January 14th, 2020
A COMPLETE HOME ORGANIZATION
A couple reached out to me to declutter & organize their entire home. They’d been dealing with health issues for years, had neglected their home, & felt like they could never catch up. After meeting with them, I came up with a plan, created a "to do list", & got started. After several weeks, we checked off everything on that list. During a few of those weeks, they dealt with the flu & pneumonia but after feeling better, they picked up right where we had left off. They were determined to complete this project to make their cluttered house a comfortable home.
In total, at least 200 bags & boxes of items, several carloads of recycling, many donation pickups, & 11 trash bags of shredding left this home. The rest of the unwanted/broken items were trashed. My assistant did at least 30 loads of laundry. A cleaning crew came in & deep cleaned the house during & after decluttering. The husband has now cut back on his allergy meds because the house is clean & dust-free. They now have room to easily walk through the house & there's a place for everything they kept. Next, they're planning on doing some remodeling, painting, & landscaping. The husband hopes to get back to his pottery projects.
Through it all, we played music, shared stories, laughed, cried, but we kept going. As you can imagine, our last day was bittersweet (more crying & lots of hugging). It was truly a journey but one that needed to be done. I'm beyond happy for the results & proud of them for not quitting.
We are now friends for life!
Finally, if you're struggling with clutter, don't be ashamed & ask for help. It's like therapy (Note: I'm not claiming I'm a therapist); however, you'll get so much out of the process.
The pictures below are a compilation of our work. Hope it’s inspiring!
Kelly Ghavidel with Decluttered Life is a professional organizer in Katy, Texas.
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