Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Client Space: Kitchen Desk

First of all, thank you to everyone for all your support and encouragement regarding the Big News I shared back in January! I feel so privileged not only to be doing a job I am passionate about, but also privileged to have the opportunity to meet and work with such incredible people. My favorite part of helping others organize is getting to experience the sense of joy and relief they feel when a job is complete. It's amazing how I can visually see them feeling lighter and less stressed, like a huge weight has been lifted. Honestly, I feel so honored that people open up their homes to me and let me walk with them through this process. I am lucky.

Since I have been busy working, I have not had as much time for blogging. But I thought it would be fun to give you an idea of what I have been up to these past few months, so I am going to start sharing with you some of my favorite client organizing projects complete with everyone's favorite -- before and after photos! (Please note, all names have been changed to protect the client's identity).

Kathy is a dear friend of mine. We met in a workout class when her youngest and my twins were only a few months old. Soon into our friendship, we realized that we had attended the same high school and that her younger sister was one of my good friends during my freshman year. Such a small world!

Besides her five-year-old, Kathy also has two teenage sons, plus a husband, a dog and a cat. She is also one of the busiest people I know. With three kids at three different stages of life, she works tirelessly to manage the various schedules of school activities, church groups, sports practices, social events, etc. and she spends most of her time in the car driving her crew in all sorts of different directions. Phew! I get exhausted just thinking about it!

Kathy asked me to come help her with one of the most hard-working areas of her home: the desk in her kitchen.

Ideally, Kathy wanted to use this space for paying bills, working on the computer, filing important documents, writing notes, and storing office supplies. She also recognized that being the main family computer, her children would also need to use this space for doing homework and research. 

Being in a central location in the kitchen, the desk had turned into a spot to quickly drop various items. Piled up with papers, art supplies, coupons, pencils, and computer cords, the area had become a big storage space and was no longer functioning as a desk. 

When I arrived at Kathy's house we discussed her goals for the space and then quickly got to work. We started by emptying the desk and cupboards completely, weeding out the items that either needed to be donated, tossed, or put away somewhere else in the house. Once we had edited the space down to the items that actually belonged in the desk, we began arranging the items into categories in the drawers and cupboards to make a clean and functional work area. I think you will agree that the before and after photos are quite dramatic!

One of my favorite aspects of this project was this narrow desk drawer. At only about 1 inch deep, it was too shallow for traditional drawer dividers.

We got creative and rummaged through the house finding small jewelry boxes and shoe box lids that would fit in the space. We then used our Tetris skills to maneuver the boxes around until we were able to fit all of the office supplies into their own little compartment.

To pretty things up a bit, Kathy hit up Target for some contact paper and spent an evening covering each of the boxes with the blue wrap and carefully labeling each space with the name of its contents. Kathy has told me many times over that this drawer has been the most impactful part of this project as now everyone in her family knows exactly where to look for the supplies they need -- no more rummaging around for the lost ruler or having to buy another pair of scissors because the last ones have gone missing. (Sorry for the grainy picture!) 

One last picture of the desk all tidied up and that's a wrap!

I hope to be back soon with another organized client space!