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savvy sixty(ish) Introduction
I love the term malignant clutter. I first read about it in Peter Walsh’s book “Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight”, and I latched on to it. Malignant clutter is the stuff that has added emotional, mental, and spiritual weight because of how it affects you in your soul. I was able to see the impact first hand of this type of clutter while helping a client clean out her garage.
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Port in the Storm
A client (and longtime friend) and her family had recently moved into a new house, and she felt overwhelmed at putting that new home together. While the last year and a half has brought many joyous moments, it also has had more than its share of turmoil and trauma, which has led to major decision fatigue. This intelligent, competent, and capable woman felt undone and untethered by the state of the house after the move and couldn't seem to summon the energy to begin to organize her new space. She wisely picked up the phone, and we scheduled a weekend for me to come and help her establish some order amidst the chaos.
Her biggest pain point was the kitchen, since that is where so much of life happens. (Below are pictures of the kitchen and the pantry before we began.)
We pulled everything out of the kitchen and pantry, unpacked every box that contained kitchen items, and sorted as we did so. I'm sure she and her husband were wondering if I had any idea what I was doing as I had only succeeded so far in making a bigger mess.
I believe wholeheartedly in pulling everything out of cabinets and drawers because it is important to see exactly what you have. If something has been gathering dust in the forgotten corner of a cabinet, it's time to let it go. This client did just that. She and I went through each piece and she made the decision on what she wanted to keep and what she no longer wanted taking up precious space in her kitchen.
After shopping for containing supplies, it was time for me to get to work. (As a side note, please do not think you absolutely must have special containers. They are fun and often make a space look aesthetically pleasing, but they can also get rather expensive. Work within your budget.)
Since I was staying at their home, I could work after everyone else went to bed. Plus, I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep if the job wasn't completed. Around 11:30 p.m. I finished up, pleased with the results, and hoping that my client would be, as well. The next morning, my friend/client told me she woke up a little after 1;00 a.m. and couldn't wait to take a peek...she said it was like being a kid on Christmas morning.
A rule of thumb before purchasing anything new is to shop your own stash first. You never know when something you already own may work perfectly. This client had this large lazy Susan that could not have fit any better in this corner cabinet.
Lazy Susans make the items that my client uses frequently in cooking more accessible. There is additional space in this cabinet and in others that will allow for items that may not be purchased at this time, such as paper towels.
The metal drawer pull-outs were purchased and installed for this project. I have added these in my kitchen and have had zero regrets in investing in them, They nearly double the storage space and make everything in the cabinet accessible.
The pantry shelves are rather narrow, which makes locating items a little easier. Narrow acrylic bins help contain items like sauce packets and napkins and are easy to slide in and out of the cabinet.
There are moments in life when it feels like you are trapped in a storm and the task(s) in front of you leave you paralyzed, unable to even begin. While we didn't get the entire house put together and organized, my client's knowledge that she can clean her kitchen counters easily in the evening, can make her coffee in an uncluttered kitchen in the morning, and can cook dinner efficiently because everything is in place has lifted a small burden and a little anxiety from her shoulders.
If this resonates with you, please don't hesitate to reach out. That is the purpose behind Unburdened...to help your home be a port of calm in this crazy life. You can schedule through the website or reach out to me directly at email@example.com.