Challenge: A senior couple wanted to age in place and renovate their 2900 square foot ranch home sitting on 12 acres with barn and horse stables. They’ve lived in their home for over 40 years and had accumulated years of lifetime possessions. Their two adult children, like most millennials today were not attached to anything in their parents’ home. The interior designer and contractor had been engaged but everything in the home needed to be removed before work could commence. While the work was being performed the couple would be living at their ranch 60 miles west of Austin and taking two extended vacations overseas.
Solution: Designs By JujuBz was contracted to:
Sort and Declutter
Install Organizing Solutions
Move Back In, Unpack and Organize
Tasks: Julie began working with the client by going room by room tagging items to keep, give away, sell, donate, recycle or trash. They started decluttering the kitchen of duplicate utensils, tools and gadgets and composting old spices.
Once the sorting and tagging of all household items was complete the client was off to an out-of-country vacation. They would not return until their dream home reveal day several weeks later. While Julie led the sorting process, other team members started clearing the home, attic, and 400 square foot barn storage, complete with rat carcasses, which yielded more than 20 cubic yards of trash destined for recycling, hazardous waste, and landfill. What wasn’t taken to Austin Resource Recovery for proper disposal, was picked up by our debris hauling partner and taken to the landfill. Because of the nature of the project, most furniture, artwork and furnishings would not be kept by our clients. As such Team JujuBz was enlisted to host a garage sale and post items to online marketplaces.
40 years of accumulation removed - believe it or not it was a hit at the liquidation sale!
Barn storage area rat free!
Trash items that could not be recycled being picked up by one of our reputable service providers.
Now cleared of clutter and furnishings which our clients weren’t keeping, the packing process commenced. A few days later we had 118 boxes and furnishings which were moved to a nearby climate-controlled storage unit. With the help of our moving partner, we completed the entire move to storage on a cold rainy Saturday. The house was now completely empty and ready for the interior designer and contractor to take ownership of the project over the next 75 days.
While the construction phase was taking place, Team JujuBz was busy designing and purchasing organizing solutions for the kitchen, office and utility room while measuring all the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen, office and three bathrooms. Once given the go-ahead by the construction team, we took the home back over to begin installation of all the organizers and drawer liners for our clients whom would be returning in two weeks.
Kitchen gadgets, pans and lids equally well aligned
Stemware holders looking good!
Chrome shelving pullouts provided super visibility to baking & serving dishes located in high and deep cabinets
Even the junk drawer needs some luv'n
Our client was a petite woman and loved the pull-down spice rack
In addition to decluttering we had 2 goals for the laundry room; 1) get everything off the floor and 2) figure out a way to store over 50 gift bags. Mission accomplished!
Finally, it was move back in day! Team JujuBz and our moving partner emptied the storage unit and relocated everything back to the home on a beautiful Sunday morning. Early Monday morning, Team JujuBz started unpacking, installing shelf liner and organizing over the next four days with the goal of exceeding our client's expectations.
It's a Wrap: Truly a turn-key project, our clients finally returned to their home after a long overseas vacation without lifting a finger. They were more than pleased how everything turned out and during our debrief with them a few days later, they said that there wasn’t anything they’d change. Mission accomplished!