Organizing Secrets Only The Pros Know…Until Now

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Joliet IL Realtor | Organizing Secrets Only The Pros Know…Until Now

  • Create the vision before you organizeprofessionalorganizer tips joliet il real estate agentHow many times have you said to yourself “I’m going to organize my closet,” only to be left frustrated by the experience before you are halfway through?

    The solution here is to create your vision first, then organize. Visioning is a bit like planning. It’s when you take the time to think things through before you begin doing the work.

    Using the example of visioning for a closet, spend that time asking yourself some questions:

    • How do I want to use this space in my closet?
    • Will I store just this season’s clothes here, or just those that fit me currently? Or will I use half for clothing and half for memorabilia storage?
    • How’s the lighting?
    • Do I need a step stool to reach the shelves?
    • Do I want to keep my hamper in the closet or move it to the bathroom?

    Take the time to write down your vision first and then — here’s the secret bonus — get someone to help you.

    Having someone assist you is a secret the pros know well. Human behavior studies have shown that when two people (rather than one) are working on a project it gets done faster — not just because of the extra pair of hands, but because of the synergy between the two people. There’s a flash of motivation that bounces off one person onto the other that gets us through these projects much more quickly.

  • Create 5 piles.

    When you’re organizing, you should sort everything into five piles: move to another room, donate, give to a specific person, throw away, and, finally, the “marinating” pile. Pack up the marinating items, and label the box with a date that’s six months to a year later. If you never open the box before that date, you can safely discard those items.

  • Play hookyNo, not the skipping-work kind.

    Professional organizers know that getting organized doesn’t necessarily mean having custom shelves built to clear the over-cluttered corners. We look for practical solutions with an aesthetic flair first. It’s not necessary to answer the organizing dilemma with an expensive or time-consuming project.

    My secret tip? I happen to love using hooks as my first line of defense. Here are a few places hooks come in handy, and common items they can hold:

    • Bathrooms: blow dryers and curling irons
    • Kitchens: brooms, aprons, and towels
    • Bedrooms: large hooks for backpacks and purses, small hooks for necklaces or belts
    • Home office: cords, headsets, and chargers
  • To make an organizing project go faster:

    Create rules about what you’re keeping and what you’re discarding. In your closet, for example, you can decide to give away any clothing that’s not between size x and size y, that’s stained, or that needs to be repaired. With periodicals, you can decide not to keep anything that’s more than a year old.

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