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3 Tips to Make Organizing Easier

A design expert shares practical reminders about maintaining a clean and orderly home

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Let's admit it, we all have problems when it comes to banishing clutter and maintaining a spic-and-span home. According to interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino, there's no perfect solution when it comes to organizing. "It's just a matter of knowing what works for you," she shares. To help you in your quest to find the organizing trick that would work for you and your household, the interior designer shares these three reminders:

Think of your needs

“Each of us have our own set of needs. To impose one specific formula to all won’t be effective,” Hannah explains. You need to know what areas to prioritize and which one needs immediate attention. Do you love cooking and do you work there often? Even the kitchen is the most cluttered space at home, you need to find out why. Are your shelves overflowing with ingredients? Are your cabinets full of unnecessary utensils and broken dinnerware?

These are just some of the questions that can help you address clutter troubles. You may also want to check the different areas at home to see what needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Consider your lifestyle

Are you always on the go or do you have kids at home? In a way your lifestyle, routine, and habits can dictate how you organize your space. If you're always rushing to work, you need to have trusty catchalls in every corner of the home so you can keep things in place.

If you have kids, it's best to have durable storage pieces that can be easily cleaned. You may want to consider having cubby-holes where you can store toys and shoes. Plastic containers are also ideal for toys and books while baskets are good for clothes and other essentials. Be creative and turn unexpected nooks into storage spots–the space under the stairs can be converted into a storage center or you may also utilize the space under the bed.

Find the right schedule

Opt for a cleaning and organizing routine that works for you. If you’re a morning person, you can spend an hour cleaning and organizing one part of the house so that you won't feel exhausted in the afternoon. You may also divide your tasks by working on simple tasks like cleaning the closet and shelves every morning then scheduling a big, general cleaning on weekends.

Photo by Marc Jao.

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