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The Austin Home Overhaul Part 2

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This post is a continuation from the previous post “The Austin Home Overhaul Part 1”.

After completing most of the office/guest room and the girls’ bedroom I moved on to random part of the house, including her twin boys bedroom, the front hall closet and their storage area, lovingly referred to as “purgatory”.

Most of the items in the twins bedroom just needed to be sorted, organized and put away.  Their clothes in the dresser were all mixed together and I was able to sort and organize their clothes in the 3 drawers so now pjs, socks, random items are in the top drawer, onesies and shirts are in the second drawer and pants and shorts are in the bottom drawers.  Even if she doesn’t keep everything folded and completely sorted, as long as she maintains those categories getting them dressed will be easier.  I also took any shirt/outfit that should be hung up and added them to the closet.  She uses a book shelf in the closet for more storage which makes things tight, but also gives ample space for diapers, wipes and shoes.

Their hall closet was a random assortment of items that needed to be donated, returned to friends, moved to another location or thrown away.  The items that actually belonged in the closet were all lost among the chaos and impossible to reach.  I was able to pull everything out and put back in only what needed to be in there.

And finally on to Purgatory.  This room literally housed items the homeowners hadn’t seen in years.  We had to put EVERYTHING out and they had to go through each box to see what needed to be kept, donated or thrown out.  It was a very long process but the end result is amazing!  My client has a lot of wrapping paper/accessories so I was able to give her a specific area to hold all of those items along with a space for extra storage for everyday household items.  Needless to say my client and her husband were thrilled with the end result.

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The Austin Home Overhaul Part 1

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This was my first official “out of state” job. I have done a few up in Michigan when I am home visiting my family, but this client flew me out specifically to help her and her family.

This client has 4 children (including twin toddler boys), she home-schools her older 2 daughters 3 days a week and runs her own essential oil business with Young Living, so to say she is busy is an understatement.  The last couple years have been crazy for this family of 6 and now that life is beginning to settle down she and her husband realized they needed some help to get their clutter under control.

I arrived on a Tuesday and got to work right away in the guest room/home office.  Her daughters used to sleep in that room and had just recently moved to the garage (which had been renovated into a 4th bedroom).  When the girls changed rooms their clothes in the closet didn’t make the switch so the closet in the office/guest room was full of their clothes. After emptying the closet and discussing ideas for the office area I got to work.  The room slowly came together over the next few days as we shopped for different item needed to get her organized and re-worked certain spaces.  By the end of my trip her desk, cubbie shelving unit and chest of drawers were all organized to help make her job easier.

The next room I moved on to was the girls’ bedroom.  We made sure to work in there on a day when they were in school and the boys were with a babysitter, so my client was able to help me without any distractions. Once the girls got home they were able to help and even put a mirror in their newly organized closet so they had a “dressing room” to get changed in.  The mom also wanted to put a reading nook in the bedroom and the girls were so excited to have a special place where they could sit and read.

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My First Remote Job

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This job was a first for me – I was contacted by a client I’ve worked with previously (Basement Storage) and she had an unusual request. She told me her kitchen renovation was nearly done and she was mentally exhausted from making decisions so she asked if I would “design” her kitchen organization from Nashville (she’s in Michigan). I was ecstatic and said yes immediately! I love new challenges and this was so fun to do.

She sent pictures of her kitchen so I could see all the spaces and we went back and forth for several weeks. I needed to know how much tupperware/glass containers she had, how many spices did she have, was there need for a coffee station, etc. I would add ideas to the pictures she sent and then she would look them over and decide if it worked for her.

By the time I saw her over Christmas, her kitchen was complete and she had followed my organization blueprint perfectly and, even better, it worked beautifully in her new kitchen. She needed my help for a few random items but overall she was able to unpack her entire kitchen and she was thrilled with the way it turned out.

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A House-Wide Job, Part 2

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As mentioned in the previous post, A House-Wide Job, this client purchased my recurring package and so we have organized multiple areas of her house over the course of 6 days. We have done so much more than what is shown in these few pictures including her desk, her daughter’s arts and crafts cupboard, and the coat closet. We’ve purged, donated, thrown out, recycled, passed on and re-arranged and along the way we’ve laughed and became friends.

To complete these looks we shopped at The Container Store, Target and Dollar General, along with utilizing some things she already owned (which I love to do!).

In her closets, once we went through every article of clothing she owned and donated the ones she didn’t wear anymore, we were able to organize her clothes by occasion. Regular clothes were all put in one closet and her work/dressy clothes in the other. She was so excited to have them separate and I love it too. Now her morning routine is even simpler since she knows everything in front of her is appropriate for whichever day of the week it is.

We still have a couple more days to work together and I’m so excited that soon all her trouble areas will be gone!

Slide the blue line L and R to see Before and Afters.

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A House-Wide Project

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This client decided to purchase my “Recurring Package” so we work our way through her entire house, and we have done exactly that. Slowly but steadily we have worked in almost every area of her house. She’s a single mom who works full time and has a sweet little girl and a large pup to care for when she’s not at work. Because of this our days working have been spread out over several months and we’re not finished yet. She still has a couple more dates left before the package is complete but we’ve made great progress in her house and I always enjoy working with her.

