supplies for her daughter went into plastic bags. The neck braces were stood up in the back, where they could be seen easily, with the heating pad nearby. The facial tissues and toilet paper remained on the floor, also easily seen and reached.

Towels, toiletries, and more before their clutter was cleared
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Towels, toiletries, and more - organized!
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At the end, everything was organized and easily reached. Attention paid!

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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 Bathroom, Success Stories

A Family Bathroom Gets Needed Attention

As we work our way around the house, Etienne and I used one of our sessions to clean out a bathroom closet, and also under the sink. We found expired medications, old cosmetics, and other items to be tossed.

As always, we used my professional organizer’s top-to-bottom method. By now, Etienne is accustomed to it, and perhaps even could have predicted it.

Our plan included a bin for each family member, with nothing important blocked. Why? That would encourage putting items back into their new designated “homes,” instead of just tossing them into the nearest available container. That would undo our work! Supporting that goal, we carefully discussed placing a few bins behind or under others. They would hold items the family rarely uses.

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The closet done, and with some time left in our three-hour session, Etienne and I turned around, and began working under the sink. There was ugly, old shelf paper, placed there by the previous owners. Pull it? What might we find under it? Reluctant to “go down that path,” we decided to clean it instead.

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We placed under the sink her husband’s foot massager. He’s on his feet a lot at work, so he uses it very often.

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Almost done! Last, we cleared, cleaned and organized the drawer under the sink. It held an array of tooth care products and other old “whatnot.” We contemplated pulling more of the old-looking shelf paper but, in the end, decided to leave it, too. The result – a partly empty drawer. Hooray!

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Where might be next? Perhaps it will be son Jack’s room. Away in Chile for three months, he gave us permission to work in his room before he returns home, but we are NOT to sell his Legos!

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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 Bathroom, Kitchen, Success Stories

Helping a Busy Student

Alix knew that she needed some help with organizing her student apartment, and with establishing some new habits to keep her ahead of clutter. How? An Internet search for a professional organizer led her to De-clutter Me! She called early on a Friday night, quickly apologizing for calling after 5.00 pm. Luckily, a cancellation for the next afternoon provided an opportunity to help out, and fast. Continue reading “Helping a Busy Student”