Today I’m celebrating 50 episodes of organizing and simplifying tips for your family.
And besides popping the champagne (of course), I’ve got a super special episode for you. I’ve gathered 22 of my favorite organizing professionals together to share the 50 best organizing tips for your home.
Where to Find Professional Organizers
Here are the best resources I know for finding a professional organizer near you. So be sure to check out these resources and click on the links to the organizers featured on today’s episode to find out more about their services.
- Simply B Organized Partner Program
- National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals
- Institute for Challenging Disorganization
- If everything is a 10, then nothing is a 10. In other words…if you think of everything as important, then nothing truly important. When we keep things around our home that aren’t things we love, we devalue the things that are truly important.
- Give items a home…if there isn’t an “away” to go to, items in your home will never be put away.
- Put things away. If you get something out, put it back in its home when you are finished. This will keep things tidy AND prevent something else from jumping into that item’s home.
- Schedule regular resets. Your week will run much smoother if you start from zero rather than carrying last week’s unfinished tasks into the next.
- Start with the most basic version of a system. If you are starting from scratch, those detailed systems may be hard to maintain. If you start with the easiest version, you are going to be more successful.
- Melanie Juedes, Reset: Professional Organizing; Madison Wisconsin – Use your vertical space. Use shelves or cabinets on those walls. Maybe a tall bookcase. And don’t forget floating wall ledges, mail sorters, and over the door shoe organizers.
- Rose Lounsbury, Minimalism Coach; Dayton, Ohio – Keep a constant donation box with a roll of trash bags. Use the bags so you don’t donate the box and stop the habit.
- Kelly Beutler, The Joyful Sort; Columbus, Ohio – Break your decluttering projects into smaller more manageable chunks. It will seem much less overwhelming.
- Laurie Palau, Simply B Organized; Bucks County, Pennsylvania – Don’t be the bottleneck….if you are the only person who can do something in your home, it can stop progress. In addition, include your family in systems or automate things to keep the ball rolling.
- Megan Doyle, B More Minimal; Baltimore, Maryland – KonMari? Mins game? Why not both? Take one month and declutter 30 items on day 1, then 29 on day 2. By the end of the month, there will be 465 items gone from your home.
- Lisa Trigsted, Neat Freak McKinney; McKinney, Texas – Practice the one in, one out rule. When you bring something in, make sure something you no longer want or need leaves.
- Renée Anderson, Organized Intentions; Mason City, Iowa – Organizing isn’t a one-time event. You have to continue to reinvest, refine and maintain the space.
- Renée Anderson, Organized Intentions; Mason City, Iowa – Don’t buy bins that are too big for what you are storing. If you do, the extra space will become filled with clutter.
- Renée Anderson, Organized Intentions; Mason City, Iowa – If you have a multi-level house, make it a habit to take items with you when you go between levels. You’re already making the trip, why not make it productive?
- Sharona Balk, The Organizer Bunny; New York City, New York – Not sure where to start decluttering? Just start somewhere. There is no right or wrong place. Any place you declutter is helpful.
- Sharona Balk, The Organizer Bunny; New York City, New York – Just because an item is good, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Don’t keep items cluttering your space just because you paid good money for them or they still have price tags.
- Getting organized isn’t an end goal…it’s a skill you have to practice.
- When starting a new habit, set reminders on your phone or in your planner to remind you to do this new thing regularly.
- Don’t get discouraged if you fall off the wagon. Just reinvest and restart. As a result, the more frequently you perform the new skill you would like to make a habit, the sooner it will become second nature and part of your routine.
- Anne Ahmann, Happy Healthy Home; Des Moines, Iowa– Work with the habits you already have in place. Often the simplest solutions are the most effective.
- Kate Bosch, Kate Bosch Professional Organizing; Providence, Rhode Island – Let go of perfection…done is better than perfect.
- Kirsty Farrugia, The Art of Decluttering; Sydney, Australia – Is there a task you can do in 2 minutes? If so, just do it now!
TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS
- Courtney Wilson, Simplisort; San Diego, California – Investing the time to get organized will help you create your best lifestyle. It’s so worth the effort.
- Martha-Carol Stewart, Chaos Organizing; Baton Rouge, Louisiana & Houston, Texas – Break your projects up into smaller, more manageable pieces.
- Find ways to make other time investments. Put the time in up front so you can feel ahead of the game instead of constantly playing catch up.
- When a task or project is important to you, make sure it is on the calendar. There are way too many mom balls up in the air to remember everything (or sometimes anything) so get those tasks out of your brain and on to your calendar.
- Treat your to-do’s like an appointment. Schedule them so that you actually set aside the time to finish them.
