5 Tips from a Professional Organizer


Organizing can be overwhelming. We all live busy lives and end up saying “I’ll put that away later.” All those items quickly pile up and end up cluttering up your home. I love helping people organize their homes just as much as I love organizing mine. When my house gets cluttered, I become anxious and have to declutter before I can finish my tasks.  I find that an organized house feels more like a home where you can relax. Here are 5 tips from a professional organizer!

KonMari Method

You may have watched the show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” and decided to tidy up your house. She outlines your house into categories of items rather than by rooms. Collect all of one item in one place (i.e. clothes, etc.) and decide what to keep versus purge. Once you have gone through your items, it is time to neatly organize them into their designated places. I recommend this method for when you have never purged or organized your home. It will take some time but go at your own pace. Do not get discouraged because you will feel so much more comfortable in your new organized space.

Daily Maintenance

Taking thirty minutes a day to put things away at the end of the day keeps the clutter minimal. I know this is easier said than done because we are tired at the end of the day.  Do what works for you which may be in the morning or in the middle of the day. Try to do one thing a day rather than all at once on the weekend. For example, do one load of laundry a day rather than multiple on the weekends. You will be able to relax and enjoy other activities rather than worrying about your chores.

Biannual Maintenance

I always recommend reviewing your items every six months. I try to organize all my cabinets (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, pantry) every six months to purge expired items, sell/giveaway/donate unneeded items, and neatly organize the remaining. It is much easier to do this every six months rather than once a year where the task tasks more time.  If you feel overwhelmed, split the project up into smaller parts such as one cabinet a day versus all the cabinets in the kitchen.


Divide spaces up into smaller spaces. What I mean is, divide a drawer into smaller areas to keep items separate. You can achieve this by using a drawer organizer, small jewelry boxes, or any small box-shaped items to hold items. In closets, you can use larger boxes, bins, or totes to keep items separate. Do not fall into the trap of piling too much into one box because then you can’t see all the items which end up being lost and unused. I like to use clear totes so I can see what is inside.

Remember to give yourself grace when you organize. 

This can be a huge task, but you will feel so accomplished once it is complete. I even recommend you have a friend over to help you. Sometimes it is easier to talk through what to keep when you have someone else to talk through the decision with. When in doubt, reach out to a professional organizer.  I hope this helps you and feel free to share how your organizing journey went!


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