As a bit of a scatterbrain myself, I'm always fascinated by the inner-workings of the hyper-organized—both in terms of how they manage to restore order to the labyrinth of their lives, as well as what prompts them to do so.
The forthcoming list begins answering the latter question, giving us a glimpse into the way a professional organizer approaches life. Thanks to Good Housekeeping's Lauren Smith, we now know what habits make professional organizers tick (and what ticks them off).
A laundry room full of identical wicker baskets may look organized to the untrained eye, but a professional organizer knows they're but a pretty facade for massive amounts of clutter. "Hiding action items away in pretty baskets may look beautiful in a photograph," said Matt Baier, a professional organizer, "but if it causes items to pile up on your surfaces a week later, then it's not so pretty." Pick up these varied must-haves for the perfectly organized laundry room here.
In an organized home, every jacket, DVD, and paperclip has its own space. Over time, those spaces will inevitably crowd, leaving you with two choices: One, buy more storage containers, or two, do a clean sweep. "If you have more pens and pencils than can comfortably fit into your pencil holder, it's better to edit out the excess pens then add another holder," said Amelia Meena of Appleshine.
Just because you spent $200 on that awful bridesmaid's dress you'll never wear again doesn't mean it warrants a space in your home. "Your apartment or house costs money so the space these unused items are taking up [is] therefore also costing you money," said Jeni Aron of Clutter Cowgirl. "If something is no longer serving a purpose in your current lifestyle, it needs to go."
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