Posted in Bedroom, Success Stories

Continuing Our Work Around the Room

They’re a busy family – two professional parents, two teenagers. This time, the husband and dad of the family and I cleared a corner of the bedroom, in front of a dresser, then between it and another one. Then, the wife and mom joined us. Together, we three started to develop a filing system for their bills and other financial statements.

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When we’re together next, we’ll work more on the new filing system.

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Posted in Holidays, Timely Tips

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Admittedly, I’ve posted the following suggestions before. They’re still of use; at least, I think so. Happy holidays!

It’s the holiday season and all that goes along with it – happy gatherings, glorious music, decorations, lights and, of course, presents. Wearing my de-cluttering “hat,” here are some suggestions to perhaps decrease your own and perhaps others’ clutter, too.

Reduce. Many people already have enough stuff. What to give? For something memorable, how about something intangible, like a special restaurant meal, or an experience. Yes, this is a repeated idea, but still feels valid. Concert tickets? A hot air balloon ride? Or, how about an especially good bottle of wine, with the promise to share it over an equally impressive homemade meal, including a truly decadent dessert? A built-in bonus – time together which, in these increasingly busy times for many of us, is precious. Perhaps save this gift for the New Year, after all of the holiday busy-ness, when you might be able to relax and enjoy it more.

Reuse. Another reprised suggestion, but what to do with all of that newly-used wrapping paper? Sure, while responsible to recycle it, you also can use it again. How, since it might look less-than-wonderful now? If you have access to a shredder, run it through, then save it for padding when storing fragile ornaments. Or, if you’ll have to send boxed gifts in the near future and have storage space, you might bag it for when the time comes. Another easy reuse – as written, egg cartons are great to snugly store ornaments.

Recycle. Yourself. Yes, by donating blood, also suggested before. Donation centers experience drops in contributions at this time of year, though the need remains constant. Even if you can’t stand needles, and I’m no fan, it’s not all that bad. It normally takes ~45 minutes, and you’ll feel good for having done it – like voting! The Red Cross will be grateful for your help.

Posted in Crafts Room, Success Stories

Creating Space in a Crafts Room

Julie is a busy medical professional. Beyond her work, she enjoys many crafts activities. Her crafts room had become cluttered so, when she had time for her hobbies, its space wasn’t really useable.

We started first on the closet. We worked from top to bottom, reserving the most easily-reached shelving for items she would want to use most. The top and bottom shelves would be for projects done less often. We added some things that were on the crowded table.

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Next, we cleared the space in front of the table, then started on the table itself. We moved some table items to the shelves lining a nearby wall. Again, we reserved the “most valuable real estate” – the shelves most easily reached – for items she would want to use most.

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Our time used up, we discussed how Julie might finish the project on her own. She would not have free time in the next couple of months for full sessions together. Instead, she would “chip away” at it as shorter periods of time became available.

Posted in Bedroom, Success Stories

Helping Liam

Liam is a bright, engaging and pleasant teenager. Busy with school and sports, keeping his room neat isn’t his highest priority. In our first session, we started with the space behind the door. Next, we neatened his dresser. He really wanted to keep the “display” of shoe boxes next to it. How could I resist his sweet smile?

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After that, we cleared the corner floor space, then rearranged the table next to his bunk beds.

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When time allows, we’ll tackle the corner at the foot of the bunk beds and his closet.