Spring is officially here! Which means spring cleaning! And if you’re Jewish, that phrase has a whole different meaning … Spring Cleaning = Passover Cleaning, yes?
Does the thought of cleaning for Pesach (Passover) make you break in hives because every nook and cranny of your house is stuffed with… well, stuff? You don’t even know what the stuff is, or how it got there, right? You wonder, “how in the world am I ever going to clean for chametz, when there is so much stuff everywhere?” And chametz aside, did you ever wish you could start over with less, or have someone come organize your things? Well, keep reading, because this might be your lucky day!
I know, I know, Purim is still a few days away and I’m talking about Pesach (Passover)!? You’ll be thanking me very soon, my friends. Let me show you how much I love you. Today, I’m telling you about my latest and favorite discovery, especially for this time of year: Amy from Eco Modern Concierge.
I met Amy a few weeks ago at a networking event and immediately thought that we might all need her services, especially when it comes to getting ourselves organized for Passover. So, I reached out to Amy with the idea of working together on a Pre-Passover post. I had to try Amy’s services, because you know I wouldn’t present you with something that I wouldn’t trust myself.
I’ve been working on re-decorating my good friend’s house, starting with the Living Room and doing other areas down the road. So, when Amy told me she would be available to help my friend declutter and organize her
chaos laundry room, I said, “let’s do it!” My friend and her husband were thrilled to try Eco Modern Concierge.
Here are some before pictures, and of the process. It was pretty crazy. In a really good way.
Stuff kept coming out of those cabinets… more and more stuff… stuff that my friend didn’t even know she had, or where it came from. (And let me tell you she and her husband are pretty organized people!) (I always wonder, for myself, at least… where does all the stuff creep in from!?)
Amy arrived, took a look at the space and got right to work. She took EVERYTHING out, and cleaned all the cabinets. After determining what needed to stay in this space, and what should go elsewhere (Goodwill, garage, kitchen etc.), she rearranged everything in a way that makes sense for my client’s lifestyle and for the space.
I loved that her approach was, let’s try to reuse what we have. If she found a box that was sitting there doing nothing, and I offered to garbage it, she would say, “Wait, this might come in handy to store things.”
Amy says, “There’s no need to go spend hundreds in fancy containers. You can often use what you have to store random things that clutter up.” Now, my friend’s batteries and light bulbs are neatly stored and labeled.
Yeah, Amy even labeled everything and she had choices of labels for my friend to choose from.
It took Amy two hours, just like she had estimated. And here’s what the space looks like now. Streamlined and Functional! My friend can now find the things that she needs with ease, and do her laundry there without dreading being attacked by stuff! What is meant to be a totally functional room, actually became functional!
Amy offered to give us some tips on organizing your Laundry Room, as that’s what she did here, and it is typically one of those neglected areas of the house, where the clutter accumulates. I think you can apply these general concepts to anywhere in your house. Here’s what Amy suggests:
- Take everything out. Remove everything out of the cabinets and off the shelves.
- Get rid of what doesn’t belong in the laundry room. If something goes somewhere else put it in it’s proper place, donate, trash, etc.
- Sort like items together. Put laundry items together, lightbulbs, pesticides, etc. Sorting like with like makes it easy for you to locate certain items.
- Put items you use most often on the bottom shelf. You want items to be easily accessible, so most used should be placed on the bottom shelf. In this project obviously the laundry detergent, fabric softener, etc are used most often along with plates, cups, napkins etc. Overstock items and items that aren’t used often were placed towards the top.
- Label the shelves. This helps others in the household know where things go.
- Keep it organized. Being diligent about putting items where they go is key to staying organized. Once a week, take some time to straighten up the laundry room and put things where they go. Declutter and relocate any items that don’t belong in the laundry room.
Those of you who know me, know that I’m a bit neurotic when it comes to clutter and I can tell you, Amy at Eco Consierge is good… she is so so good! But, you know what’s even better, she’s a doll to work with, sweet, fast, non-judgmental (she will have way more patience with you, and your clutter than I would!). And yes, she’ll get you all organized and inspired to stay that way!
Oh, and just as an added bonus, this small, two hour laundry clean up has brought immense Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home) to my friend, whose husband has decided that they need Eco Modern Concierge to come do the entire house! #dream
So, if you’re dreaming of someone to get your home and/or your life organized (Yes, Amy will run all your errands too!), Eco Modern Concierge is offering JLP readers a 20% discount on all bookings for the next two weeks. That is such a good deal!
Ladies, Passover is a month and a week away. Do yourself a favor, and book Amy to help you declutter your home, so that your Passover cleaning can actually be what it’s meant to be – cleaning for Chametz! Call Eco Modern Concierge and book your appointment now. (Be sure to mention you’re a JLP reader.) Check out the range of Eco Modern Concierge services here and follow Amy on her blog, FB, and IG to be in the loop on the latest tips and gadgets on how to keep ourselves organized and sane. ;-)
Don’t forget, that this generous offer expires April 4, 2016 – just in time to focus on what you really need to do for Pesach: clean & check for chametz, plan your menu, and your guest list! Imagine, that by the time April rolls around, your attention could be there, while your friends and neighbors are still drowning in their stuff…yikes! Sounds good, right!? I told you, you would thank me. ;-)
Happy Pre-Pesach Cleaning & Happy Purim!
Thank you to Eco Modern Concierge for partnering with me to do this post.
Do you have a space or a few spaces in your home (or your life) that need a little more order? Or are you super organized? Do share. ;-)
Pictures by Elisheva Golani Photography