Professional Organizer Chris Stone of NeatlyDesigned.com and I ALWAYS have fun when we get together to do a ClearTheClutter video! (Extra Bonus For Me – I also get to clean up part of my house!) Here, we take you through the process of organizing and storing your photos.
I LOVE photos of my family, especially of my children. But I do have a hard time taking some down to make room for more (it is more of an addiction!). I just buy more frames and put them along side all theother photos. Well, this can lead to lots of clutter! So Chris Stone, professional organizer and owner of NeatlyDeisgned.com, comes to my rescue to help me cleartheclutter of too many photos!
Here is the before and after:
We take you through the process of how to tackle those photos and really show off what is most important to you! So sit back and enjoy!
Chris Stone of Neatly Designed is BACK and we are talking clearingtheclutter of candles! In this video, we show you how to approach decluttering those stashes of candles you have around the house (come on, I KNOW you have them!). All you need is an hour (maybe two, if you have as many as I do!).
With this video, theClearTheClutter Challenge is coming to a close! Chris Stone of NeatlyDesigned.com and I have brought you through the whole process: where to start, how to let go of things, and how to prep the space for the new, organized closet. Now we put things back together!
Let me refresh your memory of what we started with – a very disorganized, cluttered craft closet!
This process has been tough on me – I had to learn to let go of some things, not just because they made things messy, but because they were making me feel overwhelmed! Letting go really made me feel lighter, less stressed and ready to take on new challenges!
I now take pleasure in opening the doors and seeing this:
Take The Challenge!
It was our hope we could motivate you to take on the challenge of clearingtheclutter in your home – whether it is a big or small project! If you need help, don’t be afraid (or embarrassed!) to contact a professional organizer to help you.
The reality is, if you aren’t on a episode of Hoarders, you are probably normal and just need a little help letting go!
And if you live in Northeast Florida, I highly recommend contacting Chris Stone to help you through the process! Here’s how to reach her:
Christine Stone, Owner, Neatly Designed
Professional Organizer, Member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers)
With thedecluttering finally finished, the next step in my journey from cluttered to clean had arrived! Prepping the storage area & measuring for the storage boxes!
Here’s where I begin to see the fruits of my labor!
Chris Stone of NeatlyDesigned.com has shepherded me through this process, gently (plus a dash of humor & firmness!) helping me clear out this mess!
So here are the steps for this decluttering process so far:
A clean space to organize is a treat! You know you don’t want to put all your nicely organized items back into a dirty area! You also want to make sure you have the right sized storage bins, so you can actually close the doors! So follow along! And next week, you can see how we put it all back together!
So when I decided to do this video series with Chris Stone of NeatlyDesigned.com, I thought to myself,
This will be great! I will get organized and someone will actually HELP me do it! Easy Peasy! . . . Well, I was in for a shocker!
What I didn’t expect was to feel a combination of anxiety, embarrassment and attachment to silly things like fuzzy balls and googly eyes (watch the video and you will understand)!
When you have clutter, there is a reason you are keeping it around, whether you know why or not. When you start to get rid of it, you start to see patterns. This video is meant to really illustrate the sometimes difficult process of letting go of theclutter! These are my true and honest reactions; I’m not acting. And the funny thing is, Chris knew it was going to happen! She’s a pro, she’s seen this before with all of her clients, and knows how to help people get through it to a nice, clean, organized space!
So sit back and enjoy! And realize, if I can do it, so can you!
Welcome to the first in the video series, A Simple Challenge: ClearTheClutter. I’ve teamed up this month with professional organizer Chris Stone of Neatly Designed to give you a helping hand in getting started in your decluttering process. In today’s video, Chris and I begin the process to tackle the hidden clutter in my media cabinet/craft closet – AKA My Anxiety Closet!
BTW – I highly recommend subscribing to Chris’ blog for great tips & little nuggets of motivation! They really do help keep you going!
My Personal Clutter Journey
For years, I was really good at a mass purge every six months or so – I was forced to when the kids were little to go through their stuff because they were outgrowing everything so fast! But as time sped up (parents of teens and pre-teens will understand this concept of time flying!), I seemed to have less and less time to get things done!
Now, I believe most people have clutter, whether hidden or in plain site. Many will go along and live in theirclutter, either unaware or unwilling to deal with it. Avoiding, putting it off, waiting until they have a quiet day, etc. That is, until something happens and they force themselves — or are forced — to deal with it! My moment of truth came when my oldest left for college. I have, for at least the last year or so, been ignoring the piles of junk accumulating in and around my house!
Between doing projects for SimpleSolutionsDiva.com, family activities, sports, and just wanting to eek out those last few moments with my “baby’ before she left for college, etc., I found myself throwing things in a closet saying, “I’ll get to it soon!” Well, I think I reached that point of being just grossed out by it all!
And the subtle (and not so subtle) requests from my patient husband just got to be too much to ignore. . .
So join Chris Stone and I, as she shepherds me through the process of clearing out my clutter! I hope it will help motivate you to take care of some of the piles in and around your home!
P.S.: I have to say, I find this has helped me feel lighter, more organized, and I actually have more time and energy to do the things I want to do. I think I was being paralyzed by the piles!
I LOVE photos of my family (If you doubt it, check out this#ClearTheClutter video I did with professional organizer Chris Stone of NeatlyDesigned.comon how to reduce the number of photos you have!)! So it was a natural progression for me to create a photo wall in my home!
The Diva’s Simple Tips To Create A Photo Wall:
Create A Photo Wall That Appeals To You!
Choose A Unifying Theme (For My Wall, I Chose Black Frames)
Give Yourself Time!
Display More Than Photos – This Provides Visual Interest!
Use Different Types Of Photo Formats
Arrange Photos On Wall First – Keeps You From Making A Million Holes In Your Wall!
Close-Up: Here is a close-up of my favorite frame, which has the photos “floating” between two difference panes of glass – giving depth to the photo collage!