Happy Clients: Before (“Help! I’m overwhelmed!) & After (“I’m so happy!”)
This homeowner had a clear sense of the result she wanted, but didn’t know how to get there. The paper clutter was overwhelming and depressing. I helped her reduce the floor clutter so she could create the comfortable, relaxing space she desired.
Above: Without a filing system, this home office turned into a sea of receipts and mixed papers, with taxes overdue by four years. In two sessions, all the receipts from 5 years were organized for the accountant, the dining room table cleared and a simple system in place to avoid the chaos.
Above: My favourite esthetician creates exquisite art on my nails. From a tiny square POC logo (see bottom of page for sample) to watermelon slices, Joanna paints with great care. Her nail polish collection wasn’t receiving the same attention. In one short session, the paint was organized by brand and colour, and much easier to find.
These photos were part of a client’s spring cleaning that actually took several seasons. Every several months, the client would call and say ‘I’m ready for more, please come help.” My Organizing Angel and I would arrive to tackle another area of her relatively stuffed house. These photos show clothes and baby things removed from a bedroom in one afternoon. What the pictures don’t show is the old rug that was also removed, or that the ‘babies’ were now in college. A delightful client, and the kind of project Goodbye Clutter! loves: helping clients let go of dated, unnecessary excess.
What my clients are saying:
“Each year Elinor assists me in organizing my income tax paperwork. I am prone to procrastination when it comes to getting my papers together for my accountant. Starting a few years ago I hired Elinor to drop by and whip the paperwork into shape. She not only organizes all the various bits and bobs quickly, she also prepares a simple itemized total for each category. Her rates are an excellent value and we get the job done. Most importantly, all paperwork is organized and my stress is gone.” C.M.
“Elinor and her team just helped us clear out the house of a family member who can no longer live on their own due to health concerns. Unfortunately, this family member had become a hoarder so clearing the house seemed like an insurmountable task, logistically as well as emotionally and psychologically. After all, you’re dealing with someone forced into a very new and negative situation, and you’re trying to get them to let go of so much.
I was very aware of this when I started looking for a de-cluttering service, and of the 3 people I spoke to, Elinor had the best grasp of the issues involved, as well as the greatest flexibility in approach. She was going on holidays shortly so one of her team, Lynne, actually met with us before we signed off on the project, just to ensure we were comfortable with their approach and the people we’d be working with. Once we met Lynne, we were good to go.
Lynne started off leading our project, and once she had an idea of what we were dealing with, she brought in additional resources and developed a structured approach to give us the results we were looking for. Throughout the project, Lynne, Jodi and Elinor continued to focus on results, while working with humour and respect to make a challenging situation manageable. It became more like working with friends than a hired service.
I’d hire Goodbye Clutter! again in a heartbeat. Our family is very grateful for what they’ve done for us, and how they did it. I’d recommend them without hesitation to anyone who needs to get organized, especially if there are emotional issues involved.” R.
“We brought out the Christmas decorations yesterday and it was wonderful. Everything was so well organized, just the way I like it. Thank you for the work you did last year to make the start of this Christmas season so much more enjoyable.” Darlene, Retired
“Elinor, this is terrific! Thank you so much…! I got my own personal admin binder organized after you left and everything cleaned up and filed away. You’re right, it is coming together, bit by bit — or in some cases, by leaps and bounds. Those receipts were a huge cloud hanging over me!” Laura, Professor