For those of you who missed Jim Deitzel's post linking to a video of Melissa's (aka The Consumer Queen) garage, you need to go check it out. Her garage was an absolute mess (no offense Melissa!). Here are a few pictures.
She was pleading for help from Rubbermaid to get her garage organized.
This was a job that was a little too big for just us to tackle. Thankfully, professional organizer Melissa Smallwood (whose company is called Organized Life By Design) stepped up and offered her services. Working together, we are all going to get Consumer Queen's garage looking BEAUTIFUL and ORGANIZED.
Last night we had our first meeting. I was so excited to see how other people go about the organization process and more importantly how professional organizers help others get organized.
The Consumer Queen had realized two things about her garage:
- She had too much stuff – she is going to have a garage sale to get rid of some of her clutter
- Her kids had started to just throw things in the garage and not putting them where they belong
These were two important realizations. First, she realized she needed to purge and get rid of things, and second, she needed easy organizational systems that her kids could follow.
Melissa Smallwood had some great advice for anyone trying to get organized. Here are some of the things she said that really stood out to me:
- When organizing you need to figure out who is going to be responsible for the decluttering. Someone who is a natural is always better but the skills could be taught.(In this case, the Consumer Queen is the natural declutterer so she will be forcing her husband to get rid of things)
- You do not need duplicates. The Consumer Queen said her husband had duplicate tools because someone would offer them to him and he would not say no. If you have one, don't get another and add to the clutter!
- It is easier to keep a garage organized if you park your car in it. A car takes up a lot of space and to park it in the garage you have to keep that space organized.
Check back here for updates and visit The Consumer Queen and Melissa Smallwood's blogs for updates also.