Nan emailed from Massachusetts. Would I be available to help her mother with organizing photos? Of course! Ruth faced some unexpected winter health challenges so, by the time we met for the first time, it was early May. I walked through the wide-open front door into their colorful and spirited home. Husband Bill welcomed me, saying that she was out and soon to return. In the meantime, would I advise about bedroom furniture placement? How to arrange bed, workspace and upholstered chair for reading? Here are some ideas. Okay!
Ruth arrived, and we ventured upstairs. First, we spread frames out on the floor so, as we went through piles of photos, we could match some with frames that would present them nicely. We separated others into new categories – burn onto CDs, give to others, and toss. Our time used up, Ruth smiled, and said that she felt well on the way to working through more of the piles.
After talking and scheduling, then re-scheduling, the day finally arrived – a drive south to Rutland for work with a new client. It was a bit snowy, and just before serious below-zero cold would blanket the region.
The gentleman has a number of areas needing attention. We decided to focus on a corner just inside his small apartment’s door. It has two tall bookcases and a dorm-size refrigerator sitting atop a smaller stand.
We started at the top of one of the bookcases, first organizing baseball hats and gloves. We worked our way down, straightening its shelves. We placed bills and tax information into colorful file folders on the top shelf. Spare change landed in a mug. In the other bookcase, we put juices and sodas at the top, with foods on the next shelf down. The “most valuable real estate” shelves (the next three down) got cleaning and shoeshine supplies and, to his surprised delight, empty space! A tool kit, lightbulbs and trash bags went on the bottom.
At the end, the gentleman was pleased and smiled, his eyes twinkling.
Sue leads a busy life. As a wife, mother of four, full-time worker and very involved volunteer community member, she’s always moving. It’s challenging to keep everyone organized, and the house in order.
Husband David, sensing that she might benefit from working with a professional organizer, gave her a gift session with De-clutter Me! We would work on the house for the family’s current life, though also keeping in mind its move to Florida in a year.
We first focused on the front hall. A closet, with its doors removed, still stored winter jackets (in late June) and many pairs of shoes. With a de-cluttering priority of healthy habits coaching, we decided that each family member would keep just one pair of shoes there. All of the rest – into his or her closet!
The hallway was piled with laundry and other stuff, too. We cleared it.
We moved next to the scrapbooking room, where the family’s two young daughters like to work on projects. Its horizontal surfaces were full. We put some items away and created spaces for others.