professional organising

Living Rooms: Ripe for fixing!

I love living rooms. They are usually not too cluttered and I can usually sink my teeth in to some layout options. A lot of living rooms are set up the way that movers place furniture - not the best configuration for the space. There's nothing better than finding a better layout for furniture which increases the useability and feel of a room. 

The layout of the couches in this room made the very large space seem much smaller than it was. It also left a big part of the room hard to access and easy to clutter. The client liked to have guests weekly in this space, which was hindered by the lack of space. 

The layout of the couches in this room made the very large space seem much smaller than it was. It also left a big part of the room hard to access and easy to clutter. The client liked to have guests weekly in this space, which was hindered by the lack of space. 

We created two distinct zones in this room (which the client wanted) and this freed up a lot of space. There was a dedicated reading/singing zone for the piano and a much larger sitting space near the relocated TV. 

We created two distinct zones in this room (which the client wanted) and this freed up a lot of space. There was a dedicated reading/singing zone for the piano and a much larger sitting space near the relocated TV. 

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This room suffered from floating clutter as nothing really had its own space. There was limited conversation space in the 'living' section and the table (which was rarely used) took up far too much of the room.

This room suffered from floating clutter as nothing really had its own space. There was limited conversation space in the 'living' section and the table (which was rarely used) took up far too much of the room.

There is nowhere for toys to be stored, there is too much furniture crammed in to 1/3 of the room and the large white couch actually blocked the beautiful view of the harbour/impeded the walking flow of the room.

There is nowhere for toys to be stored, there is too much furniture crammed in to 1/3 of the room and the large white couch actually blocked the beautiful view of the harbour/impeded the walking flow of the room.

There are now multiple flows around the room from rearranging the couches. We opened up a lot of space for movement. We even created a new zone by arranging the couch to back on to the white one - the nanny used that couch a lot with the toddler who spent a lot of time in the space. 

There are now multiple flows around the room from rearranging the couches. We opened up a lot of space for movement. We even created a new zone by arranging the couch to back on to the white one - the nanny used that couch a lot with the toddler who spent a lot of time in the space. 


Before view of an unused living space with clutter. A lot of potential, beautiful furniture. 

Before view of an unused living space with clutter. A lot of potential, beautiful furniture. 

The after shot of the same room - a lot of potential finally used! 

The after shot of the same room - a lot of potential finally used! 


Living Room View One: a lot of cluttered space and walls with mouldy furniture. 

Living Room View One: a lot of cluttered space and walls with mouldy furniture. 

View two of this living room. We ended up discarding a lot of the CD's, although the DVD's remained. 

View two of this living room. We ended up discarding a lot of the CD's, although the DVD's remained. 

We moved the TV as the room was very long and its location previously had limited the viewing angles. The client wanted an adult set up in the room, as the children had their own space in another dedicated play space. 

We moved the TV as the room was very long and its location previously had limited the viewing angles. The client wanted an adult set up in the room, as the children had their own space in another dedicated play space. 

Other angle of the room. 

Other angle of the room. 

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. 

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).