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“Here’s the dirty little secret,” one professional organizer told me. “Professional organizers hire professional organizers.”

Gasp! So it’s OK for me to hire one?

Doctors need doctors, right? Lawyers need lawyers. Therapists need therapists. So why wouldn’t a home design columnist and downsizing expert not hire a professional organizer? We all have blind spots.

I found certified professional organizer Kim Krogh, of Orlando, through the National Association of Productivity & Organizing website. ) As a military wife who had moved 27 times in 30 years, Krogh says she had become a little too good at purging, packing, moving and setting up house.

“I was driving my family nuts,” she said. “One day my husband asked whether I might be able to apply these skills elsewhere.” (I decide not to share this anecdote with my husband, who many days would surely like to outsource me, too.)

After talking with her on the phone, I hired Krogh, who charges $70 an hour with a three-hour minimum, and showed her my pantry, the laundry room and the problem areas of my kitchen. Though she did call me a minimalist (thank you), we still found plenty to work on, which proves even if you don’t have too much stuff, you can still have it in the wrong place.

BEFORE: My pantry wasn’t in terrible shape, but sorting and placing items in bins made better use of deep shelf space, where goods in back can get lost. (Courtesy Marni Jameson) 

The next three hours ― and here comes the confession ― were the best three hours I’ve had so far this year. We cleaned, purged, consolidated, made sense out of nonsense, batched, binned, labeled and found joy in efficiency. We had a blast. At least I did.

So here’s the takeaway: Wherever you are on the cluttered-home spectrum, whether you’re a horrific hoarder or a monk minimalist, a trained organizer can make your space work better. They have tricks and solutions for problems you can’t even see. Here are six ways a professional organizer can help.

They help you get rid of what you secretly want to get rid of: Professional organizers don’t force you to give up anything, but they do give you a soft push in the direction you’re already heading. I showed Krogh a cupboard full of frilly holiday-type dishes, including a trio of ivory Lenox candy dishes with gold rims. “They were my Mom’s, but I never use them. They seem so fussy. These other dishes were really cheap, but I like them,” I said. “So,” she gently pointed out, “you don’t like these dishes and don’t use them, and you have dishes you like better and do use…” Off the fussy dishes went.

They follow the four commandments of organizing: sort, purge, organize, containerize. In the pantry, Krogh took everything out and made groups: crackers, nuts, canned goods, sauces and so on. As I tossed expired items, she labeled acrylic bins, filled the bins and placed them on the deep shelves, where you could pull them out like drawers, creating better visibility and access. With condiments in one bin, you can see that you have three bottles of French’s mustard, and you won’t knock over the soy sauce to get to the maple syrup.

They see what you’ve stopped seeing: Krogh opened a kitchen drawer filled with old prescription glasses. Uhh, why? And wouldn’t the candles and votives, which I had spread across two cabinets and mingled with bug spray, flashlights and a set of French-lesson CDs, be better unified into one dedicated candle cabinet?

They find solutions you would not have thought of: Getting a rolling laundry basket to contain and control the unwieldy central vacuum hose in my pantry, where I previously had to wrestle with it like some undersea monster, was life changing.

They assign homework: To make the most of her time and my money, Krogh made suggestions for moves I could make on my own — organize gift wrap supplies into one plastic bin, consolidate gardening supplies onto one garage shelf. Related Articles

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They don’t judge: Properly trained organizers know clients are nervous about exposing the dark underbellies of their homes, but if these pros have an opinion about your politically extreme reading material or the empty whiskey bottles in your desk drawer, they do not express it. Although Krogh would have been within her rights to comment on the half-eaten, chocolate Santa buried in my pantry, she just tucked Santa in a baggie and put it in the bin labeled “Sweets,” as if she were a house saint, which she just might be.

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I’m a cleaning expert – the five daily tasks which mean my home’s NEVER a mess

NEVER waste another day deep cleaning your home.

Instead, one cleaning expert has posted a video sharing the five daily tasks she does to stay on top of her home and ensure it's never a mess.

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First things first, the influencer, who simply goes by The Spin Cycle, said to always make your bed once you wake up.

"I have a much more productive day when I actually make it first thing in the morning," she said.


Next, she suggested throwing a load of laundry in the wash.

Even if your laundry basket isn't overflowing with dirty clothes, doing a little every day will help you stay on top of it and prevent a messy pile-up.

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She suggested folding it once it's done so you don't put it off even longer.


"Next, I will vacuum my high-traffic areas," she said.

Each day, she will make sure to run the vacuum over her main living areas like the kitchen, living room, or dining room.

This will help pick up crumbs a little as a time before they become an overwhelming mess.

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Next, the cleaning expert suggested washing your dishes right after you eat so you're not stuck with an overflowing sink.

She also said she'll give the sink a quick scrub down and load and run the dishwasher as well.


As the dishwasher runs, she spends time wiping down her kitchen counters.

The expert said that kitchen counters are one of the surfaces that "get really dirty really fast," so she prefers to stay on top of the task.

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Once she has completed these five tasks, her home is sparkling and good to go until tomorrow.

"Rinse and repeat," she said.

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