Angie's List: Professional Organizers

In Tomisa Staggs kitchen you can find just about anything you need to prepare a meal. But getting to the appliances or ingredients is another story.

"I had it in the back of the corner behind the refrigerator and every time I needed to use it, I had to go dig somewhere or I couldn't find it,” says Tomisa.

Experts say she's not alone.

According to Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, "I think all of us can admit to having some area of their house that is a little more cluttered then it should be, but the key here is finding out whether you can fix it yourself or whether you need to hire someone and what are the steps to get it resolved."

Professional organizers tell us the most disorganized areas of the home are bedrooms, closets, and garages. Paper, they say, is the biggest contributor to the clutter.

Experts recommend throwing away junk mail as soon as it comes in, organizing bills by the order they are due and establishing one place to store the important documents. The best way to seek out professional help is to ask around for references.

“The goal is not to just have someone come in and throughout your stuff without you even having any input,” says Angie, “This is really them helping you get your life more organized not just them cleaning out your house.”

In many cases, organizers like Carrie Bell say that they can use what storage a person already has.

"We can organize what is in the garage with a clean out and just utilize the storage that was already there. Or if they would like to have the garage reorganized completely we'll have a new system installed and help design the storage system and get it installed for them,” says Bell.

The help Staggs got from a professional put her on the right track to a more organized life.

She says, "If you can save some steps, I mean, those steps add up to minutes which add up to hours which add up to more time you can spend with your family.”

Other helpful organizing tips include strategically purging items from one’s wardrobe. By facing all the hangers in one direction, and putting back items in the opposite direction after they are worn, experts say at the end of the season homeowners can see what they actually wear and what stayed in the closet.

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