Well, between a crazy busy time at work, a parent falling very ill (with some mysterious illness), temporarily relocating to the midwest for the majority of winter, and having to remotely maintain a ramshackle house during Boston's 2nd snowiest winter...my house project pretty much stopped in its tracks for the last 6 months.
But Mom is on the mend, and I've replaced my 1st architect with another architect who only does residental work, focuses on old houses, and is president of the local historical society (in a town loaded with old houses)....so I'm motivated to restart work on the Smelly House!
First stop, re-organize the basement. Due to the issues selling my condo and the immediately following health issues, I had to pack and unpack and repack quite a few things in a short period. Pile on three years of acquiring 'stuff'...and it's not surprising that my basement and upstairs (storage) bedroom were a semi organized mix of half packed boxes and loose crap.
And I needed to get it organized as I desperately needed every inch of storage space in the basement and I needed to reclaim my bedroom for its intended purpose. With that move, I could finally use my dining room as it was meant to be...as a storage space for all my renovation purchases (stove, fridge, woodwork, lighting, etc).
But it was daunting to do it myself....every time I had started this work in the past, I would get overwhelmed within hours. So finally I decided to hire a professional organizer to help me. Debbie at Away it Goes (http://www.awayitgoesbelmont.com) was an absolute godsend. 3 days of working as a team provided incredible results. When it was done, I had 1/3 of my basement storage space back, 2 vans full of stuff I don't need carted off to Goodwill, a boatload of crap to be tossed/recycled, all the stuff stored in my upstairs bedroom moved to the basement...but more importantly, I can now find everything without hunting for 20 minutes. What a relief. I don't think I realized how much a dirty, unorganized house was stressing me out...until it wasn't dirty or unorganized!
And, the majority Debbie's time probably paid for itself in moving and storage fees when I have to vacate my house during renovation. Yay!
And with that, I'm off to finish organizing the bathroom and cleaning my soon-to-be bedroom!
Just a professional gal who loves old houses. Who strives for a balance between city and country living. And who'd like to leverage her new town's bike culture, to get back into gear...both mentally and physically.