Whether it is pairing down the closet or tidying the playroom, home organizing is the “to-do” we all have. “I just don’t know where to start” is a sentiment I hear frequently. Depending on the amount of organizing needed, it can be daunting to get started. Here is an acronym that might help you reach your organizing goals—HOME, meaning hone, optimize, materials and expertise.
Hone down your possessions. Did you know that we typically only use 20 percent of what we own? Start reducing by pulling outdated, expired, worn, no longer fits and damaged items. Then move toward items you have multiples of or do not use. Next, pull things that no longer “spark joy” as coined by home organizer Marie Kondo. Finally, take another pass at everything, and reduce even more.
Optimize every space. Make sure to use vertical space, too. Add another shelf in the closet, or install ceiling racks in the garage. Consider using the backs of doors with an over-the-door shoe organizer, or install magnetic boards. Don’t forget about under-the-bed storage.
Finding the right materials to organize your items is key. Once you’ve paired everything down, you should have an idea for the types of organizing products you’ll need. Consider clear bins, so you can easily see the contents, or opaque containers, so you are not distracted by the items inside. Next, be sure to find proper labels, so you can easily identify the contents. Pro tip: Invest in quality products because you’ll likely have these items for quite a while.
Ask an expert. Consider working with a professional home organizer for a couple hours or to take on the entire project. Work with organizers associated with the National Association of Productivity and Organizing because it requires extensive training before granting credentials.
Kira Vanderlan operates a decluttering, organizing, staging and design company. Learn more at zestfuldesign.com.