Peruse some amazing BEFORE & AFTER photos of spaces transformed. For each photo, the steps taken to arrive at the ‘After’ photo are noted.
Described by the client as “a monster” this playroom needed a little TLC. We slayed the beast in 3 hours 15 minutes. Boxes we unpacked from a recent move, plastic storage containers repurposed , a good sort-out, and some rearranging.
3 large bags of trash and lots of items to re-home.
This angled space is located under a staircase. It was full of boxes that needed unpacking from a move plus other miscellaneous items. After unpacking the boxes, it was determined that many of the items were no longer needed and deemed for giveaway. Bulky suitcases we relocated to the space under the stairs and used the shelving in the closet for the newly unpacked items. Many winter coats were discovered in the process which were re-homed to a girls’ home.
This bookcase was shelving more than books. First, unwanted books were downsized. Next, games were relocated to an empty shelf in another room of the house. Then the books were then organized by category, like a library. A second round of downsizing included removing the bottom shelf of encyclopedias as well as other books that belonged to another member of the household who wasn’t present for the first round of sorting. A local library benefited from our downsizing efforts.
This unused table was taking space up in a hallway. It had become a catch-all for everything. (Don’t we all have a flat horizontal purpose that becomes a clutter catch-all?) First the table was cleared items moved to where they belonged. Second, a new location was found for the table to clear the hallway. The plan is to eventually give the table away.
Both the top of the dresser and drawers cleared and emptied. Clothes were sorted into categories: “liked” and currently wearing, “liked” but not currently wearing (either because of season or size), and “re-home”. The clothes currently being worn were organized in the drawers or closet. The other clothes were but in labelled bags and stored on a closet shelf and in under-the-bed storage.
This bookcase needed some organizing. Games were re-located to another bookcase with shelves designated for games.
This little girl’s closet and room needed some de-cluttering and organizing. After downsizing unwanted or outgrown games and toys, a welcoming play space was created.
These kitchen cabinets needed a makeover. Bagged food items were put in stackable square or rectangular see-though containers with labels to identify the contents.
Flat spaces tend to collect clutter and become a constant “hot spot” because everyone keeps dropping things on it. Some of the drawers by giving family members their own “junk drawer”. When the drawer is full, it’s time to sort and declutter.
This machsan needed a lot of organization. The client already had these containers so we made good use of them to sort and categorize.
Kids grow like weeds and grow out of clothing just as fast. Some families are blessed with hand-me-downs from friends or relatives. What often happens is a space gets jammed with too small clothing, too big clothing, un-liked clothing, and clothing that is liked and fits. A lot of sorting takes place to keep in the wardrobe the CURRENT clothing. Any clothes that are being kept for younger siblings/relatives are labelled and stored in a higher cabinet.