Vital Organizing

(Something everybody needs.)

Vital Organizing: Something everybody needs. Home and office organizing based in Washington, D.C. Economical, customized, small space solutions and one-on-one organization services.

Small Space Fashion

Many of us struggle with storing our clothing and accessories... so imagine the struggle of a real life fashion blogger!  I got the chance to work with the fabulous @aliciatenise to get her closet and dresser in order so she could keep on blogging beautifully.

(So technically no befores in this one, but some lovely afters!)

A Stalled Out Move

Sometimes in the haste of a move, things don't find their structure right away and the process grinds to a halt.  In this instance, a few key, large pieces had to be moved or given away/sold so the remaining things could be put away properly in their new home.

Just a bit of elbow grease and we made this magic happen in three hours!

Bedroom before was a staging ground for the move.  

Bedroom before was a staging ground for the move.

 

Dining room before -  too many items without homes.

Dining room before -  too many items without homes.

Bedroom after was a place for rest, with some bulky furniture items given away and boxes of papers stored out of sight for sorting when time allowed.

Bedroom after was a place for rest, with some bulky furniture items given away and boxes of papers stored out of sight for sorting when time allowed.

Dining room after! Much of the bulky items in the before photo were sold or given away on craigslist!

Dining room after! Much of the bulky items in the before photo were sold or given away on craigslist!

Living room before - no room for livin'.

Living room before - no room for livin'.

Living room after. Boxes for sorting are stored along side and behind the sofa for sorting when time allows.

Living room after. Boxes for sorting are stored along side and behind the sofa for sorting when time allows.

 

 

A case of too much travel....

This closet was suffering from lack of structure and too much travel. It had gotten overwhelmed.

We did a quick and thorough konmari'ing. We pulled the clothes out that were in a heap and proceeded to determine which of them brought the client joy. Those that did not were donated.

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In less than three hours, we purged four bags of clothes, shoes, and accessories. We then put the items back into the closet according to broad category - sleeveless tops, long sleeve tops, skirts, pants, dresses, special occasion. Clothes and shoes that needed repair were put in bags to go out of the house. We made sure travel items were together and easily accessible. Then we prepped the closet for further enhancing with a tap light (like this) and some additional drawers.  It is now looking ship shape!

All in all, a great, fast improvement that should provide structure for a long time to come.

Cleared out coat closet

This awesomely-motivated client realized that her apartment's lack of storage had led to a piling of miscellaneous items in her coat closet.

So we pulled everything out and started fresh.  By getting rid of extraneous boxes, condensing like items together, and purging unwanted items, we were able to free up the space and even make room for the vacuum and a few other items that had been stored elsewhere.  Some creative repurposing of crates and storage containers went along way to getting the client back a functional space.

crowded coat closet 2
crowded coat closet 1



Konmari'd closet!

This heap of clothes was just one category from an overstuffed closet - the tops!

But we went through this (and the other category piles) with an eye on what sparked joy, and the result was a delightful, accessible closet.

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Is this a fancy boutique?  No, it's a closet filled with things that fit and are loved!

Is this a fancy boutique?  No, it's a closet filled with things that fit and are loved!

Turbocharged move

Nothing is better than setting up an organized new home after a move.  (ok, maybe I'm biased in that assessment.)  However, sometimes you need to hit the ground running, getting started with a new job, getting the kids settled in, figuring out where to grocery shop....  So here's where I can help you by turbocharging your move.

A new playroom goes from packed... 

A new playroom goes from packed... 

...to playable in just a few hours.

...to playable in just a few hours.

25 kitchen boxes emptied.....

25 kitchen boxes emptied.....

....and their contents put away in new homes (with handy temporary labels to find where everything is.)

....and their contents put away in new homes (with handy temporary labels to find where everything is.)

Home office shape up

A tidy office is always conducive to efficient work, but when your office is in your small apartment, you need to step up your game. 

Here, we straightened up a messy looking desk and found a closing desk from Ikea to keep the workspace visually separate from the living area.

Before.  Wanh wanh. :(

Before.  Wanh wanh. :(

After: the closing desk from Ikea keeps things neat, while the CB2 carpet tiles and the one and only Hag Capisco chair from our friends at ErgoDepot whip the office into shape.

After: the closing desk from Ikea keeps things neat, while the CB2 carpet tiles and the one and only Hag Capisco chair from our friends at ErgoDepot whip the office into shape.

A workspace has to be physically and digitally tidy.  So a messy desktop was cleaned up and files given shape in a logical file format so documents could be easily stored and found.

Before: look familiar?

Before: look familiar?

After: Ahhhh... orderly.

After: Ahhhh... orderly.

Kitchen Cleanup

Before: jumbled mess.

Before: jumbled mess.

This kitchen was woefully short of cabinet space, though there are ample short drawers and nice tall ceilings.  We found ways to use the space effectively.

After: pots and pans got out in the open with a kitchen rail from LeeValleyHardware.com, and the counter was kept clear with a hanging dish rack from Ikea.  A wall cabinet from CB2 rests on the edge of the counter to store bread and whiskey glasses.

After: pots and pans got out in the open with a kitchen rail from LeeValleyHardware.com, and the counter was kept clear with a hanging dish rack from Ikea.  A wall cabinet from CB2 rests on the edge of the counter to store bread and whiskey glasses.

The excess of shallow drawers is put to good use to store tea.

The excess of shallow drawers is put to good use to store tea.

Daily use items sit on the counter in the corner, ready for use.  The blender is plugged in and ready to go, and rests on a pad that allows for easy sliding out from the tucked in corner.

Daily use items sit on the counter in the corner, ready for use.  The blender is plugged in and ready to go, and rests on a pad that allows for easy sliding out from the tucked in corner.