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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!


Creating Restful Spaces: Bedrooms

This bedroom was very difficult to use and the client rarely slept in it.

This bedroom was very difficult to use and the client rarely slept in it.

This client was a very busy producer who spent little time at home. She struggled to create organised systems of order for her belongings. This room was a challenge as there is a non-pictured wardrobe that was literally full of clothes and shoes. 

The client was not on hand to assist with sorting this room, which added to the challenge. My aim for the room was to sort all of her belongings into groups and fit in her limited cupboard space. Due to the amount of clothing she owned, it was necessary to put a lot of her non-season (i.e. winter) clothes into storage. 

Several hours later, the room is much more in control. The placement of the dresser is not ideal. Unfortunately, the bed took up so much space that it restricted the room greatly. 

Several hours later, the room is much more in control. The placement of the dresser is not ideal. Unfortunately, the bed took up so much space that it restricted the room greatly. 


Bedroom Two: unused storage space

The second bedroom of the apartment was used entirely for storage. 

The second bedroom of the apartment was used entirely for storage. 

The hallway was also a storage space. Which made it challenging to move through the space.

The hallway was also a storage space. Which made it challenging to move through the space.

The client used the second bedroom of the apartment and the hallway as a storage room. When she had moved into the apartment all of the boxes had been put in the bedroom and gradually been added to. 

Due to the apartment size being small and lacking in storage, her 'storage' items had to stay in the second bedroom. 

Due to the apartment size being small and lacking in storage, her 'storage' items had to stay in the second bedroom. 

A lot of the items that had been stored in the bedroom went to her garage to be picked up by charities or rubbish collectors. She assured me that once the garage had been emptied she was going to move the storage items down and set up the second bedroom as a guest room. 

A Study in Organisation: Solved

This study was a dumping ground for anything business or tech related in the home. 

This study was a dumping ground for anything business or tech related in the home. 

This study was just one room in a much larger, very complex organising job that we completed. The client and his wife were overwhelmed by the accumulated goods in their home. Many of the rooms in the home were difficult to walk through due to piles of clutter. 

This study had accumulated all of the technology, electronic and paperwork clutter from the house. Much of it being out of date and superseded. 

As the client was moving from Organising into long term, long house housekeeping help, I was looking for ways to reduce the clutter and to create some systems of order. Unfortunately, in this case, the client was largely not on hand to help with decision making. In these situations I must use my discretion and judgement about what needs to stay and go. 

There were several processes involved in this study (this room required several sessions to complete):

  • Sort paperwork into required/to be shredded piles before filing
  • Remove all business related paperwork to be stored by client at his place of business
  • Discard unused and out of date technology
  • Create a filing system that could be easily followed
  • Store long term momentos/memorabilia
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This is the end result of two full days sorting this study. As you can see, most of the clutter has been removed. There are spaces for new mail, stationary, new filing and rubbish. 

The two tubs under the desk were for the client to remove to his business location - we do not typically use tubs for everyday storage/use. 


Below are some other studies I have organised over the years.

Studies are a very common room for clutter to accumulate, as people often move clutter from more 'visible' rooms in the house to the study (which guests rarely enter). 

Study that had been used as a dumping ground for many years. Despite the clutter, it was relatively straightforward to organise. 

Study that had been used as a dumping ground for many years. Despite the clutter, it was relatively straightforward to organise. 

This client was very happy to have a study space for her use. The shelving was a little too cluttered for my satisfaction, but we were unable to cull the textbooks and paperwork any further at the time. 

This client was very happy to have a study space for her use. The shelving was a little too cluttered for my satisfaction, but we were unable to cull the textbooks and paperwork any further at the time. 


This was one of my first study sessions. This room had a LOT of paperwork to file! 

This was one of my first study sessions. This room had a LOT of paperwork to file! 

Only a couple of hours later, voila! 

Only a couple of hours later, voila! 


Kids study desk (which was rarely used thus). 

Kids study desk (which was rarely used thus). 

I am not sure the study desk was ultimately used by the client or her children, but it was a lot neater! I used it more as a storage device because it was unlikely to be used often (the children did their homework in the kitchen zone - as often happens).

I am not sure the study desk was ultimately used by the client or her children, but it was a lot neater! I used it more as a storage device because it was unlikely to be used often (the children did their homework in the kitchen zone - as often happens).