Because decluttering can be daunting, our expert shares a roadmap for turning overcrowded, chaotic areas into places of organized calm and function.
Tempting as it may be to imagine living in a perfectly organized home, getting started on a de-cluttering project is always a bit daunting. Just in time for spring cleaning, Rachel Rosenthal, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based professional organization firm Rachel & Company, offers a roadmap for turning overcrowded, chaotic areas into places of organized calm and function. Here are her recommendations:
Focus on one space at a time. Prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed by identifying one problem area to tackle at a time. Carefully consider the purpose for the space (is it a landing zone for sports equipment, shoes, mail, etc.?) and the changes you need to make to achieve your goal. Accept that it will look worse before it gets better, but the results will be worth it
Hold yourself accountable. You make appointments for everything else in life, so why not make getting organized as much a priority as getting your hair done? Commit to a day and time to get started, and avoid burnout by blocking off no more than 3 hours at a time to spend on your project.
Get others involved. Enlist a friend, family member, or—better yet—a professional organizer to help you go through your belongings, make decisions, and keep you motivated. Ask them to help you remove items you are throwing out or donating the same day you do the sorting so you aren’t temped to change your mind.
Set realistic expectations. Don’t expect to have your entire home organized after one session. Organizing is a process, and it will take time to work through your spaces. To keep up the momentum and stay on track, break up each room or project into mini-areas. For example, if you managed to get through your kitchen pantry in three hours, focus on your kitchen drawers during your next session. Take a “before” photo of each space to remind yourself of how far you’ve come.
Kiki’s local holiday gift guide
I began my shopping this year on Black Friday in Indiana. Caroline loves the idea of waking up early and fighting the crowds. With coffee in hand and half asleep, we toured the isles picking up odds and ends to fill the stockings. We had fun and although we didn’t take advantage of any of the doorbusters, our niece did find a great deal on a TV for her first apartment. I always savemy big shopping for Greenville. Supporting the local ‘mom and pop’ shops is important to me. This year I was eighty-five percent done with my holiday shopping before we even had our tree!
Whether you need a gift for a child, a girlfriend, a foodie or that person that has everything, you can find it all and more at these great locally owned places. Don’t forget to pick up a few ‘host’ gifts along the way so you don’t get caught empty handed at those holiday drop-ins. Here are a few of my favorite places to shop:
Paisley & Paper: You can find something for everyone in this cute store off Augusta Road. From stationary, party supplies, jewelry, candles, Clemson and SC memorabilia, and baby gifts, Marty Garrison has a huge selection! Best part….they gift wrap too!
Greenville History Tours: At the Chef ’s Table Culinary Tour is the greatest gift for the foodies on your list and for the family member that has everything they possibly need. The culinary tour brings you to some of the most renowned kitchens to sample dishes and meet the chefs. Beyond the delicious food, patrons will also learn fascinating insights into Greenville’s rich history and background of restaurants as John Nolan guides you on this 2-½ hour tour down Main Street.Visit www.greenvillehistorytours. com
Carolina Girl Cooks: Handmade tea cookies are perfect hostess gifts! I had the privilege to work with Jennifer Glover on a project and she is as delightful as are her lavender cookies. Her flavors also include; Orange Cardamom, Chocolate Chip Rosemary Sea Salt, and Rose. They are light, flaky and packaged beautifully!Order yours at: www.carolinagirlcooks.com
Poppington’s Popcorn: While we’re talking about food, this is another great addition to Main Street in Greenville. Who doesn’t love the smell of popcorn?
This is a great gift for co-workers, and again those foodies on your list. I love buying a “tub” for my kids. It is the perfect snack on Christmas morning while mom’s busy in the kitchen. I’ve recently worked with Rose, the owner, on a few corporate events and she’s great!
Peek-A-Whoo: An on-line store started by a couple of my Greenville girlfriends that specializes in personalized gifts for babies, toddlers and mommies! You can find Christmas pajamas, bloomers, slippers and even placematsfor Santa’s milk and cookies. My favorite, and my ‘go to’ for new moms is their JellyCat Bunnies!! I gifted them to my twin nieces and they love them! www.peekawhoo.com
Maddie Kate & Rosie Embroidery: Two sisters, Kathy Rumchak and Debi Henderson run their business out of their home (conveniently located on my street) and specialize in monogramming and appliqueing. No job too big or too small, they have a quick turn around time too! You can find them on Facebook!
MJudson: This is one of my favorite additions to Main Street in Greenville.
Conveniently located across the street from my office, I occasionally escape and find a corner to hibernate with my computer. It’s the perfect place to find a gift for the bookworm in your life.
They also have cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, glassware and much, much more! With everything on rolling carts, it’s a great place to host an event as well!