Posted in Porch, Success Stories

Porch Progress!

You know how it is with moving and getting settled. It’s tiring and stressful.  Add physical ailments, and it can be downright overwhelming, too.

Kristin moved into her new apartment, and part of her outer porch became a dumping ground. We set to turn that around. We consolidated craft and sewing supplies, set aside frames with broken glass to be carefully thrown out, and other items, like cardboard boxes, to be recycled. Into another box – items that her friends might want.

A cluttered porch area
Before
Consolidating, clearing clutter, and vacuuming help!
After

Now, Kristin can sit in her outer porch with some measure of comfort. Sure, there’s more work to do there, but it’s not overwhelming. Porch progress! She was happy.

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Posted in Garage, Success Stories

The Mini Garage!

For our next project, Michael chose an outdoor storage space next to the house front door. It’s like a mini garage, though without a door. It held bikes, summer sports equipment, his daughter’s stilts, a folding chair, and more. Up top – an extension cord, car rack parts, a screen.

Using my professional organizer’s method of working top-to-bottom, we started up top. I suggested hanging the extension cord. We placed the rack parts below. We stored the screen vertically. (It’s used for garlic!)

Below, we used the rack for the two adult-sized bikes. I recommended hanging them, to save space. We hung bike helmets on hooks already there – yay!

We put summer toys into the bin already there, including badminton rackets and a plastic bat. When the summer season ends soon, it will be easy to put the bin in the basement, then bring it back up for next summer.

As we worked, Michael asked me to name the space. The first name that popped into my mind was Alphonse, for no reason at all. Not a good choice. Now, I think Minnie is a better name, for the mini garage! I hope he laughs at the suggestion, then agrees.

The cluttered mini garage
Before
The mini garage, clutter-free and accessible!
After

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Posted in Basement, Success Stories

Big Basement Room Changes

Michael and I devoted a session to one of the basement rooms. We would use my professional organizer’s tried-and-true method of working our way around the room, and top-to-bottom.

We would start on a set of shelves which he called the “toy library” – a delightful surprise! We looked at each item, and he decided if it was a keeper, or should be tossed, or donated. Of course, we also cleared the floor in front of it, too.

The "toy library" before we cleared its clutter
Before
The updated "toy library"
After

Next, the set of shelves to the right, which held camping gear. We made sense of it, better arranging items so they’ll be easier to see, and then pack for family fun.

Cluttered camping gear
Before
Camping gear ready for family fun!
After

How many families have cribs that have been used for three generations of babies? This one does! We removed some items from inside and around it; again, to toss or donate.

A crib used by three family generations!
Before
Such a pretty crib!
After

Moving to our right, there was a set of shelves “calling out for attention.” Again, working top-to-bottom, we cleared the general disorder. Now, some fun, too. We placed a small art piece by Michael’s mother on the top shelf towards the left, and tucked into the corner an old photograph of a rather stern-looking man. Who is he? Michael’s great-grandfather in Russia!

Shelves "calling out for help!"
Before
Organized shelves, including an art piece and old family photo
After

With a cleared wall that now seemed empty, I suggested that we hang a kite. Of course, I asked about the pipe running the length of the room. It was okay. It may surprise anyone walking into the room for the first time!

A kite "flying" in the basement
The kite!

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Posted in Closet, Success Stories

Closet Clean-up

In many families, closets can become dumping grounds. In this family, Elizabeth and her two teenaged sons lead busy lives. Those two “conditions” meant that the closet closest to the garage and the kitchen could use some attention.

Suggesting my tried-and-true professional organizer’s method of working top-to-bottom, Elizabeth and I pulled everything off the closet shelf. We “assigned” a bin for each family member so that, when winter returns, gloves and hats will be easy to find. A couple of other bins were for extra items.

The right side of the closet shelf before we cleared its clutter
Before
"A place for everything, and everything in its place."
After
More closet shelf clutter
Before
Extra bins for extra stuff = no clutter!
After

After we thought through, and organized some of the family’s winter warmth needs, we turned our attention to those hanging below them. Elizabeth and I carefully looked at all of the items, deciding that some were too “past their prime” to donate, and set them aside for the trash. Others were collected for donation. Others, both hers and some still likely to fit her very tall sons, were re-arranged, so they will be easy to pull and wear.

Closet clutter before we cleared it
Before
A more "workable" closet
After

But wait, there’s more! Like all above, we went through the shoe bins below. We matched some sandals, shoes, and boots that were without their “mates,” kept some pairs, and set aside others for the trash or donation.

Success!

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Posted in Living Room, Success Stories

A Living Room Ready to be Lived In Again

Jess and John lead a busy life. Both working professionals, they also enjoy a wide variety of activities. Time can be tight, including for keeping things straight. We decided to tackle the living room.

The long view…there were several areas “calling out for help.”

