• September 20, 2014

Local woman turns clutter into a business

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Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 4:30 am

BELTON — Spring is a time for new beginnings and the adage “spring housecleaning” is often heard. A Salado woman turned unmanageable closets, garages and other home areas into a business called Clutter Busters.

Marti Ross combines organization and repurposing to help residents function more efficiently. Besides the clutter business she also has a business called Creative Ideas where, instead of throwing things out, furniture, art and other items can be put to good use in home areas. In her own home she turned small mason jars into light bulb covers in an antique chandelier.

“Almost everybody has too much stuff,” she said. “If it takes you longer than five minutes to find something, you waste a lot of time.”

One of the main focuses in working with clients is determining what they need and don’t need. The most challenging part is convincing people to get rid of their things, she said. People get real attached to things. Ross gave an example of one client who had 15 pairs of scissors, scattered throughout her home. Although she said that number of scissors was high, she helped her client put craft and other items in one area where they were easily assessable.

Cleaning, organizing and getting rid of unwanted items just makes life simpler, she said. One piece of advice in keeping closets easily organized, she said, is if you buy two shirts, take two out and donate them to charity.

Donating unused items is important to Ross and she tries to pass that on.

“Donations make me feel good about myself,” said Ross. “If it helps someone less fortunate, it’s all worth it. Giving excess household items to people who really need them is a good thing.”

Getting rid of unused items is important in helping clients, but Ross said she has to take in the human factor and create a place in the home for what is important to families. Family photos, children’s memorabilia, old doors, windows and other items add decorative touches.

David Arlidge, a client from Frisco, called on Ross to help him when he downsized from a 13,000-square-foot house to a 4,000-square-foot residence. “She has a pallet and rearranged things to make my new home more comfortable. My being happy was the most important thing to her.”

She traveled twice to the Dallas area to assist him. Arlidge, an avid hunter, had 20 trophy heads that were not an option to eliminate. He said he went from having a bachelor pad to having a home.

The hardest part for Arlidge was getting rid of shirts in his closet. He said he has sports shirts, business and casual clothes, but many more than he needs. Ross convinced him to succumb to her advice.

To get in touch with Clutter Busters email marrt@swbell.net.

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