In her 2014 best-seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, professional organizer Marie Kondo first introduced the “KonMari Method,” a strategy that can be used to declutter and organize any living space. Kondo then inspired millions of people around the world to sort through their disorganized homes in her hit Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, encouraging homeowners to donate or get rid of items that don’t “spark joy.”

Marie Kondo may be the first globally-recognized professional organizer, but the industry has actually been around since 1984. People have relied on these decluttering masterminds for a wide variety of services in their homes and offices, including:

  • Designing functional closets.
  • Assisting with the moving process.
  • Improving employees’ time-management skills.
  • Reorganizing the space in a room.
  • Organizing electronic files.
  • Streamlining business processes.
  • Getting rid of excess clutter.

Whether you’re looking to tidy up your workspace or sort through your entire wardrobe, professional organizers can help you tackle any messy challenge!

Expert Organization Tips for Spring Cleaning

One common organization strategy used by professionals can be summarized by the acronym “SPACE,” which stands for Sort, Purge, Assign a Home, Containerize, and Equalize. Using this method, organizers begin by sorting through items to decide which to keep and which to throw away, where each item will “return” once it’s done being used, and how individuals can maintain the new organization system.

However, if you’re looking for more specific tips for your living space, here’s some helpful advice from the pros:

  • Look out for paper clutter. Approximately 80% of papers that people receive, whether in-person or through the mail, are completely unnecessary. Experts recommend weeding through old documents to get rid of items like magazines, receipts, junk mail, or other papers that may pile up on your kitchen table.
  • Store items in your car. Are you constantly forgetting to return your library books or bring your coupons to the grocery store? Keep a basket or folder in your car for these particular items so you’ll never leave them sitting on your counter again!
  • Organize by item, not color. Color-coordinating your closet may look nice, but you’ll likely end up rifling through your closet looking for a specific pair of blue jeans in a seemingly endless assortment of blue items. Instead, organize your clothes by function or type, such as work dresses, sweaters, skirts, etc.
  • Utilize vertical space. If you love the look of pretty wicker baskets but lack the shelving space to store them, simply mount them on your wall to create instant shelving in your bedroom, bathroom, or entryway.
  • Note expiry dates. Have you ever been horrified to find something hidden in the back of your pantry that had expired years ago? Make sure that everything in your pantry is fresh by simply jotting down the date you opened the item, and you’ll never eat stale food again.

Although social distancing ordinances mean that you may not be able to meet with a professional organizer face-to-face, many industry professionals are offering virtual sessions just in time for spring cleaning! You can check out the National Association of Productivity & Organization Professionals website to find plenty of encouragement and customized advice.

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