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!

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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 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.

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, 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

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, Office, Success Stories

Progress in an Office/Crafts Room

Meg and Steve live in a beautiful house nestled in the woods. Her office and crafts area for decoupage work are combined in one room. She wasn’t “getting to it,” meaning that she was wasn’t clearing the area. “Looking at her brain,” she was staring at works in progress. It was bothering her. Could I help? Continue reading “Progress in an Office/Crafts Room”