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THE ROANOKER HOMES 2017
FROM THE PROFESSIONALS
Ready to organize your home but not sure where to start?
Try these 5 easy tips from the professionals.
BY NICOLE BROBSTON
STAYING ORGANIZED IS NOT always the easiest
thing to do. When you get home from work, or your
kids are finally off to bed, and night is falling in, the last
thing you want to do is spend time cleaning and organizing a space. Your priority isn't always a clean kitchen. But
sooner or later, you will have to confront the piles on the
floor, the stack of important papers, and the waterfall of
clothes cascading out of your closet.
What many people don't realize about organization is
that it is a form of self-care. Each person is different, and
so the process of keeping an organized home is going to
be constantly evolving based on the specific needs of the
individual. Here are five basic tips from local Roanoke
professional organizers Ann Custer, with Wow Organization, and Carol Jensen, with Jensen Services LLC.
Using an example from Jensen, if you have one shelf for books,
you should be dedicated to allowing only your books to occupy
that space. She suggests only filling the space up to 80 percent,
as to leave room for new items. Once you arrive at the 100 percent capacity, it's time to purge the space, dwindling the items
until you're back to 80 percent. This way, you avoid overflow
and keep clutter off the floor.
According to Jensen, this is a vital part of the organization process. One way to do this is to gather all of
your clothes, for example, and go piece-by-piece, deciding whether or not you need it. Custer offers a slightly
lengthier process, in which every time you wear an item
of clothing, and are hanging it back in your closet, to
put it back on the rod backwards. That way you see
what articles of clothing you are wearing and which are
just hanging in your closet for months on end.
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