4 Foolproof Steps to Tidying Your Home, According to a Professional Organiser

Dacy Knight

Courtesy of The Line

While cleaning house has probably been on your mind since you rung in the New Year, today actually marks National Organise Your Home Day. So if you've been putting off tidying up your home for clean start to 2017, there's no better day to get ahead on spring cleaning. In celebration of the holiday, TaskRabbit's Elite Tasker and professional organiser Catherine C. has shared her top tips for getting your home organised. We've highlighted our favourites here so you can been tackling your own home.

Implement the Four Box Method. Before you even begin tidying up, take out four boxes and label them as "trash," "give away," "keep," or "relocate." As you tackle each room, organise items in these boxes accordingly. Once you've completed tidying up, put items in the keep box back in their place, find a better place for items in the relocate box, and give away or dispose of items that fall into either of the remaining categories.

Commit to the 12-12-12-12 Challenge. Catherine challenges you to try to put 12 things in each box as you take on each room in your house with the Four Box Method described above. While 12 might seem like a lot, you'll be surprised just how many things are taking up precious space in your house that you could live without. Clear the clutter and commit to the purge to open up space and make room for things you really love.

Try the Hanger Edit. Face all of the items in your closet in the opposite direction. As you wear each piece, flip it so it hangs in the correct direction. Set a deadline of a few months, and once you hit that date, take a look at how many pieces were left unworn (keeping in mind you should be focusing on seasonally appropriate, everyday pieces). It will be an eyeopening experience to what you actually where and how much is just hanging in your closet. Consider editing out the pieces that are wasting away in your wardrobe.

Take the Two Fs Test. Catherine proposes the Two Fs test to tidy up cluttered papers. If you can't file it—such as bank statements, contracts, or receipts, or frame it—such as certificates, mementos, or children's artwork, then it's time to toss.

Head to the comments to share your own methods for cutting through the clutter and tidying up and shop must-haves for an organised laundry room here.

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