If your home feels cluttered, who better to provide the tips and tricks to banish it than a professional organizer? Our team of organizers uses methods based on what has worked for previous clients, and here are the top strategies:
Know what Organizing Is and What It’s Not
Organizing is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but there are many different ideas when it comes to defining it. Our team believes that organizing involves more than just tossing paring down the number of possessions, although that certainly is important.
Decluttering is also an emotional process and helps you see clearer what you want to get from an area. When you go through items in a closet, for example, it is a journey into the past. The space that you have at the end of it, after sorting and removing items, leaves room for what you need and want.
Put Limits on Items to Prevent Overbuying
This tip refers to limiting the number of items in a certain category, such as sweaters, that you possess. By putting a number on it or saying that you won’t have more than can fit in a particular bedroom drawer, you hold yourself accountable to only buying a certain number of sweaters (or any other item).
Another idea is to impose a rule whereby you only buy a new sweater when you get rid of one. That way you always must be conscious of what you have in the house. Not only will your home be less prone to clutter, but you will likely also save money by not overspending.
Give Purpose to the Spaces in Your Home
A great way to look at organizing is as assigning purpose to rooms and creating zones within them. This makes more sense than simply trying to get as few things as possible because empty spaces can quickly fill with clutter.
Begin by giving each room a purpose. If different family members use the room for different purposes, that can start to make it disorganized and cluttered.
Ask yourself what works and what doesn’t with the current space. You want each space to work well for you, with the items you frequently need within easy reach, so they are not hard to grab or put back.
Ideally, you will store specific things in specific places so that everyone in the household knows where to find them. Then, everyone is also more likely to return them to the same places after use.
Give Away Donations Right Away
Once you’ve sorted through your home and decided what to donate, you’ll want to take them to the non-profit organization as soon as possible. That is because you might otherwise be tempted to put things back in the house.
While you created a donation pile of things you no longer need, they obviously appealed to you at some point, or you wouldn’t have bought them, to begin with. So, take them to the charity so that someone else can start to enjoy the items.
We are happy to share other tips when our professional organizer meets you virtually or in-person. Whether you want to de-clutter around the home or at work, we have strategies to help you.