MY 6 STEPS TO dMUDDLING
1. Consult with potential client. What are their objectives? How do they live? What do they want to have achieved by dMuddling? EXAMPLE: client (Liz) has a basement that has been the “catch all” for over 20 years. She would like to reclaim the space and be able to find items easily.
2. Review timeline. Review what dMuddle is going to do. Client can be involved as little or as much as they want based on the comfort level. Liz decides to trust my judgment and takes a hands-off approach.
3. My job begins. I start by sorting like with like. All tools in one pile, clothes and toys in another, possible throw away items in another pile (to review with client before tossing)…
A few things I am very clear about, understanding what’s sentimental to the client, what might they pass along of value to family, and discuss in depth why they might opt to hold on to various items if they are not being used or enjoyed. Letting go can be challenging and I’m always interested in exploring this with clients.
4. Once it’s established what’s what, we purge, send to a charitable foundation, box for family members, and remove all unwanted items from the space.
5. The final portion of the job is putting items in an easily accessible, orderly fashion, then reworking the layout of the room so it has a nice flow (moving shelves and other furniture, drawing from existing elements in home).
6. Touch base with client and talk/walk them through their new space, explaining what is where, why, and some tricks to maintain this new found order.