Pre-spring doldrums can really take a toll on your home. The flurry of activity around the holidays is far in the past, but spring itself is still a few weeks away. Use this time wisely: Before you do your spring cleaning, you can get on your way to tidying up.
Your best bet is to hire a professional organizer. Pros typically charge between $55 and $100 per hour. If you hire them on a per-project fee, the average fee is $580. Consider looking for professionals certified by the National Association of Productivity and Organizational Professionals.
Before hiring, determine what you want. Organizers often charge per project, per room or per hour. Maybe you want them to walk you through the in-depth organization of a room, so you learn the skills to manage the rest of the house on your own. Or you can hire them to walk you through the process from top to bottom and back and forth!
When selecting your organizer, make sure it’s someone you want to work with. You’ll spend at least a few hours, if not days, with them while you go through most of your stuff.
Here are some proven tips from professional organizers to master your space.
Kitchen Organization Ideas:
- Separate canned and dry goods into categories (soups, vegetables, baked goods, etc.) and keep items on their assigned shelves.
- Use clear storage boxes to keep perishables in the fridge at eye level so you don’t forget to use them. Don’t forget to label them with dates. You can store canned drinks, leftovers, cold cuts and cheese in the crispers to free up shelf space.
- Keep plastic lids on their bowls. It may take up more space, but consider the time and frustration saved by not having to search for a matching set.
- Use dividers in all drawers to prevent stacks of items from merging. This is especially important in the ubiquitous “garbage drawer”.
Bedroom organization tips: