Organizing The McGhee Sextuplets

February 21, 2011 by  

Organizing The McGhee Sextuplets

by Melanie Dennis

Ohio Professional Organizers Organize the McGhee Sextuplets Storage Space for GO Month!

Melanie Dennis,  from the Columbus branch of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) got to experience some fun when she and five other organizers  helped the McGhee family organize a room over their garage.  She offered to write a post for my blog telling of their experience.  See how these six organizers made life just a little bit easier for this instant family of eight!

The McGhee family is scheduled to be on Oprah Show today February 21 in a show called Miracle Births, Miracle Babies so be sure to watch it! You can also visit the McGhee family on the McGhee Sextuplets Facebook Page.

Sandy

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GO Month – The McGhee Sextuplets

by Melanie Dennis, CPO®
Every January, members of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) raise awareness in a celebration of Get Organized (GO) Month. In the past, the NAPO-Ohio chapter members have gotten together to done Messy Space contests, an organizing lecture series, and decluttered non-profit businesses like the Waste Not Center and Susan G. Komen- Race for the Cure offices. This year a request came from the McGhee family in Gahanna, Ohio who needed help in a new home. Mia and Rozonno McGhee became instant Columbus celebrities after the birth of their sextuplets in June of 2010. Friends, strangers, church members, and family have blessed the family, helping them with the never ending daily needs of six babies.

They estimate they are using around 40 diapers per day at this point. This means they need lots of supplies on hand. The initial assessment of the family’s organizing needs and budget for the project was done by Ellen Limes .

Five other organizers, Susan Sugar, Terry Cowans, Mary Donovan, Debbie McRae, and I, volunteered to help on a very chilly January day to build shelves and sort baby clothes and supplies in an over the garage storage area.

“Before” Photos of the Space above the Garage

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There were diapers, diapers, diapers everywhere

mcghee sextuplets before space

People had donated clothes for the sextuplets that had not yet been organized

mcghee sextuplets before spaceAfter sextuplets and moving to a new house, the McGhee’s just didn’t have the time to organize this space above the garage.
mcghee sextuplets space before

The “After” Pictures

mcghee sextuplets space after

The clothes were sorted by age and sex. Everything was labeled for easy identification later.

mcghee sextuplets space after

Just by adding these shelves and getting things off the floor, the transformation was amazing!

mcghee extuplets space after

Mia McGhee is one happy camper!!!

Mia mcghee mom of sextuplets

When we finished, the family invited us in to see the little ones and take some photos. Reluctant to enter with dusty shoes and boots, Mr. McGhee reminded us that he owns a carpet cleaning business so it wasn’t a problem. We posed around their custom built high chair for six. It is always a lot of fun to work on GO month projects with my colleagues, and even more so when the recipients are so darn cute!

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melanie Dennis

Melanie Dennis, CPO®
Certified Professional Organizer
Neat Streak Professional Organizing
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9 Responses to “Organizing The McGhee Sextuplets”
  1. Anne Marie says:

    I loved your post! I’m going to go record Oprah today! I think it’s so inspiring that these women volunteered their time to help this family. Wow! Thanks for the story.

  2. Katie says:

    What a transformation! Incredible! And the babies? SO CUTE! I’d love for you to get your hands on my den. I haven’t been in there in about 4 months because it’s so unorganized…

  3. Sandy says:

    Oh that would be fun to tackle.

  4. Becca says:

    WOW! This is quite amazing. I’m highly impressed. Grouping things together and putting up racks/storage shelves does seem to open space up.
    Great job!

  5. AllieMakes says:

    OH My! Fabulous job! That was huge!
    What I would have done for a single diaper gift!!
    That is simply amazing!

  6. wow, what a lot of work. I’m glad someone helped them with it. What a huge job. cute babies!

  7. These ladies are doing a fabulous job and I like it that they manage their time to help this family. Want everybody should learn something from these ladies.

  8. Jennifer says:

    That is just terrific. I bet the family is thrilled.

  9. Jennifer says:

    How terrific- bet they were thrilled!

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