December 1, 2022

Organizer Shows Stunning Before and After Photos of Messy Homes

A pro organizer who gets paid to sort people’s messy homes shares her tips for getting your house sorted in time for Christmas — and her rule of thumb is to declutter first.

Rebecca Galligan, 41, from Woodstock, Oxfordshire, is a “born organiser” and has turned her full-time passion into her career.

After working for 14 years in marketing for a major toy company, Rebecca went on maternity leave in 2018.

She took a four-year hiatus from her career and launched “Rebecca’s home fate” as a passion project in November 2021.

After the photo: the kitchen now looks much calmer visually, with the spices well organized and the wooden barriers installed to give a warm appearance

Before: A messy cabinet gets the “Tidy Bex” treatment showing Tupperware on the counter, messy baskets and packets of chips next to the microwave. Right: The kitchen is now much more visually soothing, with the spices neatly organized and the wooden barriers installed to give a warm look

Before picture: This child's bedroom is not dirty or messy by usual standards, but the toys and clothes are on the floor

After the photo: the room now looks very open and spacious, with toys tidy and the decor is more visible

Before photo: This kid’s room isn’t dirty or messy by usual standards, but the toys and clothes are on the floor. The room now looks very open and spacious, with tidy toys and the decor is more visible (right)

Before photo: This laundry room is stuffed with so many different things, it's hard to know where some of them go

After the image: with the use of storage elements such as baskets and clearance from surfaces, the room now looks like a place where you would like to do laundry

Front photo: This laundry room is stuffed with so many different things that it’s hard to tell where some of them go (left). After: With the use of storage features such as baskets and clearance from surfaces, the room now looks like a place where you would want to do laundry

Today, she’s helping people across the country “get their lives sorted” – offering long-term decluttering solutions so people can “fall in love with their homes all over again.”

‘Tidy Bex’ shares her life-changing tips and tricks for people to declutter their homes in time for the holiday season – including breaking down work into bite-sized chunks and reusing old storage items .

Rebecca Galligan is a professional organizer who gets paid to sort people's messy homes shares her tips for sorting out your home in time for Christmas

Rebecca Galligan is a professional organizer who gets paid to sort people’s messy homes shares her tips for sorting out your home in time for Christmas

The mother-of-two said: “Sorting houses is my passion. I love helping others fall in love with their home again.

“Coming home from an eight hour decluttering session and bouncing off the walls – I love it so much.

“The longer I was on maternity leave, the more I wanted to continue working full time.

“I’m an organized person in all aspects, so I decided to focus on organizing and decluttering the house.

“I declutter, organize and style clients’ homes in person and remotely.”

Rebecca charges her clients an hourly rate, as jobs may be quicker or take longer than expected. The rates of organizers across the country can vary between £30 and £60 per hour.

Rebecca’s top tips and tricks for an organized happy home include decluttering first.

She said, “You can’t start getting organized without eliminating things you don’t need and don’t use.”

The organizer also says that it is important not to do everything at once.

The nursery used to be a cluttered space with toys strewn everywhere and clothes tossed on the chair

Rebecca repositioned the bed to give more space and installed a rail where clothes can be hung and are easy to see at a glance

The nursery was previously a cluttered space with toys strewn everywhere and clothes tossed on the chair (left). Rebecca repositioned the bed to give more space and installed a rail where clothes can hang and are easy to see at a glance (right)

This cleaning cabinet looked a little less worn before getting organized with cleaning supplies strewn everywhere

After Bex worked his magic, he provided space to clearly identify items by storing sprays and bottles in trays and boxes.

This cleaning cabinet looked a little less worn before getting organized with cleaning supplies strewn everywhere (left). After Bex worked his magic, this provided space to clearly identify items by storing sprays and bottles in trays and boxes (right)

Step by step guide to get started

  • Start by decluttering
  • Don’t do it all at once
  • Ask yourself three questions: Do you use it? Do you need it? Do you like it?
  • Organize your items into three piles: recycle and throw away, donate, sell

“For God’s sake, don’t try to do it all at once,” Rebecca said.

Rebecca advises breaking down decluttering into doable bites to fit into a busy schedule.

It could be a small corner of a room or spending an hour a night doing the work.

She also says she has a “rule of three” – meaning there are three tails and three questions.

She explained, “You have to break everything into three piles. Stack one – recycling and waste. Tail two – donate. And pile three – sell.

“I try to recycle, reuse and sell as much as possible, but don’t underestimate the third pile: sell.

“There is money to be made on Vinted, Facebook Marketplace and eBay.”

According to Rebecca, the three questions everyone should ask themselves are: “Are you using it? Do you need it? Do you like it?’.

The organizer explained that if the answers to these questions are yes, keep the article.

The pile of clothes - something we all do!  This air closet was a complete mess

Organizing Boxes by Mail and Folding Makes a Huge Difference

Many of us find that we end up putting clean clothes in a pile, but with a few collapsible and storage boxes, the closet looks a whole lot better.

Tidy Bex’s top tips for keeping your home clean

– Keep a donation bag at the bottom of the wardrobe

“Keeping a donation bag in your closet helps keep things from piling up, even if you’ve just cleaned up,” Rebecca says.

– Keep two baskets – one top-bottom basket and one in the kitchen

“I keep a basket at the bottom of my stairs to throw in things that are left in the wrong place that I can carry at the end of the day,” she said.

“I have a belly basket for my kitchen to store things that I don’t want to see on the surface.”

– Keep things in a logical place

“In the kitchen, you should have your heavy pots and pans next to your oven and be able to locate your less-used items farther away — it’s all about flow,” she said.

– Aim for progress and not perfection

“It’s fine to look for the perfect cabinets or drawers, but it’s all about finding a system or solution that works for you and your home,” Rebecca said.

If the answer is no, it suggests that you add the item to one of the three stacks.

She also says it’s important to find storage solutions.

Rebecca said: “The solution may be right under your nose, as you declutter you might find old boxes and Kilner jars to reuse elsewhere in your home.”

For on-screen storage, Rebecca says people might wish they had better looking boxes from companies like iDesign or Not a Boring Box.

The mother swears by Home Bargains and Dunelm for amazing storage solutions without a hefty price tag.

Rebecca added: “Charity shops are absolutely brilliant places for storage, you can find wooden crates, wicker baskets and leather trunks.”

She says people have to “organize what’s left.”

Rebecca said, “Once you’ve decluttered, you can find a home for the things you love and really organize.”

She says it’s important to ask for help if you need it.

She said: “Cleaning can be a daunting process – if you find it overwhelming, family, friends and professionals are there to help,” Rebecca said.

“Keeping a donation bag in your closet helps keep things from piling up, even if you’ve just cleaned up.

“It’s fine to look for the perfect cabinets or drawers, but it’s all about finding a system or solution that works for you and your home,” Rebecca said.

Rebecca added: “When you declutter and organize it will get worse, before it gets better, but trust me there is method in the madness.”

You can get more tips from Rebecca @RebeccasHomeSort.