Paying Attention to ‘The Little Details’

Photo by alison headley / Flickr Creative Commons.

Ever feel like your belongings are closing in on you in your high-rent, low-square-footage Cambridge home?

If so, you’re in luck—a professional organizing studio is headed to 2255 Mass. Ave.

Stasia Steele started The Little Details over six years ago because she loved the way that proper organization could make a person’s life simpler. Organization has always come naturally to her, and she wanted to share her skills and results with others.

Stasia Steele

Stasia Steele, courtesy of The Little Details.

Steele and her team help people from all walks of life—from professors to students to newlyweds to hoarders—and are often called in during the transitional periods surrounding moves, marriages, and deaths.

The Little Details team works on all types of projects, but the core of their work incorporates organizational giant Julie Morgenstern’s SPACE formula: sort, purge, assign a home, containerize, and equalize (the part of the formula that involves making the system sustainable and maintainable).

This process can be applied to both physical and mental organization, and most projects require work on both types, according to Steele.

“It’s kind of impossible to focus only on one—or if you do, you’re not really being thorough, you’re only putting a Band-Aid solution on something,” she says. “Having a bin that holds your things, that’s not oversized and taking up too much space, is a good thing, but it doesn’t help to buy 50 bins and not know where they’re going to go and what’s going to go in them.”

If Steele were to organize a kitchen, she’d go into the person’s home and take a look at every object in the room. She’d sort them by type, encourage the person to get rid of whatever they aren’t using or isn’t in good shape, and help them group what remains in an intuitive way—for example, tea, honey, and teacups might all be near each other, and the plates should be next to the dishwasher for easy unloading.

Steele, who lives in Porter Square, had always wanted a brick-and-mortar space and fell for the Mass. Ave. spot immediately.

The Little Details will have grand opening celebrations on Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Feb. 11 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be raffles and a condensed selection of organizational items at the store, in addition to opportunities to speak with the team.

For more information, visit http://www.thelittledetails.com/.

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