Whether you're looking for a full transformation or just the finishing touch, I specialize in providing systems and solutions that fit your needs and lifestyle.
I will give you the tools you need to evaluate each item and decide if you want to keep it. You'll have the clarity and confidence to know whether it should stay, be sold, donated or thrown away.
As the seasons and holidays come and go, so do the decorations. And it can be a big chore! I will help you find the right storage containers and organize them so you're not untangling lights next year.
Moving? The best time to get organized is while you're packing! And the best time to start your organizational systems is when you're unpacking. Downsizing and don't know what to bring? I will help you through all of it.
Sell Your Home
Even the most beautiful homes have a closet or two they hope the buyer doesn't open. I will help you organize the few pesky areas that never seem to stay tidy to make your home as beautiful as possible for your open houses and showings.
I will help you shop for the perfect containers or utilize what you already have on hand to create systems that will match your budget and lifestyle to bring your space beauty and function so you can spend time on more important things.
How it Works
1 - Book a Phone Call
This is your time to tell me about you and your space. What are you needing help with? I will answer your questions and explain the organizing process.
2 - Schedule a Session
Approximately the first 30 minutes of the first session will be a consultation consisting of you showing me the area(s) you need help with. We will talk about what isn't working, who is involved with the space, what your goals are, etc and I will take necessary notes and measurements for possible storage solutions. Once we determine your priorities and goals, we will create a plan to match your timeframe and needs. Then it's time to dig in!
3 - Organizing
No matter the space we work in, the process will be the same: Sort & Declutter, Designate & Label then Maintain. We will begin by sorting into categories of keep, toss and donate. After we have removed the toss and donate items, then we'll sort the keep items into further categories of whether they belong somewhere else in the home, frequency of use/importance, etc. Now to the fun part of playing Tetris and putting it all back together! Designating a FUNCTIONAL place for everything is key to organizing any space. Whether you want labels or not as long as you know where it is and where to put it away, you can maintain your space! When you maintain your space is up to you: 10 minutes a day, every weekend, by yourself or including others, etc.
4 - Thinking Behind the Organizing
It might sound easy, and it is for me, but it can be very hard for you. There are A LOT of decisions to be made and I understand that emotions, memories, life stressors, etc all play a role in deciding what to do with your things.
I will never get rid of anything without your permission. Anything that gets taken away from a space, but that is to keep, will be boxed, labeled and stored so you can find it later.
I will generally take donations to the nearest center by your home but sometimes it is easier to let go of things if you know they are being used with purpose, love and care. If that's the case, I will offer suggestions on where to take your things.
It is very overwhelming to see a mess in another space and get distracted tidying up there rather than finishing what we started. If there are any items belonging to another area of the home, we will contain it then take it to that area and leave it. Rooms typically bleed into other rooms and even though it might feel like you're adding to that mess, the fact that you already know what's there will actually stay there, it's one less thing to sort once you get to it!
Everything that stays in the room is then put back in categories that make sense to you. You can broad sort or fine sort to your hearts content. Consider the spaces that are "prime real estate" and what you want there verses what can be stored more out of reach for infrequent use.
Designating a home for everything is based on evaluating how much of what you have for each category. You may need a bigger space or you might get away with a smaller space! Whether or not you want containers is not always a budget issue but also an item issue. Yes, containers can be pricey but upcycling and reusing boxes is perfect for nearly any space and for the areas where plastic might be best (for ease of cleaning out liquids), there are lots of options at nearly any price point. The items you're putting in a box are important to consider. For example, exercise clothes are slippery and don't stack well, small items might get lost if they are added to a space with larger items, and of course anything that has the possibility of leaking - contain them.
Labeling can be as broad or as specific as you want it to be, temporary, or not at all. As long as you are able to remember what goes where, that is the point. If you live with others, labels definitely help!
As much as I have been told I am a magical fairy and put your home together, I can't make you keep up on it! I completely understand the real struggle the end of a day can present in the sole fact that you're tired and overwhelmed from whatever your day threw at to you. Tidying up is the last thing you want to do! There isn't a perfect answer for maintenance but here are some things clients do:
Set an alarm on your phone (and not hit snooze/dismiss and actually do it!)
Add tiding up to the daily/weekly chore system
Designate one large basket (or individual baskets for each person) to add items to (throughout the day, during a 5-10 minute session, etc). Once the basket is full, or has meet the parameters you have set, the basket needs to be emptied and everything needs to be put away or the items get tossed, donated etc.