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I’m a cleaning expert – how I “shop my own house” before I buy anything to avoid making a mess

Keeping things organized only gets harder and harder when you buy new things and bring them into the house.

That’s why cleaning professionals “shop” at home before they go to the store – and you can too.

Before you go to the store and buy new things,'shop' at home, experts advise

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The organizing method is one Apartment Therapy experts swear by because it keeps you from adding clutter to your space.

“This method of organization has helped me store and sort the items I actually need and want to keep,” wrote Marlen Komar for the outlet. She says the system of “Buy your own supplies” is particularly useful for seasonal items that are not available all year round.

“A lot of people forget exactly what they have,” Komar explained. “I’ve found that when I rediscover it while decluttering a closet or reorganizing a closet, I get the same rush I feel when I discover treasure in a store.”

To replicate the experience of finding an incredible deal at TJ Maxx or Homegoods, Komar set up a “shop” in her home. You can do the same while saving space and money.

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First, gather the items that you don’t constantly flaunt or use very often.

Find an accessible but secluded area to keep them in. Komar keeps a few large Costco containers in her basement for this purpose.

Once a month she takes a walk around the house collecting items to swap out.

It can be decor pieces that are out of season, items that no longer fit a new decor, or things that she has become bored with.

Komar takes them downstairs to put them away, and while in the “shop” she selects a crate to revisit.

“I select a box below to bring it back up, pick my favorite pieces from its contents, and challenge myself to figure out how to incorporate them in new ways,” explained Komar.

Sometimes an item just doesn’t fit anywhere and goes back in the box or, if it’s been around long enough, it’s donated.

But sometimes Komar would write, “I’m able to find that new ‘perfect’ place that was originally lacking.”

When that happens, it feels just as satisfying as bringing home a brand new item—or even more since it doesn’t cost any money.

You can apply this method to decorating, the home therapy expert explained, but consider applying it elsewhere as well.

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Kitchen appliances, clothing, and children’s toys are all great candidates for “store” inventory.

The next time you feel overwhelmed by your wardrobe or overwhelmed by kitchen clutter, bag the items for a few months and revisit later.

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5753544/cleaning-expert-shop-home-reduce-clutter-organization/ I’m a cleaning expert – how I “shop my own house” before I buy anything to avoid making a mess

Jessica MacLeish

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