One of the biggest hurdles we face as professional home organizers is actually getting into clients homes. One of the most common responses we get when we tell people what we do is "oh I’d NEVER have you to my house – it’s too much of a mess! People are often too embarrassed by the disarray in their homes to hire someone to help them fix it. Ironic isn’t it? Especially when we thrive on restoring order and creating systems that will work for our clients. Giving people a visual image in the form of before and after photos is often the most effective way to let them know that we aren’t going to judge them and to show them what a difference we can make in their lives.
So instead of giving you more organizational tips in this blog we’ll just review the basics and let the photos tell the rest of the story!
These built-in shelves in our clients’ basement were gorgeous but over time had become a dumping ground for the family’s books, photos and random odds and sods. Not only could you not tell how lovely they were but the unit was not being used efficiently. By simply taking EVERYTHING off of each shelf and out of each drawer and sorting like with like, we were not only able to make the shelves look nice but they became much more functional for the family.
The next area we tackled was a small space on the floor where the family’s four year old stored some of her toys. As you can see there was no real organization. By simply sorting like with like once again and using some an existing basket and a plastic storage unit, the toys are now more easily accessible for the little girl and no longer an eyesore when the family enjoys the space.
Sometimes all it takes to organize your space is moving items to where they make more sense within your home. If you stick to the basics of keeping like with like, only holding on to what you really need and love and implementing systems that work for your family, creating a functional well organized space is a breeze. And when in doubt hire someone to help you get the job done – you won’t be judged now matter how chaotic your space is!