Cleaning Up Arizona - Part II

Hello Friends,

Remember Part I from last year?  Let's begin where we left off.

I went back to Arizona in February to help my mom get "unstuck" as she put it.  

The huge storage trailer was still sitting on her land and while the contents had been sorted and stored in there, she was anxious to take the next steps to get rid of it all.

But first we worked on the inside of her house, by decluttering her living room.  She lives in a tiny house - 467 square feet!  To say space is at a premium is an understatement.

BEFORE

 AFTER



Little details made a BIG difference, like covering up the fuse box with a beloved print that we framed and using one of her drums for a table.  Everything in this space brings her JOY!

We had a lot of fun shopping to finish off the details of the space.  The shopping is always what clients want to do first, but it's actually the last step in the organizing process - and the most fun!

Inside the wicker basket is all sorts of musical instruments that are brought out to a campfire gathering from time to time.  The instruments were stored in dusty grocery bags, shoved under furniture before.  Not anymore!  They are now in this cute and practical wicker basket with a lid.

We gathered a collection of small pottery bowls that were displayed in every room and put them on the windowsill.  Collections are sometimes best displayed together.  

The tiles were found stored in a shed on her property, leftover from a project.  They fit perfectly on the windowsill, end table and TV stand!  Shopping from your own home is the BEST!

Don't you love how clean it all looks?  A lot of stuff went out to that storage trailer!





We also made some other little changes in how things were stored in other parts of the house.  These were in a heap behind the door on the floor.  So much easier to clean when the tools are easy to grab and go.


And we found this cute tiled tray to hang up on her house.  It looks so welcoming.


While we worked together we had many conversations about the other trailer on the property...the one we sorted out the last time I visited.


The conversations centered around having a yard sale/not having a yard sale, getting a dumpster/not getting a dumpster, giving everything away/selling everything, and having the trailer hauled away or dismantling it and hauling it to the dump.  There were a lot of decisions to make!

So I left to go back home with nothing decided, but her living room sure looked great!

Then this happened!



I simply LOVE when my clients make a BIG life-changing decision and take ACTION!





It was a 3 day yard sale and she got rid of it all.  Just.Like.That.

AND best of all, she had help!  I LOVE when clients ask for HELP!  
Her BFFs rallied with her and they had a really good time.

Then I held my breath...what about that trailer?  I can hear you asking, Yeah, what about it?

Next thing you know...


The tires had to be dug out of the desert.


The pop-outs couldn't be popped in, so they had to be dismantled.


There were some late nights and there may have been a broken axle involved.


Teddy Roosevelt once said, 
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…"

But OH was this worthwhile!  Look at all that clear space!


I'm proud of you Mom, well done getting yourself and your trailer, unstuck!

What's big decision surrounding organizing that you've been putting off?

What needs to happen for you to get "unstuck"?

*I may be able to help, contact me to set up a free phone consultation.*