The late Summer and into Fall seems to be a big season for birthdays. We absolutely love first birthday sessions. That moment before little ones cross over from baby to toddler. Whether you are interested in capturing that last moment of baby chubbiness or you adore the cake smash (these are some fun sessions with cakes from the amazing Sugarsuckle Bakery and the talented Jennifer Choi. We are offering a studio special from now until March 30th- a 40 minute studio session and custom 8×10 print, regularly $495, is now $200 off! Don’t waste a minute- give us a call to schedule your session today 201.610.1199.
Q- If you could only organize one room in a house to make life easier for the family- which would it be and why?
As the saying goes ‘You are what you eat’ therefore, and especially in a family set up, I’d say that the kitchen is where the heart of the home is.
Q- Organizing such a complex room can be overwhelming- how do you start a process like that?
The first step is being realistic about how much time this task will take. If you are low in budgeting your time management, you’ll be left with an unfinished job and a lot of frustration. Conversely, if you think it will take you too much time, chances are that procrastination will get the best of you and you will never start the project. Once you have set some time aside to work on this project I recommend another reality check on your personality and stamina level and if you are somebody who gets overwhelmed quickly or has a shorter attention span, think about the possibility of breaking the project into a few days and dedicate a few hours each day, working on one area at the time (let’s say, the pantry). When you have rolled up your sleeves, arm yourself with large trash bags, recycling bags and maybe a box or two for donation items, find a large surface space to help you sort and focus on emptying each area you are working on. Like the rule for closets of ‘If you haven’t worn this in 1-2 years throw it away”, when it comes to kitchen be very ruthless. Chances are that if you haven’t used your fondue set in two years you never will.
Q- How long does it take? Every kitchen is different, but it all depends on two main factors: how much clutter there is and how big/small is your space (we all know that not having enough space can be difficult, but having too much space can also be a problem too as items spread out and it’s difficult to maintain organizing systems). Determining how sophisticated your systems need to be will depend on the level of kitchen usage, number of family members, etc.
Other factors that contribute to the length of the project are your decision making speed, ability to focus and stamina.
As professional organizers, we work in blocks of 3-4 hours because we find that it is an ideal block of time to accomplish a lot. The first hour is to get started and get your feet wet. Hour 2 will find you in the thick of it and some resolution involving purging and defining systems is usually found between the 3rdand 4thhours. Having said all that, if one hour is what you have and want to get started, maybe tackle a couple of drawers (organizing the junk drawer is a great example of a time sensitive accomplishment).
Q- Will reorganizing my kitchen require buying a lot of things?
Not necessarily, there are two main scenarios where a good amount of products might be needed: If you want your kitchen, kitchen cabinets and pantry to look like a Pinterest photo (where every container matches), or if you have a very small kitchen and much stuff to fit in it (where products can help you create space where there is none). Otherwise, I can tell you that, a few drawer dividers never hurt anybody and that every junk drawer could use some drawer containers to separate categories.
Q- If you live in a rental apartment and don’t plan to be there forever- Will this work for a short term?
Ab-so-lu-te-ly. Creating systems, de-cluttering and making your kitchen functional applies to all kinds of living scenarios – as a matter of fact for the short term, being well organized will make your moves and unpacks easier.
Q- I love starting out organized with a “clean slate” how do I keep it organized (and keep my family organized as well)
There is a subtle (but substantial) difference between having a place that looks organized and creating organizing systems. At Space Composer we are all about creating simple systems that work for you, your families, your lifestyles and your personalities. Once these tailored organizing systems are in place and everybody in the household is on board, things should be easy to maintain. I strongly recommend that each family member gets involved in the organizational process even if it’s on a small scale. Having everyone feel part of a team project will help secure the maintenance of the systems.
Tell me a bit about you, your family and about your classes!
My name is Rebeca Mosher, although a good chunk of people in the Hudson County community know me better for my artistic name Rebeca Vallejo. I came to the U.S. in the year 2000 to follow my dream of becoming a Jazz singer. For the last 13 years I moonlighted between having a music production company, performing and touring, with being a professional organizer. One might think the two worlds don’t have much in common, but I naturally see spaces the same way I think of compositions: with an aim to create harmony where everything flows towards a peaceful goal – and don’t even get me started on how organized one has to be to manage jazz bands, organize national and international tours, and curate festivals.
My main mission as an organizer is help people improve the space they live in and so, their quality of life. I strongly believe that the quality of the space you live in tends to reflect your state of mind. Living in a clutter free, organized environment not only contributes to your mental wellness but to your overall productivity, because you’ll be able to find what you want when you want it.
I live in a quirky house from 1880 with a 4 year old and a comic book & pop culture paraphernalia collector so, my biggest organizing challenges come right from my own environment. I truly find this to be a blessing because it brings more understanding and compassion to my approach as a professional organizer when working with others.
If I had a penny for every time I’ve been asked about how my own home looks… Well, I’ve decided to answer that question by opening the doors of my home to give workshops about how to be organized in a small and quirky space or ‘Organizing for Challenging Spaces: How Does an Organizer Live’.
There are so many great new products that allow us to be a bit more mindful when it comes to our homes and the products we use daily. While “clean” products were, in many cases, less efficient than the traditional alternatives, the latest products lose nothing in effectiveness! Here are some favorites
Clean With Just 3 Ingredients
Force of Nature is an appliance that turns tap water, plus a capsule of salt, water, and vinegar into a cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant as effective as bleach. This system works effectively on countertops (granite being the exception) stainless steel, tubs and tile. It effectively replaces a multitude of chemical products and saves money as well as the environment over time.
500 Million Drinking Straws
That’s how many straws Americans use- DAILY. An incredible number! In an effort to slow the consumption of single-use plastics drinking straws are a huge step in the right direction. The best we’ve found is The Final Straw a collapsable aluminum straw in a keychain-sized carry case that includes a cleaning brush.
Love Your Produce
While we’ve pretty much gotten used to carrying shopping bags to the market and farmstand it’s a bit harder to remember bags for produce. Sandstone and Sage has created 100% organic cotton washable bags perfect for your fruits and vegetables. The weight of each bag is printed on the bag label allowing you to subtract the weight of the bag when checking out.
It’s a Wrap
Thin, flimsy, plastic-like bags are difficult to recycle; and even when plastic wrap is recycled, it’s costlier and when it ends up in landfills or incinerators, both PVC and PVDC can release a highly toxic chemical called dioxin. Plastic wrap contributes to a larger plastic pollution crisis,picking picking up bacteria and metals in the oceans. Those contaminated pieces of microplastic then harm the fish that mistake them for food.
Plastic zip lock bags are another flimsy plastic bag that is hard to recycle. There are loads of bags on the market that are reuasble but the best of the bunch are Stasher bags . Aside from a wide varity of colors and sizes Stasher features the most reliable sealing system that defies leaks and spills.
What’s your favorite eco-friendly product- we’d love to hear!