Jessica shares her noble and stately 1830 house with her partner and their three sons from previous relationships. A second floor room functions as laundry room and workout space, with a window looking out at a popular hiking mountain.
There was a wood cabinet/dresser piece, perfectly and snugly placed along the room’s end wall. It was piled high with laundry. First, we removed the clothes. We discussed how to tweak the room. Perhaps remove the wood piece? No. Let’s keep it there, but use it better. How? That would become clear. A TV set magically migrated there, which might be good to prevent boredom when the bike trainer is used, mostly during the winter.
We also removed a rolled-up rug, and discussed how to use the newly-available space. There were some plastic shelves across the room. Might they fit? “Measure twice, and move once.” They wouldn’t stick out too much into the room, thereby protecting the all-important workout space. Yay!
Also in the room – her gigantic punching bag, which looks like an enormous marshmallow on steroids. It would be most useful if placed elsewhere in the room, so she could get maximum punching and kicking area for great workouts. We moved it to where the plastic shelves had been.
Jessica also worked some magic with the laundry bins just inside the door, so they wouldn’t be overflowing and look awful.
With the room now more welcoming, both for laundry and workouts, Jessica looked relieved. Her smile showed it! What might be next? That was to be determined.
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Well, not really, but it was a rainy afternoon, perfect for de-cluttering! Suzanne is busy. A wife, mother, and professional worker, she needed a push from a professional organizer. Several areas “called out” for help. As often is the case, I asked what was bugging her most. Her quick response – the laundry area. It could use some reorganization. We worked top to bottom, placing on the top shelves items she would want to have handy, but wouldn’t need often. Lower and in the “most valuable real estate” – others she uses more. Why the tennis balls? They’re great in the dryer, with down-filled jackets and vests. They bounce around, returning “puff” to washed clothes.
What was also bugging her? Next, the linen closet. Again working top to bottom, we first purged from the top shelf. It held more wrapping paper and gift bags than really needed. We thinned that collection, then spent some time on lower shelves, refolding towels, so that their folds face out. A small gesture, but it makes the closet look neater and easier on the eye. (Also, as written elsewhere on this website, physical clutter = mental clutter.) We also matched bedding. This was especially important, because everyone in the household does his or her own laundry. Returning bedclothes to the closet would be easier.
With our remaining time, we tamed and moved some electrical cords in her office.
Looking relieved when our session ended, Suzanne said that I had been a catalyst for her to continue with some smaller projects that wouldn’t need my help. 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 “bringing calm to chaos” since 2013.