Closed September 2017

Clutter Video Tip: Unexpected Tools of the Organizing Pros

Each week we are posting a one-minute-ish quick video tip on something useful and practical that you can apply right away! To work like the pros you need the tools of the pros. What do professional organizers carry in their toolkits? (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player.)



Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about unexpected tools of the organizing pros. Now, you may expect that we carry around with us a label maker and some other simple tools when we go on-site with a client, but you might not realize that we roll in this big organizing toolkit a lot of times because we have to have lots of different kinds of tools with us to make sure they are at our fingertips so we can get everything done quickly for our clients. Here, we have a few items that belong in this toolkit that you may not have expected. First of all, we have these metal-rimmed string tags. These are so handy for labeling things that are very difficult to label, like baskets. They come in certain office supply stores only, you may have to find them on-line, and they simply tie on to a basket and you can print a label and stick it right on and it looks very, very nice. We also carry with us these furniture sliders. They come under various brand names, but they all work just the same. You stick these underneath the legs of a piece of furniture and the slick surface underneath allows you to slide the largest furniture pieces that normally we have to hire big, burly men to come and help us move. So, it allows us to rearrange things and get things done quickly.

Another thing we have is museum putty. Now, we do find a lot of uses for this just in general. Adhering things to shelves – this is the intended use actually for earthquake safety – but we have found that drawer dividers, when you put them in a drawer and you open and close the drawer quickly they slide around. So, if we use a tiny dab of museum putty on the bottom of the drawer dividers, they don’t slide anymore. Everything stays in place, and it works great.

The members of our on-line program have an entire tutorial about assembling the basics of an organizing toolkit, along with a checklist that goes with that. We have so much more content like that and more, along with expert advice from our team of organizers available seven days a week, affordably from anywhere. You can learn more about that at

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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