One of our favorite reasons to help clients is when they're experiencing big life changes. This family was going through two life-changing events at the same time: moving and having a baby.
The pregnant mama contacted us when she was only a few weeks from giving birth. They were a military family with an active toddler and moving up from the Fayetteville area. Their possessions were being moved from two storage units.
Having limited time (and energy!) to unpack herself, the mom wanted help with the most utilized areas of the home, including the kitchen, pantry, 3 bathrooms, and her daughter's closet. She wanted us to add products and liked the uniform "Container Store" look.
Our Process & Project Launch
We were able to see the home before the move-in date to take measurements and do product planning. We sent our signature pantry/kitchen product quiz to the mom to get a sense of her style. Then, we created the product list for her to take a glance at and approve.
We come prepared and always like to overbuy since we do problem-solving in the moment to see what works best in a space. Then, we return unused products and only invoice the client for what is used.
One challenge we came across since the home was a new build, was that the closing date kept getting pushed back, as they very often do with new construction. We were originally planning on unpacking their home early to mid-December. Our organizers were dedicated and committed to moving this family in in time for the holidays!
We ended up having a team of 3 organizers there on December 22nd and 23rd. They divided and conquered, working like little Christmas elves to organize, bring in new product, and label everything with function and precision. What a sigh of relief it was to our clients to be moved in and organized just in time for the festivities.
Since the family's possessions had been in storage for quite some time, there was a lot of decluttering. They learned to live without many of the items stored away in boxes. Luckily, we take all donations for our clients, so once they made the decision to let it go, we hauled it away for them.
For moving and unpacking tips, read 5 Tips for a Seamless Packing & Unpacking Experience That You Don’t Want to Miss
Home Organizing Revealed
Kitchen drawers had bamboo organizers and glasses and dishes were strategically placed near the dishwasher for easy put-away.
The pantry looked stunning while also being maintainable, with clearly labeled baskets and gleaming white can shelves.
The bathroom drawers were divided into like items with clear organizers, and under the sink, vertical space was utilized with stacking drawers.
The toddler girl's closet had matching velvet hangers for her adorable clothing as well as labeled baskets on the shelf above.
The family was so happy with their organized and ready to live in home. The pregnant mom didn't have to spend weeks unpacking while chasing around her toddler. What a relief!
Thank you for joining us on this unpacking journey! We love helping clients unpack and feel at home as quickly as possible in their new space.
Do you have an upcoming move and are wondering what it's like to work with a professional organizer? Download our organizing guide.
If you're lucky enough to have a mudroom, you also know that sometimes it doesn't feel so lucky. Shoes are scattered across the floor, mail is piling up, you can never seem to find your keys, and your coat racks are stuffed to the brim. Your mudroom makes you feel stuck in the mud - stressed, chaotic, and like you'll never find a peaceful way out of your house!
Have no fear. We're here to share 4 tips to transform your mudroom into the beautiful, functional space it was always meant to be.
Tip #1: How Will You Use This Space?
Taking a step back and thinking about what you want from a space can be super helpful. What are mudrooms supposed to be for? Even more important, what do you use the space and want to use the space for? Is it a place to keep your shoes and coats? A command center for your calendar, mail, and keys? A place for your kids to store their backpacks?
How you use the space will guide you in organizing and tweaking the space to work in your favor. This is something we discuss with our clients before making any organizing plans to make sure we tailor systems to the individual family needs.
Tip #2: Purchase Proper Storage Solutions
A very common mistake we see when working with clients who tried getting organized before hiring us is that they felt stressed by their mudroom, so they went out and bought a ton of baskets and other products. But the baskets were too big and hung over the edge of the shelf, or the products didn't help with the pile of mail; it just created more clutter.
When we organize a space, we take measurements to get the correct size products and bring a variety of sizes to problem solve in the moment. We purchase products based on the plan for the space and the client's style preferences. We use our years of experience working with products to create the best system for your space, such as a letter tray for mail, baskets for hats and gloves, a shoe rack for the adults, shoe bins for the kids, and wall hooks for coats and backpacks. Then we return what we don't use, so you don't clutter your mudroom more with products that didn't work well.