The long view of the living room before we cleared its clutter
Before

First, a set of decorative shelves, which looked okay at the top. The middle and bottom areas, though, had become a crafts materials storage area, with spill-over onto the floor. As ever, we started at the top and worked our way down. We left some free space, set aside the crafts for storage elsewhere, and cleaned up the floor.

Decorative shelves before we cleared their clutter
Before
Decorative shelves' clutter cleared, now with open space ready for additional items
After
Crafts and other papers spilled onto the floor
Before
The cleared floor!
After

Our next focus was the TV area. We moved their dog Blaze’s bed, placed some of Jess’s rocks collection treasures under the wide screen.

The TV area before we cleared it
Before
The TV area, its clutter cleared
After

With COVID-19, Jess has worked at home much of the time. The couch became her primary workspace. We separated papers to either go back to her “real” office or upstairs office, returned salt and pepper to the kitchen, folded throws and other small blankets,

The cluttered couch, now a work space
Before
The couch, now ready for relaxing!
After

As we finished, John said that he didn’t think we would get it all done. I admitted to having privately thought the same way. We finished it, though! There were smiles all around.

The long view, much improved!
After

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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

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Posted in Kitchen, Success Stories

Kitchen Drawer De-cluttered!

You know how it can be. An apartment kitchen drawer, meant to store more than one kind of item, gets crowded. Not only did it hold all manner of kitchen gadgets, but also some of the snacks that Grover prepares for husband Frank’s lunchbox.

She and I pulled out each item. Needed? If so, we paid careful attention to its placement back in the drawer, to accommodate her disability. Easy access is a must! For those items no longer needed, we put some in a big paper bag, to be placed on the apartment building’s free table. Reduce, reuse, recycle! We put some others, past their useful “lives,” in the trash.

The kitchen gadgets and snacks drawer before we cleared its clutter.
Before
The kitchen drawer, with clutter cleared, and contents easily seen and reached
After

When we were done, Grover was thrilled! Not only were kitchen gadgets easy to reach, but Frank’s snacks fixings were, too. Her smile was a delight to see!

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Posted in Pantry, Success Stories

Pantry Power

The pantry in the house where Elizabeth and her two teenaged sons live could use some attention. First, I suggested my professional organizer’s tried-and-true method of working top-to-bottom. One son helped first, handing me the vases stored on the top shelf, which I then wiped with wet paper towels. We returned them, arranging them to be more pleasing to the family’s eyes.

Next, she and I discussed what the family eats most. Also, since the boys are tall, Elizabeth and I considered what they would want to reach easily and most often. We grouped pastas and rice, with her other son’s help.

Two pantry shelves before we re-arranged them.
Before
Top shelf vases wiped, and the second shelf better organized, including a small tower of tuna cans to the right
After

Continuing, we placed together condiments on the next shelf down, then below it some bowls and casseroles, and a dumplings maker.

Two shelves before we cleared their clutter
Before
One shelf organized with condiments, the one below it with some bowls, casseroles and a dumplings maker
After

The bottom shelf held some appliances. Other items left there and on the floor rounded out the picture. We consolidated the appliances on the shelf. We emptied cardboard “boxes” holding liquid refreshments, put the cardboard into recycling, and grouped the seltzers, etc., on the floor.

Two shelves with seemingly random food items and appliances
Before
The bottom shelf, now with appliances. The floor has some cans
After

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Posted in Laundry Room, Success Stories

Laundry Room AND Workout Space Transformation

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!

A table cluttered with laundry, and a rolled rug
Before
The laundry and rug removed, and shelves put into place
After

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.

Cluttered plastic shelves before we moved them
Before
The big punching bag, moved to where the plastic shelves had been
After

Jessica also worked some magic with the laundry bins just inside the door, so they wouldn’t be overflowing and look awful.

Laundry bins overflowing with dirty clothes
Before
"Tamed" laundry bins
After

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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Posted in Office, Success Stories

The Office Sewing Table Rescued!

Jessica’s family lives in a stately house dating from 1830. She often works at home, since her workplace is a 90-minute commute away – each way! After discussing some de-cluttering and organizing ideas for the kitchen, we spent the rest of our first session together in her home office. Some clutter was “bugging” her.

Overall, the room wasn’t bad, though her sewing table was a “hot mess.” Its disorder sometimes made it difficult to concentrate on her senior management-level job. We started at one end, clearing the space, and placing sketching paper into containers for her partner’s and sons’ enjoyment. Other items were discarded or recycled.

The cluttered sewing table, without room for even a needlle!
Before
The sewing table in Jessica's office, as she saw it from her desk
Before

 

The sewing table's side view. after we cleared its clutter
After

 

The full-on view, clutter free!
After

Next, we focused on the area under the table, which held drawing paper and other materials for creating and storing art. We consolidated the paper, so that the three boys could get to it easier. We also added to two large portfolios, “anchoring” them so that their contents would stay upright.

 

Bins and other containers "wanting" organizing!
Before

 

Newly-organized bins and other storage
After

When we finished, Jessica’s bright smile was a delight to see! We spoke about where we might work next. Success!

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