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Top Ten Professional Organizing Tips

Updated: May 16

It can be difficult to sum up organization with a few tips because different spaces have different requirements and strategies that suite them best. Here are 10 organizing tips that will serve you well organizing just about any space.

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  1. Start with a plan: Before diving into organizing, take some time to assess your space and create a plan of action. Identify your goals, prioritize areas or categories to tackle first, and determine a realistic timeline. It helps to reassess if the way your are currently using the space makes sense. Think about where you could move furniture and other large items that would use the space in a more functional way.

  2. Declutter ruthlessly: The key to effective organization is decluttering. Sort through your belongings and be honest with yourself about what you truly need and love. Donate or discard items that no longer serve a purpose or bring you joy. Set up a trash bin for items to donate and items to keep. It is much easier letting go of things when you know that they will find a new home with someone who loves then as well!

  3. Categorize and sort: Group similar items together. This is known in the organizing world as "like with like." Create categories such as clothes, books, kitchenware, etc. This will help you see the quantity of each item and make it easier to find and maintain organization.

  4. Establish dedicated spaces: Designate specific areas or zones for different activities or belongings. For example, have a designated spot for incoming mail, a designated area for kids' toys, or a specific drawer for office supplies. This helps create structure and makes it easier to maintain organization in the long run. Making sure there is a home for every item is the key to staying organized. If you find that you don't have enough storage for everything, consider the one truth that many people struggle with when it comes to organization: you don't have too little space, you have too much stuff.

  5. Utilize storage solutions: Invest in appropriate storage solutions to maximize your space. This can include storage bins, baskets, shelves, drawer dividers, and labels. Use vertical space effectively, such as wall-mounted shelves or hooks, to free up floor and counter space. There is a good storage product for every type of time in your house. Choose the options that fit your lifestyle and make your living processes smooth.

  6. Use the "one in, one out" rule: For every new item you bring into your space, try to remove an existing item. This helps prevent clutter from accumulating over time and encourages mindful consumption. You will be surprised how much less you spend on things you don't need when you are faced with getting rid of the things that you already have.

  7. Create a maintenance routine: Establish daily and weekly habits to keep your space organized. Spend a few minutes each day tidying up and putting things back in their designated places. Regularly review and declutter areas to prevent clutter from building up again. Decluttering is not a one-time thing. It is an ongoing process that takes some discipline, but the reward is a living in an environment that you love.

  8. Don't be afraid to ask for help: If you feel overwhelmed or unsure about organizing a specific area, consider hiring a professional organizer or asking a friend for assistance. They can provide fresh perspectives, helpful techniques, and motivate you to stay on track. If you know someone who is very organized, ask them about their process and get ideas from them that can work in your own home.

  9. Prioritize functionality and accessibility: Arrange your belongings in a way that makes them easy to access and use. Store frequently used items within reach and less frequently used items in higher or less accessible areas. Make sure your organizational systems work for your lifestyle and habits.

  10. Be kind to yourself: Organizing can be a challenging and time-consuming process. Remember to be patient and give yourself grace throughout the journey. Celebrate your progress, no matter how small, and enjoy the benefits of a more organized and clutter-free space.

If you need professional help with your own organizing strategy, contact or call us at 480-435-2541.

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