Willoughby woman helps clear the clutter professionally
The Willoughby resident and 1979 graduate of Riverside High School in Painesville Township noted that a job she worked at as a teen might have had something to do with her penchant for detailed organizing.
“When I was 1 flip flop 6 I worked at a grocery store in Mentor. Nothing was ticketed. You had to remember more than 400 prices,” she said.
“Divide up a room and work clockwise,” she said. “Otherwise you feel too overwhelmed. Clean as you declutter. You can’t clean without decluttering. You can’t declutter without cleaning.”
Over the years Pike has found that prime areas for clutter are closets, drawers and garages.
She tells clients that “you’re allowed to have one junk drawer in your kitchen, not four.”
Though men are somewhat resistant to her organizational approach when it comes to their manly territory the garage once they see how well her method works, they become fast friends.
“Old blocks of wood that serve no purpose are out,” she said. “Nails go with nails, screws with screws, power tools go in one place.”
Pike’s assistance is sometimes sought by area professionals in both the rea flip flop l estate and mental health fields.
Realtors not only ask Pike to help declutter a house, but also to lend a hand with staging it to make it more marketable.
“I work with what’s in your house,” she said. “I’m not going to tell you to go out and buy new furniture.”
Mental health therapists often send individuals diagnosed with hoarding disorders to Pike.
She described the Wickliffe apartment of such a person as having newspapers, grocery bags and McDonald’s bags lining traffic paths, with mounds of trash built up on either side.
“You couldn’t see 1 clear square inch,” she said. “I felt good every day I left there, but when I came back it was just as dirty. She now had a clean place to put things.”
Her empathy for those affected is clear.
“A gum wrapper is very, very important to them,” she sai flip flop d.
Experience has provided the basis for many helpful organizing tips. For example, she suggests using large red and green contai flip flop ners for storing Christmas decorations, purple for Easter and orange and black for Halloween