Earlier this week we had the pleasure of working with a new client- she had two big goals-- tackling the kitchen and working on her ten year old son's room. She took advantage of the Holiday Declutter Special, so during this first session, we took on the kitchen! We worked together cabinet by cabinet, shelf by shelf to take out everything that she wasn't using. She has limited storage, so our initial plan was to store some of the larger kitchen appliances downstairs on a bakers rack that they already owned. This Mama was fearless in letting go of things that they were no longer using- cups and mugs from when she and her husband were in college, doubles of things when they were married and their households merged, and things that were broken or had lost pieces. Her younger son puttered in the kitchen with us while we worked, and it was a very productive time. She let go of so many things that she was able to repurpose other shelves/drawers in a more efficient way and keep things that she often used in an accessible space.
My favorite thing- watching her discover things that she had forgotten about- she has a beautiful fiestaware creamer and mug set in the sweetest shade of turquoise that had been up high in a cabinet with the door closed. She repurposed a cart that was holding other kitchen equipment and miscellaneous "stuff" into a breakfast cart, with her mugs displayed (and used)! Often times as Moms (and Dads!) we forget about ourselves and the little things that make us happy. We are so busy taking care of our children and putting their needs first that we lose little parts of ourself in the process. The little things matter- I encourage you to incorporate one special object/ritual back into your routine and observe how that affects your family.
This session was a reminder for me also- this is big work that we are doing together. You are letting go of stuff and even more significant in my mind, you are reprioritizing what you value in your family. When I left, I had a box and a bag full of things to donate, and their trash can was full of things that couldn't be recycled or repurposed, but the change in that kitchen was palpable and her excitement was tangible. I am looking forward to going back in early January to help organize her older son's bedroom, and also seeing how much progress she has made.
Contact me at (513)873-3591 or message firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your decluttering sessions- this special expires 12/18/15!
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.