Celebrating 28 years of saving you TIME and MONEY
We understand the overwhelm of a move.
We manage all the details
while you focus on what matters to you.
Shelter is a human right. During COVID,
Changing Places was deemed an essential service.
Here's how we earned it in 2020:
Total Projects: 92
Clients who found order, peace of mind & beauty: 311
Relocation Projects: 50
Lives moved forward: 207
Estate Resolutions: 11
Heirs who found their peace: 127
Finding You Order, Peace of Mind & Beauty
As 2020 draws to a close, the Changing Places team reflects on the year that was. Gratitude is the first word that occurs to us. We’re grateful for our clients, partners, hard-working staff and our collective health.
We’re grateful for the very mission we serve: to create order, peace of mind and beauty. Throughout this difficult year, as we’re spending more time at home, it is so gratifying to help our clients make order out of clutter, simplify and beautify their homes.
In this issue, we offer solutions to some of the nagging items on your “home to-do list” and expert tips to create more space.
Photo: New York Times
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.
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!
- Have you found yourself clearing out your closet/garage/spare room? Read these tips on what to do with your extra stuff while you’re stuck at home.
Spring has sprung! Are you organized?
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.