Our first day was spent in the kitchen and together we tackled every drawer and cupboard. Some spaces were changed completely while others just needed to be purged, rearranged and organized. The pantry was set aside for my next visit and with some great wire baskets from Dollar General we were able to get her cluttered pantry under control in just a few hours.

Slide the blue line L and R to see the Before and After photos.

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The Baker’s Bedroom, Closet, Laundry Space and 1 Little Boy’s Closet

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This job is a continuation from a previous kitchen project (The Baker’s Kitchen). The baker was in need of more organizing help in her home so we set a date and I headed over for a few hours to see what we could get done. The first room we started in was her closet. She does regular purges of her clothes, so she wasn’t so concerned about them as she was about the items in her closet. A chest of drawers, her make up/jewelry desk and shoe cubbies were making this walk in closet very cramped. We began moving around furniture in her room to accommodate the chest of drawers and then moved her make up/jewelry desk to a more practical are of the closet. Her husband is supposed to be hanging the shoe cubbies on the wall but for the time being they are in a good space in the closet, out of the way but not out of reach for the baker.

After the closet the natural step was to move on to the bedroom. Her husband had a desk area that needed to be organized, plus items that had been in the closet were gone through and either kept or donated and put back in the closet’s built in shelving unit (not pictured).

Slide the blue line L and R to see the Before and After pictures.

After finishing the master bedroom she wanted to tackle her laundry area. There wasn’t much we could do because it is a small space but we were able to purge and utilize one of her many baskets for her cleaning cloths and another for her vacuum and steamer attachments.

The final space we tackled was one of her son’s bedroom closet. No purging was needed, just a quick organizing job setting designated spaces for linens, blankets, clothes, swim gear, etc.

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House to House Part 3

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Continuing on with the family from the previous post, once they moved in to their new home the first place the mom wanted set up was the kitchen, and since I had packed up the kitchen in their old home it made sense for me to unpack in their new kitchen. Their new kitchen has amazing space cupboard-wise, but the pantry was less than half of what they were used to so I had to create a completely new system for them. Courtesy of The Container Store I was able to get them set up with baskets, bins, spice racks and more.

Slide the blue line left and right to see the Before and After pictures.

To see the post about their first home and what I did there, click here.

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My first Airbnb

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I’ve started another avenue for Top Shelf and this job was my first step in that direction. This client and her husband had just renovated their garage into a studio to use for their Airbnb guests and it is a beautiful space, but the wife had no clue how to make the studio apartment feel cohesive but also with very clear “spaces” for their guests. She called in Top Shelf and in just a couple hours we were able to get the bathroom, main living area and kitchen staged and organized, along with a small list of items needed to complete the room and bring it all together.

The main living area included the “dining room”, “bedroom” and “den”. When I walked in everything was pushed to the walls and there was an awkward empty space in the middle of the room. I moved the bed to the corner, pulled the couch out at a slight angle and pushed the table over to the center of the empty space and turned it length-wise to fill the space better. Once we out down a couple rugs and figured out what she needed for the “den” space (coming soon a cowhide rug), the main living area was complete.

After that we moved on to the bathroom which was a simple job of folding the towels so they fit the small floating shelves and incorporating a small wooden holder she had purchased, which contained the wash cloths.

Last but not least was the kitchen. She pretty much had everything she needed but she wasn’t sure how to organize all the drawers and cupboards. I was able to get most things placed where they needed to go, including the creation of a coffee station.

A few plants placed around the rooms and the studio was complete. She and her husband loved the final result and hopefully their future guests will be as well!

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The Baker’s Kitchen

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This client had a strong desire to get organized, she just wasn’t sure how to begin, so she called Top Shelf to help her get started. She has several areas in her home that she would like organized, but her main area of frustration was the kitchen. Because it’s not a large kitchen she has a couple of pieces to help supplement what she is lacking in cupboard space and had purchased/been gifted bins and stacking shelves to help the organizing process. She’s also a baker but her supplies were scattered all over the kitchen. After we pulled everything out of the cupboards she set to work sorting what to keep and what to get rid of while I started making a plan for the kitchen. The result was a more cohesive kitchen with items creatively arranged so everything she used regularly was right in the kitchen and things that were used less frequently were in the supplemental pieces.

I was also able to organize her china cabinet to display some of her nicer pieces and she was thrilled with the results in both her kitchen and the cabinet.

Slide the blue line Left and Right for the Before and After.

Once the kitchen was done we had extra time so she asked if I could also organize their bar area. We did a little bit of purging in the process but for the most part it was just rearranging items and making the whole space flow and “look pretty”.

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The Catch-All Room

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This homeowner is a busy, homeschooling mother of 4. She called in Top Shelf to organize her “catch-all” room. She wanted separate zones within the room so she could get her work done (sewing, jewelry making, etc), her children could get their school work done and the random items such as old pictures, wrapping paper and gift bags, craft supplies and her husband’s book-making supplies would all have places to go.

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