Howdy! It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in here. I’ve been busy working with some really terrific clients who are all going through various life transitions with different goals in mind.
My client “R” is about to welcome her second child any day now. In her small two bedroom Brooklyn apartment we set out to create space for the new arrival by purging old toys and clothing and by reworking the furniture layout in her son’s room. We moved a bulky rocking chair to the living room to fit the new baby’s crib. It’s amazing what can be done in a few hours with a fresh perspective. Moving furniture around can actually create space and breathe new life into a room. In just one session and armed with a detailed list of homework, “R” felt ready for her baby girl’s arrival and much closer to her goal of creating a functional space for her new kid.
Another client, “K,” and I steamrolled through her bedroom closet. She was hesitant to sort through it alone as her cats had found a mouse in there just the previous week. I pretended I was totally cool if we found a mouse or not as she plugged up the mouse hole with steel wool and we got to work. After two hours, the jam packed closet was now 4 garbage bags of stuff thinner and we were able to tuck her very large laundry caddy inside so she didn’t have to wake up every morning staring it in the face from her bedside. There’s nothing romantic about dirty laundry greeting you each day as you attempt to get out of bed. The accomplished goal of clearing that closet was just what “K” needed to motivate her to attack the rest of the bedroom on her own (without the help of a cute and furry friend – the mouse, not me).
A third client I’ve been helping is prepping her 4-bedroom Manhattan apartment for sale. After 40 years of residing in her home, she’s got a lot of items that need to be stored, thrown out, appraised, given back to her adult children, donated and kept for staging. A project of this size (and really all projects) need to be conquered in stages. After three 3-hour sessions of purging, relocating items in better areas and boxing things up for short-term storage, she’s now having a moving company remove large pieces of furniture that won’t be needed for staging. I’ll return for more purging and organizing in round 2. Sometimes with a project of this scale it really does take a village – of paid professionals. Her goal is within sight and she should be placing her home on the market in the next two months.
I share these three snippets of my work to show you that when your goal is clear you can digest what you have to do with clarity and focus. My job becomes achievable when I figure out exactly what it is the client wants to do with their space. Visualizing the finished project keeps us on task and allows me to better serve the client’s needs so I know what to recommend and what to hold them to. Goals keep the project moving smoothly towards a destination and the end result is very satisfying.
What’s your goal for your home organizing project? Make more space for a home office? Finally get rid of your storage unit that you are tired of paying for each month? Welcome a new partner into your home? Or are you seeking some peace in a cluttered environment? I’d love to hear!
Love, light and less clutter!