Winner of My Peaceful Kitchen Contest Selected!

We had 9 entries for our 1st-ever My Peaceful Kitchen contest!    Local families submitted pictures of their cluttered kitchens and shared what life challenges they have experienced in the last 3 years, such as downsizing, illness, caregiving, moving, etc.   The winner gets a complete decluttering and organizational makeover of their kitchen (worth over $1000!) and is featured in a new web video series called My Peaceful Home, which features local families getting organized homes with the help of professional organizers. We are pleased to announce that our winner is Louisa from the mid-Cape area.  Louisa has experienced a number of life's curve balls recently, including a major home remodel, caregiving for her elderly father, and the death of her mother, in addition to daily challenges such as being the mother of elementary-aged twins. She has shared that she has struggled with organization for many years, but that the recent events in her life have caused the level of disorganization to rise sharply. "Team Peace" is happy to help Louisa get a Peaceful Kitchen soon! 

Organizing Speaking Event Raises $260 for Dress for Success!

We had a sold-out full house at the organizing speaking event on January 17th  at Sbaba Skincare in Yarmouth.   The program, delivered by Julie Brooks of Peaceful Place Home and Office Organizers, was 1-2-3 GO! How to Declutter and Organize Any Room in Your House.  Thanks to all who attended, we raised $260 for Dress for Success Cape Cod, a local nonprofit which provides professional clothes for women entering the workforce.  This group of attendees were great about sharing their personal struggles and emotional attachments to items.  They left the evening with a deeper understanding of what mental obstacles stand between them and an organized house, and most of all intention and motivation!Many thanks to Sheryl Baba for hosting the event at her lovely spa.  Would you like to host an organizing speaking event for your nonprofit?  Click here to learn more and book a date.   

3 Reasons to Hire Professional Organizers to do the Packing for Your Move

Having an anxiety attack just thinking about packing your stuff up for a move?  Packing items prior to a move is one of the top stressors for people moving.    There are 3 ways to handle packing: 1 - Do it yourself, and/or recruit friends to help. 2 - Have the moving company do it. 3- Hire professional organizers to do it.    Hiring professional organizers to pack for your move saves time, aggravation, and money.1.  Moving companies don't really want to pack your stuff.   Movers make money on moving and trucking boxes and furniture.  Packing is time-consuming and just not their preferred service offering.   Most movers charge by the box for packing services, not by the hour.  This means they are more likely to rush when packing, which means that fragile items are more likely to break, the contents of boxes aren't sorted, and the boxes are not accurately labeled.2.  Organizers will take the time to help you declutter before you pack.    Why pack and then unpack a bunch of stuff you don't need?  It only adds time and expense to the move if you don't declutter ahead of time.   Organizers will sort your items and then help you decide what to pack and what to donate or toss.   In addition, they will take your items for donation and arrange for trash to be removed. 3.  Organizers are paid by the hour and will carefully pack your belongings.  They will also take the time to accurately label all the contents of each box and enter it into an inventory sheet so that you can easily find what you need when unpacking.On the other end of your move, you will thank yourself for hiring pro organizers to do the pack.  Click here to read more about our move management services.

How We Organize Closets & Clothes

Having overstuffed, jumbled closets and drawers causes our clients lots of stress every day.  That's why Peaceful Place gets more calls for closet organization from our clients in the Cape Cod and Southeast MA area than for any other area of the house.    Most of these jobs require two people from Peaceful Place, and the client only needs to be involved in the middle part of the process.Here's how we organize closets and clothes.   We use a slightly modified version of the famous KonMari method.  Step 1:  We take every item, both wearables (clothing and accessories), and non-wearables out of the closet. Step 2:   We repeat Step 1 with all bureaus and dressers which contain clothes. Step 3.    We sort all items into like piles, such as: workout clothes, bras, blouses, scarves, jean, pants, dresses etc., putting aide any stained, ripped, or damaged items. Step 4:   This is where the client gets involved. We have the client sit down and get comfortable.  It is "decision time."  We hold up every item of clothing and the client decides whether to keep it or donate it.   Generally, about  1/4  to 1/3 of items will need to be downsized in order to make the closet and dressers workable.  We can help the client decide what to keep based on their lifestyle.    After this (1 to 1.5 hours), the client's work is done.   Step 5:   We label all the areas of the closet and dressers with where things will go and get client's approval.  Step  6:  We put everything in its place, using thin black velvet hangers, customized rod markers, shelf dividers,  and whichever shoe racks, scarf and belt hangers, drawer organizers, etc. are necessary. Step 7:   Time for the big reveal!  Afterward, we take all trash to the trash area of the house and take all donations with us.  After we drop off the donations to charity, we email the donation receipt to the client for tax purposes.  As with all our jobs, the #1 priority is ease of maintenance for the client.  Everything must be easy to put back, so that the closet and dressers can stay organized.Depending on how many clothes, this process can take from 4 to 8 hours.    To do jewelry is another 1 - 2 hours. Ready to take the plunge and get your closets back?  Click here to schedule a free consult call or just call Julie at 508-246-7866.Here is a slideshow showing some "behind the scenes" photos of the process.[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="6" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails" override_thumbnail_settings="0" thumbnail_width="240" thumbnail_height="160" thumbnail_crop="1" images_per_page="20" number_of_columns="0" ajax_pagination="0" show_all_in_lightbox="0" use_imagebrowser_effect="0" show_slideshow_link="1" slideshow_link_text="[Show slideshow]" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]