So you want to get organized? Maybe you’ve heard about Marie Kondo’s book and want to turn a new, adult leaf. Or maybe your packrat parents have scared you straight. (Just FYI: Hoarding is at least partly genetic.) Whatever your reasons for getting on the tidy train, Whom Home is here to offer clever solutions. Just remember to follow PAIN — not literally, but an acronym representing the difference between very little or very much pain, indeed.



P - Purge. That junk drawer full of odds and ends you’re saving? Old batteries, PEZ dispensers, loose change and chopsticks — when the Apocalypse goes down, you’re gonna be stoked to have that stuff, right? Wrong! To borrow a tactic from author and entrepreneur Derek Sivers, if something doesn’t make you say “Hell yeah!” when deciding whether to keep it, then get rid of it. We know about your overstuffed closet and your *ahem* file piles. Lighten your load and chuck the items you “might” need or “should” keep. If it’s not a “hell yeah” today, it probably won’t be tomorrow, either.


Hint: Taking a picture or scanning old ephemera, photographs and documents can be a great way to not only preserve them, but to also let go of them.


A - Assign a place. No matter what the dinglehopper or doohickey, everything must have a spot to call its own. This makes cleaning up a no-brainer because certain items or types of items will always go in the same place.



Additionally, these places should be logical and intuitive to the point that a guest could find their way around your home without asking. In the kitchen, for instance, the drawers should contain silverware and cooking utensils, not cat toys and old Britney Spears CDs. Don’t store your under-eye cream next to a bunch of phone chargers — group like with like. You get the idea.



If you discover you don’t have a place for everything, and you’ve already purged to the max (see above), you may simply need more functional furniture and/or accessories. That’s where Whom comes in. Need a console? Surfaces? We’ve got you covered. And never underestimate the power of a good box, bowl or tray.


I - I see you! Visibility is key. Don’t just throw everything in a closet and hope for the best — out of sight is out of mind, and the stuff at the back of your cabinet or bottom of your drawers might as well not be there at all. How many times have you bought an extra of something you already had simply because you couldn’t find it? Using trays inside of drawers, tiered risers or turntables in cabinets, and boxes and baskets in shelves or closets are just a few ways to keep things grouped neatly and visible at a glance.


What you don’t see is just as important — keep surfaces clear or decorated minimally. They will go a long way in enhancing the perceived spaciousness of your home.



N - Now. Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. When you get home from a trip, empty and put away your bags ASAP. Do the dishes every day, not just before company comes over. Make your bed. Cleaning and organizing as clutter happens and problems arise ensures that nothing stacks up and no task becomes insurmountable. Break down really big projects, like unpacking after a move or cleaning out the garage, into bite-size portions by making a schedule. Set goals such as “unpack three boxes a day” and keep the job moving forward. No matter what, remember that time is of the essence today, now and always!