So Squared Away

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do I start?

A free consultation is the first step. We'll discuss your goals for the project and a plan to get there. After that, you just follow the plan!

2. Looking at your "Before and After" pictures ... where does all the stuff go??

Surprisingly, the spaces are cleared by putting things where they belong and getting rid of things that are no longer wanted or needed. Once you start the process of going through your things, you'll find that plenty of trash and recycling is generated! The majority of the trash is typically things that were kept because were needed once, but are now obsolete. Recycling is typically old paperwork (and shredded personal papers), magazines, and empty boxes. Many bags are typically donated: housewares, clothing, books, etc. Items that belong elsewhere in the house are returned to their places. The rest of the items that have sentimental value ("archives") are boxed and stored in attic or basement spaces. Items that are staying in the space are organized within the room.

3. Do I need to buy anything before I start?

It's not necessary to invest in expensive storage items to get organized. Occasionally the homeowner has a plan for purchasing new items, such as bookcases or a closet system, and we can certainly work with that, but it isn't essential. Typically it's useful to have sturdy plastic storage boxes with lids available. They stack well and stand up to temperature changes better than cardboard boxes over time. During the initial consultation we can estimate what you may need for storage. Often you'll find that you have extra boxes/plastic bins once you start organizing what you have.

4. Will you make me throw out all of my stuff?

Absolutely not! The idea isn't to throw out what you have, it's to keep it where it belongs. Yes, you will end up throwing out things that YOU decide you no longer want, but there is no right or wrong answer as to what is kept. If something brings you joy, you should keep it. That doesn't mean you necessarily need to give it prime "real estate" in your home. The key is to figure out the difference between keeping something intentionally and keeping things you really don't want or need. We can help you figure it all out.



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