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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Posted in Office, Success Stories

Clearing Office Clutter and a Kitty “at the Beach”

Anja and I worked in the office/library. We cleared the floor, tossing some items, recycling others, and adding others to shelves. The kitty was so pleased with the room’s transformation that the sun streaming in through the window made it feel like the beach. Aw…

 

Lots of clutter to clear here!
Before
The clutter cleared, the kitty just had to lie in the sun "at the beach!"
After

Next, we worked on a tall bookcase.  Again, we tossed some items, and consolidated others. The result – better organization, and even some empty space! That can be especially restful for the eyes.

A bookcase before we cleared its cluttered shelves
Before
Clutter-free bookshelves
After

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Posted in Closet, Success Stories

Clearing Linen Closet Clutter!

Often seen – a linen closet, crammed full, so much so that it’s hard to see what it holds.

Everything was pulled out and refolded. A couple of college alumni association stadium blankets went up top, with other blankets. A number of pillow cases went together. Three big down comforters were put back in, with their folds facing out, to minimize “visual noise.”

Now, the family could see everything in the closet and pull out whatever might be needed for a comfortable and cozy night’s sleep!

"A cluttered linen closet before we cleared it
Before
Linen closet clutter cleared!
After

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Posted in Closet, Office, Success Stories

Touching Everything in the Office Closet

Nancy wrote, asking for some help. Would I be available to clear clutter in her office closet? Of course!

As always, I suggested that we start in one corner, and work our way around, top-to-bottom. One goal of hers – to make office supply items like rubber bands and post-it notes easily accessible, so that it would be easy to replenish those supplies in her desk. She also wanted to “touch every item,” to be sure if it was a “keeper” or not.

We did exactly that, also discussing “what to put where.” Nancy is relatively short, and I wanted to avoid her having to use a step stool too much. (I’m also short, though taller than she is, and I don’t like having to “streeetch” to reach top shelves.)

Office closet shelves before we cleared them
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Shelves organized with items easier to reach
After
Before
After

 

When we finished, Nancy was relieved. Success!

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Posted in Bathroom, Closet, Success Stories

A Bathroom Closet That Could Use Some Attention

A bathroom closet in Ann’s house could use some attention. Crammed onto the two top shelves were sheets and towels used on a sailboat she no longer owned, plus a variety of beach towels. Lower shelves held smaller towels and wash cloths, a collection of hotel and other toiletries, a hair dryer, neck braces, a heating pad, and other supplies for a disabled daughter, plus rubber workout bands, facial tissues, and toilet paper.

As ever, working top to bottom, the first task was to re-fold all of the sheets and towels. They were returned to the top two shelves, with their folds showing. It’s a subtle, though powerful, thing to do. It eliminates (what another client called) “visual noise.” More simply put, it just looks neater.

Shelves with towels and sheets before better folding
Before
Towels and sheets folded better. Easier on the eyes!
After

Next, the smaller towels and wash cloths were straightened. Toiletries were organized and placed into two containers already there. The hair dryer, rubber workout bands and health supplies for her daughter went into plastic bags. The neck braces were stood up in the back, where they could be seen easily, with the heating pad nearby. The facial tissues and toilet paper remained on the floor, also easily seen and reached.

Towels, toiletries, and more before their clutter was cleared
Before
Towels, toiletries, and more - organized!
After

At the end, everything was organized and easily reached. Attention paid!

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Posted in Office, Success Stories

Bearing Witness as His Lifeguard

John is transforming an upstairs room in his house. It’s full of papers from various work aspects of his life. The goal is to turn it into a bedroom for staging, as he prepares to sell the house.

We are going through many, many papers. Some of it is difficult, and emotionally tough, going for him. At one point, he said that I’m his lifeguard. That’s one of the greatest compliments I’ve gotten during my 7+ years of working as a professional organizer. I also love the water, so it resonates on that level, too.

John is also working hard at parting with some other objects that are emotionally draining. One is a painting, showing the large back yard behind his house. It was a gift from someone who no longer is in his life. He looked stressed as we discussed it. He wants the memory of the yard. My lifeguard’s suggestion – take some photos of it, and donate the painting. His frown softened into a smile.

This is some of the most deeply satisfying work I’ve done since establishing
De-clutter Me! It’s not about me, though very much is about supporting clients as we work through whatever brought us together. In this case, it’s to help John as he leaves behind some difficult reminders. More accurately, some are going into the wood stove and providing heat! Benefits abound!

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Posted in Pantry, Success Stories

More Birthday Present!

Mary’s birthday present was three sessions with De-clutter Me! What would be next? The pantry!

