Case Study – Home Office Rescue

Client: Elizabeth Harvey, Portsmouth NH
Problem: Home Office Organization and Clutter Control

aI moved in with my fiancé in August. Since I work out of the home, the plan was to turn the guest bedroom into an office. The challenge was that we still had a small bed in the room and my fiancé still needed to keep his desk for his home office. So, we had 2 desks and one small bed in a 10 x 10 room. The clutter was everywhere. Bills were piling up: his personal bills, my personal bills, my work bills, invoices, and contracts…all mixed in with personal belongings like photo albums, party invitations, and piles of assorted nick knacks.

One day, I dropped my head in my hands in frustration and said, “I can’t work like this. I’m going crazy.” I couldn’t find important documents and the clutter was affecting my ability to focus and concentrate. The clutter was also affecting my business. I was quickly losing track of payments, invoices, and contracts. I was in over my head.

aI remembered reading about Nancy Black on a newsgroup. I checked out her Web site and after seeing her before and after photos decided I needed her 3-hour transformation. I convinced my fiancé that this was in investment in our future. I desperately needed someone to set up a home office organization system for us. I knew my strengths – and organization wasn’t one of them. I worried about how I would juggle home, work, and kids if I didn’t have a system for my important papers and bills. I called and made an appointment.

Nancy arrived sharply at 9:30 am. We spent 3 hours going through bills and papers and boxes. We set up systems for where papers would be filed. Nancy came with all the materials necessary to set up new systems. Label makers, colored file folders, plastic file boxes for active paperwork and a nifty home organization system for inactive, but still important files. She walked me through a process of how paper would come into our home and where it would go, as well as how to keep track of it and find it quickly when I needed it. We set up one system for home and another system for my office. She even set up a system for my fiancé.


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“Nancy’s 20 years of experience was evident. She knew how to take a tornado and turn it into a well functioning, manageable home office. Not only that she was very easy and fun to work with. The transformation was miraculous. The clutter is gone from the room – and from my head. I now walk into my office knowing exactly where everything is.It is clean and very well organized. I even giggle when I file my medical insurance information. “Oh, this goes in this drawer!”

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