GET ORGANIZED - TIPS you have to give to your clients!


Hi everyone!


I've been gone for a while from the RAIN. It's be beeeeuuuuzzzzzzeeeeee. (BUSY). Feast or Famine, right? I'd rather be feasting personally.

Anywho. I write a column for our paper here in Little Rock, AR and sometimes I post them here. One I just wrote was about 12 tips for getting organized and I found them a a most LIKELY place: The Container Store. We just got one here in Arkansas and I am in LOVE. :)

Read below, copy these 12 tips and give out to your clients if you wish. They are great tips...just make sure to give The Container Store credit from them please. :) 


Tips from The Container Store

    So we have been talking A LOT lately about de-cluttering and organizing. It’s a hot topic and it is, infact Spring Cleaning Season!

    So I was in The Container Store the other day, completely mind-boggled at ALL of the truly cool stuff they had. It’s seriously heaven, all wrapped up nice and neatly (of course) with a big, huge red bow. I perused the aisles one-by-one thinking of how much more organized I could be and how all of the stuff there could really help me attain my lofty goal of maybe one day being the most organized person ever. And then I realized that I could be a huge geek to be so over-joyed looking a racks and racks of clear plastic food containers.

    I started to think....who could possibly be more all knowing about organizing than these people. They have been in the business for 30 years. So I asked them for some tips on getting organized and in true “organized” fashion, I was presented with The Container Stores TOP TWELVE TIPS on Getting Organized:

Top 12 Tips for Getting Organized

1.  If You’ve Got Several Areas to be Organized, Start with One
You decide which one to start with – is it the area that gives you the biggest headache, or the area that guests to your home most easily see?  Whatever your priorities, select one area and stick to it.  Many attempts at organization fail when the task of cleaning up the entire house seems daunting and folks give up.  When you complete one area, celebrate and then move on to the next.
2.  Allow Plenty of Time
Don’t expect organization to happen overnight.    Depending on the area to be organized, schedule a couple of hours each day to work on getting the area organized.  Getting a garage whipped into shape will take more time than it takes to organize a linen closet. 
3.  Clean House 
Once you’ve selected an area, go through the contents.  Donate or hold a garage sale for anything you don’t or can’t wear or use any more. Use the two year rule of thumb – if you haven’t worn it in two years, it’s time to say goodbye to it.  These items take up valuable space and probably won’t be missed.
4.  Take Inventory
After you’ve removed extraneous items, take a look at what remains.  Does it belong here?  Does it make sense to keep it here?  Is there another place where you’ve got more room to keep it, or another area where it would be more easily accessible for it’s purpose?  For example, take that professional-grade mixer that you’ve been keeping in the back of your closet and move it to the kitchen.  When it’s time to tackle that area of the home, you can incorporate the mixer into the new storage plan for the kitchen.
5.  Look for Wasted Space
If you’re in need of more storage space, think creatively about additional areas that you can put to work.  Prime examples include over doors and underneath beds.  These areas are valuable real estate in your home and are often overlooked.                    
6.  Maximize Vertical Space
If you don’t have a lot of room to work with, a surefire way to instantly create more space is to go “up.”  Instead of only having a couple of shelves to house your kitchen items, take them up to the ceiling to really maximize the vertical space – you’ll store the things you need less frequently on the higher shelves.                  
7.  Divide the Space
By adding additional shelves to a single shelf, or by using containers that stack atop one another, you can divide the vertical space and make efficient use of the area you have to work with.  By dividing the space, you eliminate the possibility of stacking tall piles of clothing, papers or other items that are destined to topple over.
8.  Keep it Moving 
Consider storage options on wheels to allow for greater flexibility and to help keep the clutter under control.  This craft cart can hold an assortment of accessories in a small amount of space, and can be wheeled back into a closet or storage area when not in use.
9.  Organize with Color
Whether you’re working to organize the family room or striving to get your home office under control, use color to enhance your efforts.  Assign each child a different colored container to keep his or her belongings in and keep them responsible for cleaning up after themselves.  Organize projects, bills and other important papers by function and color in your home office.
10.  Visibility
The three rules to organization are visibility, accessibility and flexibility.  Choose containers that are either transparent or that you can easily label to help immediately identify the contents and will help save valuable time. 
11.  Accessibility
Make sure that the items you need most often are the easiest to access.  Likewise, place the items you don’t need to get to as often on a higher shelf or in another area.
12.  Flexibility
Select a storage system that can adapt to your changing needs.  That way, you can reconfigure and reuse solutions to solve a variety of storage and organization problems.



