Client 1, Part 3

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Client 1, Part 3

The next challenge took a couple of days to talk through and nail down.

The client had a great-room kind of configuration at the front of his house. Basically, the common area was one giant room with the kitchen in one corner.

He had set up a studio in another corner, a trading/computer area in front of the kitchen, and then that left the rest of the space for his living room. In that living room he had a huge TV, like 85” or so, an armoire, a couch, and then again all kinds of things cluttering up the middle of the room: a big keyboard, a professional grade vocal mic on a boom stand that would surely withstand hurricane force winds if it was outside, another professional sound gathering device on a stand, two speakers, two amps, two dog beds, and then the requisite piles of clothes, shoes, and dog hair.

Around the edges of the room, against the walls, were two more armoires, three 8’x8’ cubby-shelf systems, two bookshelves, an 8-drawer sideboard/chest, and a double-wide filing cabinet.

Nothing felt right, spacewise. No matching pieces of furniture were standing in balanced, counterpoint-type positions. The couch was off-center from the TV. The corner behind the studio was wall-to-wall with the armoires and cubbies.

Like I said, nothing felt right to the eye. There certainly was no feng shui going on—whatever that actually is.

So we did a lot of talking about what needed to happen in that room. I knew that it was a furniture-heavy space. Forget heavy. It was drowning. We had to get some of those pieces out of there.

I tackled the space in front of the TV—again, while he was practicing for a gig.

The most I could do at that point was get stuff out of the middle of the room. I moved the keyboard against a wall and moved the boom stand against another wall. Put a trombone out in the garage. Consolidated four bass guitar cases against one of the cubby units. Swept up pounds of Labrador hair and then vacuumed the floor. Moved a coffee table from the computer area over to in front of the couch. That helped the room a lot.

Then yesterday we tackled together another corner of the garage. Reclaimed it by moving shelves against the walls and then putting all of the piles of boxes onto the shelves and emptying floor space and tables that the boxes had sat on.

The empty tables and floor space are the guy’s new computer/trading office. Last night he took all of the screens from the computer area in the living room and put them on his bed. Tonight we will take them out to the garage and set them up in that corner that we have designated his new office.

Which totally opens up that corner space in the living room, allowing for the dining table to be moved there (from the middle of the kitchen) and for the couch to be slid over and centered in front of the TV.

I can’t wait to go over tonight and do this next segment of the project.

The guy is elated with our progress. He regularly expresses his appreciation. The words that make me the happiest is when he says that he is finally getting his life back.



Hey, what’s up?

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you stick around and find something helpful!

I’m Petra, and this is a blog mostly about organizing and designing indoor and outdoor residential spaces. I have a consulting business where I do this professionally, and this blog is a companion to my business.

You might look at this blog like it’s me giving away all my secrets, but it’s not. If you hire me to advise you on organizing and designing your spaces, you’ll get the whole enchilada of my services, and of course they will be tailored to your own personal place.

This blog contains lots of my ideas, and I’m offering them here to help you, but of course the biggest help to you will be if I come out and work with you on-site. And in that scenario, you will become my customer!

So you can see, this blog isn’t completely altruistic. I hope that you’ll read it, try out some of my ideas, and then decide you’d really like my help, and to heck with the blog, you’re just going to have me come out and do the work for you!

Ok, I’m only somewhat serious when I say that.

This blog really is intended as a general help and because I do like to write and share my ideas.

Do you wonder about my domain name that I chose for this blog site? It’s based on the fact that my business stands on four principles, and each one begins with the letters P-L-E-Y. I’m not going to tell you here what they stand for. You’ll have to get into my blogs to find that out. J Yeah, I know, I’m dangling a carrot.

But anyway, that’s where the domain name came from.

A little more about me, besides that fact that I own my own organizing/design business. . . .

In my past life I was an aeronautical engineer, and an astronaut. Yes, I’m serious. I know that what I’m doing now doesn’t seem like a logical progression career wise, but that’s a story in and of itself.

I went to a university with one of the best aeronautical engineering programs in the country, graduated at the top and was valedictorian. Got a job with NASA right out of school and moved down to Merritt Island, FL. Progressed through their training and was selected to be one of the crew members for the flight to the international space station to do various tasks.

Do you remember hearing about that space trip in the news a few years back? Yep—that was me on that trip. It was phenomenal. Obviously an unforgettable experience.

A bunch of things happened on my return to earth, and I eventually left the space program and the whole aeronautical engineering field.

I wouldn’t have chosen the way it all went down, but it’s past now, and I’m very happy with my new life. One door closed and another door opened, and I don’t waste any time looking back with regrets. I just remember the good stuff and I look forward at more good stuff!

So that’s me in a nut shell.

Thanks again for stopping by!