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.
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.”
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.”
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.