We spent our second session together on some of the shelves, tossing some foods past their “sell by dates,” and rearranged others, so that “like would be with like.” We consolidated Mary’s many candle supplies. A number of times, she asked how I would group items. The consistent answer – what would work for her, according to how her mind works, not mine.

In our third birthday present session, we finished the shelves, then turned our attention to the pantry counter. At the back, we removed the wok, which was hardly used. We decreased the water bottle stash, setting some aside to toss or donate. We placed in a bowl a small drill that Mary’s husband often uses.

Pantry counters and floor before we cleared their clutter
Before
Clutter-free pantry floor and counter
After

Moving along, we consolidated cookbooks, adding some from a lower shelf. We pulled some plastic bags from mostly-empty boxes, setting them aside to store with other bags and wraps. We put new plastic containers with others in an upper cupboard, and likewise found new homes for other items.

The crowded  and cluttered pantry counter
Before
The clutter-free pantry counter
After

Almost done, we focused on the last section of pantry counter. As with its other parts, we placed some items with similar others elsewhere. The “ginormous” box of cereal went to the side wall, with Mary vowing that she would never buy such a big box again. Revealed – a charming “Boulangerie” (Bakery) sign, a nice tribute to Mary’s former work as a school French teacher. I suggested that she might hang it on the opposite wall, where she would see and enjoy it more.

As we finished, we briefly discussed wall storage for the boxes of single serving coffee, “visual noise” currently taking up floor space. It might be possible to find a suitable rack or shelving that wouldn’t be too deep, while maintaining access to the cupboard next to the wall. Mary said that she would look online.

More counter clutter
Before
Counter clutter gone!
After

In the end, Mary was surprised that we accomplished all that she hoped. The pantry’s clutter cleared, it was more organized, its contents much easier to see and find. She happily smiled. A birthday present success!

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Posted in Closet, Success Stories

A Birthday Present!

Kate emailed from Massachusetts. She had worked with a professional organizer there. She and her brother wanted to give their mother similar help for her birthday. Would I be available? We talked on the phone, she sent a check and, soon, I arrived at their parents’ lovely home.

Mary had admitted to being a bit nervous, but soon she was smiling and laughing as we worked on a hallway closet. She had emptied some of its contents onto the floor and the stairs.

The hallway floor, with items from the closet
Before

Explaining my professional organizer’s tried-and-true method of working top-to-bottom, we first cleared the closet’s shelf. There were some objects wrapped in paper. What were they? We soon discovered that they were candles. We set them aside for her local son and his family. We pulled other items to discard or donate. What was left? Empty space! How rare! With time, some items might “migrate” there but, for the moment, there was space for the eyes to rest.

Closet shelf clutter before we cleared it
Before
Closet shelf clutter cleared with empty space available!
After

Next, to the other side of the shelf. We emptied most of it, placing just a few things there, including a pretty hat box. More empty space! Below it, we hung many of Mary’s tote bags. (She has a lifetime supply.) We set some aside for donation and a few to leave in her car for grocery shopping. That cleared much of the floor space.

A cluttered shelf before we cleared it
Before
More clutter cleared, and more empty space!
After

We looked online for boot and shoe trays for the closet floor, which she would add later.

When we were done, the floor and stairs were cleared.

The hallway floor and stairs after we cleared their clutter
After

What might be next? Mary wasn’t sure yet, but she was pleased with the first part of her children’s birthday present.

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Posted in Closet, Success Stories

A Shared Closet Cleared

Etienne and Paul share a closet, which could present some challenges. She and I decided to make the space work better for both of them.

We started with Paul’s folded clothes on a shelf. We pulled out some items, refolded, and put them back. I suggested placing everything with the fold facing out. It’s a subtle, though powerful, thing to do, reducing “visual noise.” It looked neater and there was more storage room, if needed.

A closet shelf before we cleared its clutter and reorganized it
Before
Shelf cluttered cleared, with more space available
After

Next, we worked on Etienne’s shelf, with relatively little already on it. Even so, folding and clearing clutter made more space available.

A closet shelf, before we cleared its clutter
Before
Shelf clutter cleared, with more space available
After

Below the shelf, the rod holding Etienne’s other clothes could use some attention. We consolidated dresses and slacks and, as much as possible, hung long items together.

Etienne's hanging clothes before we rearranged them
Before
Hanging clothes much easier to see and choose!
After

Below, we pulled everything out, off the closet floor, hanging some items and placing shoes in the cubbie holes to the left.

A cluttered closet floor
Before
A cleared closet floor, with "visual noise" gone
After

With a bit of time left over, we cleared the top of Etienne’s dresser. It would be much nicer to look at from across the room, in bed. Relaxing and restful, too!

The dresser before we cleared its clutter
Before
Clutter cleared from the dresser top
After

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