Label bins with family names. Have a family meeting and explain what goes where and that you'll practice the new routine when you all leave and enter the home. It may take a few tries (or more!), but everyone will eventually know where their hat, mittens, coat, shoes, and backpack go. You don't have to do it all!
Read more common client mistakes in 10 Things Not to do in Your Home.
Tip #3: Don't Overlook Moisture Control
The last thing we want is mildew on our outerwear. Mudrooms can get damp (and dirty) due to wet clothes and shoes from the rain or snow. We suggest having easily washable welcome mats/rugs. The less cluttered the space is, the easier it will be to lay items out to dry, too.
Swap out the seasonal outwear you're not using and store it in another area, such as a coat closet. Only keep the 1-2 seasonal coats per person that you're actually using right now. The same goes for shoes. You don't need to store every pair you own in the mudroom. Chances are there are many shoes you only wear occasionally that can be stored elsewhere.
If these tips still don't fix the issue, consider a quiet dehumidifier in the corner to suck the excess moisture out of the air.
Tip #4: Accessorize the Space with Thoughtful Touches
Mudrooms don't have to be drab. They can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. It's the first room you walk into when you come home; make it lovely! Add a framed family photo on the wall or some artwork. Purchase a beautiful plant or some fake flowers. A bench with some pop of color throw pillows can make for the perfect place to put on shoes (and remind family it's not a place to stack coats, toys, or whatever you're holding when you enter the house).
Mudrooms can make your life easier if you set them up for success. Think of exiting your home stress-free. Your keys and sunglasses are right there by the door. Your coat and shoes are organized and waiting for you. Your kids can independently get ready to head to school. It's possible if you follow these simple tips. Good luck; you can do it!
And if this still feels like too much and you're curious about having us organize your mudroom for you, download our organizing guide to learn more about our process.
This is one of our favorite closets ever! This closet transformation was part of a ~10k square foot, whole-home organizing project that spanned several months. This closet was for a successful and very busy local professional.
The closet was practically empty when they hired us, and his clothes were scattered around the house in various rooms and closets. He didn't have a designated place to get ready, which was stressful. He also had an extensive shoe/sneaker collection that wasn't being properly displayed.
His spouse had some of her clothes in the closet but was getting her own closet designed in another space, so those items needed to be relocated so he could get full reign of the closet.
Our Process & Project Launch
The first step was locating all of his clothing, shoes, and accessories around the home. Then we sorted all the clothes into like categories. He had many high-end and specialty clothing items that we wanted to store and showcase properly.
We switched out all wire and plastic hangers with either wooden hangers for suits or thin black velvet hangers for jackets, button-downs, t-shirts, and pants. We disposed of all dry-cleaning bags. These don't let your clothes breathe and are only meant to be used to keep your clothes clean on the trip home.
Home Organizing Revealed
The finished product was jaw-dropping. All clothing items were organized by category on matching hangers.
Our favorite part of this closet was the shoe wall. We used clear drop-front shoe boxes to create a massive shoe display. With this, we were able to showcase a vibrant wall of colors and allowed the different sneaker designs to be easily visible. It is truly stunning to look at, and we didn't want to leave!
We displayed some specialty and overflow shoes, such as taller cowboy boots, on the built-in shoe shelves as well.
This closet had it all! There was even a tie bar for his beautiful tie collection, and we created a hat shelf to display his many hats. We organized a drawer for his pocket squares and other formal accessories.
Lastly, we added grey, labeled baskets on the upper shelves for loose items, such as snow gear and memorabilia.
Having his newly organized closet made a big difference for our client. He no longer had to get dressed in a random guest room of the house. Everything was organized and easy to find. He could admire his sneaker collection and pick which pair to wear with ease.
