Jenny Whitty opens up and shares her story on Clutter Interrupted Radio show #124 Organizing for a Child with Special Needs. Her life before Autism. Life before getting organized. Life getting organized. And, life now. She has pictures that document her journey and has given us permission to share those.
Jenny was overwhelmed with the diagnosis and treatment of her two autistic sons. In addition to her time spent researching this new diagnosis and getting treatment for her third and fourth child she still had her first and second child to mother. Her home became the least of her priorities and soon it was out of control.
Needing functional spaces for therapy for her boys was the driving force behind her reaching out to get help. Listen to the show to hear Jenny’s passion and the details of her journey to get organized.
Jenny talked about her island…the bed in the middle of the master bedroom with piles of papers and stacks of books surrounding it. Here are the before and after photos from her bedroom – and notice the wicker turtle she mentions on the show!!
She worked VERY hard organizing. The results were worth it!
A therapy station was created in the boys’ room. This allowed therapists a quiet place to do therapy. They had all the supplies they needed right there. When therapists completed their session the labeled binder was there for the paperwork.
Notice the 3 drawer white cart on the left? Jenny mentions on the show that she replaced this with a 10 drawer color cart like this.
This next area of the basement had become an area where things got put for…later. You know, that time one day when you think you will have time to deal with the stuff.
This space would be perfect for play therapy but it needed some work!
After some hard work sorting, making decisions, painting, containing and labeling we created THIS!!!
These are the play therapy kits we mentioned on the show. A full set of Fisher Price toys are stored in a labeled tub to go with each building.
The other side of the basement had to be cleared and organized, too, in order to GET to this wonderful play therapy area. Here are some before pictures.
Again, after lots of hard work here are the after pictures!
We hope you are inspired by Jenny’s story and the pictures showing the transformation. No matter what the state of your home is YOU can get it organized, functional and beautiful…a home you love to spend time in instead of a home that stresses you out!
What have you done to get organized for a child with special needs?