After recently playing musical rooms with the inhabitants of her house, Susan Ford has an organizational dilemma.
“We are getting ready to do the closets,” said Ford, who was looking for organizing tips when she took part in a recent free seminar presented by members of Professional Organizers of Augusta at Carpenters in the Home.
Marin Rose, of Functional, Fashionable and Leslie Tansey, of All About Organizing, offered tips on organizing pantries and closets during the two-hour workshop.
Rose tackled pantry problems, giving space-saving pointers such as removing individually wrapped items such as granola bars, hot cocoa and oatmeal packets from their boxes and storing them into clear plastic bags.
She suggested placing a rack on the back of the pantry door for spices, which are often small and can get lost in a large space.
Items that aren’t used as often should be placed on the top shelf of the pantry, while heavy items such as bottled water should go toward the bottom. It’s also important to take stock of the items people use.
“Make a list of what you use most often. List the 10 to 12 items you eat all the time. You need a clear idea of what the top staples are,” she said.
Put the grocery list on the pantry door, and stick to the list when shopping. She doesn’t suggest buying in bulk because that leads to spending more money and having to find more space to store the many items purchased.
While the seminar was designed to be informational, the two women hoped it would shed light on their businesses and the need they fulfill.
Tansey said that professional organizing services aren’t as well-known in the Augusta area as they are in other parts of the country. Her job is to go into businesses or homes to help with clutter. Residential customers could be those who have remodeled or are remodeling and find they need help in getting rid of items or arranging what they do have.
She said she’s met with clients who’ve told her they’ve had a neighbor or friend try to help, but it didn’t work.
“This takes the emotion out of it. We work together for the success of the client, and people feel so much better about their space,” she said.
Rose and Tansey are working on another awareness project this month by holding a messiest closet contest.
Take a photo of your messy closet and explain why you need the service in 200 words or less and email it with your name, address and phone number to POA_Augusta@yahoo.com before Thursday, Jan. 31. A winner will be announced on Friday and will receive up to six hours of hands-on organizing.
For more information, call (706) 513-8912.