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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
Organization is key. I can't be successful when I'm surrounded by disorganization. Good advice!
May 03, 2008 04:21 PM #1
Gregory Lohr
Freedom Foreclosure Prevention Services - West Columbia, SC
Who can't use more organization?  We didn't have enough room in our house, and we recently put up a good sized storage building out back to give us a way to gain more room inside, and of course, getting better organized.  As we work on this organization, I will have to see how much I can implement from your list...thanks!  ~ Greg
May 03, 2008 04:32 PM #2
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR


Thanks for sharing.  I really got a laugh out of the geek comment. Only stagers or professional organizers would feel that way. Like a child in a candy store. The next time I'm in Little Rock, I'll check them out. Maybe Fayetteville will get one soon.

May 03, 2008 04:52 PM #3
Tom Davis
Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today ! - Dover, DE
FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor

Yes it is so so so so IMPORTANT to stay organized in this market conditions!

Tom Davis Realtor - Delaware

May 03, 2008 04:54 PM #4
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team
Amber, great post on something that I really need to do a better job of incorporating!  Thanks for the tips!
May 03, 2008 05:07 PM #5
Amber Langston

Lisa- you are correct! organization is key! 

Gregory- GOOD LUCK! :)

Donna-  You have to come check it out the next time you are down here! It's wonderful! :)

Tom- Yes it is most certainly important to stay organized! And homeowners selling should know this as well...People have become obsessed with "space" and "having it." So the more space our homeowners show potential buyers the better! 

Tony/Darcy- I think we all could incorporate this a little more from time to time!


Thanks everyone for posting!






May 04, 2008 06:14 AM #6
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Amber thanks for posting this.  Since you gave permission I will copy and put into my next design newsletter and newsletter to realtors.  Promise to give the container store credit.  Unfortunately the closet one to me is 3.5 hours away...dang. 
May 04, 2008 06:35 AM #7
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire
Amber, really good post,  Organization is the biggest time consuming thing in staging occupieds and I think it provides the biggest bang for the buck.  Now if someone could only organize me!
May 04, 2008 12:37 PM #8
June Watson
Weichert Realtors, ProSouth - Florence, AL
Realtor , NW Alabama
... I'm organized. This stack of papers is for me to go through tomorrow, that stack of papers is full of ideas for marketing, That other stack of papers under the catalog is for me to file....... tomorrow. HA!
May 05, 2008 11:31 AM #9
Dawna Graham
River City ReDesign & Painting - New Westminster, BC
Great post! I't really useful to have clients know HOW to accomplish getting organized so we can get in and do our work without having to deal with all that stuff! Thanks for sharing!
May 05, 2008 01:24 PM #10
Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR
Amber, great post.  I know most of us, as well as our clients, can use a little bit more organization in our life.  These are some great tips to help with a cluttered house.  Thanks!
May 06, 2008 07:47 AM #11
Hope Designs
Hope Designs - Bolton, ON
Hope Designs, Toronto’s Award Winning Home Staging


thanks for sharing, this is a great blog full of great tips.

I like the idea of passing it on the REA's and clients.

How should we include credit for the material?

Is the store called the container store?

Canadians eh???, LOL

May 06, 2008 03:08 PM #12
Amber Langston

Ginger- That would be great to put in your newsletter! I plan on putting it in my June edition. :)

Ana- You are right! Sometimes it is the biggest bang for your buck!

June- Hey, we all have our systems! HA. I am no posterchild for super organized right now. Eek.

Dawna - Having a plan of action is half the battle. I find that for everyone...when a project seems overwhelming, we procrastinate. Having some tips really help!

Joshua/Kathy - You are welcome! Cut the clutter, right? :)

Lori - I think we should pass it on! And it is called The Container Store. :) Brilliant, right?


Thanks all for posting!


May 07, 2008 01:24 PM #13
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging
Excellent list!  I used to live by the organize with color rule... gotta get back to that!
May 08, 2008 03:52 PM #14
Amber Langston

Meilssa- Forget my list...I want to hear more about the "Color Rule" :)



May 09, 2008 01:16 AM #15
Wendy Casey
A-List Home Staging & Decor - Surrey, BC

Thanks, Amber. This is a great handout for our clients. And, for organizing our stager warehouses!

Wendy Casey - Vancouver, BC

May 09, 2008 02:29 AM #16
Andrea Steele Atlanta, GA Realtor
Jenny Pruitt & Associates - Marietta, GA

Thanks for the tips!  I think everyone probably could use more organization in their lives.  These are great to give to sellers considering that most do not realize the importance of de-cluttering and organization.

May 12, 2008 03:56 AM #17
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