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!
Lori’s major job involves caring for cancer patients. She also works with color clients. Her retired husband is a very skilled woodworker. Pieces in their lovely home look like they’re from a high-end furniture store. Like most clients, she’s busy. We worked together on a beautiful Saturday morning, first in the kitchen. A few drawers below a countertop needed reorganizing. We worked from top to bottom, moving things around.
With some remaining time, we worked in their bedroom, clearing the top and a drawer of a dresser that husband Jim built.
Nina is a wife and mother, and has a profession, too. She’s busy. Feeling a bit overwhelmed about my coming to work with her, I encouraged her to relax. (After all, it’s only me!) We first would focus on the basement of the family condo.
Where to start? What to de-clutter? What was bugging her most? She suggested a shelving unit, adding quickly that we had to protect husband Greg’s models. They would stay on the top shelf, along with two dinosaur figures. I suggested working top-to-bottom, reserving the most valuable “real estate” (the shelves most easily reached) for items that the family would use most. We set to work, rearranging, and filling big, plastic garbage bags with trash, items for other rooms and donations. We also set aside two art pieces done by her 8-year-old daughter, for an eventual wall art gallery.
As often is the case, a couple of times, Nina exclaimed, “I was looking for that!” After finishing the shelving unit, and with our remaining time, we started on the rest of the basement. We strategized for the rest of our upcoming sessions. We would work our way around the room. First, though, we cleared off the ping-pong table, so the family could enjoy using it again.
I first met Julia in May, when spring was just starting to take hold. Our next meeting was in mid-July, during “high summer,” with the days already getting shorter. (Yikes!) What would she like to work on? Firstly, we would rearrange her front room, opening up the space so she could exercise to DVDs playing on her computer.
Next, we spent our remaining time battling with (what her sister calls) the Paper Dragon. A few boxes and bins hold papers of various kinds that need(ed) de-cluttering attention. With more to do, we are developing a new filing system that will work for Julia. That will continue to be our focus until the task is done.