Organizing your home can definitely be more than just a little overwhelming. , and everyone and their mother seems to have a life-changing storage hack. So where to start? We asked three experts to lay out some basic rules they wish they could tell you.
1. Don't try to do everything at once.
"Organizing the right way takes time and can be an investment," says of lifestyle service . "However, the benefits far outweigh the financial and time commitment necessary!"
2. There is no "Band-Aid" fix.
Be wary of hacks and quick fixes. "Organizing is very much like dieting or working out," professional organizer and designer Jeffrey Phillip says. "There are tons of great tips and tricks that can help us along on our journeys. However, there's no magic solution or tip that will make the clutter or disorganization go away for good — sound familiar to keeping those muscles toned or keeping off that spare tire? Just like dieting and exercise, when we approach organizing as a shift in our lifestyle, that is when we can most successfully reach our organizing goals and, more importantly, keep the organization in place."
3. Organizing can be trendy.
In the last decade, organization has become linked with interior design, and as a result, storage tools are more beautiful than ever. Think of organizing as a part of decorating your home, and look for products that coordinate with the aesthetic of your space.
4. When in doubt, keep it neutral.
"Using neutral bases for larger organizational items helps maintain a classic look and will help to steer clear of clashing colors when other random items are added into the mix," says designer Elyza Brilliants.
5. Think vertically.
"Wall-mounted organizers are one of my favorite ways to keep things organized without taking up desk, table or counter space," Brillantes says.
6. Stop buying products before you know what you'll need.
You won't become more organized just by owning storage products. "We can't stress enough that you should wait to buy anything until you have done the organizing and measured your space to figure out exactly what you need before you ever step foot in a store," Hagmeyer says. Of course, bins and containers can be super-helpful, but not if they're the wrong size. And, as Phillip points out, "It can also lead to keeping things we don't need since it feels good to contain things and say or think, 'Ah, I have a bin for that!'"
7. You don't have to hide everything away.
Being organized doesn't mean storing everything out of sight. "Some simple ways to stay clutter-free include using a desk caddy, or a cute stand for items that are too pretty to be put in a drawer," Brillantes says.