A Room with a View
This Federalist treasure overlooks the Delaware—and one beautiful garden.
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Getting it Together
A professional organizer can help you put everything in its place—and make it look really, really good.
Does that pile of junk on your end table feel like weight on your back? You’re not alone. Many people find or make too little time to organize their homes. The dilemma makes professional organizers increasingly popular.
Susan Frost, owner of Organize My Life in Greenville, organizes single rooms to entire houses. She removes belongings that are outdated or unnecessary, then puts essential things in the most effective places.
“People come to me and they really need help keeping up with life,” Frost says. “They have work and kids and a social life of their own. It can be a lot, but it can be so much easier if I remove the clutter.”
Elaine Greaves offers a slightly different service through her home-based company in Newark, The Re Arranger: She can show you how to give a room a new look using the stuff you already own. That may require a few new accessories or paint, but the result is a space that reflects your personality and needs—big or small—without costing a bundle.
Greaves says simple changes, like a slipcover and throw pillows or a freshly painted picture frame, can make a big difference.
“A lot of times I get hugs and tears when I’m finished,” she says. “Tears of joy, that is.”
Rebecca Lang, CEO of Clutter Organizers, one of the largest organizing companies on the East Coast, offers a variety of services, from hanging new cabinets and installing shelves to rearranging existing furniture.
But Lang specializes in helping people whose cognitive issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder lead to such things as hoarding behaviors. Her company works with anxiety centers and therapists to help people change their ways. “We call it collaborative therapy,” Lang says.
Clutter is as much a psychological burden as a physical one, Frost says. Therefore, when their space is cleaned and organized, clients feel better emotionally.
“When I leave, it really is the reactions you see on TV,” she says. “People feel like they have a new lease on life.” —Sarah Kenney