A More Defined Space for Two Sisters

Last month, I was called in to see if there was any way we could make a closet space work better. 

The closet is shared by two young sisters & was designed to handle both of their wardrobes.  And it seems big, but as the saying goes, “when you have the space, you fill the space” and that’s what had happened in this case.

The goal was to find a way to make it easier for each girl to find & put back their own clothing.  We wanted to increase the efficiency & independence of the girls and make less work for mom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the main concerns for the family involved keeping each girl’s category separated.  This was most apparent on the shelves that held the shorts & sweatshirts.  They were piled and jumbled all together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started by digging right in.  We needed to see what was hiding in each space.  We pulled things out & started to gather the categories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shorts & sweatshirts needed to be sorted into:  (1) items that no longer fit or were used & could be donated (2) items that would go back into the closet.  This step works best in an area that offers a chance to spread out, so we took all of the clothes out of the shelves & laid them on the beds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in the closet we continued to find ways to sort & categorize.  Moving out the items that were no longer used or needed & clearing space for the things that were worn and used often.  We moved longer hanging clothes, like dresses, to the side, which created more visual space around the items stored on the long shelf.

Here we are in-progress – things are getting moved around & categories are being gathered.

            

Next, containers were added & the sorted clothes were brought back in.  The containers create boundaries around the categories & make it easier for the girls to find & put away their own things.

        

After I left that day, the sorting continued.  The girls were recruited to sort their stuffed animals & the other toys that were pulled out of the closet.  The items that didn’t go back into the closet were either donated or found a new home in another area of the bedroom.

Kid closets are always a work in progress.  And since this closet serves two growing girls, there will always be clothes coming in & clothes going out.  Creating more defined spaces & boundaries for categories should make that process go a little smoother and hopefully there will be less headaches when it’s time to put away clothes.

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See what happened after I left! It’s amazing!

Last year I was invited in to clear out a family’s porch that had become the dumping grounds for anything that they didn’t want coming in the door (boots, skis, baseball gloves, rocks, empty boxes… you know the stuff).  The desire was to make the space ready to serve multiple functions-  mudroom, occasional play area, space for quiet moments, and room to entertain.

We dug right in and worked up a sweat!  I wrote about the three-hour session and shared some great before and afters in this post Before and After, but what actually happens In Between.

After I left, the magic continued!  Here’s what happened once the space was clear & the client’s creativity was given room to soar!

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porch ready for a party

I love sharing inspiring pics!

I think they offer a chance to dream about your own space & the possibilities that are waiting underneath your clutter. 

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Enjoy!

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Claiming A Space That Work & Life Can Share

What do you do when your client wants to declutter & redesign her office to enable her successful business to continue to grow, provide a sanctuary for restoration & self-care, oh.. and can we also find space to store her beloved book collection?

Before

before of cluttered office

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We put on our thinking caps and in no time we made this small space function with greater ease & accessibility for the business, while honoring the items that offer inspiration, contemplation, & add personality to the space!

After

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First up, we consolidated all of the office supplies from other parts of the house & created homes for them in this space.  Having everything close at hand enables greater productivity & cuts down on the need for duplicates, which can become a major contributor to office clutter.  In order to do that we needed to bring in another cabinet (repurposed from a different room) that would provide closed storage for the office supplies & free up the existing cabinet to house business books, items that are needed daily for the running of the business, and open space to store ongoing work (and enable a clear desk at the end of the day).

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We made room for items that promote creativity & quiet contemplation & organized these things in totes for use in this space or to be easily grabbed & taken to another area of the home.

And what about those books?  Well…. we definitely decreased the piles & we worked to organize them by category, but we were still left with alot of books to work with.  It is something that brings this client joy & inspiration, so we knew that books would always need a home in the space and needed to honor that.

We created room for books inside a cabinet, stacked neatly on the shelf, held up with bookends, and piled in a tidy tower on the floor.  Now, they don’t add visual clutter; they can promote inspiration because they have been offered space in an intentional way.

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Stay tuned for more makeovers!  Inspiration is a great & powerful thing!!!

-Kate