Problem: Thanks to years’ worth of accumulation, this client’s closet was bursting at the seams with things she didn’t even know she owned. She found herself wearing the same items over and over as a result of feeling overwhelmed whenever she opened her closet.
Solution: Our first task was to clear the clutter, from maternity clothes to clothes from her college days. After decluttering, it was time to maximize the closet space. The first solution came in the form of Slimline hangers, helping to double the available hanging space. We then placed baskets on the shelves to corral accessories such as belts and scarves.
Problem: This was the client’s husband’s home office. She was using the formal dining room as her office (and needless to say, it wasn’t working). They decided to convert their attic into an office for her husband, so she could utilize this space.
Solution: We first had to clear out her husband’s stuff, as she desperately wanted to make the room a more inviting place for her to work. She sold Mary Kay and had a lot of product, so we purchased shelving from Ikea and customized to her needs with drawers and fabric bins to hold all of her merchandise.
Problem: This client’s large walk-up attic made it easy to toss things here and forget about them. The attic had more than enough room for storage, but there was no system.
Solution: We removed items that were no longer used or were damaged due to poor storage. The attic’s built-in shelves provided a great foundation for getting organized, so we added storage containers, storing like items together and clearly labeling each container so it was clear where everything belonged.
Problem: Toys were coming in, but not going out. With several toys not having a proper home, the floor became a dumping ground for these misfit toys.
Solution: After a thorough decluttering, we donated the toys that the children no longer used. We employ customizable cubbies so storage can be modified as the children’s needs change. Labeled bins became home to larger toys, while books went to the shelves. Lastly, we maximized the play space on the floor by effectively arranging the furniture.
Problem: This growing family’s food pantry wasn’t large enough to accommodate its needs. Though the kitchen had a larger pantry, it was occupied by fine china and silver.
Solution: Since the china and silver pieces were only used sporadically, it made sense to move them to other areas of the kitchen, freeing up space in the larger pantry. China was relocated to higher kitchen cabinets and silver was stored in the smaller pantry. We then moved the food into the new pantry and sorted it into zones: beverages, baby food, kids’ snacks, chips & crackers, cereal, pasta and rice, condiments and spices. Lazy Susans helped make all condiments and spices visible and accessible. Metal baskets were used to corral snacks.
Problem: For this client, having a mobile office proved quite problematic without a system in place. He was overwhelmed by papers that were coming in on a daily basis; the problem was very few were going out.
Solution: We first decluttered, bagging up out-of-date papers that were no longer necessary. Then we utilized the organizing products the client already owned (such as the computer and file holder on the passenger seat). Last, we purchased a few handy on-the-go items, including a pen-and-phone caddy which fits neatly into the cup holder.
Problem: With no efficient filing system in place, this daunting pile was inevitable. The desk had become a dumping ground for receipts, junk mail, and important bills (among other odds and ends).
Solution: First and foremost, it was time to clear the desk completely. As we worked our way through the items, we sorted them into four categories: “act on”, “file”, “trash”, and “destroy”. We then put a filing system in place so all new incoming important papers had a home.
Problem: Too many cleaning supplies, too little organization. This client felt overwhelmed by her overflowing cabinets and had lost track of all of the various cleaning products inside.
Solution: First we tossed products that the client no longer used. We then consolidated open bottles of the same products. Next, we categorized items into bins—such as all furniture cleaners in one bin and multi-purpose cleaners in another.
Problem: Too many clothes and a small closet created a cluttered space for this client. Having never decluttered, she was ready to make a change as she noticed that she didn’t wear most of the clothing she owned.
Solution: We purged everything she hadn’t worn in the last year (which ended up being 12 large garbage bags worth). She didn’t even know that she owned most of the stuff we purged, as she was always reaching for the same pieces. Tubular plastic hangers kept her clothes untangled, and shoe cubbies gave her easy access to her footwear.
Problem: This small attic provided limited functional space for this client’s out-of-season clothing, holiday decorations, and home décor items that were not currently being used.
Solution: To make the best use of the space we installed AtticMaxx shelving units. AtticMaxx utilizes the often-wasted space in between attic trusses and the adjustable shelves to get the most use out of the space. Clearly labeled bins allowed us to easily see what was kept in which bin. With everything off the floor, it was much easier to navigate this small space and retrieve what was needed.
Problem: What started out as a small pile of paper quickly grew as this client frequently found herself tossing papers on her desk because she did not have an efficient filing system in place.
Solution: We removed all of the papers on the desk and created a staging area in the lobby. Next, we sorted through all of the papers and found that most were out of date and toss-able or personal and belonged at home. We revamped the filing cabinet to accommodate the necessary work papers.
Problem: Too many clothes and no system in place stressed out this client every time she did her laundry and had no place to put her clean clothes. Her large walk-in closet was impossible to navigate.
Solution: After removing all of the clothes and separating them into categories (“keep”, “donate”, “consign”, and “repair”) we were able to start with a clean slate. We placed hanging clothes back into the closet by type. We then put fabric bins on the shelves, which were great for corralling accessories and keeping the shelves clear of piles. Her clean laundry had a home and her closet was a stress-free environment.
Problem: This client’s home office was the first thing a visitor saw when walking into her home, and not only was it an eyesore, it caused her major stress—even when she wasn’t working at the desk, she couldn’t avoid seeing it.
Solution: We found space elsewhere in the home for anything that wasn’t work-related and since the filing cabinet was only half-full, we were able to put her important work papers there. We kept sentimental items close by, as they gave the client comfort at her harmonious work space.
Problem: This client was a jewelry designer and her collection of beads and jewelry-making supplies had grown out of control. She wasn’t able to see what she had on hand and often found herself buying duplicate supplies.
Solution: With functional storage already in place, we moved items around, putting the things she needed most accessible close by. We then sorted through all of her beads and supplies, putting like items together and labeling them. Lastly, we created a home for the items that were frequently left on her desk, clearing her workspace so she didn’t waste any time when she sat down to make jewelry.