brisbane housekeeping

Kitchen Woes: A Common Complaint

Below are several kitchen before/after shots. 

Kitchens are usually very straightforward to organise. They are a good 'first step' for someone who is looking to organise their whole home. 

A client who is new to organising is able to experience the process but it is not extremely challenging as most people are not overly emotionally attached to kitchenwares. I do not usually start in peoples wardrobes or other personal spaces. After the first session, the client knows the drill and I am able to tailor my approach as based on their responsiveness to the kitchen. 

A small kitchen used by a number of people. Unfortunately, it was infested by cockroaches and most of the cupboards were empty. This led to clutter accumulation on benchtops (which made the cockroach problem worse).

A small kitchen used by a number of people. Unfortunately, it was infested by cockroaches and most of the cupboards were empty. This led to clutter accumulation on benchtops (which made the cockroach problem worse).

Another before view. 

Another before view. 

After organising. Unfortunately, there were limited cleaning products on hand and I was unable to remove the red crayon!

After organising. Unfortunately, there were limited cleaning products on hand and I was unable to remove the red crayon!

After the session. I tried to remove as much food from the benches as possible. 

After the session. I tried to remove as much food from the benches as possible. 


A very old image from ann early kitchen sort

A very old image from ann early kitchen sort

After organising!

After organising!


Dining Rooms: Dumping Zones Solved

We could not actually get in to this room of the house until we had cleared space from other rooms to use as a sorting zone for this one. 

We could not actually get in to this room of the house until we had cleared space from other rooms to use as a sorting zone for this one. 

A lot of clients have trouble keeping their dining rooms tidy. They seem to accumulate items the way that studies do. A disorganised dining room is usually symptomatic of a blockage in the home. 

For example, if children's homework or paperwork settle in the dining zone, then it is likely that there is no appropriate system in the study (or even a paperwork 'solution' in houses without a study). On the otherhand, if clothing and linen sit on dining tables ad nauseum then it is likely the linen cupboards and bedrooms are disorganised. 

In this case, the client's wife struggled with some personal issues which lead to a lot of clutter being accumulated and a good portion of the items pictured were unused. 

Our goal for this room was to remove all the rubbish, unused goods and to get it useable. We knew it was unlikely to be used frequently (there was another dining area in the house) but we aimed to clear it out to be kept neat and 'formal'.  

Several sessions later this room was cleared for use. 

Several sessions later this room was cleared for use. 

The storage items you can see to the right on the floor had been earmarked as christmas gifts for friends and family. The clients wife was going to wrap and gift these items shortly after we completed the work in this home. 

A lot of the items that were removed from this room were donated or discarded. A good portion were moved to other rooms in the home, but due to the sheer amount of items it was not possible to keep it all.