We at Changing Places have run out of adjectives to describe life in the “new COVID-19 era”–different, challenging and uncertain are a few. Adding a layer of stress to our lives here in Northern California? The wildfires that are still raging in several counties, threatening homes and life and sanity. Oh, and school just started for many of our kids.
We know this much is true: Your home should be your haven.It should be a place where you find refuge, calm, peace and comfort. The dynamic and stressful world outside should stay outside.
The Optimal Kid’s Workspace
For most American families, the new school year has begun remotely from home, aka “distance learning”. We’ve collected several great tips to optimize the calm and order in your home, while also creating a productive learning space for your kids.
This New York Times article provides awesome tips for setting up a great, productive remote learning space for your kids:
Carve out space for schoolwork based on your child’s age and learning style.
Consider a rolling cart for moving school supplies from room to room on the fly.
A label maker can transform any workspace into one that feels neat and organized.
Hang a large white board in your kids’ work area and, depending on their age, use it to help them chart their various meetings and tasks, or do so for your entire family.
Headphones are not so much an organizational tool as they are a sanity tool. If you’re trying to work while one kid watches Khan Academy and the other enjoys Sesame Street, you’ll be glad for a set of headphones.
Help your kitchen live up to its full potential with the right organization tricks. Our area-specific ideas will get your most essential room in the house organized—and rid yourself of “clutter anxiety” for good.
Tips before you start to sort “Like with like” is the key. As you review items in your kitchen, edit out anything that is:
duplicated too many times
starting to take up space instead of being useful
Shelf lining: This will help preserve the condition of your shelves and drawers from accidental spills and rubbing from metal and/or plastic. This is especially helpful whether you’re a new home owner or renting. Assess current lining; if you’re reusing, clean and reinstall. This is a good time to switch out shelf lining if you don’t love your current product. We recommend lining under sinks throughout home as well as any high “traffic” area (e.g. mudroom cubbies, pantry shelves, laundry room detergent shelves, etc.). No liner is needed for glass shelves.
THE CHANGING PLACES SURVIVAL GUIDE
Now, more than ever, the Changing Places mission to create order, peace of mind, and beauty, rings true. These jarring times bring uncertainty, anxiety and disorder.
We feel passionately that offering the resources we cultivated over the last two weeks is a gift we can give you: our clients, partners and friends.
How are you and your loved ones doing? Send us a quick note to let us know what your new “normal” looks like.
We’re all in this together.
Breathe. Connect. Stay positive.
With gratitude, Margaret Walsh, Katie Carr & The Changing Places Team
Changing Places is here for you:
TO CREATE ORDER
Order begins with clarity.
We’ve been amazed how many of us don’t fully understand what COVID-19 is. This enlightening video explains it calmly, clearly and scientifically.
Are you struggling to keep your kids engaged and homeschooling even when their schoolwork is done for the day? Khan Academy is an amazing resource, with its library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and. And even better: it's all free!
You’ve probably heard the thoroughly researched data that moving is one of the most stressful of life events, ahead of divorce or a break up. Finding the best moving company, coordinating packing, and then dealing with a dysfunctional home for weeks after moving day are huge contributors to this stress.
Fortunately we’re here to help get your home organized as fast as possible. If you’re looking for some practical, easy-to-understand tips for stress-free unpacking, take a look at this unpacking article from lifestyle website thespruce.com. Some highlights:
Get the essentials unpacked first, then take your time with the rest of the house.
Plan each room before you unpack too many boxes.
Anticipate future needs. Rather than putting off work—such as lining cabinet shelves or installing closet organizers—do it now, when it is most efficient.
Let each member of the family unpack their own bedroom, as applicable. This allows kids to participate in the event.
Start by studying how you and your family move about your house. Recognize how you utilize each room, and how often you’re there–this will help prioritize your organizing. We’re offering some basic and clever tips for overall home calm:
1. RESIST THE PILE HABIT
Most of us walk into our house with purses, groceries, keys, and more. An intuitive “drop zone” off your main entryway creates a home for essential items. It may include a key rack, an inbox for kids’ artwork or bills, or an attractive container for everyday items.
Bonus: Find space in your entryway for a custom–or makeshift–mudroom area.
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Designers, architects, and stagers on our team
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What Our Clients Are Saying
“Katie and her team at Changing Places are true miracle workers. They not only have the process of organizing, clearing, packing, moving, storing, and unpacking your home down to a science, they do it all with such acumen, that their clients feel completely confident and at ease.”
– Steven Mavromihalis, Compass Real Estate
Contact us to learn more about or organization services:
Donated tons of household items to various charities
Diverted tons of items from going to landfill
Worked with hundreds of clients who hired us more than once
Brought order and peace of mind to almost 1,500 homes around the world
Margaret and her team graciously thank their clients, crew, realtors, vendors, friends & all those who have supported Changing Places’ incredible journey since 1993. As Margaret says, what we do is create miracles every day.
We are proud and honored to announce our award as BEST HOME ORGANIZER 2018!!
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!
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.
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.