Makeover: Becoming the Happy Room
This is part of a whole home overhaul I worked on. This room originally belonged to my client's mother, who lived with my client until she passed away. My client was ready to deal with her mother's things and reclaim the space. She decided she wanted to turn this space into her "happy room" - a place filled with bright colors, sparkles and everything that makes her happy. I, of course, fully supported this goal. Sparkles are fabulous, Sunshine.
Dealing with the things left behind by a loved one is a challenge in and of itself. If that person lived with you, an important step in the grief process is to reclaim that space for your own to help bring closure. It's OK to let the room turn into a free-for-all for a little bit, but make sure that you get in there and clean it out before it gets too far gone and ends up making you feel stuck.
My client was ready to take on the room and I was excited to help.
We did what I always do in rooms that you can't move in. We started at the door and worked our way through. After clearing the floor, we then cleared off the bed. Then we worked through the dresser (unseen), desk, and other storage spaces. We took one item or bin at a time and my client decided if the item would stay or go. The vast majority of things were donated. Remaining items were categorized like with like in piles down the hallway. When it was complete, we brought the piles back in and started doing a touch of placement. We didn't do full organizational systems yet because for the time-being this room became the staging area for sell items. After everything was sold, my client would then do the remaining work to turn this into her happy room. So when I finished up with the room it looked like this:
As you can see, neat and tidy - but not happy.
That came later.
My client got everything sold off. Bought new bedding and some odds and ends here and there. Four months later I get a message asking if I want to come for lunch and to see the new Happy Room.
Hell yeah I do!!!
There's no way you can go in this room and not be happy. It had such lovely, vibrant energy when I walked in. SO much fun and happy in here now.
My total hands on time in this room was about 12 hours. My client's time was obviously significantly greater and time will spent.