Redesign Your Space After Organizing

Redesign

Today I would like to share with you some ideas about redesign.

What do you do after a professional organizer helps you sort, purge, and set up systems of organization? Does organizing help you to see your space in a new light? Does it make you think about decorating or adding accessories, furniture,  or artwork?

Redesign.

Not only does an organized environment save you time, energy, and money, but rather it allows you to have the benefit of a beautifully designed space. Redesign is something some of our clients do after we organize. A redesign is the recycling of items, reuse, or rethinking of your space.

For instance, when your room is organized you can try moving the furniture around or bringing items from another room into that room.  Maybe you could add an area rug to define the space or some more lighting. Most rooms don’t have enough lighting and need at least 3 lamps placed in a triangle pattern around the room.

Focal Point?

Does your room have a focal point?  If not you can create one. Some focal points can be the doors or windows, fireplace, built-in cabinets or shelves, television, unique furniture, large artwork or a grouping of photos, etc. After you create your focal point you will take the largest piece of furniture, for an example-the sofa, and place it in a way that faces the focal point. After you move your sofa you can add all of the other accessories, artwork, rugs, lamps, and furniture.

Symmetry and Asymmetry.

One more thing to keep in mind is symmetry and asymmetry. Symmetrically designed rooms have a more formal feel than asymmetry rooms, which are usually more relaxed and casual.

So, the next time you have your professional organizer over be sure and ask them for some redesign solutions for your newly organized space!

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Basic Organization offers Space Planning and Redesign for clients who want to re-examine their space as a DIY project or after organizing.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

17 Comments

  1. Paul Philips on June 13, 2017 at 11:45 am

    These are some wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Steven Brosius on September 19, 2018 at 4:11 am

    Redesign space after organizing is really a messy task. Thanks for your helpful tips.

    • Janet Schiesl on September 19, 2018 at 6:39 am

      Thanks Steven. Redesigning a space can be a great reward for doing the hard work of organizing your space.

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  4. Seana Turner on March 22, 2021 at 9:43 am

    I think that organizing definitely opens a window to consider design. Often, when I’m with clients, I will make suggestions for betters ways to arrange a room. I’m not so much one for picking wall paper and paint, but I am very focused on flow. It can be eye-opening to see how much better a space can work, and that often leads us to want to “up” the decor factor so we can enjoy it even more!

    • Janet Schiesl on March 23, 2021 at 7:04 am

      I agree Seana. I used to be a space planner, so I notice furniture layout when I walk into a room. I also see why clutter collects when the room layout is not working.

  5. Linda Samuels on March 22, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Designing a space to have a good flow and feeling is so much fun. When we’re used to seeing a space day in and day out, it can be challenging to see it with fresh eyes. We get used to the way it is and find it challenging to imagine it any other way. So bringing in someone to “see” can be incredible. The smallest change, as you said, a rug here, a focal point or furniture shift there, adding more lighting, can change the entire feel of the room.

    • Janet Schiesl on March 23, 2021 at 7:06 am

      Yes Linda. I once worked with a client who said the furniture was placed where it was by the movers when they moved in and they never moved it. Just a quick change, moving a few pieces changed the entire look and function of the room.

  6. Lucy Kelly on March 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I redesign on the regular – it helps me bring a fresh feeling or a more harmonious use of the space – I’ve been told I bring feng shui without the feng shui to my organizing clients, because I tell them we’ll know when we’ve got things where they want to be because it’ll just feel right. And it does!

    • Janet Schiesl on March 23, 2021 at 7:08 am

      Yes, it does feel right! I like that. I like to also bring a fresh set of eyes (like Linda said) to my client’s spaces.

  7. Sabrina Quairoli on March 22, 2021 at 11:26 am

    I love the redesign description. I also found that after the rooms are cleared and decluttered, the clients have a better picture of what they want their room to be used for. The decluttering practice cleared their minds of the fog and helped them see possibilities to redesign. If they did not have an idea before the decluttering process, they definitely do after! Thanks for sharing this reminder.

    • Janet Schiesl on March 23, 2021 at 7:10 am

      Opening up space, but clearing clutter does help our clients see the bigger picture. When everything has a home then you can deal with things on a larger scale, like considering large pieces of furniture or just the book or the clothes on the floor.

  8. Lisa Gessert on March 22, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Loved this one Janet ..often I come to a client who has already bought items for organizing before we organized, or files for files we are getting rid of….this was terrific as you should always declutter, purge then have at it!! LOL great blog ..

    • Janet Schiesl on March 23, 2021 at 7:11 am

      Yes! That is one of our superpowers Lisa. We can see the possibilities past the clutter and get our clients there.

  9. Julie Bestry on March 24, 2021 at 2:57 am

    I’m the sort of person who moves in, sets up a place, and doesn’t change the set-up for 20-odd years, so your post’s wisdom is definitely eye-opening. With clients, if they’re organizing so that they CAN redesign (e.g., “let’s make this guest room into an office”) then that’s part of the whole process, but being inspired by organizing to redesign is a great way of looking at the possibilities!

    • Janet Schiesl on March 24, 2021 at 7:47 am

      Thanks Julie. My husband is like you and I love to change things around. So some rooms in my house have not changed for many years and others I get to change. It’s still disturbing to him. The room that gets changed the most – MY OFFICE.

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