April 2, 2012
This was a case of a beautifully designed closet that just wasn’t functioning so well. Without calling in anyone to redesign the closet or purchasing anything new we made do with what they had and re-organized some things so that more of what was needed fit into the closet in a neat and tidy way.
His and Hers Before
Her Side Before
His Side Before
About 4 hours later (mostly working by myself on this project) I had this closet finished. On her side I sorted tops, bottoms and long dresses and jackets by clothing type and color. I re-located less used special occasion items to a second guest room closet, created drawers designated for specific items such as hats, jewelry, belts and lingerie. This freed up space for the client to use other bedroom furniture drawers for items that should not be hung such as sweaters, other knits and casual/frequently used items.
On his side I sorted full suits by season putting the warmer season suits to the front since we are shifting towards summer (at least here in the south). This client also has quite a collection of bow ties and suspenders which I hung on a multi section hangers (often used for scarves or pants). Again I sorted shirts and pants/shorts by type and color leaving suspenders attached to several pairs of pants in this case.
We got rid of almost everything on the floor and many of the decorative boxes and items cluttering up the shelves. We used the shelves for shoes (both in and out of boxes and drawer bins), bags, hats (on the top shelves) and photo albums. She liked keeping these albums in the closet but if she needed more shelving space she could remove them to another area in the future. The closet is a nice space to keep photo albums if you have the room and you can always pull out a few at a time to have on display in a more public room of the house.
His and Hers After
Her Side After
Her Side After
His Side After
Tip: Store items that are not needed often in the back of deep corner shelves in containers that are easily pulled out. For example shoe; a shoe shining kit. Label the edge of shelves so you know what’s hiding in the back of each.
November 7, 2011
We are really in the final days before moving now! I can’t believe I began writing about this move 6 weeks ago (or maybe a bit more?). This has been a really bittersweet time with the prospects of the future ahead and making our dreams come true but also saying goodbye to two members of our family household that we will miss more than we can say. Both Tai and Leo were our kitties for 17 and 16yrs (respectively) and they were both Maryland kitties with us from the beginning of my husband and I’s relationship. Maybe it is fitting that we have left them here but they will always be in our hearts and their sweet spirits will live on with us forever. We are working through some health problems with our youngest kitty, Sachi but she will be coming with us and she is our Savannah kitty so she’s going back to her low country roots. Thank you everyone who has offered kind and supportive words of love in this difficult past couple weeks!
We are ready to move forward and we are buckling down to the tasks ahead for the week. We will pack the remaining items that we will not need in the next few months into boxes and have sorted out those things we will need to come with us in luggage and bins for short term use while we are in our temporary housing for a few months. Since we will be in this transitional period packing has been that much more challenging, trying to figure out what we will over a 3-4 month period!
This week our agenda includes canceling our utilities, notifying important people and companies of our address change, packing, cleaning and saying goodbyes to friends and family!
It has been a truly spectacular fall here in Maryland and I will miss the rolling hills, fall color and yes I will even miss the snow a little, but it made a sneak appearance for us last weekend as we were packing. I can say I’m truly getting excited now! This year began with a focus on finding Clarity and I’ve truly found it by allowing myself to try new things, face my fears and live more boldly. We created this change in our lives by setting our intentions to live a more fulfilling life and the challenges that have been thrown at us will make us that much stronger! These words by Mary Anne Radmacher sum up how I am living life going forward.
It has been a truly spectacular fall here in Maryland and I will miss the rolling hills, fall color and yes I will even miss the snow a little, but it made a sneak appearance for us last week.
One week from today we will be in South Carolina, just a few minute drive from the beach! We will be unpacking all our belongings into storage and settling in to a new routine.
October 10, 2011
Another week into the moving progress and we’ve got over 24 boxes packed! We did a little calculation and determined that if we pack 4 boxes a day on average (6 days a week) then we will have over 90 boxes packed in the next few weeks. When we moved here 6 years ago we had over 90 boxes, my goal is to have less this time! I prefer to pack a little bit at a time rather than try to cram it all into the last week or so. This week I’ll be packing linens, china, un necessary kitchen items, more nick nacks and some clothing.
Here’s how I’m doing this::each box gets numbered and assigned a code according to size (A, B, C) then I list a short inventory of the contents making special note of valuable (sentimental or monetary) items. This way I’ve got a very good idea of what’s in each box, where it goes and this inventory can serve insurance purposes if needed.
Now for the exciting news, fingers crossed we very well might have someone to rent our house!! We will know for sure soon but it looks promising and this will allow us to determine our exact date of departure. I’ve been secretly hoping for a specific date and it seems like things might just be pointing in that direction. We’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime I’ve had some big non-moving related events happening! This past weekend my brother and sister in law came down from NY (to help and attend) for my parents belated 40th wedding anniversary celebration. The party also happened to fall on my husband and I’s 7th anniversary. It was a beautiful setting in my parents Japanese garden, the weather was perfect and we had a blast! It was a great occasion to spend time with family and friends especially in light of our pending departure.
My next mission is this coming Saturday, I’m photographing my first wedding! I’ve got a few nerves about this but I think it will be fine, I’m up for the challenge.
September 26, 2011
Whaaaa, moving is so much work! Okay so we haven’t really begun to pack yet because our focus has been on the purging, organizing, sorting and getting the house in ship shape for showing. Since I took the photo’s the realtor will be using I thought I would share a behind the scenes tour of our home.
Welcome, please come on in!
Our Back deck with my jungle of plants, sadly some will not be coming with us.
The Dining Room looking towards the back deck and the kitchen.
The living room
The living room from the dining room, as you can see the first floor has a very open floor plan and great windows!
The Master Bedroom
What use to be our guestroom is now our staging area with packing supplies at the ready.
This pretty well concludes the tour of our home for the past 6 years. I’ve left out a few areas including the full basement because it’s not much to look at right now. Below is what it use to look like when I had my carpet design office down there, now it’s another staging and storage area but will be a great space for whomever move in here next.
There is still a lot to do, including getting stuff out of here which we are continuing to sell. Rather than a yard sale we will be participating in a Flea Market to sell the remaining items this coming weekend. A few furniture pieces, art and craft items, tires, tools, electronics and other odds and ends will be going. Now that the house is pretty much ready to show we will on alert to vacate for the realtors at a moments notice. I’m sure that’s going to be fun! I’m trying to keep a positive attitude but the limbo part of this process is particularly tough on me. I’m a very home based person so I feel I’m being invaded but it’s what we must do to move on. I’ll be back next week with reports on the flea market and the realtor’s listing info. If you know anyone who you think would love to live in this house in Gaithersburg, MD please get in touch!