August 6, 2022

We hired a professional organizer – here’s what we learned

Thanks to famous organizers such as Marie Kondo and The Home Edit, Instagram and TikTok are filled with cabinets and houses organized by professional organizers

Over the past year, Google searches for “professional organizer near me” have increased 100% in the United States. I decided to put the ultimate social media-powered storage trend to the test and got a professional organizer to tidy up my closet and sort out my closet organization ideas.

Vicky Silverthorn, founded her professional organizing service You need a Vicky (opens in a new tab) in 2010. Based in London, Vicky and her team of organizers have helped tidy up the homes and wardrobes of celebrities such as Lily Allen and Rachel Stevens, and now she was helping me.

Clothes arranged on shelves

My closet before the arrival of the professional organizer

(Image credit: Rebecca Knight)

The day Vicky showed up at my apartment with an assistant ready to transform my large closet in 4-5 hours. It was an eye-opening experience and my wardrobe has never looked better – here’s what I learned.

5 things we learned from a professional organizer

1. They don’t come with a huge range of storage

Clothes arranged on shelves

My closest after the departure of the professional organizer

(Image credit: Rebecca Knight)

If you’ve watched The Home Edit, you might be expecting a home organizer to come along with storage bags to neatly organize all your stuff. However, the day Vicky explained to me that arriving with a bunch of closet organizers before exploring the space might actually make it harder to clean up.

“I think there is a current tendency to overorganize. I think some methods can be extremely difficult to maintain if you’re a busy person who’s short on time,” says Vicky.

Instead, Vicky and her assistant worked wonders with the storage I already had and suggested other times that might help me if I wanted to invest in the future.

2. It’s easier to declutter with a fresh perspective

Clothes spread out on a bed

All clothes were spread out on the bed before decluttering

(Image credit: Rebecca Knight)

During the morning, sections of my wardrobe were removed from my closet on the bed, and Vicky held each item to tell if it was staying or going. There was no pressure or gold star if I got rid of anything, but I actually found it much easier to drop items with a new set of eyes by watching my guard -dress.

If you can’t afford a professional organizer, consider bringing in a friend to help you with this process to give you a fresh perspective.

3. Clothing care checks are vital – especially for moths

Before returning each item to the wardrobe, Vicky checked each item for moth holes, stains, marks or holes. Luckily my clothes were moth-free, but organizing your closet is the best time to figure out if you need to research how to get rid of moths before they start eating away at your favorite cashmere sweater.

4. It is important to position your hangers correctly

Clothes hanging in a wardrobe

My closet after Vicky and her assistant worked their magic

(Image credit: Rebecca Knight)

Before organizing, I had already invested in matching slim velvet hangers from Amazon (opens in a new tab). However, Vicky let me in on a secret: while a great investment, they were a little too big for some of my clothes, especially my favorite suede jacket, where it pulled at the shoulders.

Instead, Vicky recommended trying barless hangers on Amazon. (opens in a new tab). “They’re slightly smaller in width and can work much better if you’re around a women’s size 6-10ish,” she explained.

5. Well-used labels are a game-changer

Clothes stored in storage boxes

(Image credit: Rebecca Knight)

The final step in my wardrobe makeover was labeling, for which Vicky pulled out her Cricut Joy to create custom labels for all the boxes I had.

Vicky explained that it’s important not to go overboard with labels. However, using them in the right place can make all the difference in finding something quickly and reminding you that the item is there.

My closet tidying experience with Vicky was great, however, the average cost for a professional organizer can range from $75 to $169 per hour. My closet that magically stayed tidy for the past month is a testament to the value of hiring an organizer.

However, if this is not in your budget, you can still achieve the same effect by following the steps above.