9 Decluttering Secrets From Professional Organizers
Nine smart strategies spotted in (and stolen from) the houses of expert clutter-busters. Chalk it up to experience—they really work.
Strength in Numbers
New York City prop stylist Rebecca Omweg uses a uniform-on-the-outside, eclectic-on-the-inside system to bring crisp order
to odds and ends. This approach gives a unified front to holiday decorations, art projects, rarely used small appliances—anything
you want to hold on to but would rather not see. Keep a list on your computer indicating what’s in each box, and when you
need something, do a quick search of the file. Don’t stress about perfection when stenciling; the hand-done quality is part
of the charm. A lighter take: standard white cardboard banker’s boxes with stick-on numbers.
To buy: Prant plywood boxes with lids (13 inches high, 13 inches wide, 15 inches deep; assembly required), $13 each, ikea.com for stores. Painting stencil set of three-inch capital letters and numbers, $9.50, staples.com (paint the numbers before you assemble the boxes). Paint: Orange Burst No. 2015-20, from $25 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com for stores.