Today, I’m not even going to jack around with an intro. Let’s get right to this guest room reckoning!
As you can see, we had quite a bit to tackle. The question I hear most often when someone is faced with a spare room of doom (or any major amount of clutter) is, “Where the hell do I start?”
Short answer: Start at the door and go bit by bit.
Long answer: Start at the door and go bit by bit around the room in a systematic fashion.
Basically, you need to set up how you’re going to work around the room or create a work flow plan. This flow plan will keep you on track instead of getting distracted by everything else that needs to be done. For this room, we started on the floor and worked our way around and up like so:
From the door, we worked around the room counterclockwise as this is the way that made the most sense. We started by clearing the floor so we could get into the room. Much of what was immediately in the doorway was bulk storage so it was pretty quick and easy to work through. First step here – as always – is to create space. I would hold an item up for my client to decide if it was to stay or go. Goes went into trash, recycle, or donation piles. Stays went into individual piles in the hallway sorted according to like with like.
We continued this stay or go process as we followed the floor around the bed. Eventually clearing out the floorspace on the far side of the bed as well:
From here, we went across the bed, chipping away at the clutter, removing everything unnecessary, and sorting the remaining items like with like.
I chose to do this so we’d have more staging area to sort the items we would be keeping. It proved to be VERY useful as we cleared out the third side of the bed and what was lurking behind the door.
For example, there was THIRD chair! we could see two and as we chipped away at the clutter we found a third that I never saw and my client forgot about. We got a fabulous laugh out of that one!
Once all of the floor and the bed was cleared, we cleared off the flat surfaces – desk and dresser tops. Lastly, we hit the closet:
The closet had to come last because we couldn’t get to it before anyway!
So after first purge, we had the remaining items sorted into piles of like with like. From there, we had extra little reckonings with each pile, removing any excess as well as more items that my client decided she really didn’t need, use, or love.
Pro tip: when in doubt ask yourself if the item is this worth paying rent for? If not, let it go guilt free!
Last step in an organizing makeover is to create some systems for the room to function well. We didn’t really need to do that here because my client was organized once upon a time until many different factors caused her mojo to go running. So once we excavated through the clutter, we also uncovered all of the old systems! Instead of investing in organizing tools, my client rewarded herself with some fresh new bedding!
And here’s how it all turned out:
Hands on time with me: approx 12 hours. (Not including client homework and shopping time)