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The Dirty Little Secret of Professional Organizers… | Clutter Video Tip

Today, I am telling it like it is. Straight talking and giving you the real deal. I am putting all my cards on the table and letting you in on my secret. Watch this video, and shed light on the oldest trick in the book of home organizing. The truth really will set you free. 😉

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and today I’m going to share with you the dirty little secret of professional organizers, and that is that we do not always have all of the answers, and we do not always know what the finished product is going to look like when we start an organizing project. We do, however, have the confidence to jump into the project and know that we can solve it just like a puzzle, and that’s what you can do too. You jump into something the same way you would a puzzle, knowing that you can absolutely solve this, but you don’t know exactly how until you start moving things around and doing the solving.

So, I wanted to share with you an example from my own house that happened recently that was almost exactly like solving a puzzle. You might remember as a child solving these 15 puzzles – as I’m showing on the screen here – where you have one little open space and then you shift all the tiles around trying to move this one here and this one here and move them all into the right spots by using that open space strategically to shift things around. So you may have put everything away in your home in a place, things might have a home, but they might not have the right home, and this is what happened to me recently. When I moved in, my linen closet in my second bathroom had a lot of extra shelving, and I used it as overflow storage space for some extra board games that I was keeping, and that was okay, and they had a home, and that was nice. But it wasn’t really the right home, and every time I opened the linen closet door I thought, “I really don’t like those games being in here.” And also recently, I opened up a trunk, and there were blankets stored in it. And they had a little bit of a mildew smell, and I thought, “You know, this trunk is probably not the right home for these blankets.” So I realized also that I had this armoire that wasn’t quite right either, and I thought, “You know what, the right home for these particular items is another place in the house, and I need to do a little bit of a 15-puzzle shuffle so that I can get this all feeling better.

So, the first thing you do is figure out what’s bothering you. Then, you need to figure out what the right home is for those objects, even if that right home is already occupied by something else, and then you need to get a staging area as an open space, just like the puzzle, so that you can pull something out of one area, put it in the staging area, and start to do the shift. And then you just wade in like any other puzzle and solve it until it’s done.

So you can do this too. Just know that any professional organizer is just like you. We’re just going to jump in and solve it, get our feet wet and figure it out, and that’s exactly the approach that you can have as well. And if you do get stuck, that’s what we’re here for. Since 2006 we’ve been helping people in our Member Message Board area. We’ve helped thousands of people in 18 countries, and we can help you too. You can check us out at

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

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