I don't just want you to be organized, I want you to live your best life.
We can't control a lot in this crazy world but we can control that little bit of space we call home.
Your home should have all the tools you need to face the day. Cooking healthy meals, entertaining friends and family, even cozying up with a good book - all require organization.
It's hard to relax in a cluttered space.
Are you overwhelmed and just do not know where to start? Are you moving, downsizing, settling an estate, or just sick of the disorder in your home and want a fresh start? Professional Organizing services are for you!
Organizing sessions with Katherine will assist you clear out a lifetime of clutter, transition from one home to another, start a new phase in your life, or just get dressed in the morning 😉.
Nearing on 20 years in the home organizing industry I have seen so many trends impact how we examine the stuff in our lives. I remember when Peter Walsh made his debut on Clean Sweep in 2003, the TV show that brought in a team of people to empty your house and start fresh. After the 2008 recession, minimalism was embraced by many. What if we just had less? Would that offer homelife zen?
I cringed through a few episodes of those hoarding shows along with everyone else. These docuseries left many of my clients asking: "Is this going to get worse if I don't clear out soon?" and "Am I a Hoarder?" Thankfully, the DSM-5, published in 2013 gave us a clear definition of this illness so folks can find proper emotional support.
Now we have the KonMari Method™, an organizing method created by Japanese Organizing Consultant, Marie Kondo. The KonMari Method™ is a mindful approach to examining the things in our home and organizing only those things which spark joy.
I've followed the trends. I've seen the struggle with stuff that overwhelms and shames so many. I truly believe the best way to live a tidy life, free from clutter, is to take time and examine your things in an honest, methodical way. Release yourself from the past. Be hopeful and intentional about the future. Live with what you love.
Let me show you how.
The cost of organizing your home will vary greatly based on the amount of accumulation and and your willingness to work on projects between sessions. Organizing services are an investment in your quality of life. Some clients just need a consultation for ideas and a plan of action ($199). Others book 3 to 5 sessions to tackle problem areas (a $600 - $1200 investment). You may wish to spread your sessions out over the year, meeting with your organizer once or twice a month for several months, partnering on a whole home makeover (<$500/month). Together we will work out a budget that meets your custom needs.
Space Matters promotes sustainability and makes every attempt to keep items out of landfills. We will help you research and locate new homes for all your unwanted belongings including recycling best practices. Small drop-offs are free to Goodwill. Goodwill recycles fabrics and electronics that may not be suitable for sale by other charity shops. Hauling services can be arranged for larger items via Junk Shuttle, an awesome locally owned hauling service. For on-site paper shredding, Gone 4 Good shredding services can be scheduled. Let us help you connect with your local food bank, animal humane society, charity thrift, recycler, and provider of shelter services. We encourage donating versus selling of common household items such as books, clothing, and kitchen items, as finding a buyer for your unwanted things can be stressful and time consuming. However, we can help you find selling partners for more valuable items such as consignment shops, jewelers, and auction houses. We can also assist with postings to Facebook Marketplace.
In-home services can be booked for Richmond, Virginia and the surrounding counties including Caroline County and King William. We are happy to work with you virtually by phone or video chat. For virtual services please submit photos and a brief background to [email protected] Together we will identify habit change, set priorities, clear blockages, and research local services. Weekly or Bi-monthly coaching calls will keep you motivated and inspired.
I would love to chat with you by phone and hear about your unique situation. I take pride in creating a custom plan for all your home organizing needs. I also believe that trust and respect are mutual qualities for a productive working relationship. During our chat we can identify if Space Matters is a good fit for your budget and goals. Click here to book your no obligation free initial phone consultation or text me a good time during the week for us to connect at (804) 677-2879.
My vision for you is an orderly home and a lifetime free from the overwhelm of clutter. Many organizing businesses offer a quick fix for a closet, kitchen, or living area. Unfortunately, these spaces will often return to a state of chaos shortly after your organizer leaves. You may experience feelings of shame and guilt. What did I pay for? And will I constantly need organizing services?
