By Cris Carl, Hometalk
Kitchen clutter can be a simple accumulation over time in a busy life, a down-sizing move, or acquiring an inheritance of goods. Judy Wolfson, of The Clutter Clearinghouse, in Whatley, MA has a system she has devised to help her clients whittle and refine their kitchen design.
Wolfson’s system stands for:
S – Sort
P – Prioritize
A – Assign
C – “Container-ize”
E – Equalize or maintain the space over time.
“The first thing I do when working with a client is to do a clutter assessment. I talk to them about what about their kitchen makes them happy or unhappy. I ask about their vision and their goals. The first question though is, ‘How did the kitchen come to be the way it is?’”
Wolfson said she then works with her clients to figure out what they want to keep and what they want to discard or sell. “Once we have a manageable space we can start to take into account age, disability, if they are short or tall, for example,” she said. Wolfson said that each kitchen and situation is unique and that when she works with someone the project might last from 10 hours to a year. “It just depends on the amount of clutter we have to work with.”
What’s next once the clutter is managed?
“The main set-up is assigning all items a place and finding suitable containers,” said Wolfson. It is rare that she runs into a situation where there isn’t enough cabinet or shelving space, so that isn’t usually an issue.