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Garage Transformation

Okay, so who’s proud of the state of your garage?  That would probably be very few of us.  Garages often become the catch all, and get overrun with “stuff.”

This happens especially when there is little attic space and no shed or storage building.  Such was the case with the space I’m featuring today.  My clients had a lot going on in their garage.  They needed it to serve multiple functions, including housing their cars again.  I loved working with this family; we worked hard and long but had a lot of fun!

Are you ready to see the before?  This is what we started with.  Behind door number one:

And behind door number two:


Okay, so we actually began by pulling EVERYTHING out into the driveway and lawn.  Cars kept stopping by asking if they were having a yard sale.

It was a long process of grouping like things, cleaning, purging, planning, shopping, putting things in place, more shopping, more purging, more sorting.  BUT, my clients hung in there and together we brought order!

I’ve paired some before and after images together, I’ll let them speak for themselves:





Remember what it looked like with the doors opened before?  Look what’s behind doors number one and two now!


Needless to say, they are enjoying their “new” garage.  Everything is labeled and accessible, and there is room for cars to be parked.  No more feeling overwhelmed and stressed when walking into this space.  There’s now more time to “simply live.”

Thanks for reading!  Who’s next?



January 30, 2013 - 10:43 am

Denise Merritt - I recognize that garage’s ‘before’ pictures. The ‘after’ ones look GREAT!!!

Trouble with toys? Switch it up!

It is every parents frustration to spend money on toys, only to watch their kids eventually lose interest and start doing sword fights with the candle sticks.  It has been mine for 6 years.  We don’t stay inside much, but while inside I like for the kids to be occupied.  I discovered a little trick that KEEPS my children’s interest in their toys.  Want to hear it?

Putting LESS toys on the shelves and switching them up.  You heard me right. Less is more in this case.  When children have fewer choices, they will be more likely to make a good choice!

Here’s how I do it

We don’t have a full-fledged “playroom,” but we devote one cube shelf downstairs to toys.  The kids also have a few toys in their rooms.  The remainder of the toys I put in storage totes that go in our easy access attic space.    One day a week, I bring down the totes and switch it up.

First we had to clean up.

Next, I take down the toys from the previous week, and restock the shelf with “new ones.”  The kids help with this simply by pulling out what they are interested in.

The toys from the previous week go into the totes and are ready to be stored back in the attic.

It usually takes about 10 minutes tops.  This week it took 20 because I was taking pictures :)  Twenty minutes of switching toys is a great investment; it yields hours of interest in toys again.  Look he’s already enjoying his toys again.

One last thing, it doesn’t have to be perfect.  You don’t have to have the same toys each round of switching.  JUST DO IT and let your kids help you pick out what they want to play with that week.  Have fun!

December 11, 2013 - 9:00 am

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The Moment is Here!

Personal Organizer

I am doing flips and cartwheels in my head as I type this very first blog post from Simple Spaces!  The website is live!  This has been a long anticipated, challenging journey.  I would scream in excitement really loud and actually do a flip right now if the kids weren’t napping.  I’m pretty sure you’d here me.  If you hear something strange in about an hour, you’ll know its me ;)

Organizing.  I get really, I mean extremely excited about personal organizing.  If I get a day at home where I’m kid-free, you will find me organizing or decorating something.  When walking into “the space” with a client they will often say, “You don’t know what you got yourself into.”  And I smile really big and say, “Oh I can’t wait!”

Am I a perfectionist?  No.  Am I OCD?  No.  Is my house…..gasp!…..perfectly clean all the time?  No.  But I can say that my house is clutter-free.  Achieving and maintaining order in our home has allowed us to enjoy more time with each other.

Hopefully this blog will give you an opportunity to get to know me more and inspire you to get organized so you can spend more time “living.”  I am looking forward to sharing organizing tips, completed jobs, and spaces in my own home.  And I hope that if you decide you need to hire a professional organizer, you will choose me :)


Get Organized.  Simply Live.