Deborah’s Office/Craft Room

Deborah really loves markers, and pens, and fun foam, and craft supplies of all types. Her specialty is teaching small children about the world and helping them to love learning. As we worked with her we could tell she was an awesome teacher. Her heart is with her little ones and providing them with an enriching experience is important to her.

Before: Chaos is the first thing you see.

After: View from doorway: peace

On the other hand, the items Deborah has to store to teach the toddlers were overtaking her office. She was starting to feel like she was drowning in clutter, and she couldn’t find the things she needed quickly so she would have to go buy more.

Does that sound familiar to you?

Before: The piles of boxes hold treasure inside

After: All the office supplies are beautifully organized and ready to go!

We spent a half hour talking about what her goals were for the room. We decided to rearrange the room so that she could have a bit of a storage area for her boxes of supplies without them being visible from the door of her room. This combined with sorting and purging gave her office space a great makeover in just 6 hours. We were proud of Deborah because she was ready to give away items that she knew she wouldn’t need any more, and she was ready to throw away items that wouldn’t be useful to others. We made a lot of progress and her husband was happy to see the new room!

Perhaps now they can play the piano in their new office area.

Before: The piano is almost hidden by clutter.

After: The piano is ready for music!

Time elapsed: six hours


Molly’s Second Bookshelf

To learn more about Molly and her decluttering project, follow this link.


Originally this lovely Container Store shelf held a large stereo on the first above the books.  The stereo is no more, and the DVD player requires considerably less space.  But the movie box and the basket for remotes look out of place on the DVD player, and the steering wheels are out of control.  Where does that travel case for movies belong?  It needs to be with the other movies on this shelf, but where?  There is definitely room for improvement here.

Before- Molly's shelf doesn't need too much attention, but a little bit would be nice.

After- Everything is looking more happy and in its place.


Things are definitely looking better.  We cleared the top of the shelf and left a few carefully chosen items.  Then we added additional shelves, which resulted in a more efficient use of space and eliminated the cavernous uselessness above the DVD player.  We installed more boxes for movies, straightened the books, and found a more comfy place for the baby doll to sleep.  Molly wanted to delineate between the movies she owned and the movies she had borrowed from others, so she made a different space for borrowed movies.  Cost: $80 for shelves, $17 for boxes.


Molly’s Bookshelf

The client:

Molly has three lovely children and a lot of books.

The problem:

Molly had a bookshelf that was really bothering her.  After a 15 minute phone consultation we were able to get to the bottom of the matter and give her some solutions.

Before- Too many items means the beauty is hidden

After- everything is neat and orderly, and the decorations stand out

The solution:

A big part of staying organized is taking the time to put your things where they belong every time you use them instead of putting them somewhere “for now.”

Molly even found some money lurking on that shelf from who knows when?

She was inspired by what we had to say and didn’t even spend any money.  After a few hours of work her shelf looked lovely.