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What’s Your Organizing Style?

There’s a foolproof technique for everyone

Pictorial Direction: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

We've all read different articles filled with life hacks about how we can banish clutter, keep closets organized, and how to maintain clean drawers. As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks, and the same applies to home organization.

If you're having a hard time keeping your space spic-and-span, here's a list to help you find out how you can best deal with clutter—in a way that really works for you:

The Collector

It’s very difficult for you to throw things out because you feel like you might need them someday or want to keep it as a remembrance.

What to-do: Gather all the items that are causing doubts and spend some time inspecting each. Ask yourself: Am I keeping this because I really want to keep it and I will use it in the future, or because I just feel like I should? If the task is too overwhelming, don’t try to clean your space in just one day. Try dedicating a few hours per week or do it per area so you have enough time to go through everything.

The Perfectionist

Everything needs to be symmetrical, color-coded, and perfectly in-line, or you will blow a fuse!

What to-do: Instead of getting frustrated over having to clean up after everybody at home, assign each family member a “lazy box” where they can toss things temporarily. When their boxes fill up, they will be responsible for putting each item back to its rightful place. Your kids might even love this idea as it will teach them where to put back all their toys and develop a healthy habit.

The Friendly One

You are not alone! Organizing may seem daunting and you find it overwhelming even if you haven't started yet.

What to-do: Why not turn cleaning and organizing into a fun group activity? Host a cleaning party once a month, ask your friends for help, and invite them over for snacks and refreshments. Since they are your trusted buddies, they can help you decide which ones to throw, keep, or give away. Treat them to a movie night or slumber party after!

 The Hide-and-Seek Champ

“Out of sight, out of mind” is your motto! As long as people don’t see the mess, then it’s okay. Keep in mind that cabinets can't conceal the crazy mess forever.

What to-do: The key is to divide and conquer with shelving, labeled containers, and drawer organizers. This way, even when you’re putting things away in a hurry before guests arrive, everything has a proper place, and you will always know where to go back and find them.

Photos by Miguel Nacianceno.

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