Posted in Hallway, Kitchen, Success Stories

A Hallway Table and Kitchen Junk Drawer Tamed!

In our second session together, Emily and I first focused on the hallway table. Again, theirs is a busy family, with professional parents, three sons and two dogs. We’re all familiar with the challenges that can come with lots of energetic activity. It’s easy to walk in, drop something on the hallway table, then get engrossed in something else. The piles can grow and, with them, frustration, too.

At one end, a basket overflowed with bills and other mail. We discussed how bills are paid. Online? With checks? How to manage other mail? Would it be possible to create files, specific to particular topics, that could be stored nearby to reduce paper clutter? There’s a small closet nearby where that might work just fine.

A wooden box held various other items. We emptied it, setting its contents aside with new “homes” in mind, including the kitchen junk drawer, where we would migrate next.

Charger cords were controlled. Pens were moved to the kitchen. A basket on the floor, holding magazines, was partly emptied, with some added to recycling.

As we finished, Emily was pleased, knowing that it would be less stressful to look at the hallway table. To also make her smile, I suggested that she treat the table and the box with mineral oil, as their wood looked dry, noting that their colors would darken a bit.

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Next, we walked into the kitchen, and opened the junk drawer. We rearranged storage wraps and bags to better use space. We bagged random batteries; likewise, varied birthday candles. Found on the hallway table, Emily tucked into a corner napkins with sweet, funny messages for youngest son Julian’s school lunches. Also from the hallway table, we placed loose change into a shorter glass. I put toothpicks, that had been in a big bag, into a small box. Rolls of tape were grouped together. When we finished other consolidation and tidying actions, it all made much more sense. Bonus points – extra space in the middle of the junk drawer! So much easier on the eye!

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With a bit more time, we went back down to the basement, and began rearranging Emily’s crafts and sewing supplies. We also started grouping her fabrics, which she would continue after our session ended.

When to work together again? We agreed that after the holidays would be best.

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Posted in Hallway, Mud Room, Success Stories

A Mud Room and Hallway Table Ready for the Winter Season

Andrea and I devoted our second and third sessions together to the mud room, just inside the front door. We went through baskets and drawers which “house” gloves, ski goggles, biking and gardening items, and more. We rearranged boots in a low metal bookcase. We set aside a window screen, paint and related supplies for basement storage.

We tackled a big blue bin with deep cubbies, pulling winter fleece and ski clothes. Once they are washed, Andrea will hang them above, where there is plenty of room on the hanging rod. The cubbies are completely empty! Spare space is like gold. The mud room is ready to be truly functional.

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With a bit more session time left, we turned to a table in the hallway. Andrea said that it’s meant to be the space where family members can easily find and grab needed items just before heading out the door – suntan lotion (even needed on sunny winter days), bug repellent, flashlights, etc.

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In our next session, Andrea and I will work in her bedroom, including clearing some clothes from the closet. She’ll need the extra space to hide Christmas presents!

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Posted in Hallway, Success Stories

A Christmas Present – in May!

Nan emailed from Massachusetts. Would I be available to help her mother with organizing photos? Of course! Ruth faced some unexpected winter health challenges so, by the time we met for the first time, it was early May. I walked through the wide-open front door into their colorful and spirited home. Husband Bill welcomed me, saying that she was out and soon to return. In the meantime, would I advise about bedroom furniture placement? How to arrange bed, workspace and upholstered chair for reading? Here are some ideas. Okay!

Ruth arrived, and we ventured upstairs. First, we spread frames out on the floor so, as we went through piles of photos, we could match some with frames that would present them nicely. We separated others into new categories – burn onto CDs, give to others, and toss. Our time used up, Ruth smiled, and said that she felt well on the way to working through more of the piles.

A framed Christmas present!

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Posted in Hallway, Success Stories

Conquering Corner Clutter

After talking and scheduling, then re-scheduling, the day finally arrived – a drive south to Rutland for work with a new client. It was a bit snowy, and just before serious below-zero cold would blanket the region.

The gentleman has a number of areas needing attention. We decided to focus on a corner just inside his small apartment’s door. It has two tall bookcases and a dorm-size refrigerator sitting atop a smaller stand.

We started at the top of one of the bookcases, first organizing baseball hats and gloves. We worked our way down, straightening its shelves. We placed bills and tax information into colorful file folders on the top shelf. Spare change landed in a mug. In the other bookcase, we put juices and sodas at the top, with foods on the next shelf down. The “most valuable real estate” shelves (the next three down) got cleaning and shoeshine supplies and, to his surprised delight, empty space! A tool kit, lightbulbs and trash bags went on the bottom.

At the end, the gentleman was pleased and smiled, his eyes twinkling.

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Posted in Hallway, Studio, Success Stories

Yet Another Work in Progress

Sue leads a busy life. As a wife, mother of four, full-time worker and very involved volunteer community member, she’s always moving. It’s challenging to keep everyone organized, and the house in order.

Husband David, sensing that she might benefit from working with a professional organizer, gave her a gift session with De-clutter Me! We would work on the house for the family’s current life, though also keeping in mind its move to Florida in a year.

We first focused on the front hall. A closet, with its doors removed, still stored winter jackets (in late June) and many pairs of shoes. With a de-cluttering priority of healthy habits coaching, we decided that each family member would keep just one pair of shoes there. All of the rest – into his or her closet!

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The hallway was piled with laundry and other stuff, too. We cleared it.

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We moved next to the scrapbooking room, where the family’s two young daughters like to work on projects. Its horizontal surfaces were full. We put some items away and created spaces for others.

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Another work in progress!

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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.