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8 Organizing Ideas from Real Living Editors

Follow our expert advice for a neat, clean, and clutter-free home

Photography: Dairy Darilag, Vincent Coscolluela and Paolo Feliciano

We all know how depressing it can be to come home to a messy and cluttered space! Seeing children's toys carelessly left in the living room, a sink filled with dirty dishes in the kitchen, and unfolded clothes strewn about in the bedroom can be a terrible thing for any homeowner. 

If you would like to feel relaxed and comfortable in your own home, you should memorize these cleaning basics by heart! Here are our practical tips for your cleanest, most organized space ever.

Follow a cleaning schedule

"Decluttering regularly can help you get rid of mess and save you from stress."— Cielo

Donate before you buy

"Before purchasing something new, let go of something you don't use!"— Therese

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Organize cabinets regularly

"Set a date when all you have to do is organize your closet."— Bea

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Let things go every year

"Like most Filipinos, I am a terrible hoarder. You won’t believe how much crap I have at home! So, once a year, I toss things—I don’t even go through it, because I might get sentimental and take them back. I just give them away. No regrets." — Rachelle

Use bins and baskets

"Bins and baskets are your best friends when it comes to home organizing. They’re cheap and you can easily move them around the house. Just make sure not to have too many, lest they become part of the clutter." — Sunshine

Keep, dispose, and donate

"Declutter, declutter, declutter. Toss items into three bins: to keep, to dispose, to donate." — Kaye and Paula

Choose different trays

"Use trays to instantly tidy up anything!" — Tala

Place baskets in your shelves

"I have always loved bookcases, I have had at least one in every living room in my home. They’re great for showcasing your collectibles and the mementos you bring back from your travels, etc.

But, I always reserve a few squares for baskets, where I can store items I don’t necessarily want people to see. I’ll use one for my electronics and gadgets, and another for spare candles and room sprays, etc. Simply stagger where you put the baskets versus where you place your books and accent pieces, and you’ll create a cool, eye-catching piece in your space." — Tom

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