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This job was a 6 hour garage and laundry room organize in Lake Forest (this is the same client whose closets, bathroom and kitchen we organized last year).
The clients wanted us to group holiday decorations, keepsake items, arts and crafts etc together, rather than being scattered all over. We didn’t need to purchase any containers as she already had enough, some of them half full.
My assistant and I pulled out EVERYTHING, lined all the containers up in the garage with the lids off, and assessed which containers needed reorganizing (to make more available space) and then were able to add the loose items that had not been containerized. We labeled EVERY container and then grouped them together in the same area of the garage for easier access. All of the keepsake boxes were placed in the least convenient areas, as they are rarely opened. We put all Christmas together, including the wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbon etc. We also were able to make space on the closest rack to the back door, and gave the client a shelf for overflow from the house (think paper towel, excess cleaning supplies etc).
The laundry room is very oddly shaped with limited access to the cupboards under the sink, due to the washing machine jutting out a little and causing one of the doors to only partially open. The cupboards above the washer and dryer are a problem too… the client could only reach the bottom two shelves, the third one was empty and totally inaccessible.
The client was storing all of her cleaning supplies on the counter top and the shelves inside the upper cupboards for laundry supplies and doggie towels and meds, as well as bathing and grooming items for the dogs (she bathes them in the laundry room sink, so wanted everything nearby!) plus a few other random items like lightbulbs and doggie poop bags! Under the sink was a bunch of tile that the builder had left, which was taking up a lot of space at the back.
We pulled EVERYTHING out (are you seeing a pattern here? You can’t begin to organize without assessing EXACTLY what you have got and what is staying!) We relocated the tile to a spot in the newly organized garage, bought out the lightbulbs and containerized them with the other lightbulbs already out there.
We removed both of the top shelves in the upper cabinets, and raised the middle shelf up a notch. Now the client can easily reach both shelves and we were able to use that space fully.
We decided to put dog cleaning and grooming under the sink, using a metal container for shampoos, conditioners, brushes and a hairdryer along with a container for dog towels. We also put a container with re-useable mop heads in this space too, as they get used weekly.
In the upper cabinets we were able to containerize and stack dog meds, dog poop bags, plug ins and refills as well as a sewing box. In going through the cleaning supplies on the counter, we removed any duplicates or overflow and took them out to the garage to put on a shelf on the rack nearest the back door. The remainder of the cleaning supplies went up into the upper cabinet.
The client was beyond thrilled… she said she had never seen that counter space clear before, and she LOVED how easily accessible everything now is!
This lovely job is a realtor client of mine who’s garage had gotten under husbands skin so badly, she surprised him with a secret clean up and organize session with us! The client is allergic to dust, and rarely goes down into the garage, without sneezing up a storm!
There were a couple of special requests… Her two young daughters love to play and make SLIME, which (as all parents of young kids know) makes a yucky mess all over because it involves glue, paint, glitter, hand soap etc etc. Her children are only allowed to play with it in in one corner of the garage, however the “mess” had spread all over and she ideally wanted to contain them to one corner, so that her husband could safely park his car in the garage without running over a bunch of slime!
The second request was to work on having the golf clubs and kids bikes and scooters more easily accessible.
The third request was to organize the keepsakes and memory boxes, label them and store them out of the way instead of on the ground as they rarely need to access them.
With that, my assistant and I set about making their garage Organized & Orderly.
It took us 5.5 hours, a trip to target for containers but when the husband arrived home toward the end of the project, he was just thrilled to see his garage floor again!
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The Zen of Organizing philosophy refers to the creation of a calm, peace-filled, and joyous environment.
Myth: Organizing is a skill you have to be born with. Fact: Anyone can learn to become organized.
Less Stuff Means…less to clean, less to organize, less to store, less mess
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
Clutter is a weight that has built on top of you so gradually, you don’t even realize anymore that it is holding you down.
Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.
Being organized is being in control.
For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.