Greetings! You made your way to my site, Clutter-Free With Vee (short for Veronica)! Finally, you can exhale and relax, because we’re about to embark on an incredible journey together! You’ve entered a world where everything is in order, clean, and looks fabulous… and you can eat cake without gaining a pound (OK… maybe not the last part). Getting your home organized – whether a small apartment or a large house – is really not as difficult as it may appear. And yes, it really can be fun! But before we get into the nitty-gritty, let me tell you a little about myself.
So, a Little About Me…
I’ve been given several nicknames over the years; Roni, Vonnie, VShorty, and Miss V among other. But for the purpose of this website, Veronica the Great will suffice! I’ve been cleaning and organizing for as long as I can remember. My earliest memories are of my parents going grocery shopping on Saturdays, my sister reading the Encyclopedia in her room, and I would be cleaning the house. Granted, this wasn’t every Saturday but it was a regular occurrence. Initially, I would just do it to help out, but I really enjoyed cleaning. It wasn’t until 20+ years later that I discovered that not only did I thoroughly enjoy organizing, but I was also pretty darn good at it too!
Currently, there are two selves that are constantly at war: Vonnie, the artist, is extremely creative, and is always on the lookout for beautiful and interesting items, and loves to shop or browse at places like Marshall’s, Pier I Imports, vintage/thrift stores, and loves good “finds” from the street (OK, people’s garbage). Velma is the one who craves order and structure and believes one can never have too many containers. Interestingly enough, both selves are able to coexist, to form one harmonious self, which leads to…
Where It All Started
I wish I could remember “the day” when the sky opened up and the heavens declared that I was destined to help people get their living space organized. Was it a friend? A friend of a friend? I really can’t remember, but somehow, somewhere, I started…
I did have a brief stint as a professional house cleaner; the company I worked for had created a portal that would allow customers to put in their requests. At any given time, there could be 50+ other professional house cleaners reading the same message. It was on a first-come-first-serve basis, so whoever “claimed” the job first, got the job.
There were three things I really liked about my job: I discovered parts of New York City that I had never seen before; I felt that in some small way, I was helping people to get their lives in order; and it gave me comfort to see people – no matter how much they paid in rent – we just slobs! Seriously! For many of these people, their monthly maintenance fee was higher than my rent, yet, they didn’t seem to know how to put the trash in the garbage!
So it seems that it all started with my love of cleaning, or rather, my love for living in a clean place. I can’t say that I ever developed any “tricks” for cleaning. You know, like discovering that you can use a raw potato to polish your silverware – please don’t do this! I have absolutely no idea if the works, I’m just using this as an example! But, I digress.
Many years ago, a dear friend of mine gave me sage advice, one that I carry with me to this very day. The advice was powerful in its simplicity: Every item has to have a home. Over the years, people have hired me to guide and help them bring order to their homes, whether for their entire space, a room or a particular area, like a closet. Often times, people feel overwhelmed by the disorder; as if a deer caught stunned by a headlight, unable to move, they do nothing. But it really doesn’t have to be the disaster people make it out to be, there really is a solution… an easy solution.
Help Me Help You…
It’s simply not enough to just know and be called an “authority” or an “expert”. I fervently believe that we can all learn from each other. Ultimately, I’d like to use this platform to not only share my knowledge, expertise, and lessons learned over the years, but to also to learn from you, and help with bringing some sense of order to your home.
Often times, the “tools” we need are sitting right in front of us. We just need a gentle nudge in the right direction, along with providing us with the best way to utilize those tools.
Initially, I said organizing can be fun, and I meant it. It only makes sense if there’s something you have been putting off for weeks, maybe even months, that you’re more likely to view it as some sort of monster. But if I break it up into bite-size chunks, then it doesn’ have to be so intimidating. If it’s not so intimidating, we may see that it’s something that we can actually conquer. If we see it as something we can conquer, there’s an excitement to approaching the task, and yes, fun! I’m not saying you’ll be leaping and skipping for joy, but at least there should be some sort of peace of mind, knowing that getting organized is definitely doable.
So, here we are… embarking on this incredible clutter-free journey together. There will be times of frustration… disappointments… confusion… and maybe even tears… and that could just be in one day! but it will all be worth it!
So, cheers to taking the steps to make your home cleaner, more organized, and beautiful… from the smallest closet to the largest room!!!
Until we speak again: Life is too beautiful and too short for clutter… so keep it clean!!!
If you ever need a hand or have questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,