Working with Space Matters you will learn mindful organizing practices, a technique used to tackle clutter at the source. I'll teach you the root causes of disorganization - shame, guilt, fear, and postponed decisions - in a gentle but firm way. Clients have called these sessions part housekeeping, part therapy. We can cry and laugh together while clearing space for the things that matter most in your life.
Some clients do experience Chronic Disorganization (CD) due to mental or physical limitations. As a Certified Professional Organizer with 15+ years of experience I can help you identify these limitations and find on-going support once your home receives a proper clear out and organizational systems are put in place.
The speed in which the organizing and decluttering process takes place is dependant on two factors: 1.) The volume of accumulated possessions, for example, a 5 bedroom home takes longer to sort out than a studio apartment. 2.) Your willingness to let go of the things that bring you no joy or are no longer useful.
I've worked with clients to clear truckloads of unnecessary stuff in a few hours, as well as patiently worked week after week to sort through paperwork. Once we have a session together and review your goals we can create a schedule and timeline that works for you.
Let me first say, you do not need to clean-up before our sessions together unless dusting, vacuuming, and general cleaning will make you feel more at ease before my visit. During your sessions closets, drawers, and cabinets will be emptied and categorized. Things will be pulled apart before they are put back together, so there is no need to hide things away.
If we are working on clothing it is helpful to have the laundry done or in process during our session so we can sort through your whole wardrobe. Same with kitchen items, washing your dishes before hand will ensure that nothing gets left out of the sorting and decision making process.
I love all pets (except the occasional snake or reptile) and children. But if you feel like your little ones will be a distraction to you, make arrangements for them to be out for our time together. In general it's helpful and more effective to give your full attention to the organizing process. I appreciate guns and other weapons being moved out of the areas we plan to work in. Feel free to move very personal and sensitive items into another space as well - I never open a nightstand drawer without permission.
A typical session lasts 3 hours, and two sessions can be booked in one day. I encourage snack breaks to stay energized. Bookings are available weekdays 9 to 5 and the occasional Saturday. During each session we will be examining your things by category - clothing, books, paperwork, kitchen items, office supplies, sentimental items, etc. After like items are gathered together and sorted, I'll assist you through the decision making process. This is where the magic happens. Making wise decisions about what to keep vastly increases the ease and the longevity of keeping your things organized after our session together. The more things you have, the more things you have to organize and manage.
I will not discard things without your permission, but having a non-judgemental expert by your side greatly reduces the stress and increases the speed in which you confront your things. Once decisions are made, I'll assist with bagging and moving your unwanted things to their new home.
Then the fun begins. I'll help you organize your remaining beloved possessions. We will find the perfect home, make labels, and contain the things you want to keep. We will create joy in every closet, cabinet, and drawer. My hope is that you will feel lighter and more energized after each session.
After each session you will be given notes on assignments you could work on before your next appointment. This may be a simple handwritten note or part of a digital action plan in Trello. Trello is a free task management tool accessible from your tablet, PC, or smartphone and can help track your homework assignments.
Some clients complete organizing projects between appointments, while others work on projects only during our time together until they learn the techniques for maintaining their new space.
I am a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and adhere to the their Code of Ethics. All your information and our conversations are kept private. You can choose to allow before and after photos by initialing the Photo Release portion of the Space Matters Client Agreement form. Photos are helpful to document your progress. Your name or personal information will not be included in any photos used for marketing and training purposes.
I was in desperate need of help to sort, purge and pack a lifetime of memories and accumulated stuff in order to downsize. My struggle with health issues made this an impossible task. Katherine was immediately sensitive to my needs and issues. She has been an integral part in the successful sale of my property.
King William, Va
My family recently moved back to Richmond and needed help making sure our new house is set up properly so it doesn't get completely cluttered as we go. Katherine has been fantastic to work with, and has been great about identifying potential pain points and giving clear instructions. Can't recommend her highly enough.
The amount that we were able to tackle within just a few hours was amazing. I would never have been able to do what she did on my own. Her expertise was impressive and I am so glad I hired her! I can now open my cabinet and breathe a sigh of relief knowing where everything is, not to mention, save money since I am not buying the same things at the store over and over again.