Posted in Kitchen, Office, Success Stories

An Office Front Desk and Kitchen Area Transformation

Kereith got in touch. Planet Fitness had recently moved its offices. He wanted help in a few areas that could use a professional organizer’s touch.

A new administrative staff member would soon join the organization. We spent some time at the front desk, making it both more welcoming and a space to accomplish good work.

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We also worked on the kitchen. The counter top on a set of shelves across from the sink had accumulated some items in the weeks since the business move. We eliminated its clutter, including some snacks that we would place above the microwave.

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We discussed the cupboards. We grouped coffee and tea together, then cups and paper plates with plastic cutlery at the top.

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We placed the snacks, not eaten very often, in the cupboard above the microwave. (Yes, there is a step stool nearby for reaching them.)

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What might be next? Perhaps hanging art work, to be determined. In the meantime, Kereith was pleased.

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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 Cabinets, Kitchen, Success Stories

A Kitchen Purge Before the Movers Come

Occasionally, De-clutter Me! is hired by Home Sweet Home, a California company that does corporate relocations. I work here in Vermont with the family that is moving away. With husband/dad Stephen already at his new job in the South, wife/mom LaTrisha and I focused most of our time purging in the kitchen, before the movers come to pack the family’s belongings and drive them away.

We opened several kitchen drawers, separating items, including lots of paper, to be recycled, shredded, or tossed. We put some of the remaining items in reclosable plastic bags. They will be easy to consolidate when the movers pack the kitchen.

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We also worked on two kitchen cupboard shelves under a drawer. Newly organized, it holds a couple of small appliances, and varied other items that will be easy for the movers to pack.

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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 Kitchen, Success Stories

Hawkeye Helps with Mail in the Kitchen!

Judy and I devoted two sessions together to processing old mail in the kitchen. She said that perhaps it was bagged and stuck in a corner when the table was needed for a meal with visiting guests.

We recycled old catalogs and newsletters. We read and said goodbye to cards received for birthdays and other occasions. We filed statements for several bank accounts. We found a spiffy laptop computer bag. Once washed, it would be useful once again.

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English springer spaniel Hawkeye was close by through much of our work and even pitched in to help with the mail!

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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 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.

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 Center Island Clutter Cleared!

Jennifer and Darby are busy. They work, are active in their community, and have four  children, plus two dogs. For their family, as is also true for many others, staying ahead of clutter can be a challenge. What to work on first?

Jen and baby Lulu were home on the morning when I arrived, and Darby would return soon. She said that the clutter on the center island in the kitchen bothered him. Let’s start there!

Continue reading “Kitchen Center Island Clutter Cleared!”

Posted in Kitchen, Success Stories

Before “Leaving Dodge,” Part One

Janelle is undergoing a big life transition. Her children’s lives are becoming more autonomous. She would soon vacate the family house as part of a divorce agreement, and would “get out of Dodge” for a few months. She’s excited about her western adventure, including a plan to volunteer at a ranch. Continue reading “Before “Leaving Dodge,” Part One”

Posted in Kitchen, Success Stories

Clear That Kitchenette!

David approached me about his father, Alex, who needed a professional organizer’s help. Alex and his wife were married for 59 years. After her passing two years ago in 2016, he sold their home and moved into a retirement community last fall (2017). As he admitted, with some embarrassment, he “never got over the move.” There were piles scattered around. Adding to the stress – his passport was missing.

In our first session, we cleared the kitchenette area. Even the cook surface was covered. Asked about meal preparation, Alex replied that he either eats in the facility’s dining room or he goes out.

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Once he washes the dishes stacked in the sink, Alex’s kitchenette area will look even more organized.

We also discussed the cupboards. Where to put things for his convenient use? In the top right, we placed various drinks and bottles of beer, which had been in a box on the floor.

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Another cupboard would be for snacks. Once reorganized, there was some extra space. A shelf extender would make even better use of it.

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Alex did something that no other client has ever done – he went off to take a nap while I worked on the cupboards! That was a first! Beforehand, though, I asked how to gently wake him. A tap on the shoulder would do it.

When Alex rejoined the “party,” I showed him the cupboard progress. He was pleased with his kitchenette. We agreed to work our way around the apartment in future sessions.

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 “bringing calm to chaos” since 2013.