The word clutter comes from the Middle-English word 'clotter' which means to coagulate. Clutter is stagnant, negative energy which attracts more of the same. Decluttering makes energetic room for new things to come. Detox anything that isn't useful or joyful to make way for inspiration, happiness, wealth, and good tidings to enter.
This closet was filled to its 10 foot high ceiling with clothing, shoes, boots, accessories and luggage. The transformation took 10 hours of organization plus time to assemble steel shelves for shoes and bags, and to paint the edges of the shelving. The client purchased three corrugated steel shelves from Ikea rather inexpensively (under $25 each), and I used the shelves that came with the third one to customize the two she needed. I measured the heights of her shoes to determine shelf heights, and throughout the closet created room for a growing handbag and shoe collection. Every item in the closet was purged and organized. Clothing was ordered with ROYGBIV direction within the summer garments, and then repeated for fall to winter pieces along the same rod.
Boca Raton, Florida Home Walk In Closet
This closet was part of a 2,000 sq ft entire home project in Florida. The owner was a repeat client that I'd packed out of a Manhattan West Village duplex, unpacked into a Florida apartment, and who was now newly moving into this home. I unpacked and purged the home, created the winter clothing storage, managed the workmen installing light fixtures and the home theater, managed the delivery and placement of indoor and outdoor plants, and guided the delivery and placement of a baby grand piano without the owner being present.
Brooklyn, New York Brownstone Garden floor and First Floor Project
This next job was the organization of a brownstone, and this is before and after a 5 hour organization. In previous days, we'd created the boxes that are stacked in the top left of the photos and in the foreground from loose items on two floors of the home. We are preparing for a gut renovation. The resident still has to live day to day within the space, but also have things ready to be moved out. Before this day, I used one helper to take loose items from around the home and purge, organize, and box them. We then moved those boxes and excess furniture into storage per my suggestion to the client. You can see video of purge day below. The process took 30 hours including the storage day.
Here below, some of my team is moving the boxes into a storage unit. The owner will renovate two floors of the home and then move it all back in. This is approximately 20% of the things in the home. This project is still underway today. (Posted 6/25/18)
Karma Network Pop-Up Show Set Dressing
Here I was at work at Karma Network's At a Glance Holiday Pop-Up Show as set designer and image consultant for the correspondents. My job was to make sure every vendor in the room was represented on the shelves of the set. And I ordered the foliage and directed its placement. I added a little table by our sponsor Karton sustainable furniture, between guest and host. For wardrobe, I perfected them for camera in garments they owned. No kinks in Hunter's chainy necklace, no boxy cuts in Lucy's jacket. Our guest Dr. Robi Ludwig (pictured with me) talked about her book " Your Best Age Is Now". Grace Hightower Dinero (pictured with Lucy and our Karma Network CEO, Karam Hinduja) talked about Coffee of Grace.
Brooklyn, New York Home Furniture Photography and Sale
In the job below, 4 rooms were reorganized in 7 hours to create clear setups for photographs of furniture. I then conducted online furniture sales of 20 pieces. With one helper from my team and one provided by the client, we emptied the contents of some of the cabinetry and removed unwanted furniture from the home. Here is the living room for example, and also photos of how much the owner was able to remove from her space.
Bronx, New York Hoarder's Storage Unit Purge and Move Out
Here I used the help of one assistant to purge the belongings of a hoarder that were in a storage unit. It had been sitting, paid for at approximately $150/month for six years until this day. Almost 2000lbs of trash was discarded. It was weighed at the dumpsite.