Taking organizing to new heights…

Last week, the All Things Home Organizing™ team did the unpacking and organizing of a new client’s home, here in the East Bay.  While all jobs present new opportunities to stretch our expertise, this one stretched us all the way to 6’7″.

Our client is a professional athlete standing at 6’7″ and weighing over 300 pounds.  (While we never disclose our client’s personal information, these stats are published and available to all.)  The reason I write about this is because it really gave me a different perspective on his world, and challenged me to solve home organizing issues that have not come up before, in this way.

What is it like to go through life at that size?  Ducking through doorways, turning sideways to go down a hallway, having to constantly be aware of being careful of your surroundings ALL the time.  Can he just walk down a street holding his wife’s hand without blocking everyone else on the sidewalk, probably not.  There must be a ton of places they can’t go and things they can’t do, because it would be so difficult to find a chair to just be able to sit down…can they go to the movies, can they catch a cab, can they eat at trendy restaurants?  Even your clothes don’t fit on a normal sized hanger.  And the extra added expensive of having to buy everything BIGGER.  Simple things many of us may not have to think about.

So, while we were trying to figure out how to place things so that he wouldn’t have to struggle so hard, in his own house to function, we also had to keep in mind his wife, who is considerately shorter and smaller.  Blending things in such a way that both could be somewhat comfortable in their own home.

I can see the necessity of their eventually having to build a house just for them…widen the hallways, make all the doorways taller, a bathroom big enough for him and another one small enough for her, every room has to be bigger to accommodate larger pieces of furniture, lots more storage space with areas high enough for him, low enough for her…it’s a long and expensive list.

I remember watching MTV’s “CRIBS” shows and thinking that athletes massive homes were pure over indulgence, but I see things a bit differently now…if you can’t go to movie theatre and fit in the seats, you’d want a “home theatre” room where you can watch movies with your family comfortably.  Everything bigger…and what really astounds me, he has two brothers about the same size…what his parents must have gone through I can’t even imagine.   

To put this into perspective…

The top blue line is him, the bottom is…me...

The top blue line is him, the bottom is…me…

This my view of the world...

This my view of the world…

This is his view of the world...

This is his view of the world…

 

 


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