CLUT­TER, BE­GONE!

You try, you re­ally do. But there are days when the clut­ter – mail, shop­ping, ev­ery­day es­sen­tials – builds up faster than you can clear it. Ge­orgina Wong, who owns Asian Pro­fes­sional Or­gan­is­ers, shares her tips.

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Items you use daily

Th­ese are your keys, wal­let, phone, bills that need to be paid or school memos from your kids, says Ge­orgina. “Set up a ‘house­hold con­trol cen­tre’, say, a bas­ket in the liv­ing room or a white­board in the study. It’s where your fam­ily knows they should place their things when they come home, and pick up what they need be­fore they leave.”

Pa­per­work and mag­a­zines

In­stead of stack­ing them in a pile, stand them up in a box file, says Ge­orgina. “This takes up less space and makes them more vis­i­ble, and easy to leaf through.”

Clothes

Slot folded clothes side­ways into a drawer. “It makes ev­ery garment vis­i­ble and ac­ces­si­ble, and gives me 25 to 30 per cent more space. I use di­viders to sep­a­rate tees from tank tops, or to or­gan­ise by colour,” Ge­orgina says.

She also uses cas­cad­ing hang­ers – those that hook onto one another. “Be­sides sav­ing space, I can stack five hang­ers with out­fits for each day of the work week to save my­self time pick­ing out clothes ev­ery morn­ing.”

Mail

Don’t let junk mail en­ter your home, says Ge­orgina, where it may end up ly­ing around. “I have a huge laun­dry bag out­side my house and make it a point to sep­a­rate my mail be­fore I step in­side. Junk mail im­me­di­ately goes in.”

Wardrobe and draw­ers

It can be in­tim­i­dat­ing to clear out an en­tire wardrobe, so tackle it slowly, Ge­orgina sug­gests. “Set aside 10 min­utes a day or lis­ten to five songs on the ra­dio while you’re pack­ing, then stop with­out feel­ing guilty about it. When I was tidy­ing my store­room, I used 15 min­utes on week­days to do it and it took me a month.” Dis­card ev­ery­thing you’ve cleared right away, so you won’t take stuff back.

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