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Page 84 MARCH APRIL 2016 17 Sometimes the most overwhelming thing about establishing order is just getting started. Rebecca Saumell owner of SimplifyYour Nest a home organizing business recommends beginning in one room. Once you see how nice and neat that room is and feel that sense of pride youll want your entire house to look the same. Saumelloffersthesetipstosetyouonyourway PURGE. Clean out everything thats not needed. REMOVE THE ITEMS FROM THE HOME. Donate sell on consignment post on Craigslist or list on eBay. Saumell can help with the logistics. CREATE SYSTEMS. Find ways to make the household more productive and functional. PURCHASE STORAGE AND ORGANIZING ITEMS. Arrange all items neatly so they can be found. Agoodplacetostarttheorganizationprocessisyourcloset. StylistandPersonalShopperAmyLevensonKrumholzownerof StylebyAmywhoisalsoGoodLifeFamilyMagazinesFashion EditorsaysWhenitcomestotheclosetlessismore.Ifyoucant seeeverythinghanginginyourclosetyouarelikelytograbthesame fewthingsandwearthemoverandover. WHERE TO BEGIN CLEAN OUT everything that does not fit that you havent worn in two seasons is worn out or is something you think you might wearsomedaybut each time you put it on you take it off. Invest in matching hangers to create a uniform clean look. SEPARATE YOUR WARDROBE BY SEASON. If youre short on storage space place the in-season clothes where they are most visible. ARRANGE CLOTHING CATEGORIES together and separate by color. Keeping everything as visual as possible allows you to see what you have and what is missing from your wardrobe. Sources Amy Levenson Krumholz Rebecca Saumell Do you shudder at the thought of clutter Does a mess give you stress Youre not alone. Keeping your home tidy takes a bit of work but the end product can help organize your mind and your life. Professional organizer Rebecca Saumell is passionate about helping parents and their kids get organized. Her Dallas-area business Simplify Your Nest focuses on turning your home into a manageable space. She knows firsthand how difficult it is to maintain order in a home especially with children as she is the mother of four. Each situation requires a different approach first I look at peoples homes to see what their space is and how they function says Saumell. We talk about time and monetary investment and also set expectations for the organizing process. Saumell consults one-on-one with families works with them to organize their home and often returns periodically to assist with maintaining order. Research confirms what Saumell does. In an article entitled Home Relaxation Why it Pays to Organize Your Home Elizabeth Scott M.S. Stress Management Expert says Living in a cluttered home can create constant low-grade stress and subtly but steadily drain your energy. On the other hand she notes Being in a space characterized by order tranquility and a physical manifestation of your tastes can soothe you and help release stress. Some not-so-scientific data also supports this concept. Most people feel refreshed and rejuvenated when their space is free from chaos. When everything is where you know it will be you can focus on more important issues and maximize your overall productivity and functionality. Saumell asserts that adults and kids need order. Youre forming a new habit so you have to be conscious about it she explains. If we organize our lives we can set an example and pass that on to our kids. Saumell recommends beginning with the basics teens and tweens need to learn to put things away and organize their belongings. She adds that each childs personality is different the system should be tailored to the individual. Show your teen or tween that if the house is neater and aesthetically pleasing you can be a little less stressed and not waste time looking for things. At end of the day says Saumell it truly is the old saying a place for everything and everything in its place. For more information visit If we organize our lives we can set an example and pass that on to our kids. - Rebecca Saumell Professional Organizer A Place for EverythingAnd Everything in its Place goodLIVING Organizing Your Chaos