BEFORE + AFTER PHOTOS
I know what you’re thinking. Minimalist living looks all fine and dandy in the photos, but what does it look like in REAL LIFE, Amy?
View a gallery of before-and-after photos of the living spaces I've transformed for my clients, below, categorized by room. Feel inspired? Get in touch, and I'll provide you with the hands-on support you need to de-clutter and organize a space, room or whole house of your own!
This small basement storage area, barricaded by furniture, home appliances and athletic equipment, served mostly as a resting place for things the homeowner didn’t know what to do with.
To cull the clutter, the broken vacuum was recycled, the forgotten bench donated and the bicycle relocated to the garage where it was much more likely to be taken out and used – creating some much-needed floor space. The newly freed-up shelves were cleared by thoughtfully selecting items that were actually used and loved, allowing for some room to spread a little. Holiday decorations, books and family photo albums were stored and organized together in existing boxes for easy reach.
Haphazard layers of shoes, clothing and assorted bags crowded every corner of this overstuffed bedroom closet, making a cohesive outfit difficult to find.
Without purchasing any new closet storage, the shelf and floor space in this bedroom closet was freed up by whittling down unused items—unflattering clothing, unused bags and ill-fitting shoes—to a consignment shop. By focusing on essentials, quality pieces, and personal favorites, this streamlined wardrobe makes it much easier to get dressed every day!
Narrow, cluttered and overflowing, this linen closet barely leaves an inch of space to shove any more items. (Just how many blankets does a household in Charleston need anyway?)
After donating much of linen closet’s bulkiness and relocating the beach towels to a summer-specific closet, the shelves in this linen closet are put to better use, making it easier to grab frequently used bath towels, bed sheets and cleaning cloths.
Intended to double as a storehouse and functional garage, over the years this space also became a catchall area for unused sports equipment, outdated baby furniture, empty boxes, malfunctioning power cords and just about everything else.
With the overflow of stuff finally corralled by a massive purge, every item in this organized garage has a tidy home of its own!
Between the random shoes and accessories, prolific awards and photos in disarray, this overloaded office space looks more like a storm front than a productive workspace.
With items now neatly stowed and organized in the drawers below, the shelves are freed up for their intended purpose: displaying the most treasured photos and achievements. Purging assorted papers and unused accessories from the bulking baskets and plastic bins eliminates the exposure of clutter and makes for a more airy space focused on productivity.
Instead of providing room to actually work, this office’s multi-functional desk serves as a clutter magnet. Random photos and papers messily taped to the wall have no sense of order or purpose.
By streamlining the jumble of papers and photos taped on the walls, now neatly arranged in photo albums, bins and cabinets, this office reclaims the walls for a calming and clutter-free space. Unused accessories were donated and non-office related items relocated to create a more focused area to encourage creativity.