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We Transform Kids’ Lives Too

Changing Places changes kids’ lives… one  job at a time

 

In our 25 years in business, nearly half of our projects help families and their children to downsize, de-clutter and organize their lives… not just their homes.
Here’s the story about one of our favorite families.

Changing Places began work with the Dempster clan when Madison was 12 years old. We came back to help with six subsequent moves. Here’s what Madison learned during these projects:

  • Each time she moved, she saw how much she accumulated. We helped her to keep what was important to her and let go of the rest.
  • Madison learned the value of purchasing quality items with the question, “Do I need this, or will it become clutter?”
  • It became her philosophy to donate her old treasures, so others can create new memories.
  • She designed her own floor plan,  creating extra space by adding  a platform bed and containers.
  • She rents long term storage for her seasonal items.  She’s a California girl living in the Northeast now, and needs 4 seasons’ worth of clothing.
  • Her organizational skills allow her to be focused, productive and successful.

Madison created a livable tiny space

Madison’s cleverly and thoughtfully designed dorm room allowed her to be organized and productive from day one as a college freshman. She even inspired her roommates and friends!

There is a place for everything… and everything has a place

Changing Places was honored
to help this adorable young lady to become more organized!

Do you and your family need help getting organized?

Please give us a call.
415.461.6257
info@changing-places.com

 

 

“Dear Margaret:

Madison at age 12

Our family sends you and your team a heartfelt “thank you” for moving us into our new home. With Changing Places’ assistance, you took every ounce of stress out of our move. I wish everyone could have such a delightful moving experience—too often we are too bogged down with the logistics and endless unpacking to actually “enjoy” moving let alone the new house. Your team, with it’s magic, had us cooking in our kitchen and sleeping in our beds the first night and completely unpacked within a couple of days!! Thanks to you we are settled and loving our new home.”

– The Dempster Clan (Kim, Mark, Madison, Jack and Yoda (woof!)
San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our family sends you and your team a heartfelt “thank you” for moving us into our new home. With Changing Places’ assistance, you took every ounce of stress out of our move. I wish everyone could have such a delightful moving experience—too often we are too bogged down with the logistics and endless unpacking to actually “enjoy” moving let alone the new house. Your team, with it’s magic, had us cooking in our kitchen and sleeping in our beds the first night and completely unpacked within a couple of days!! Thanks to you we are settled and loving our new home.”

– The Dempster Clan (Kim, Mark, Madison, Jack and Yoda (woof!)
San Francisco, CA

We Are Dealing With Mold, Rat Poop & Estates

Changing Places forever changed the lives of three people.

We were hired by Northern Trust Company, wealth management, to help them meet their legal and fiduciary responsibility to ensure a healthy home for their clients.

We transformed a cluttered house infested with mold, rats and extensive water damage into a healthy, vibrant home for a family of three – one of whom is disabled.

This type of project is why we do what we do. We not only transformed a home, but the lives of three people.

Bedroom Before                                                  Bedroom After

…all of this 65 miles from our home base.

Over the course of nearly three years, our crew lived at a local hotel to perform tough, dirty and tiring work.

The first phase of our work included:

  • De-cluttering the home
  • Arranging junk removal
  • Organizing items for donation
  • Overseeing minor repair work

A year after the initial cleanup, we were hired for a second phase of de-cluttering in preparation for a full remodel.

Our third phase of work included:

  • Moving the family back into the home
  • Working with our designer to purchase and arrange new furnishings
  • Unpacking and de-cluttering items in storage
  • Delivering a beautifully new finished home

Bathroom Before Remodel                            Bathroom After Remodel

Our amazing team worked tirelessly to create a beautiful, comfortable and safe space for our clients and the finished product is truly a miracle come to life.

Here’s what our client had to say:

This is AMAZING!!!!  It is like a completely different house.  Words cannot express our gratitude for your time, dedication and patience to this project.  You have created a safe, healthy and inviting home for our clients.  You are miracle workers. 

– Northern Trust Company, Wealth Management

What made this project special?

  • There isn’t anything we don’t do
  • As a rule, we don’t work with hoarders – but we made an exception
  • We rolled up our sleeves, put our masks on and got to work

How do we help?

  • Develop a timeline for the entire family and parties involved
  • Sort all estate items
  • Create labeling system and detailed photo inventory
  • Coordinate the selling, donating, liquidation of estate items
  • Obtain appraisals on estate items
  • Orchestrate the distribution of items to family
  • Our team operates with the utmost integrity and discretion in order to provide our clients with the peace of mind that their physical possessions will be handled with care

How can we help you or your client?

Call us at (415) 461-6257

Meet Kelleigh Aldridge

Honoring One of Our Miracle Makers, Kelleigh Aldridge

Kelleigh Aldridge, a long time resident of Marin, has been an incredible asset to the Changing Places team as a dedicated Project Manager for over 8 years. She is trained as a Personal Coach and Professional Organizer with years of hands on experience providing high level packing and moving services.  In her spare time, she volunteers with organizations in her community supporting disabled veterans, children and the elderly.  Changing Places is proud to recognize her exceptional work in the field. Kelleigh continues to bring her professional and generous disposition to all of her work and we are so grateful to have her on our team. She is truly a miracle maker!

 

 

We Won Best Home Organizer for 2018

We are proud and honored to announce our award as BEST HOME ORGANIZER 2018!! best home organizer, best home organizer marin, best home organizer marin county, best home organizer San Francisco, best home organizer Bay Area

Changing Places is thrilled to announce our 9th consecutive win as Best Home Organizer in the prestigious Pacific Sun poll. Thank you to our amazing team for making this possible!

Only 4.2% of all woman-owned firms earn revenues of
$1 million or more.  Special thanks to our fantastic
clients for your support throughout all these years.
We are bigger and better because of you!

 

Changing Places is a team of professional organizers orchestrating seamless moves whether simple or complicated. Our expert team of designers, architects and organizers implement personalized systems to help you run your home or office more efficiently – and most importantly,  keep it that way.

What we do:

  • Manage and coordinate every aspect of your move process
  • Skillfully organize any room in the house including offices, closets, attics, garages or basement areas
  • Create at least 25% more storage in even the smallest rooms
  • Increase your productivity with new office systems including shelving and furniture
  • Eliminate clutter permanently and give you the tools to maintain a stress free and orderly environment
  • Fluff and style, designer finishes, picture hanging, and shelf papering
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you!
Call 415-461-6257 or email info@changing-places.com today.
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Dream Team

Decluttering Transformation

After nine years of living with clutter, this client found us in the Pacific Sun Best of List. We transformed this bachelor pad into a beautiful home in three days! See the proof that we earned our award below.

Project Description:

  • A young single man inherited a house in Corte Madera.
  • Over the years clutter accumulated throughout his home.
  • The rooms in the home were discombobulated with beds in the garage and the dining room in his study.
  • Our team removed 9 years worth of clutter in 3 days.
  • We created a floor plan using his preexisting furniture to create functional rooms which included moving his dining room out of his office.
  • We organized his personal belongings and gave him tools to maintain order.

Before                                                                             After

Before                                                                            After