One thing I love about being a professional organizer, is getting to meet & develop relationships with new clients.  It adds an extra element of satisfaction to get to know them & develop an organizational system in their lives that allows them spend more time doing what they love instead of having anxiety over cluttered or unorganized areas of their homes.  Recently, I was fortunate enough to meet & get to know a special client that came with an extra special story.  Her name is Michelle Woolverton & she is truly an inspiring woman.  Over the past six months, Michelle & her husband have had a lot going on to say the least.  They have adopted the most beautiful, precious & loving little girl from China.  How amazing is that!!!  It truly touches my heart to hear stories like this.  And not only to hear it, but to experience it & see the happiness on a child’s face that has just come into a family that is giving her more love & affection than any child could ever want…well, it brings a happiness to my heart that is indescribable.

Before we get into how I helped the Woolvertons get organized…let’s meet Sholey!


Sholey is quite possibly the most loving toddler I have ever met.  As I organized, she would peek around the corner with her baby doll in one hand & a bag of cheerios in the other, and she would insist on giving me multiple hugs & kisses!  And to be honest, every time I hugged this precious little angel all I could think about was the fact that she didn’t have a family just a short time ago.  How amazing are the Woolvertons for taking such a leap of faith to give this adorable little girl the family & love she deserves!!!  Here are a couple of photos of the Woolvertons when they traveled to China to get Sholey…

These are of Michelle & her husband William, her daughter & son-in-law, Ashley & Shane, and her son & daughter-in-law, Colby & Bethany.  AND, OF COURSE, SWEET SHOLEY!

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As you can imagine, the Woolvertons have been one busy family over the past several months!  With all the excitement, Michelle has let the pantry/laundry area get the best of her.  This area serves multiple purposes.  As you walk through the laundry room, you enter into a good sized area that serves as a pantry, scrapbooking/craft room & basically a catch-all area.

Let’s take a look at the before photos…

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Okay…now for everyone’s favorite part…THE AFTER PHOTOS!!!

Introducing…A Pantry With A Purpose!  Food storage…Scrapbooking/craft area….Catch-all area!!!










Take note of the organized cookbooks & Food Network Magazines you are about to see.  They were once taking up valuable space in the kitchen cabinets, so I moved them to the pantry to give the kitchen cabinets some much needed extra space.



Now there are at least two entire cabinets in the kitchen open for kitchen necessities!!!





Until next time…

Keep It Functional.  Keep It Simple.  Keep It Beautiful.