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
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
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"]
Peaceful Place recently organized three closets in the master bedroom of a client who was preparing the space for recuperation after double knee replacement surgery. Years of physical challenges had made it difficult for her to declutter, and she wanted her bedroom to be a peaceful place for healing after her surgery. She had three closets full of clothes, some in sizes which no longer worked. The process started with taking all clothes out of the 3 closets and bureau, sorting them in to category piles, helping the client decide what to keep, and organizing what remained. The end result? After Peaceful Place took 42 contractor bags of clothes and shoes to Savers for donation, she has an entire closet free. One closet is for everyday wear, and one for dress wear. The clothing is arranged by type (blouses, tops, skirts, etc. ) and color. As always, Peaceful Place arranged everything so that it is easy to put back, which is the only way to maintain the organization. [soliloquy id="732"]
Melissa in Weymouth, after several moves over the past few years, hired Peaceful Place to help her unpack her clothes and organize her large, but very long and narrow, master closet. The slideshow below shows different stages of the process. After unpacking the clothes, Melissa purged clothes she no longer wanted to wear to be donated. Next, Peaceful Place sorted her clothes by type, then labeled the physical space with which types went where. Since Melissa didn't have a bureau and wanted to keep her foldable clothes in an armoire, our organizer went shopping for matching baskets. The last step was hanging the clothes and accessories in the closet and putting the folded clothes in the armoire. It was a 7-hour project, but the room and closet were beautifully transformed and now Melissa has easy access to all her clothes![ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="5" sortorder="19,20,21,22,24,25,26,27,28,30,31,32,29,34" 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"]
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.
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:
- Office supplies: Pens, pencils, pads of paper, Post-its, tape - if you don't have an office area in your kitchen
- Household tools - scissors, tape measure, super glue, small screwdrivers
- Pet medicine & supplies
- Rubber bands, bag clips, hair elastics
- Spare change
- First aid - bandaids & ointment
- Sunscreen & lip balm
- 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.
This client in the Mid-Cape area had a closet and dresser with some unique challenges. First, the dresser had only three deep drawers and the client had a lot of workout clothes, most of which were black, making it hard to find the right piece. Second, there was no room in the bottom of the closet for a laundry basket and the clothes were hung on a mix of plastic, wooden, and wire hangers, which made it difficult to slide the clothes on the the poles. After purging about 25% of items for donation, there was room for the laundry basket. The clothes in drawers were sorted into deep containers to separate them, and most items were rolled or folded using the Kon-Mari method. All hanging clothes were then sorted by function, style, season, and color, with like items hung on similar hanger types, making it easier to access individual pieces. Shoes and scarves were likewise sorted by season and color. The end result makes it far easier to coordinate an outfit, with all pieces being visible and within easy reach. [soliloquy id="479"]