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.   

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"] 

Organizing guru Julie Brooks available to speak at events

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. 

Kitchen Junk Drawer Overhaul

Peaceful Place recently tackled one of the most common organizational pitfalls:  the kitchen junk drawer.   Since the kitchen is the most-used room in the house, any stray object finds its way into this spot.   The ideal purpose purpose of this drawer is to hold the following types of things:

  1. Office supplies: Pens, pencils, pads of paper, Post-its, tape - if you don't have an office area in your kitchen
  2. Household tools - scissors, tape measure, super glue, small screwdrivers
  3. Pet medicine & supplies
  4. Rubber bands, bag clips, hair elastics
  5.  Spare change
  6. First aid - bandaids & ointment
  7. Keys
  8. Chargers
  9.  Sunscreen & lip balm
  10.  Coupons & gift cards

The trouble comes when people have outdated chargers & keys, and too many of all the above objects.   We used containers from the Dollar Store with rubber bottoms to prevent sliding - also, the drawer has a grip liner, always a good idea.     An idea for what to do with assorted screws and parts which might go to something, but you're not sure what:  Put them in a box with a label to go through it 6 months from now.  If you haven't needed it in that time, it's okay to part with it.