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We are moving in four short weeks. (After living here for fourteen years!) We've accumulated a lot of stuff. Too much stuff.  The thought of packing (and unpacking) it all is daunting, especially since I know so much of it could be either donated or discarded (and a few things consigned).  In order to tackle this enormous task, I've called in a professional organizer.

Michelle Ostroff from Properly Placed is helping me keep my sanity and slowly sort, purge and donate my way to a more organized life. I asked Michelle to share some of her favorite items to use for organizing homes and work spaces. Here are her picks:

1. Every Organizer loves the individual plastic shoe boxes sold at The Container Store.  I store not only shoes in them, but also seasonal scarves, lego sets, batteries, etc… Of course, I label the bins with labels made with my label maker!

2. I always recommend the Nuvola umbrella stand by Guzzini. A great place to store umbrellas by the front door and it looks like a work of art.

3.The easiest way to help anyone organize a drawer is to use drawer dividers The Container Store carries a wide variety.  Use expandable drawer dividers to organize your cooking utensils and sectioned drawer organizers for your desk drawers.  I love to use bamboo deep drawer dividers for bowls and storage containers in kitchens that have a lot of deep drawers.

4. and 5. Have a home office or a desk out in the open?  I love The Container Store’s Stockholm Collection.  These boxes are great for storing personal files without the bulkiness of a file cabinet and they’re portable! They come in a variety of bright colors and designs and are great for storing photos and mementos. Below is a project of mine utilizing these versatile items.

Shop Michelle's picks here:


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