… or maybe not.
Thankfully, after 20 years, we’ve finally helped my parents unload a kitchen desk filled with very dated, useless, and overly cluttered items. With the help of Professional Organizer, Annie Kilbride who owns Life simplified out of Havertown, PA, I spent a Friday evening supporting my parents as they began the task of purging my childhood home.
They don’t plan to move in the next handful of years, but the idea of scaling back on their STUFF is so daunting, that Annie’s help was beyond a blessing! If it was just me with them, the neighbors would probably have called 911 due to the excessive yelling. But with Annie’s presence, there was calmness, listening, learning, and improvement.
We chose to spend our 2-hour session in the kitchen, the hub of every home. There’s a desk in the kitchen with fabulous shelving to house cookbooks. Something that my children know very little about thanks to Pinterest and AllRecipes.com, but it’s not a total lost cause. Annie was able to help my parents thin out the shelves down to only 1.5 filled with cookbooks my mom may actually use.
Clearing off the desktop and a drawer or two, plus the mail compartments on the shelving unit, they collected 3 trash bags worth of donations, 1 brown grocery bag for recycles and 2 boxes worth of library donations. During our session, Annie and my parents were able to thin out the pile of papers on the counter as well as a wonderfully large kitchen cabinet. Donating a 1970’s juicer, original Tupperware Popsicle molds, and a gazillion travel drink cups, there was room to move the slow cooker and griddle off the counter and tucked away in an easily accessible cabinet.
The main lesson my parents needed to realize, was that they should not wait until they want to put their house on the market. Living in this home for 30+ years, raising their family there, this farewell will not be easy- in both the physical and emotional sense. So starting the purge now while there isn’t an emotional strain on the task, is sensible and wise. My sister and i plan to buy our parents a gift certificate to hire Annie for another session, or 5. The support was phenomenal and healthy.
Another thing my mom learned, was for each new article of clothes that enters, two need to leave. And she gave my mom a great idea for how to better store her purses in her closet. Thanks to Bed Bath and Beyond, the new separator is working out terrifically!
More about Annie and her “resume”:
Annie is a member of NAPO. (National Association of Professional Organizers)
She serves Delaware county and the Main Line.
Brace yourself, this next part may be my dream!!! She helps busy mamas, or anyone, get organized in any space of the home, or piles. She will also do toy labeling, seasonal clothes change over, end of the school year paperwork organization.
Annie also works with professionals working from home.
She helps people downsize and pack for a move.
Annie does public speaking for any group. She just finished teaching a seminar at DCCC on how to save and be organized during the Elder Week Program.
Annie super power? She is great at helping people develop simple systems to prevent clutter. (OK, I just made that up, she probably has lots of super powers, but to me, preventing clutter is amazing!)
Disclaimer: In exchange for this HONEST review, Annie donated 2 hours of her time to help my parents get started with their long task of de-cluttering and organizing.