Yes, I did say sunny! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous since I arrived two weeks ago. Sadly, I am nearing the end of my project, but am proud to say that so much was accomplished during my time here. It is such a thrill to see my client's face light up when she comes home after work as she surveys my accomplishments. Simple things to me are life-changing to her, i.e., using add-a-shelves in the kitchen cupboards and china cabinet; grouping like items together, sourcing items at household stores and just keeping surfaces clear. While I started out with a long list of tasks, the list is getting smaller yet growing at the same time. Here are a few photos from my experience/
Now that my client has gotten into the spirit of de-cluttering and creating more space in her flat, she has so much more she wants done. It looks like I'll have to come back for Phase 2 because as I'm learning during my time here, clutter is an international affair!
Clarity has declared war against the British -- War on clutter that is! Word of Clarity’s success has spread internationally so I am preparing to leave for London where I will be spending two weeks working with a client to create some new space in her flat. This experience will be a little challenging since my client will be at work while I go through areas and determine what stays and goes.
I am also excited to try the UK version of Freecycle called Freegle, since I know there are some items that we will be eliminating but are still usable for someone else. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you in future postings.
As Easter arrives and Passover comes to a close, here are some tips to keep in mind after the holidays end.
Before putting away your dishes and decorations, take a close look at each item. Are any dishes broken or chipped? Are baskets coming apart? Upon inspection are these items worth keeping and storing until next year? Right now is a good time to replace any unusable items since most stores will have sales starting Monday.
Once you determine what to keep, it’s a good idea to have a designated area in your basement, attic or closet for holding holiday accoutrements. Within that space, designate one container per holiday so you don’t end up finding your Halloween decorations mixed up with Hanukah items.
Whichever Spring holiday you celebrate, I hope it is happy and festive.
Being a Libra I can't stand things out of balance. My career as design/motion graphics producer, while challenging at times, has brought order to many chaotic situations, so it seemed like a natural progression to combine my innate organizing skills to help others reclaim their lives from clutter. I started my own business. From Clutter2Clarity shows people who are intimidated by organization that there is nothing to fear. This blog features my proven philosophies, strategies, and tips for organizing and decluttering homes and work spaces. Projects include: creating the in-house reference library for Every Day With Rachel Ray Magazine, packing and moving a renowned food blogger and her family, as well as consulting on design ideas for their new home. Not all projects are as intense, sometimes it's all about clearing a closet.
Client feedback is an important part of Clarity's service. Here's what clients are saying:
Thanks again for all your marvelous help. You are indeed BETTER THAN XANAX! And no side effects! Terry Corrao, Brooklyn, NY
Ashamed at the growing clutter around our house in London, I called in Rosemary for a morning look around and very quickly we came to an agreement about priorities. With 2 growing children, a dog and cat, there were many priorities in my mind, but Rosemary very gently narrowed them down to some intensive work in the 'playroom' which had become a boy's computer room and had a sad, neglected feel to it. When the day of action arrived (Sort out Saturday) I was up far too early clearing irrelevant lofts, but Rosemary came in like a modern-day Mary Poppins, and with great fun and warmth, turned what could have been a stressful day of forcing me to 'let go' of stuff to a really practical, therapeutic series of constructive questions. Just 3 hours in, the room had been transformed into what she termed a 'man cave' where I now centre my self-employed life. The transformation was amazing, and felt completely natural. There's no way I would have been able to have made these changes on my own, so it really pays to have someone as experienced and professional as Rosemary by your side! We followed up SoS with a few sessions via Skype between NY and London to make sure I was on track with the other aspects of de-cluttering we had discussed. The overall effect is like a waterfall - now my boys have started to tidy-up after themselves, and the house is beginning to look more like the vision I had when Rosemary first came round. I can't recommend her services enough - it's like having a close friend and ally helping you get, literally, your house in order!
Adam Woods, London, England
Cathi Coridan thanks Rosemary for her recommendations for having a great garage sale! I priced things to SELL (even those that used to belong to grandma!) and grouped merchandise by "department" just like in the store! Even with the heat of the day, it was a fun and profitable experience! Thanks Rosemary!!
Cathi Corridan, Springfield, MA
Rosemary has been helping me systematically purge my house. We started with paperwork (which I am overrun with due to my freelance business on top of my regular job). I was so inspired, I started clearing out one closet at a time on my own, making it though four so far. I have donated clothing, books, etc. She came over recently and we began tackling the garage. There is nothing like friendly support when you're in the trenches!!! If you need help, contact Rosemary, she's better than psychotherapy and makes a fantastic gift for yourself or someone who has everything literally! Tracey Seaman, Middletown, NJ
Hiring Rosemary was literally the best thing I’ve done in years! I was so sick of looking at all the clutter in my flat that had been accumulating and expanding for years and years and thought, what is one thing I could do for myself that would have a huge impact on my life, and my solution was, get Rosemary over to London and let her loose on my flat. Then from the moment she arrived her enthusiasm for decluttering and providing the most useful tips on keeping things tidy and in their respective places was just incredible-and contagious and after 2 weeks of Rosemary transforming my flat, drawers and cupboards I have continued to utilise all her useful tips and hints to ensure I didn’t go back to my old ways. In addition to transforming my flat, Rosemary tackled my huge “to do” list of things like, get a repair man in for this and that and I am happy to say that after 11 years in my flat I finally have beautiful gas fireplaces, smoke detectors and an intercom that actually works!
I can’t thank Rosemary enough for all her hard work, enthusiasm, dedication and wonderful guidance in making my living space and life so much less cluttered and relaxing-she’s like a magic wand that EVERYONE who knows her should make use of-she’s just fantastic!!! Nora McCormick, London, England
what an amazing experience - even tho' 'scratching the surface' of my clutter-itis, Rosemary has given me enough impetus, and friendly advice to continue the fight against it for months to come! Adam Woods, Teddington, England
"You are an angel dropped at my doorstep." Jodelle Reed, Summit, NJ
You're my guru. You're my inspiration. TW Barritt, LI, NY