As NAPO National President, I have had the pleasure of visiting chapters throughout the country. On my visits, it’s a treat to stay with a friend who is in the area. It’s fabulous to see the ways my colleagues organize their homes. Truly it’s fun to see innovation, favorite products, and routines that serve us well.
My colleagues find innovative ways to use their spaces. In big cities where space is small, they use lots of creative storage to keep organized.
- Their closets include shelving installations that maximize the space. By using vertical space, these professional organizers are taking advantage of what’s available.
- Back of door organizers are also frequent storage additions. It’s either a metal rack or a shoe organizer. As in all busy homes, what’s stored there is what is used most frequently as you head out the door.
- Need storage in a certain spot? Command hooks to the rescue! Hooks can be used for inside closets, over sinks and any spot you need to access something.
- Furniture serves double purposes. It often is retrofitted for file storage, exercise equipment storage or multiple uses.
By far the most frequently used product is a shoe box size plastic bin. Professional organizers use these for all sorts of categorizing, whether in a closet to keep mittens and scarves together to keeping pet leashes and pet accessories together. In pantries shoe box size plastic bins hold floppy foods and spices, such as pastas or spice mixes.
For the kitchen, another favorite product is the lazy susan. This small spinner keeps easy access in kitchens for spices and a large spinner keeps access to condiments. It’s used in pantries, cabinets and in the refrigerator.
Professional organizers love their closets! Shoe organizers and shoe boxes hold less frequently worn shoes. Slim line hangers have neatly arranged items by color.
Command hooks rule! If there is a spot where access would help, add a command hook there to keep an item where you can find it. In the kitchen it might be a potholder by the stove. In the entry closet it might be a purse near the door.
Professional organizers practice what they preach with routines. They have a donate bag in their closets to give away clothes routinely. They have pared down their linens to just one or two sets so there is little to store. My colleagues have just enough stock in their pantries for a week or so, and not too much. It’s because they shop routinely weekly and use fresh produce. Laundry baskets are there to keep a routine for washing and folding.
My colleagues use both paper and digital planners. Tasks have dates and deadlines. It’s a pleasure to visit our national chapters because our members have made all the arrangements for this project. Their tasks lists include paper lists, trello and asana. Everyone knows where to be, how to be prepared and how to finish up after a project. (Yes, they are all so very organized!)
Thank you dear friends for sharing your homes with me! It’s delightful to visit organized and welcoming homes!