Spring-ish garage attack

May 14, 2011

I really did clean out my garage. Really. And then I went on vacation. And then I came back and it was cold and depressing. Brrr!

Just as I said I would do in early April, I tackled my garage. I literally pulled just about everything out of it, shop-vacced the walls (buh-bye creepy spider eggs), recycled and trashed the junk (ciao cheesy cheetah), and grouped everything that I put back in. How much did I spend? Some sweat, tears (of relief) and a big fat ZERO dollars.

This was just the first step of the process. Now that I know what I own, and because it’s grouped together, I can easily see how much of any one type of thing I have. My wheels are turning for real now – NOW I can think about how I really want my space to function for me. I’m thinking of bringing in some pegboard so I can hang up all my shovels and rakes, and ripping out some of those old crusty shelves and building some new ones in between the studs.

I found some good resources online for inspiration. If you’re thinking of tackling your own garage, check ’em out:



Gloomy garage…

April 8, 2011

I’m scared of my garage. Seriously. It is the polar opposite of everything I stand for. It’s dark, dirty, and totally disorganized. It’s my worst nightmare…. And I’ve been simultaneously dreading and dreaming about how to reorganize it all winter long. With spring FINALLY right around the corner, I am going to get my chance. Last Sunday I opened up the door, put the car on the curb, and took some very compromising photos of the chaos…

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Um, yeah. This is a two-car garage with barely enough room to park one car (let alone get in and out of). I will say that a lot of the clutter is from the generosity of loved ones and friends giving me garden supplies and landscaping tools – which I am VERY grateful for. Many of these wonderful gifts came at the tail end of fall and early winter, when the temperature started getting a little too low for this cold wimp, so I tucked things where I could at the time.  Now that it’s getting warmer, I have no excuse. I need to make sure that I take care to find each thing a safe place to live.

Chicago is supposed to have 70s and up to 80 degree weather this weekend. I think I’m going to have some fun coming up with a plan to try to turn this typically untidy garage into an organized oasis for all of my outdoorsy tools…. Let the brainstorming begin!


“Purge and Merge” success story!

February 17, 2011

From storage depot to happy home.  Here is a success story from one of my first clients:

After years of owning, but never really living in her property, this client called me to help her transform the condo that she’s been using mainly as “storage” space into a comfy, cozy home where she and her significant other could make a life and family together.  I met with both of them to talk through goals, objectives and the desired end result and I designed a blueprint and worked out a timeline and plan of action that everyone agreed on.

We tackled the WHOLE place – a generous two-bedroom, one bath, with large living, dining, kitchen and a bonus sunny front den, along with basement storage.  Each week we concentrated on a different place in the house and gradually transformed the chaos.

For two and a half months, I worked with the client to sort, group, purge, and re-purpose her belongings in a way that helped her create a new place that welcomed her partner and her partner’s belongings.  Along the way I taught her some tips and tricks for organizing and arranging her space that best suited her needs, so that she could keep it up after I was gone.

Watch the transformation below!

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Client testimonial:

As Jess’ client’s partner, I have to say I was amazed at the transformation of my new home when I arrived with my belongings on moving day.  I could never have envisioned having more than enough space for my furniture, clothes, and personal items just a few weeks before.  But it wasn’t only about creating space – I was thrilled to discover that Jess also has a knack for rearranging rooms and organizing “stuff” into aesthetically appealing configurations that made our home very livable, cozy, and easy to navigate.  In the midst of our hectic and busy lives, we have Jessica to thank for leading and guiding us through a well thought out plan that resulted in a moving and settling-in process that was much more relaxed and easy than either of us could have ever imagined!  



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