housecleaning - general

Ode to My Oreck

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If cleanliness is next to Godliness

But the road to hell is paved with good intentions

Then my path is littered thus so

Discarded scrub brushes

Unlabeled, half-full spray bottles

A Brillo pad, forgotten on the side of a bathtub

 

But you, my loyal electric broom

Triumphant in the utility room

I hear your mighty roar

And my heart doth quiver and soar

You truly, wonderfully, faithfully,

Suck.

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hoarding disorder

Pics of My Clutter Project

Several years ago, I was given the opportunity to help an older couple clear out their 2,400 square foot home in Austin, Texas. This house was constructed in the late 1960’s, and was at the end of a cul-de-sac in a quiet suburban neighborhood.

From the outside, there were no apparent issues with the home.

But every single room in the house, including the garage, was filled with items. Three bedrooms, two baths, a living room, kitchen, kitchen dining area, formal dining area, and den had clutter. Clothes, toys, books, mementos, photo albums, and other household items filled the home, including the hallway (photos edited and adjusted for privacy)

The project took three months. All items were either donated, placed in storage, recycled, or disposed of. Very few items were disposed of – the house was air conditioned and there were no perishable items.

Slowly but surely, I made progress daily. There was some gentle persuasion to let go of most of the items, since the new home was smaller.

Eventually, the project was finished, and a complete remodel began. The couple is now in a less cluttered home.

If you are overwhelmed with clutter, contact me for a free estimate in the Austin area. I’m here to help.