Hey there, fellow professional organizers and anyone on the path to less clutter! It’s Katherine Lawrence here, and I’m thrilled to share some incredible insights from my recent decluttering video with you. In this transformative journey, I took a cluttered closet and turned it into a fully functional laundry and utility room for my Airbnb guests. I’ve got five key strategies to share with you, and trust me, they’ll take your organizing expertise to new heights!

Strategy #1: Let’s Set Up a Staging Area for Maximum Effectiveness

Starting off strong with my first strategy, I want to stress the importance of having a designated staging area before diving into the decluttering process. Taking inspiration from my work on TV’s Hoarders, I can’t emphasize enough how critical it is to sort, categorize, and store items systematically. Grab a tarp, table, trash can, extra trash bags, paper, and clear plastic bags for donations, and don’t forget the bins and crates. This setup provides a structured foundation for any organizing project, trust me!

Staging Area

Strategy #2: Embrace the Power of a Blank Slate

Now, this may sound counterproductive, but hear me out! Emptying the cluttered space entirely is the key to unlocking its full potential. Trust me, once you’ve got a clean canvas, you can vividly visualize how to make the most of every nook and cranny. During my closet transformation, emptying the space allowed me to assess the possibility of washer/dryer hookups, helping me plan for new installations.

Strategy #3: Sorting by Category for Informed Decision Making

My third strategy is all about making the decluttering journey smoother than ever! Sorting items by category is not just about organization; it’s about making informed decisions. Believe me, it streamlines the process of determining what stays and what goes. In my case, I categorized items into groups like tools, camping equipment, and outerwear, which made it clear what belonged in the transformed closet and what needed to go.


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Strategy #4: Swift Decisions on Low-Priority Items

We’ve all encountered overwhelming clutter that can bog us down in decision-making. Fear not! My solution is to prioritize low-priority items, focusing on what’s essential for the newly transformed space. Assess the functionality and relevance of each item swiftly, deciding whether to keep, donate, or discard. This ensures your project stays on track, aligning perfectly with your vision.

Strategy #5: Thoughtful Organization for Optimal Functionality

Last but not least, let’s talk about maximizing functionality with some clever organization. The mistake to avoid here is putting back items that don’t belong! Instead, thoughtfully set up containers for essentials like lightbulbs, batteries, laundry supplies, trash bags, reusable shopping bags, and cleaning products. You’ll be amazed at how simple and budget-friendly organizing products like IKEA VARIERA bins can work wonders.


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By following these five key strategies – setting up a staging area, emptying the space, sorting by category, making quick decisions on low-priority items, and optimizing functionality – you too can breathe new life into any space, creating a welcoming haven.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional organizer or just starting, these strategies hold valuable insights to declutter and transform any area. Remember, each project comes with its unique challenges and rewards, but with dedication and these techniques, you’ll craft harmonious and functional spaces that bring joy and convenience to your clients or personal projects.

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Happy organizing, my friends!