Clutter is Not Your Friend

Clutter is Not Your Friend

Have you found yourself standing in the middle of your newly remodeled living room trying to figure out what’s wrong? Have you leaned on the spectacular cement countertops in your updated kitchen wondering why it still looks like it needs a makeover? Before you make any hasty decisions, consider one key word – Clutter.

It doesn’t matter if your living room features the latest high-end furniture or the hottest sustainable flooring. Clutter keeps any room from looking its best. Too many accessories and personal items can make a room appear less spacious and messy.

So, how can you hide the clutter, keep the room functional and still express your personal style? Hire a professional organizer. A professional organizer can give information and provide resources needed to de-clutter. In addition, this person will deliver objective advice based on a professional assessment of your home. That’s a big contrast from listening to friends and relatives with no experience or education on the matter.

Hiring a professional trainer can be a life-changing experience. That might sound too dramatic but the results can keep your home looking stunning. As an added benefit, once you learn more about your style of management, improved organization skills can spill over into other parts of your life.

Hiring a professional organizer is different than hiring other professional help. Due to the nature of the job, it’s not as easy as hiring the highest paid person. The organizer will be working in your private space and dealing with your personal issues. Because of the personal aspect of the job, make sure you think about the interview carefully.

Consider the following questions: Am I comfortable with this person? Do our personalities click? If you feel awkward or uncomfortable around each other, you can waste time and money. Have you verified this person’s skills? Check for membership in the National Association of Professional Organizers or a similar group. You need to go beyond documents and talk to former employers, look at other projects or discuss background and experience. Can you communicate effectively with each other? If you want the best possible results you will need to share your ideas, listen to feedback and trust the judgment of the professional organizer.

The challenge of interviewing and hiring a professional organizer can be time consuming. But, you will forget all about the time invested when you experience the results of working with a professional organizer. You and your home will sparkle once you lose all that clutter.

About Rigette Saycon: Rigette Saycon is regular writer for NC Design Online, North Carolina’s premiere resource guide for interior design and home décor. Visit for more information.


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    Comment by BJ@Paper Jam: Apr 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Are there any good books, you recommend for overcoming clutter in the home? I’m not sure about hiring a professional. Thanks.

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    Comment by Ryan@Storage Post Self Storage: May 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Another great option for decluttering a room is renting a self storage unit. This can be great for things you don’t need regularly.

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    Comment by Megan@Collections Etc.: Jun 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Great article. I agree with Ryan, a really good option to help distance yourself from clutter and disorganization is to rent a storage unit. Then, you will get used to having the clutter out of your home, and over time, it will get much easier.

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