We take great pride in the work we do for our clients. Below you will see some of our projects, including the extensive clean out and organization of the Mothers' Home storage rooms.
Divorce Clutter Doesn't Have to Be Difficult
Divorce, even when it is mutual, is never easy. Sometimes, rather than dealing with your ex's things, it's easier just to shove them into a room and not think about them. In this case, a divorced Dad called us in to help take back his entire home.
First, we tackled a storage room filled with his ex-wife's old stuff. We fought our way through the clutter, eventually organizing everything in bins, making this storage room back into a useful space that wasn't only filled with old memories.
Next, we were to help him organize and "flip-flop" two rooms in the house, making them into useful spaces. One of these rooms was previously a dumping ground for coats, shoes, toys, and other associated clutter. I soon converted it into a functioning music room where the Dad could play his instruments!
While we were at it, the Dad decided to have us clean out his son's old room that he used when he was a toddler. Since then, it became storage for whatever he didn't want to deal with. The Dad wanted to make it into a dressing room since he had no closets in his own bedroom, so we got to work and, well, check out the result!
A few months later, the same Dad called me back again, this time to tackle his kitchen table. At the time, he did not have a mail organization system in place, so it all just piled on top of the kitchen table. He wanted me to reclaim his table and set up a system so this would never happen again.
Reasons for Hoarding
Depression is a scourge. Not only can it damage our lives and relationships, but it can leave us living in a home that is cluttered and difficult to live in. This client suffered from extreme depression, becoming what you might call a "hoarder," refusing to let anyone into her home for 16 years. She finally got to a place where she wanted to retake control of her life, and hired me to help her out.
One of the things she wanted most was to have a space where she could read and enjoy her book collection. This was originally an exercise room (you can sort of see the exercise equipment under the pile of "stuff"), but it hadn't been used as an exercise room for a few years. After cleaning out the first layer of clutter, we called a junk removal company to come in and take out the exercise equipment so it could be donated to a charity. Once there was some room to think, I organized her already existing bookcases and shelves, creating a space where she could sit back and enjoy reading!
But the job wasn't done yet. A few months later, she called me in to reclaim her bedroom. Due to size fluctuations, she had many bins of clothing that were taking up precious bedroom space. We went through everything, donating some and creating shelving for each size that she needed to keep.
All in all, I worked with this client for the better part of a year, until, finally, she had reclaimed her entire home! So proud of her!
Helping Mothers in Need
This one is a bit of a story, but is something that I am very, very proud of.
Near me, there is a wonderful organization for women who are homeless and expecting their first child. This shelter offers programs to help expecting mothers find a job, expand their education, or get counseling while they are pregnant. Six months after they give birth, the mother and new baby move out on their own as a family.
My first time there, I was brought by a friend who was dropping off donations. The shelter collects household items, small pieces of furniture, baby clothes and toys, and women's clothing. This is for the expecting mothers so they can get items they need for their new home or if they need something during their stay. Plus, the shelter opens the doors of the donation center to the greater community once a week.
While I was incredibly moved by the work the shelter did, I was somewhat horrified at the level of disorganization and clutter in the basement. There were three huge rooms absolutely stuffed full of items and clothing. Valuable items and donations were being ruined simply because there was no room. Expecting mothers couldn't find the things they needed because not only was everything disorganized, there were actually places that were unsafe to explore thanks to the unstable towers of stuff. There was no system or organization or sorting in place, so I immediately saw something had to be done.
I organized a volunteer recruitment drive to find people who could help come and clear out the basement storage spaces. I used my connections to get a big dumpster and, with a ton of teamwork and sweat, we cleared out all three rooms, salvaging whatever we could. There were unfortunately some things that needed to be thrown away, but we managed to dig our way through everything and found many items that would be of use to expecting mothers.
Then it was time to make sure this never happened again. This was the plan: the first room would be used for household items and furniture storage. The second room would be used for kids books, toys, and baby equipment. And the third room would be for clothing. I purchased a sturdy shelving system for the first big room where all of the household items would be displayed. In the third room, my team found several clothing racks and hundreds of hangers, perfect to get all of the clothes organized. We made sections for maternity clothes, general women's clothes, and baby clothes.
After we were finished, the shelter had a clean, organized, and functioning donation center where women in need could get assistance. It was a challenge, but in the end, the result was more than worth the effort.
No Job Too Small…
Your house doesn't need to be loaded with clutter to use my organizational services. Sometimes, a small job is just as important.
In this case, my client was a very busy woman who had turned a spare closet into a dumping ground for clothes, shoes, and other associated knick-knacks. I went to the dollar store and purchases some shoebox bins for her. Once they were labeled, it was a snap to sort everything and reclaim the space for storage!
If there is one place you want to be organized, it's the kitchen. Unfortunately, there are times when the pantry can get a little out of control!
Here, my clients were a busy family who kept building up their supply of food, making their pantry more and more cluttered. As you can see, it was as well stocked as a survival shelter, but not nearly as organized. I went through everything, creating sections for each type of food to make sure that this level of clutter would never happen again.
