Why decluttering works: Before and after images

A professional organizer shows before and after images of a decluttered home

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Want to know how a professional organizer works? Check out these before and after photos of one Toronto home.

(Rosalind Tantalo/Fresh Start Solutions 2014)

(Rosalind Tantalo/Simply Home Inc. 2014)

(Rosalind Tantalo/Fresh Start Solutions 2014)

(Rosalind Tantalo/Simply Home Inc. 2014)

 

(Rosalind Tantalo/Fresh Start Solutions)

(Rosalind Tantalo/Simply Home Inc.)

(Rosalind Tantal/Fresh Start Solutions 2014)

(Rosalind Tantal/Simply Home Inc. 2014)

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4 comments on “Why decluttering works: Before and after images

  1. Well, that’s a little disingenuous (particularly without an explanation)! Did they sell all that stuff to buy all new furniture?? Is that what is being suggested in the photos?

    Photo group 1: Different couches (?), new curtains, different kitchen table, new side table, new ottoman, new tree.
    Photo group 2: New couch, new coffee table, new side table, new art

    That’s not really “decluttering” and “organizing” is it? It’s throwing everything out and buying new stuff!

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    • Jennifer:
      Good point. In my FB page post I did explain that the furniture was not bought but already owned by the home owner (that’s typically how this professional organizer works). It looks different because very often a home owner will have new (or new-to-them) furniture stored in another room and they are unable to use the new(er) pieces because they need help decluttering. I can’t tell you how many pictures I’ve seen where ALL the art and furniture are completely different AND found in other rooms of the house by the professional organizer. Part of the organizer’s job is to go through the entire house to make recommendations on organizing and use. It’s one way an organizer can save you money: while a professional home stager will bring a new cleaner, more contemporary design to your rooms an organizer will work with the furniture and art you currently own to create a new, more organized and more appealing space. That doesn’t mean an organizer won’t suggest new purchases, but they will certainly limit the purchases based on the budget.

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      • Thanks for the clarification! That makes much more sense. It wasn’t clear to me (from this post alone) that the furniture was found in other parts of the house.

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  2. Great question Jennifer and Romana answered it precisely…we generally try to work with a client’s existing furnishings, shuffling them around to create a new look. In some cases we suggest and then purchase some new items for a client such as plants, cushions or a mirror but in most cases the items are already there, either hidden underneath “stuff” or in another room. In the top photo though, the dining room set was actually donated to this client from another client who happen to be downsizing. Gotta love that! :)

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