The best part of organizing this closet was his reaction. Our entire team of organizers was there, and we had a big reveal when he got home from work. He was beaming, loved his newly organized closet, and said he could tell we really care about what we do. That was a great compliment to receive because we really do care a lot!
Thanks for joining us to learn more about this gorgeous closet. We hope you enjoyed the photos and stellar shoe wall.
Are you curious about what it's like to work with professional organizers and want to learn more? Download our organizing guide here.
No one loves to move. Some surveys say it's the most stressful life event of all. But moving doesn't have to be a dreaded, horrible experience. What you need is a support system and team to help you through. We deal with moves every day, and love helping our clients have a less stressed and more pleasant experience. Read ahead for our five tips to a better move.
Tip #1: Embrace a Generous Purge for a Lighter Lifestyle
Before moving is the best time to declutter and let go of what no longer serves you. It may seem like there's too much going on, but you'll be so happy you did it before packing up your whole home. You only realize how much stuff you have once you have to put it in a box. When you declutter first, you'll have less stuff to pack, less to pay to move, and less to find a place in your new home.
You should start decluttering ideally a few months before the big move day. We recommend that professionals help you declutter to keep you motivated and efficient (read our 3 reasons to hire an organizer to help you declutter here). Think about how good it will feel to move into your new home with only items that you actually use and love. Your team of organizers can quickly unpack and organize your new home for success without having to spend hours decluttering things. You'll have enough to do in your new home without deciding how many pairs of shoes to keep.
Tip #2: Prep Thoughtfully to Expedite the Process
There are a few things you can do to help us do our job of packing your home more smoothly and quickly.
Tip #3: Prevent Some Packing to Streamline Your Life
Find a spot for a "no pack" zone. This can be a closet, room, bathroom, etc. Label it as such so the movers know, too. They are essentials you'll need until you're settled in your new space. Think of it like packing for a mini vacation that's less fun and has no sightseeing. You'll likely bring these “no pack” items in the car with you. You can also use sticky notes to label items or areas “no pack,” like your toiletries on the bathroom counter. We can also help with this during the packing process if you prefer! Here are some common items you might want in your "no pack zone":
Tip #4: Plan Strategically to Guide Our Unpacking
The more info we get about your new home, the better we can pack and plan the unpacking accordingly. We would like to know what will be changing in your new home so that we can fill boxes for the rooms they'll go in in your new home, not where they are currently.
For example, your kids' toys may be currently in their bedrooms (and scattered throughout the house), but there will be a playroom in the new home where you'd like the toys. We would want to label and pack toys as “playroom” so the movers can put them in your new playroom. You don't want boxes of toys in their new bedrooms that don't belong there, and then you're stuck hauling boxes around after the movers leave.
Before unpacking, we plan with clients about what space to unpack first. We recommend unpacking the kitchen first so you can return to eating normally as soon as possible. This will make you feel more at home since you eat multiple times daily and need energy to get settled! After that, we usually do bedroom closets and then bathrooms. These are the areas that will make you feel most at home by being able to get dressed and ready in the morning. Then come other areas like playrooms, bedrooms, offices, living rooms, laundry rooms, and garages. We can make a game plan based on your priorities.
Tip #5: Pay for Pros to Give You Peace of Mind
At Hello Simplified, we make moving easier. We declutter with you before the move, we pack your items with the utmost care and in an organized and planned-out fashion, and we unpack and organize your new home with speed, beauty, and function.
Also, you'll still need a way to get your items from Point A to Point B. Please don't just hire the cheapest movers, as tempting as it can be. There can be a huge difference between companies because their staff may not be thoroughly trained, and they pack your items into huge semi-trucks with someone else's home. I've seen horror stories where things take weeks to arrive at the new home or the entire home's contents are lost.
