Sustainable Home and Office Organization
Start Here Organizing by Julia Schroeder offers home and office organization services that are custom built to work for you. I work with individuals, families, and businesses throughout greater Seattle. Working with you or on my own, I swiftly organize small apartments, large homes, and offices of all sizes; one room at a time or whole operations as a single project.
Anyone can come in, clean up a room, and leave; the people who live and work in these spaces need to actually live and work without stress or creating a new mess. I get to know my clients and truly understand the way they move through their days. After the organization and “big reveal”, I provide efficiency tools that are easy to learn, implement, and remember.
My proven methods are sustainable in other ways too—I strive to recycle, resell, and repurpose as much of your departing items as possible. I don’t judge; everything we do together is private, confidential, and compassionate. Letting go can be challenging, so we’ll move at your pace to reimagine your space.
As a longtime follower of Marie Kondo, the international tidying expert and best-selling author. I teach you how to organize and tidy your space by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, miscellaneous items and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. If you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. This transforms a cluttered home into a space of serenity and inspiration.
Start Fresh or Start Over
If you’ve just bought or rented a new home, or signed the lease on a new office, Start Here Organizing can help you start off on the right foot. I design residential living spaces and commercial work spaces to have everything you need, within reach when you need it.
Imagine a home that’s clean, open, relaxing, and welcoming; you can enter and move about without stepping over stuff; you can welcome guests without apologizing for the mess; you know where everything is because you put it there with ease. An organized home shouldn’t feel like work to maintain. It shouldn’t feel like you’re living in someone else’s space. Your organized home should feel as natural to inhabit as your favorite clothes.
No two companies are alike, so no two offices should be alike. I work to capture the spirit of your brand and employees to create clean and efficient spaces that work for one and all. My system includes ways to effectively manage paperwork—junk moves swiftly to recycle while critical documents are readily available to be worked on, forwarded, or filed on time. As documents move into file cabinets, we prevent overstuffing with a process that removes items (for destruction or storage) that no longer need to be kept close. Beyond paperwork, I’ll work to ensure office supplies are close at hand, cables are organized and neat, and systems are in place to best manage workflow.
Ready, Set, Go!
Closets—Donate underused clothing, make the most of existing space for clothes, shoes and accessories
Kitchen—Design cooking and prep spaces where pots, pans, utensils and spices are organized and within reach
Pantry—Divide into zones; rotate older items forward to avoid expiration
Living room—Create a welcoming area to relax, unwind, and entertain
Dining room—Make the most of one of the most underused rooms in the home
Bedrooms—Dream up a clean, calming, and clutter free sanctuary
Bathrooms—Organize a space that’s safe, efficient, and a joy to be in
Home Office—Work professionally, efficiently and happily in the comfort of home
Garage—Never again choose between storing you stuff and parking your car
Wine Cellars and Other Collections—Enjoy a customized maintenance, storage, and access system
Pre-move—Don’t take your clutter with you! Know where everything is, what’s on the truck, and what will stay with you until the truck arrives
Post-move—Set up your new home for success right out of the box
Storage unit—Find what you need with ease, or eliminate the need for it altogether
Executive Offices—Look like a boss, work like a boss, in an efficient and organized office
Common Areas—Reduce redundancy, shortages and outages of office supplies, office machines, and other essential workflow elements
Co-Working Spaces—From cubicles to open tables, ensure employees and contractors can work efficiently and collaborate with ease
Empty Nesters and Retirees—Steadily and gently downsize for relocation