Are you downsizing? Moving from a large family home to a smaller residence? Have you inherited an estate from an older parent or deceased family member? Are you retiring and closing out a beloved business?
With so much going on during these times, it can be difficult to know what to do with all the stuff. While you might be willing to part with much of it, there are always treasures amidst the mess.
I can help you start the process of organizing family estates and guide you through the next steps. Having a third party involved often helps to eliminate the disorganization and squabbling that can result in families or businesses during these times.
If, on the other hand, you are simply overwhelmed with your OWN stuff, things and memories- I can help with that too. I've assisted many busy professionals to gain a foothold on the mountain of papers, photos and correspondence that can leave us feeling buried. And even better- I've helped develop systems and principles to help keep the tide at bay going forward.
Archival Storage and Cataloging
Once you have separated the wheat from the chaff, separating family heirlooms and memories from the extra stuff houses accumulate, its time to be sure the most valuable of your historical or family collection is safe and accessible.
I can help you take the next steps to stabilize and preserve the condition of your historical items as well as to identify information about them and develop a plan for stewardship.
Sentimental Reuse and Repurposing
Sometimes, you just can't bear to let go of something. Maybe its a ratty chair your father spent 30 years in, or his awful 1970s tie collection, or 25 years of your mom's wine labels.
While I can't promise to put every last thing to good use, I can assist you to think about ways to appreciate them anew- holding the memory of history while serving a renewed purpose .
Research, Oral History/Memoir and Geneaology
Interested in capturing family or business histories? Want to provide an elder relative with the opportunity and time to reflect on their life and memories? I can assist to listen, record and refine these recollections and help tie them to physical objects or family photographs.
With every generation's loss, we miss out on primary witnesses to our collective history. Every story captured, every image explained, every strange keepsake de-mystified helps us to piece together the past, for the benefit of the future.
Heirloom Display and Staging
Looking for a way to display family heirlooms in your home but unsure how to work your great aunt's style into your own? Moving into an apartment or home that isn't quite your historical style and looking for ways to make it work? I am your go-to for creating an eclectic mix that shows off your wares and eases you into your new home.
Looking to feature a particular historical item or image in your home, but not sure how to do so in a way that keeps the item safe and secure?
Let me help you to install items in your home in a way that will preserve, protect and effectively display your items. I can help you to frame works on paper, photographs or original artwork so that it is unaffected by sunlight damage and isn't in a vulnerable position in your home.
Starting a business with a historical theme or vintage aesthetic and unsure where or how to source items? Let me gather and help to install items or design features that will evoke the particular era or look you desire.
Selling a home with adorable period details? Let me work to stage your home in ways that show off these features and underline their allure with period items from the historical era of your home.
Hosting an event with a historical theme or vintage aesthetic and unsure where or how to source items? Let me gather and help to install items or design features that will evoke the particular era or look you desire.
Getting married? Want to create a special and personal display that celebrates the coming together of two families? Looking for a special way to celebrate your relationship story and share it with your guests?
Bat mitzvah? Family reunion? Sweet Sixteen or Quincinera? Let me help you cull through the family memories to create a display that pulls at heartstrings and elicits belly laughs.