I’m so glad that I have been able to meet Gina and work with her! We had a home consult last month where we walked through her house, and she told me her story and what she needed from me. She lost her daughter almost six years ago and now that her son has also moved out, they are basically empty-nesters. She’s now ready for a refresh in her home, and it’s time to move some things that have been in the same spot for the last six years since Carmen died.
I knew that working with Gina could potentially be a really hard process emotionally, so I suggested we start with something “easy” that didn’t feel so taxing emotionally. We started in the laundry room and a storage room off of it. I absolutely LOVE it when a client’s space already has amazing cabinets and shelves to work with. It makes my job really easy!
We basically moved out most of Tyler and Carmen’s memorabilia for the time being. I actually ended up with some empty boxes and some extra shelf space so the might eventually be able to sort through those boxes and bring them back into the space, but for now, my goal was to make these spaces functional for them, more than anything else.
I sorted and categorized everything, thought about how they would best use things, asked questions, changed things, and I think we found a way to make it all work.
Gina has been a pleasure to work with! I’m so proud of her for the progress she’s already made with parting with some things, and I really hope she enjoys her new space!
#BeKind #HelpAStranger #HaveAGodlyAttitude
Let’s Check out the Before and After’s of Gina’s new space!
This is what you see when you first walk into Gina’s back door. We cleared this counter top, emptied the cabinets and drawers, reorganized everything, and we even made use of the vertical space she has above the cabinets, but now it’s functional storage that’s also appealing to the eye.
These are the upper cabinets in this space. I corralled many of the smart item groupings in these clear, acrylic bins. It’s so nice to be able to see at a glance what you have and what you may be running low on with these. We also gave Gina two bins for her “Fragrances”. I wish you could smell the inside of this cabinet because every time I opened it, it smelled AMAZING!
We tried a few different things for the laundry and cleaning products, but this is basically the “back-stock” of extra supplies so instead of containing them in bins, we left them lined on the shelves.
The “Laundry Box” on the top shelf holds all of the smaller laundry-related items like clothespins, patches, safety pins, etc.
These are the “Junk Drawers”. Yall know we all have ’em! But now you can see exactly what you’re looking for and easily find what you need!
These are the lower cabinets which we organized into bins of cleaning supplies, separated by category. There’s also a couple bins for electronics.