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4 Organizing Lessons from 4 Design Professionals

The experts dish out a couple of tips on how they controlled clutter in their own homes

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photo)

Clutter is a common problem in most homes. Given our numerous possessions, it has become even harder to keep everything in place much more to find a space for everything. If you're having problems controlling clutter at home, you are not alone! Some of our design professionals deal with the same problem, too.

For this special feature, they share with us a couple of important organizing lessons they have learned and how they turned their home into a clean and functional space.

Never run out of storage space

“I learned that you can never have too much storage space! Try to incorporate as much storage space as you can from the start to avoid clutter in the future—like concealed cabinets, pantry overhead cabinets, furniture with storage or an entire storage room. Identify your daily routine, hobbies, and interests then work from there. It is easier to organize when you have the proper space. “ – Interior designer Carmen Lim-Regala

Declutter regularly and think before you buy

“Before buying something, make sure you have a space for that item. Throw away unnecessary things—especially if it has been sitting there for years and it doesn't serve any purpose. Don't forget to label containers so you know where to find what you're looking for.” – Interior designer Jean Suzanne Sy

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Create a plan

“The most important lesson I've learned when organizing my home is to plan and simplify. Focus on what needs to be achieved and then plan it step-by-step. Do you need more space for your kitchen? Maximize your overhead space. Do you need a space for your books? Opt for free-standing shelves.” – Interior designer Peaches de Guzman-Grey

Go for hidden storage

“Identify the areas at home where you can add hidden storage compartments—these include, the space under the stairs or you may also create niches on cemented walls to serve as display and storage area for books. Just add wood or glass shelves once the niches are done. It can improve your home!" — Design Consultant Grace Moslares

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

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