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!
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.
We all know that living with piles of chaos, jumbled drawers, and post-apocalyptic closets is annoying and frustrating. But can it actual cause stress? Like actual, physical chronic stress with the accompanying health problems? Absolutely it can.Read More
Peaceful Place uses the Kon-Mari method of organization, as outlined in the bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo - also as seen in her Netflix series. We make modifications and additions to Kon-Mari to suit our clients’ individual needs.The Kon-Mari method is not a 15-minutes-per-day system. It’s a thorough, all-at-once, wholistic approach to organizing which is not quick or easy but is really the only way to ensure that your clothes are organized in a functional way that is easy to use and maintain. If done right, you only need to do this once!How long will you need to organize your clothes? Anywhere from 4 to 8 uninterrupted hours, maybe more if there is a very large number of items. Step 1: Take “before” photos of your closet and drawers. Make your bed to use it as a staging area. Step 2: Bring every single item of clothing you own from wherever it is - your car, the laundry, your basement, your hall closet, your gym bag - into your bedroom. Step 3: Take all your clothing from your drawers, closets, and elsewhere, and do a rough sort into piles by type: jeans, yoga pants, short-sleeved tops, skirts, socks, etc. You may need to break it down into subcategories (long socks, footie socks, etc.), if you have a lot of clothes. Place the piles on the bed and floor. Leave all items on hangers. Don’t forget shoes and accessories like scarves and handbags. Jewelry can be left for another day!Use sticky notes on the walls to keep track of what is in what pile. Step 4: Once you have sorted every item into the appropriate pile, go through each pile, one piece at a time. Check each piece for stains, holes, or damage. Throw away anything not in good condition. Establish some rules for what to keep and what to discard, for example:
You will donate all items in sizes which no longer work for you.
You will donate all items which you haven’t worn in the last year, with the exception of formal dress clothes (for weddings, etc.) which you haven’t had occasion to wear. Keep only your very favorites in this category, though.
You will donate all items which you haven’t worn much because you don’t really like how they fit, feel, function, or look
You will donate all items you have unnecesarry multiples of (for example, you don’t need to keep 7 black tank tops unless you really do wear (and soil) a black tank top 4 times a week.)
If you have ready access to laundry machines, and do your laundry every other week (most people do it much more often), there is no need to own 27 pairs of footie socks, or 30 pairs of underwear. These items take up a lot of space in drawers.
Put all donated clothing directly into a contactor bag. Put all discard clothing into a different bag.
Step 5: Take the sticky notes you used for sorting and placed them on the front of drawers and on the walls of your closet, indicating where each type of item is to go. Use drawer dividers or containers to separate socks from underwear, for example. If your hanging clothes are on wire hangers, rehang them on thin black velvet hangers. Either throw away the wire hangers or save them to take back to the dry cleaners. Hang the clothes so that the hangers curl around the rod from back to front. After you wear an item, hanging it up going from front to back. After a year, you will see what you have really worn. Hang all like items together, arranging their colors from dark to light, left to right. Use closet rod markers to designate Skirts, Pants, Dresses, etc. Accessories which save space in closets: belt hangers, multi skirt hangers, tank top hangers, etc. If there is space, we recommend hanging your sweaters (here is how to hang them so there are no sweater bumps or stretching.)If you need to store folded items such as sweaters or sweatshirts on the top shelf of your closet, purchase some shelf divers to stop them from cascading sideways all the time. Handbags can be stored on the top shelf, like books. Shoes can either go on the floor of the closet or on a shoe rack. It really depends on the layout of the closet. Remember, the goal is to give hanging clothing “swing room” and to not overstuff your drawers. The fewer items you have, the better it will look and work for you.Step 6: Take the trash bags of discarded clothing and wire hangers directly out to your trash area. Take the containers of clothing to be donated and put them into your car with a note taped on it with the address of where it is to be taken, as well as the date and time you are taking it. Step 7: Take an after photo of all your hard work and share it with your friends! Print a copy of your before photo and tape it in a discreet place in your closet to remind you to maintain your organization and not overshop!
Switching out your clothes can double your closet space and takes 4 hours per year.Read More
The top 6 reasons why people find themselves in closet chaos are:Keeping clothes for all seasons in the closet instead of switching out clothes seasonally.Overbuying - since they can’t find a certain white blouse, they buy another, and then another. Or buying multiple colors of many items. Or buying items without trying them on and not returning the ones that don’t work.Read More
For any storage in children's rooms, shelves need to be low for reachability and safety. Another key component is labeling shelves and containers for ease of putting back. Labels can be text or pictures depending on the child's age.Read More
This year, give yourself the gift of organization. Peaceful Place has a Christmas Pack Away service which will solve your problem once and for all.Read More
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"]
Julie Brooks, owner of Peaceful Place Organizers, was recently interviewed by Terry Duenas for Cape Works, a show on community television.
If you are a member of an organization which hosts speakers or workshops, Julie Brooks, professional organizer and owner of Peaceful Place, is available to speak. Organizing is a topic which nearly everyone can relate to – who doesn’t have a messy garage, drawer, closet, or basement that they just can’t seem to get under control? Julie Brooks has been speaking professionally on Cape Cod for more than 10 years. As a small business Internet marketing guru she has run workshops and spoken to hundreds of Cape Cod business owners. She has now launched a series of engaging, lively, and fun presentations on the topic of home organization, geared to inspire people to get started organizing. Click here to see a list of topics and a booking form.