Organization is the doorway to creating an environment that’s FUN, FRESH, SPACIOUS, BEAUTIFUL, INSPIRING, CREATIVE & EASY TO MAINTAIN. BALANCE is key.
Watch Aly in Action
Loads o’ Laundry
When I did my consultation with Liz, we started with the basement. I could sense her disappointment and humility when I came to her laundry area. We laughed at the irony of a “dirty” space being the place where they wash their clothes. I understood the chaos happening. There is a lot of activity in the laundry room or space which makes it even more important to have items in designated places and irrelevant “stuff” needs to go. The beauty of clearing out the clutter is the dust goes too! (Dryers are best dust generators!)
We focused on the laundry room during the second session. Liz’s family is active especially outside. There were outgrown ice skates, sports gear and outerwear. As we grabbed armfuls of items so Liz could easily sort them into 4 categories, give to a friend, donate, throw away and keep. The keepers were categorized and put in a re-purposed unit. For the sake of simplicity, I like to implement use of units already in the space. I asked Liz if she was having fun, she said her husband just asked her the same thing and the answer was yes!
As we wrapped up the session, I could feel Liz’s relief of the angst she felt when in her laundry area. Laundry is painful enough, the space shouldn’t be…
The Chaotic Car
When I first worked with Dave, I knew we were organizing his vehicle. He is in sales, has a lot of bulky samples and tons of paperwork. What I didn’t know was how he felt about his vehicle. He didn’t like it if a client followed him out to his car. He knew his car didn’t reflect the quality product and business he was selling. He knew he needed to change.
The back hatch was broken so we attacked the clutter from inside. As we sorted, I learned how Dave worked, what his strengths were, what his weaknesses were. His strength as a salesman was untouchable. Creating a system to manage his samples and paperwork was very doable. (When the vehicle was almost empty we realized, the hatch wasn’t broken, with a slide of a button, the hatch could open!)
This project required a few purchases, an extra sturdy file box and containers tough enough for roofing samples. As we set the system in place we based it on how Dave thinks, how he prepares for a client and what image he wants to portray when approaching a client’s home or building. The following month, Dave’s sales were company’s highest.
Bedroom Abandonment – A Teenager’s Quest for Order
When I met Abe, he hated his room, didn’t have friends over and spent a lot of time looking for what to wear the next day. During our first session, we talked about Abe’s priorities, what he liked, what he didn’t. He liked clothing stores, how they looked and how he felt when he was in one. Abe loved fashion.
We sorted, purged and talked about his cloths. We were going to turn his bedroom into a show room. As luck would have it, his mother had her eye on the perfect piece for Abe’s room. Once we were left with Abe’s favorite clothes, we created a system. As the system was coming together, we discussed the why, the how, the what to do and when with the cloths. Abe’s customized clothing management system was found!
The following session, Abe said he now enjoys having friend’s over. He has been using the new clothing system; saving him time in the evening and in the morning.
When I met Rachel, she embraced her mess. She readily admitted that there was broken glass tucked away in a corner. She owned it as it was part of who she was but she also did not like the image it projected.
When we started working together, I picked up on Rachel’s creative side, a very common trait in my clientele. About have way through our first session together, she expressed that she did not like others touching her stuff. There I was elbow deep in her stuff. I acknowledged and sympathized with her. Her honesty was appreciated, knowing how she felt allowed me to continue with an additional awareness.
We finished organizing her office after a few sessions. Papers and books were categorized, placed in a logical location based on ease of access and frequency of use. Rachel has an affinity for a bit of disorganization and that is ok because even her disorganization is categorized.
Ode to Chloe’s Closet
Chloe’s house became her closet.
Chloe’s closet became her house.
Chloe’s house was a huge, huge closet.
Chloe’s closet was a teeny, tiny house.