HOME IMPROVEMENT: The Dream Closet
Posted at 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Cleary helps people organize their homes, find space and more
Amanda Cleary has taken her love for redecorating and repairing to help others around Ironton as part of the Third and Center arts group and she has also done some job aid
people organize their homes and garages.
Over the past two years, she’s been doing home renovations, like giving people their dream closet or painting the walls or helping them reduce clutter.
“I’m able to help people who have projects they don’t want to do on their own,” Cleary said. “For example, I do custom closet work. So people can hire me to design and install the closet of their dreams. I also support people in their home organization needs. I also do interior painting and wallpaper.
She also does other small projects that need to be done around a client’s home. Cleary said her business came from her love of DIY projects.
“My husband, Scott, and I are in the process of renovating and remodeling our second home. I knew other people needed these services as well and there are only a limited number of home improvement projects that you can do on your house before you’re basically done,” she said. “So it’s a way for me to have a creative outlet and let people do their projects.”
If, for example, she’s been hired to install someone’s dream closet, she does an assessment of her clients’ needs and what they want to see in that closet.
“It’s to make sure the space is working properly for the owner,” Cleary said. “Everyone’s needs are different.”
She also teaches the customer how to store for a season.
“You don’t have to have everything you own in your closet at once,” she said. “So I help them create systems to help their home run more efficiently.”
Cleary originally started more as a home organizer and expanded into other departments when she realized that many people had large spaces that weren’t being maximized.
“We’re able to go in and pull out what’s in the closet and make it work better,” Cleary said.
She said a service that people don’t like to do is one of her favorite things.
“I think a lot of people need help with interior painting and I love painting,” she said. “So that’s nice. But I think the original organization is the thing that most people seek me out for. This process of what to keep, what to give and what simply tossing it out is difficult for many people, but I’m here to help them through the process.
She said Pinterest has helped her in her business.
“I always ask people to show me their Pinterest inspirations and I’ve yet to see a customer look at me and say ‘What is Pinterest?’ Everyone has their dream closet or pantry or whatever, they just don’t know how to execute it.
And has there ever been someone’s dream project that has been kind of a nightmare for her?
Yes. It was a garage renovation and the client wanted his kayak suspended from the ceiling.
“Installing the beam to support the weight of the kayak was kind of a nightmare. I’m grateful to my husband who helps me with all my great ideas,” Cleary said. “Installing the kayak winch was a
pretty big problem.
She can be reached on Facebook at Amanda Cleary. His email is [email protected]