To be honest with you, I had NO idea what a professional organizer was or what he/she did. Therefore I was very interested to meet Virginie Dor, the proud owner of Space-of-Mine an owner operated business specialized in residential organizing servicing Vaud, Geneva, Neuchatel and everywhere in between!
A little more about Virginie:
Virginie has traveled/lived all around the world and has a huge experience in Professional Organizing! She is member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and has an natural intuition to do what she does. Therefore, I asked her to share some of her well kept secrets on how to keep a space organized!
A little more about Space of Mine:
Specialized in residential organizing, they are committed to help individuals better their lives, take control of their surroundings and time by customizing systems and processes using organizing principles. They are experts in clutter control, work flow, space planning and time management. They provide full organizing services including personal shopping, pick-up, delivery, assembling and disposal of goods and furniture.
5 Simple tips to be more organized (and stay more organized)
1.- Use your Logic
We went through my house and saw an obvious (yet I hadn’t realized) thing to do. I could not arrange my hand bags, because a really big one did not fit. Therefore we switched the height of the shelves and TADA! Now I can arrange by bags, my clutches are in the bottom because it is easier to grab.
Virginie: “There are no rules; you have to think outside the box! I personally store my handbags in the kitchen for example”
2.- Avoid EXTRA steps
Do you have a pile of papers on top of your desk all the time? This is probably because it takes you 72513 steps to file it, put it in the right place and contain it. The things that you do all the time try to avoid steps and have open places to put them: To Do, Done, In Process.Use stackable trays or wall mounted systems to save space as well.
Virginie: “I often recommend using hanging file folder systems and vertical boxes rather than binders to file paperwork. It is quick, practical, simple and allows for an easy retrieval”
3.- SEE Clearly
Try to organize your thing in clear boxes, bins, zip-lock bags and opt for open shelving. It is easier to be organized when you can see what‘s inside and also it is much much easier to find!
Virginie: “I like to keep things like linen, duvet covers or kid’s toys in clear plastic bags or boxes; this makes it easier to store, stack and find!”
4.- Fold and arrange smartly
I have heard that it is easier to fold vertically, but I had never had the time to test it. Now that I did, I see that it is much easier to keep it organized and also it saves time when I am looking for something specific.
Virginie: “To neatly hold your vertically folded T-shirts, use drawer organizers such as Skubb from Ikea. But watch out, they’re addictive! You’ll want one for every drawer.”
5.- Less is more
We all tend to clutter ourselves, I believe it is a gift to naturally throw things away (that I clearly do not have). In order to be organized not only do we have to have good habits and enough space, but also avoid cluttering ourselves with things that we do not need/use. I need to add that we all need 92762 pairs of shoes ♥
Virginie: « I never force my clients to throw away anything. By sorting and categorizing their belongings, I allow them to have a clearer vision of their inventory. Once all 35 black turtle necks are gathered in a pile, it is much easier to realize one might have gone overboard and decide which to keep or toss. A good rule of thumb when it comes to accumulation is to use the “1 in – 1 out rule” »
SPECIAL PRICE for LivinGeneva readers! If you want to book a service with Virginie and you mention «LivinGeneva» you will have a special price! Call to consult, the first assessment is for free 🙂
Website: Space of Mine
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Telephone: +41 79 458 79 72
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Pinterest: Have you ever seen such an organized pinterest? I do not think so, take a look!
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