KID ORGANIZING TIPS
- Sharona Balk, The Organizer Bunny; New York City, New York – Involve your kids in organizing projects from an early age. This will help them develop this life long skill.
- Kimbra Naber, ReOrg Project; Indianapolis, Indiana – Create a “Lost and Found” bin for kid’s toy pieces. If you can’t figure out where it goes within a month, the piece gets pitched.
- Keep the organizing systems in kid’s spaces super simple. You can always make things more specific later but when you start out, keep it simple sisters.
- Be consistent. Kid’s brains love routine and structure. The more consistent and regular you can make a task, the more likely it will be to stick.
KITCHEN AND FOOD ORGANIZING TIPS
- Keep a running grocery list nearby so you can jot things down when you run out of them. Use a pen and paper or a digital assistant if you have one.
- Do an inventory before you go to the grocery store. It will save you space and money in the long run.
- Nathalie Courtney, N Organized Life; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Use magnetic bins on the side of your fridge for less mess of half-used water bottles lying around. Also, it’s great for all the little odds and ends your kids leave about.
- Allison Flinn, Reclaim Professional Organizing; Raleigh, North Carolina – Utilize your local online shopping services. You can save time because you just have to pick the groceries up AND you can literally make your list while you are sitting in front of your pantry to prevent duplicates.
- Kristi Santilli, Organized! by Kristi; Taunton, Massachusetts – Use what you have…coffee filters make great snack containers. Since you already have them, they take up little space, and they are disposable.
- Stefanie Wyres, Bring Peace Home; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas – Create a “go-bag” to hang by your front door. Put anything you might need the next time you leave in there. Then you won’t forget it the next time you walk out the door.
CLOSET AND CLOTHING ORGANIZING TIPS
- If you put on an item of clothing or pair of shoes and you fidget, you will never wear it. You are not going to wear something that feels uncomfortable. Get rid of it.
- Group items that go together in your closet or dresser as you are folding them. This will make putting laundry away so much easier.
- If you cannot put all your laundry away when it is clean, it is time to clean out your closet and dresser.
- Mary Cornetta and Margaret Henfling, Sort and Sweet; Long Island, New York– Ask yourself “would I buy this item again? If not, it is time to let it go.
- Janelle Azar, A Meaningful Space; Shelby Township, Michigan – Practice the one in, one out rule when bringing new items into your home. This will help keep your closet and drawers clean and clutter-free.
PAPER ORGANIZING TIPS
- Create a filing system with broad, basic categories. The time you’ll save by actually using the filing system will offset the few extra minutes it takes to find a statement on the rare chance you need to.
- What should you keep? Any sort of government document or paper that would require long hours on the phone or a trip to a government office to replace…things like birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, stock certificates, divorce decrees, social security cards, and the like.
- Discard any document that you can print or replace by logging in online can go.
- The quicker you can make a decision about papers when they come into your home, the less likely it is to become clutter. File, pay, recycle or trash immediately.
- Set a limit on what you keep. Make it a point to revisit and edit when the paper storage starts to fill up.
ACCOUNTABILITY AND FOLLOW THROUGH
- Erin Barbot, Erin Barbot & Co; Washington, DC – Hire a professional organizer. It is so worth the money to have their expertise.
- Joy Ridenour, Joy Loving Home; Milton, Georgia – Get an organizing buddy. Find a friend or family member who wants to declutter also. Check-in with each other.
- Joy Ridenour, Joy Loving Home; Milton, Georgia – Issue an invitation to others to help you on your journey.
- Joy Ridenour, Joy Loving Home; Milton, Georgia – Hire a professional organizer. It is our job to make sure you are successful in your organizing efforts.
PICK THE PERFECT CHAMPAGNE FOR YOUR CELEBRATION
True Champagne comes exclusively from the Champagne region of France. Technically, it is the only sparkling wine that may be accurately referred to as “Champagne.” Bubbly from any other regions in the world are simply referred to as “sparkling wine.” Spain’s version is called Cava. Italy’s is called Prosecco. And other French sparklers are known to as Cremant.
According to The Spruce, sparkling wines and Champagnes are categorized as Extra Brut, Brut (pronounced “broot”), Extra Dry, Sec, and Demi-sec depending on their sugar levels. These classifications can be somewhat confusing, but keep in mind, that in wine terms “dry” is the opposite of “sweet.” Brut Champagne and sparkling wine is the most common style of bubbly offering a typically crisp, dry palate appeal.
- Extra Brut – “extra” dry
- Brut – dry (most popular style and very food-friendly)
- Extra Dry – middle of the road dry, not as dry as Brut (great as an aperitif)
- Demi-sec – pretty sweet (pair with fruit and dessert)
New episodes of “Cocktails and Containers” are available every week.
You can find past episodes “Cocktails and Containers” here.