Learn more about this office makeover at Messiest Desk Contest, Part 1: Sort, declutter, store.
Learn more about this office makeover at Messiest Desk Contest, Part 2: Mail and to-do list.
Learn more about this office makeover at Messiest Desk Contest, Part 4: File and shred.
Learn more about the details of this project at Messiest Desk Contest, Part 3: Children’s art center quick-fix
Learn more about this tween bedroom transformation at Messiest Kid’s Room Contest 2014
Challenge: This bedside table drawer, which was supposed to function as a storage space for sewing supplies was overflowing with miscellaneous items. The space caused the client undue stress every time she wanted to work on a sewing project.
Solution: Relocate items that did not belong with the sewing supplies and group ‘like’ sewing supplies into separate compartments. The client is now happily using her sewing supplies again and is finding it easy to find and put everything away.
Learn more about the under-sink challenge of this kitchen makeover.
Learn more about the living room/TV room transformation in this organizing project.
Learn more about the organizing work in the workspace and toy area of this shared children’s bedroom.
Learn more about the entryway makeover.
Learn more about the craft and utility closet makeover.
Learn more about the walk-in closet makeover.
Learn more about the shared children’s closet makeover.
Learn more about the laundry room makeover.
Client’s comment about the organized game closet: “My game closet looks amazing and will be so easy to clean up now, instead of the stacking and shoving that the kids and I have grown accustomed to.”
Solution: We sorted through all the items: threw out expired items, donated items that the family no longer ate, and relocated the herbs and spices to a drawer. We then grouped and put individuals snacks in a clear storage box on the top shelf and added three lazy Susans for corralling oils, vinegars, and other bottled sauces.
Solution: We replaced the basket with a magazine file folder and 12 plastic zippered envelopes – one for each month of the year. When a new year rolls around, the client will review all the receipts in January, toss what she no longer needs and place the remaining January receipts in an envelope dated for the year the receipt was generated (e.g., Receipts 2014). For February, she will use the same process: empty out the plastic envelope, place the important receipts she needs to keep in the Receipts 2014 envelope, and recycle/shred the February 2014 receipts she no longer needs to keep.
Solution: We sorted through all the items, grouped like with like, donated unusable fabric to a fabric recycler, and then returned the supplies to the closet. The items are now visible and accessible thanks to clear storage containers.
Challenge: A pantry where it was difficult to find supplies.
Solution: We sorted through all the items, threw out expired items, grouped like items together in clear storage containers, grouped canned goods together, lined them up like items in a grocery store, and labeled drawers so that everyone knows where everything belongs.
Solution: As luck would have it, one of my neighbors was selling the (pre-assembled – a real time saver!) shelving unit you see in the “after” photo. The shelving unit makes excellent use of the vertical space on the wall and I now have more than enough space to store everything (with a little open space too). I am one very happy organizer!
Challenge: The “before” photo shows hanging file folders that my client and I purged of paperwork she no longer needed. We then sorted the remaining paperwork into sections that are relevant to her life. As a final touch, this client wanted to take the paperwork organizing and filing system one step further…
Solution: Color-coded hanging folder files were the solution for this visual client. She now no longer dreads opening her filing cabinet because the file names are relevant to her life, there is space for incoming paperwork, and she loves the colors of the hanging file folders.
Solution: We first grouped like items together and then set aside puzzles and games for donation that the children had outgrown. We placed elastic bands around the puzzles and games and shelved them like books for easy sliding in and out – no more toppling over towers of boxes. Larger storage containers that the parents wanted to switch out with other toys for a rotation system were placed out of the way on the top shelf and heavier containers were placed on the lowest shelf.
Solution: We first grouped like items together, threw out trash, and set aside items for donation. The “after” photo shows the organization process at the “testing/temporary holding zone” phase as you can see by the use of plastic zippered pouches. The client is still deciding if this system is good enough or if she would like to upgrade and buy permanent storage containers.