You want movers who can move your items the same day, take meticulous care wrapping and handling all furniture and boxes, and know how to set up your furniture accurately. I learned the hard way when I was young and hired cheap movers. I went to lie down on my bed the first night in my new home, and it collapsed under me. The movers had no idea how to put my bed together, and instead of telling me, they just screwed a few things together and placed the mattress on top. Learn from my mistake and give yourself the gift of great movers.
A little planning goes a long way in helping your move to be less stressful and happen smoothly and efficiently. Bringing in the pros will take a huge burden off of you. We'd love to help with all your decluttering, packing, and unpacking needs. You don't have to do this alone, and asking for help is ok. You'll feel so relieved once you know we've got your move covered.
If you're overwhelmed with the idea of moving, download our organizing guide to learn more about working with a professional organizer.
Do you feel like you SHOULD be able to declutter your home by yourself, but the motivation just isn't there? Even if you were to get motivated, who has the time to spend an entire weekend sorting through items? If you do finally get started, you quickly get tired or overwhelmed and can only make a few decisions. It doesn't have to be this hard and cause this much stress!
Today we'll be sharing our top 3 reasons to hire an organizer to help you declutter...
Reason #1: A Coach is Guaranteed to Help You Purge More Effectively
Decluttering on your own is hard. You're easily distracted, and decision fatigue is so real! You second guess yourself and keep wondering if you should keep the item "just in case."
When you work with an organizer, we act as your coach and motivator. We keep you focused and are able to ask leading questions such as,
"When was the last time you used the item?"
"Do you really LOVE this shirt?"
"What's the worst thing that will happen if you do end up needing these 5 cake pans you've never used?"
"Is letting this go worth having more space and making it easier to find the items you actually do use?" (The answer is yes!)
We find that clients are able to declutter exponentially more items they no longer use or need when they work with us. We had a client who said she had already decluttered her primary closet on her own, but we asked if we could go over a few things again with her to be sure. She ended up decluttering TEN more garbage bags of clothes with us.
She was thrilled with her newly spacious closet that included the clothes she truly loved. It was no longer stuffed to the brim with clothes she didn't wear. Sometimes, you just need coaching through the process to get the best results.
Read more about the importance of decluttering in Uncovering the True Cost of Clutter.
Reason #2: An Organizer is Happy to Handle Donations, Shopping, & Returns
After making hundreds of decluttering decisions, the last thing you want is to have bags upon bags of donations cluttering up your mudroom or riding around in the trunk of your car for weeks. Plus, if you don't donate right away, you're likely to be tempted to second-guess your decisions and end up keeping items you don't really want or need.
When you work with us, we whisk all donations away for you that day and send you the donation slip after. It's as easy as can be! We also do all the organizing, product planning, shopping, and returns for you. You can get that Instagram-worthy look with our expert product recommendations.
No worries about buying the wrong-sized baskets or having too few or too many drawer dividers. No pile of Amazon returns that need to be made or never get returned and just sit in your closet as wasted money. We handle it all and make it so easy that you'll be wondering why you didn't just hire us sooner!
Reason #3: A Pro Does The Sorting and Organizing For You
When decluttering on your own, there's also the time-consuming and tiring work of pulling everything out of the space, sorting it into categories, and then, after you declutter, putting it all back in an organized way, often with organizing products. That can take not just hours but days or even weeks to do on your own.
When you work with a professional organizer (or a team of organizers to get things done even faster!), we do all the labor-intensive work for you. We only pull you in to make the decluttering decisions. Then, you can go off and do your own thing again while we organize your space into functional systems. We factor in your unique daily life while also using our expert organizing skills to keep things tidy, beautiful, and maintainable.
Have you been putting off decluttering your home? Give yourself some grace, and give us a call. We'll not only motivate you to declutter, but you'll end up decluttering more effectively, providing long-term success.
Learn more about our home organizing services and how we can help you declutter by downloading our organizing guide here.
See you soon,
At Hello Simplified, we specialize in helping clients going through big life changes. We offer home organizing services and packing & unpacking services. Read through for tips on how we help our clients feel less overwhelmed and more in control of their busy lives and homes.