UNpile Founder, Laury Gomez, shares her top ten time efficient tips for organizing your home
While some people find cleaning and tidying their space therapeutic, others despise it and put it off for as long as possible, creating a looming deadline over their weekends.
But with the weather warming up, Saturdays and Sundays are about to be better spent doing fun outdoor activities.
UNpile Founder, Laury Gomez, shares her top ten time-efficient tips for organizing your closet and home before the start of summer. Bonus: they won’t suck up your entire weekend.
1. Rid negative energy from your life
Laury recommend’s clearing your mind before starting the reorganization process of your space.
‘I personally suggest using sage to refresh your home’s energy or simply just take a few minutes to meditate and thank the home.
‘This allows you to connect to your space and embrace the transformation that’s about to take place.’
2. Organize in the correct order
When tidying, do you have a habit of cleaning one area and then moving to another with little to no rhyme or reason?
‘When de-cluttering a closet I do it in sections and follow a pattern,’ shared the organization expert.
‘Start with clothes, then bags and shoes, followed by jewelry, accessories, and make-up. Dive into linens and toiletries last.
‘Sectioning and targeting a specific category will provide structure and an easy-to-follow mental or written checklist.’
Laury believes that this system is encouraging and helps guide you toward accomplishing your goals.
A system: ‘Say goodbye to digging to find an item and hello to the magic of bins. Organizational bins can be used anywhere in the home.’ Pictured: Raggisar (set of three), $5.99; ikea.com
3. Get rid of items that don’t spark joy
The UNpile founder swears by the Marie Kondo method.
‘It is the best and most effective way to eliminate items from your home that no longer serve a purpose without feeling guilt or remorse.
‘Go through each item, touching and identifying whether or not it sparks joy. Once you are ready to let go of an item, make sure to thank it and move on.
‘I also incorporate the necessity level of the article in my decision making process. For example: My coat is a simple black zip-up that doesn’t really spark joy, but it serves a purpose. It keeps me warm and it’s super comfy.
‘Breaking it down using this method will help make the selecting and eliminating process much easier – the best part is that it leaves room for some shopping!’
4. Earn some cash with your rejects
Laury suggests taking items that are in good or almost new condition from the “get rid of pile” to a local consignment or thrift shop.
‘Some stores will give you cash or trade-in options – so don’t forget to make it part of your process and help your local community entrepreneurs along the way.’
5. Follow the Marie Kondo folding method
To maximize your space and de-clutter, Laury suggests folding your clothes using the Marie Kondo method (illustrated above).
‘This filing technique provides many advantages: Clear visual of all articles for easy selection, easy to remove and return the article without creating a mess, more space and painless to maintain.
‘Don’t be alarmed if this brings you joy,’ she said in jest.
6. Grin and bin it
According to Laury, bins are a game changer.
‘Bins will maintain your space while providing a designated area for each category.
‘Say goodbye to digging or scrambling to find an item and hello to the magic of bins. They can be used anywhere in the home.’
7. No wire hangers
‘Do you pick up dry cleaning and then stick it in the closet and now your entire space is filled with wire hangers?
‘Or do you purchase packs and packs of multi-color plastic ones?’
These are the expert’s biggest pet peeves, and recommends velvet or wooden hangers.
‘Velvet hangers not only look sophisticated, they maximize space on racks, and feature a non-slip velvet material that holds clothes in place.
‘Wooden hangers are elegant, easy to clean and provide a warm touch to any closet. You will be amazed by how a simple change like this one will impact the look and feel of your closet.’
Order: ‘Velvet hangers not only look sophisticated, they maximize space on racks, and feature a non-slip velvet material that holds clothes in place.’
8. Un-wrinkle without using an iron
Laury’s method of de-wrinkling her clothes is cool, literally!
‘When I don’t have time to iron or steam my garments, I just stick them in the dryer with a few extra pieces of clean clothes and a couple of ice cubes.
‘Set the dryer to high for 10-15 minutes and let the steam from the melting ice cubes do the work.’
9. Set a date and make it fun (add vino!)
The expert recommends going through your stuff once every three months, removing items that no longer serve a purpose.
‘Select a date, set aside a block of time (at least 4 hours), and mark it your calendar. Then grab a glass of wine, put some music on and get to work. This makes it fun and something to look forward to without dragging your feet.’
10. Make room for living
When shopping for new items, Laury proposes applying the same ‘does this spark joy’ method.
She suggests asking yourself: Is this something that I really need and will use? Is it worth the money or will it end up in the donate pile?
‘By asking yourself these questions you will gain a sense of consciousness when making new purchases, which will eliminate overspending and help maintain a super tidy home.
‘I always say, de-clutter your home to make room for living!’
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Raggisar (set of three), $5.99; ikea.com