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How reSPACEd tackles a kitchen unpacking job

by respaced on October 12, 2017

Kitchens are one of the trickiest rooms to unpack because there’s just. SO. MUCH. STUFF that lives in the kitchen. Add in all the “pre-determined storage space” (aka drawers, cabinets and shelves that you didn’t get to pick out yourself), and it adds up to a complicated project to unpack. Fortunately, the professional organizers at reSPACEd have unpacked, organized and set up hundreds of kitchens since 2008, so we know all the tricks for making it go faster.

For example, we always place the drinking glasses and plates/bowls in the cupboards closest to the sink. This is so you can easily fill a glass with a drink of water and grab a plate for your sandwich while you’re at it.

We LOVE to group like-with-like and line everything up in perfect little rows (pictured above). If you have a family with a lot of kids, it probably won’t stay this way for long. But most homeowners like to experience that “I just stepped into a magazine feeling!” right after they move in, so that’s why we make the extra effort to create that vision for them.

Oils and vinegars always live right by the stove so they can easily be added to sauces while cooking (pictured above). Also, we ask the homeowners which appliances they use the most, so we know what which ones to leave out on the counter. We even take the time to turn all the labels on the food the same direction. It’s all about creating that “wow” factor for homeowners when they move in!
Drawers can be tricky to set up because it feels like there’s always more utensils than drawer space! But we do our best, making sure to group baking utensils together, cocktail utensils together, etc. We typically use the drawer nearest the sink for the silverware drawer, and the drawer right beside or below that for kitchen towels.

And finally, we place pots and pans in the biggest (read: deepest) cabinet to accommodate all of their handles and various heights. This homeowner didn’t have too many pots and pans, so we were also able to fit in her collection of leftover containers, stacked by height on the right (pictured below).

Kitchens take anywhere from 5-10 hours to set up, depending on the size and whether there is separate pantry we have to set up as well. Regardless of the size of your home, reSPACEd organizers are happy to pitch in and get you all unpacked and squared away in your new home!

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Do you know what is often the hardest part of getting organized? Getting started!

So often, we look at the room that needs decluttering and a feeling of dread and exhaustion overtakes us before we even pick up the first object. We think, “There’s no way I could go through every single thing in this space! It would take forever!” Inertia sets in and we walk away from our cluttered room for the umpteenth time without taking a single step toward our organizing goal.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Oftentimes, we let our feelings at the START of our organizing project determine whether we will begin that project or not. These feelings are usually of dread. We completely ignore the feelings we will have at the END of our project, which are typically feelings of joy, pride, satisfaction and relief.

Here’s a secret: If we can simply put aside those feelings of dread at the beginning of our project and just start working on our room, those feelings will disappear within 10 minutes. I have seen it happen over and over again with my organizing clients: People with cold feet at the start of the organizing session will start to see that the project is much more manageable than they thought it would be as they see there is most definitely a light at the end of the tunnel.

So my advice to you is to IGNORE that little voice in your head that tells you getting organized will take too long or be too hard. Whether you are working with one of reSPACEd’s home organizers or going it along, recognize that those feelings of dread are not accurate when they try to predict what the project will truly be like. Just dig in and watch as your feelings of determination and excitement grow with every inch of floor space you clear.

You can do this!

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The 6 things people tend to forget to do when moving

by respaced on September 28, 2017

Moving is so stressful! Our Organized Unpacking services aim to take the stress out of the move-in process by having a team of pro organizers unpack and set up your house for you. Over the years, we have seen people consistently forget to do a few key things when they move. Learn from their mistakes and make Moving Day a bit easier on yourself:

1. People forget to pack the kitchen things they will want the first morning separately from the kitchen things that are less essential. So the turkey roasting pan and Christmas dishtowels are easily found, but no one can find the coffee maker or paper towels!

2. People forget that new homes don’t come with curtains. Instead they are tortured with a sunrise wake-up call right after they stayed up all night trying to find the coffee maker. We usually find that clipping hanging towels or sheets to a binder clip and hanging them off 3M Command Hooks makes for functional curtains until you have time to buy real curtains.

3. People who move with a pet also forget to have the dog food/leash or cat food/litter box packed in a clearly labeled box. Those are things you will want handy the moment you move in. And boy, your pet will sure thank you for finding their things!

4. People forget to have trash and recycling services set up at their new house before they move, and end up not having any place to throw away packing boxes and bubble wrap for a few days.

5. People forget to unpack their kitchen utensil boxes with gloves on. The risk here is that kitchen knives and sharp utensils can shift in the box during a move, and if you reach in without taking precautions, you can stab or cut yourself accidentally. Be mindful of other sharp items that can shift in a box during a move. (Quick story: The worst injury I ever got on a job was during an unpack job. I reached into the big box labeled “Kitchen” without gloves and sliced my finger pretty badly on the Saran Wrap box blade. Now I always wear gloves when setting up kitchens!)

6. People forget to call the unpacking service to schedule day-after-move unpacking services before they leave. Summer, fall and late spring are busy times for a move, so be sure to schedule us about a month beforehand!

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The secret to organizing Gladware leftover containers

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I recently did a home organizing job out in Hillsboro. The client wanted me to reorganize the kitchen, specifically: The Gladware! Some call it Tupperware, some call it leftover containers. But we all have those little plastic tubs with the myriad lids, and for most of us, they are stashed in a jumbled drawer somewhere. […]

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Keep your open shelves from getting cluttered with these 5 tips

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Paper/plastic bag storage solutions for the kitchen

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While doing a kitchen organizing job out in Beaverton last week, I got asked about storing bags, particularly the bags that come home from stores like paper bags and plastic bags. I get asked about this a lot actually, so here’s a picture of how I store them in my house: Yep, that’s my 1990s […]

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