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5 Questions I ask when finding a home for your belongings

Finding the right home for your belongings is essential. Why?

  • It reduces the time it takes you to find them.

  • You don't buy too many of the same thing. Save that money!

  • Reduces the clutter, reduces your stress.

  • It takes less time to put your things back in their place on a regular basis


So how do you find the right home for your belongings?

Here are five common questions I ask my clients when determining where to store your items:


  1. Do you need to keep this item?

    • Before putting in the effort of finding a home for an item, assess its value and necessity. This can prevent clutter accumulation.

    • Example: If you haven't used an item in a year and it doesn't hold significant sentimental value, consider donating or discarding it.

  2. How many do you have of that item and why?

    • Example: I have worked with various clients who had 9 black pants (exactly the same kind), 15 pairs of scissors, 4 clip-on book lights. Think of a sensible number of the same thing to keep.

  3. How often do you use this item? Who else uses them?

    • Items used daily or frequently should be easily accessible. Infrequently used items can be stored in less accessible areas.

    • Example: Everyday kitchen utensils should be in a top drawer, while seasonal dishes can go on the topmost, less accessible shelf in the kitchen or pantry.

  4. If you have to look for something, which is the first place you'll go looking for it? Is this the most logical place for this item?

  • Consider where it will be used most often and where it naturally fits.

  • Example: Store cleaning supplies in the laundry room or under the kitchen sink, where they are likely to be used.

  1. Is there a designated space for similar items?

  • Group similar items together to streamline finding and storing them.

  • Example: Keep all surplus toiletries together.


By asking these questions, you can ensure that each item in your home has a suitable and logical place, contributing to a more organized and clutter-free environment.

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