Finishing School: Top Tips to Complete Your Home Organizing Projects Like a Pro

Over the last seven months our homes have become offices, schools, gyms, and restaurants, making it more important than ever to have beautifully organized systems in place that you and everyone in your household can easily maintain.  

If you have found yourself stuck, wondering how to transform a cluttered space into something worthy of a Pinterest photo you can do it yourself. 

Purging isn’t the final step in the organizing process, it’s important to finish the project with products, labels, and folding methods that will increase efficiency and visibility in each zone you are tackling. Over the last sixteen years I’ve had the opportunity to put the finishing touches on thousands of spaces and I’m hoping my tips will encourage you to go the extra mile and achieve professional organizing results on your own. 

Products

The key to perfect product placement is planning.  Shop after you have purged, measured and planned to avoid impulse buys that don’t work well in the space.  

  • Keep it simple: containment should help minimize the visual clutter, not add to it.  I stick to simple solid bins and love using clear bins by MDesign.  

  • Focus on products that work in multiple areas of your home. Products should be as flexible as your needs are. For example, if you need bins for your coat closet and your clothing closets, purchasing the same product will allow you to make adjustments as your needs change. We used the same product for the craft room above and the toddler closet below.

  • Measure the space and purchase products that will fill the space. This will allow you to grow into the space while maintaining a uniform look and feel.  Pro-tip: take a photo of the drawer or shelf to reference with the measurements as a reminder for what you need to store. For the party garage below we measured and planned for bins to fill the space allowing the system to go with our client’s needs while maintaining a uniform look.

  • Buy from a bigger box store like Pottery Barn, Amazon, or Container Store to ensure you can add products down the road.  Avoid picking up cute one-off baskets from HomeGoods or boutique shops. The canisters below are from Amazon, they add a pop of color and are always in stock. 

These glass canisters with wooden lids have a boutique feel but they can be found on Amazon in a variety of sizes.  I used them to create a home office snack bar for my husband.

Labeling

Whether you live alone or with a family of five, you want the label to help serve as a prompt to put things back where they belong. If you aren’t a label fan, just stick to products that keep it clear what’s inside. If you love to label, there are many options and the key is to keep it consistent.

  • Chalk labels allow for flexibility to change the label based on what you are storing easily. 

  • Label makers maintain a uniform look. I only use them when labeling files and my pro tip is to keep all of the labels aligned to the right.  It helps ease the eye when you are on the hunt for a file. 

  • Vinyl labels are more pricey, permanent, and polished. I order them on Etsy for my client projects and they elevate common spaces like pantries and mudrooms.

  • Consider all of the users in your home and what will encourage them to look for and use the labels. 

Folding

Consistency is key in creating a visually appealing linen closet or wardrobe.  Pick a method and stick with it. You don’t have to go through professional training at the GAP to master the art of perfectly folding a t-shirt.  It’s all about making a conscious effort to take the time to store something in a way that presents itself for you to easily find.

  • A properly folded shelf or drawer will typically hold less than a haphazard method so be sure to purge before you fold. 

  • Consider the size of the space and the size of the items when deciding how you’d like to fold. For example, children’s clothing is more easily folded into thirds without taking up too much space, while adult clothing sometimes creates too much volume when folded in thirds.  

  • If you don’t want to take the time to fold something properly, chances are you don’t love it, so let it go. 
  • Below is a guide to the Kuzak’s Closet folding method, practice makes perfect!

At this time our in-home organizing services are still on hold to protect the health and safety of our clients and the staff.  Please use the tips and tricks from today’s post to finish your project like a pro!

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