Unpacking in a New Home
Packing your home up for a big move is stressful enough, but unpacking can be just as bad.
In this case, my clients were a couple who were having a little trouble settling into their new home. The husband traveled a lot, meaning that the wife didn't have the support she needed to get everything unpacked and organized. Thankfully, I was there to help. By the time I was finished, everything in their kitchen was percisely where it should be!
You know the old saying about presents, "It's the thought that counts?" Well, this woman put a lot of thought into her husband's birthday present!
Their garage was a complete mess and he didn't have any time to get everything organized. So, she called me in! I went through all of the clutter, getting everything sorted and placed so there would be tons of room. I also bought them a bike stand to get their bicycles out of the way and safely stored.
An Organized Home Office
Most clutter build-up isn't intentional; it happens one day at a time.
In this case, a home office became the place where any overflow from other rooms was diverted. Over time, so much stuff was put into the room that it became impossible to enter anymore.
When this client called me, she was beside herself, desperately wanting that space back. First, we had to dig our way into the room, and then back out again! One item at a time, we determined what was trash, what was a donation, and what was valuable. We brought in some shelves to hold storage and, slowly but surely, we uncovered the space so it could be a useful office again!
Bulk Shopping: Good Idea or Clutter Magnet?
I totally understand the temptation to visit a big box store and buy hundreds of rolls of paper towels, toilet paper, and tissues. It can make financial sense! Unfortunately, it can also make for a considerable amount of clutter.
These clients loved bulk shopping, but lacked the space to store it. Their unfinished basement had become a dumping ground for Christmas decorations, old board games, and, of course, bathroom tissue. I went out and bought them some sturdy shelving that could handle everything, categorizing the basement by type of decoration, holiday decor, and bulk shopping items. Just look at all of that storage space now!
Clean, Organized & Tidy!
Furnished basements can make for outstanding playrooms for children. But you keep your eye off those kids for more than a minute and you're going to end up with a huge, disorganized mess!
This was another sad case of a mother in mourning. She had just begun shiva for her husband and simply didn't have the strength to organize and clean up the space. It was my pleasure to come in and make sure that the playroom would be clean, organized, and tidy, so she wouldn't have to spare a thought on it
Amazing Results with a Little Bit of Shelving
One of the challenges of having a small twin home is limited storage. In this house, I found a basement crammed full of unopened wedding gifts, outgrown baby clothes and toys, and other assorted clutter. On top of this, the husband had just bought a new car he wanted to store in the garage, so the exercise equipment in there needed to be shifted to the basement too! That's a LOT of stuff for a small amount of space.
But as you can see, it's amazing what a little bit of shelving can do! Not only does the basement now look clean and tidy, but there's also lots more room for the drying racks! Plus, they now have storage to spare!
Need Space for a New Addition to the Family?
Making room for a new addition to the family can be tough. In this case, my client wanted a fourth child, but felt that she didn't have enough storage space for all of the equipment and clothes.
As you can see, she already had some bins to work with. I went through everything, organizing the seasonal clothes of her other three children, and then "hid" it behind that curtained space. Up next was the playroom. I properly arranged all of the toys and books, along with the previously cluttered closet, to make sure that her children would have no problem accessing everything safely.
This Client is My Hero!
At 35 years old, she survived breast cancer. Then, just four months after she was given a clean bill of health, her husband died suddenly, leaving her with their three children under the age of five. Obviously, keeping the house uncluttered during this period was not foremost on her mind.
Over a year later once the fog had lifted a bit, she realized that things were a bit out of control and she needed to get organized. The basement was absolutely packed with clutter, closets were overflowing, and there was no room for her kids to play. First, we tackled the basement storage room. It was covered with construction dust and debris, not to mention unpacked boxes, forgotten gifts, and holiday decorations.
On a 100 degree day, we hauled a ton of trash out of the basement into the dumpster in the backyard. The donations we put on the curb. After moving in some shelves and bins, she now had a well-organized space with room to spare; a perfect place for the rest of the clutter in the house.
Next, we tackled her two little girls' room. There was a deep closet that was packed full of clutter; some of it the girls' and some of it her father's (who she inherited the house from). We unpacked the closet, took the valuables down to the basement for storage, and nicely organized the girls' toys and books. You can see the difference!
Finally, there was the crawl space. During the year following her husband's passing, this was the dumping ground for anything and everything that she didn't want to deal with. We tackled it with the same gusto we did the basement. And now? They have a perfectly organized little storage room for things that don't really belong in the basement. This is one of my favorite organizing projects I ever worked on, and I am so proud of the mother and her kids for what they were able to accomplish!
Divorce Clutter Doesn't Have to Be Difficult
Divorce, even when it is mutual, is never easy. Sometimes, rather than dealing with your ex-partner's things, it's easier just to shove them into a room and not think about them.
In this case, a divorced Dad called us in to help take back a storage room filled with his ex-wife's old stuff. We fought our way through the clutter, eventually organizing everything in bins, making this storage room back into a useful space that wasn't just filled with old memories.