16 Organizing Tips That the Professionals Swear By
Woman’s Day spoke to professional organizers to find out how to keep your house clean for more than just a day or two.
Spending a whole day organizing your home seems easy enough. You set aside the time, you put on an energetic playlist, and you get to work. And when you’re finally done, everything looks great… for a few days. The toughest thing about organizing isn’t the initial organization work, it’s keeping up with it in the long-term instead of letting clutter pile up once again, which, as you probably know, can happen much faster than you would think. If you want to keep your home tidy for as long as possible, you may be in need of some organizing tips from people who’ve made it their career.
“Do you ever lose forks and spoons? No! Because they have a home in the silverware drawer,” Kirsten Fisher, certified professional organizer and founder of Imagine Home Organization, tells Woman’s Day. “Use this same method and store like categories of things together in a defined place.” Every time you use an item, put it back where it was. After a while, it will become a habit you won’t even think about.
Once each item has a home, make sure that the home is organized. “First sort all items into categories, then select what you actually use and love, and then home the category using a right-sized container,” Fisher says.
For example, if your towels have a home in the hall closet, organize your towels by category, get rid of ones you don’t use, and give each category a home within the closet.
You might start cleaning your desk, bring an item into your bedroom, get distracted, and start cleaning in there. Instead, Stacey Agin Murray, professional organizer of Organized Artistry, tells Woman’s Day to stay on a “focused path.”
“When de-cluttering the contents of a room, start at the doorway and de-clutter around the room in a clockwise direction,” she suggests, noting that having a set path keeps you from zig-zagging.
Need to take a de-cluttering break for an hour or a few days? Murray says to “Place a brightly colored scarf or pillow at the spot where you’ll need to start de-cluttering next. That way, you won’t have to use your brain power to remember where you last left off.”
Once you decide you want to organize, you might get overexcited, run to Home Goods, and stock up on storage bins and containers. Pause on that: “Before purchasing storage products, be sure to edit your items and measure your space twice,” Michelle Manske, organizer, and co-founder of Henry & Higby, tells Woman’s Day. “A little prep work and pre-planning will yield a much better result when searching for and purchasing storage containers.”
Woman’s Day spoke with several professional organizers to find out the top tips they share with their clients to keep their homes tidy 24/7. These are meant to make organizing feel easier and more accessible, and following these tips should keep your home more put together for a long time. It’s an ongoing process, and it’s one you’ll always have to dedicate some time to, but the end result is worth it. Here are a few tips from professional organizers to get you started.