Uncluttering doesn't have to be overwhelming, it can be empowering

 Professional Organzer Lisa Witzleben helps Ariane Aramburo unclutter her kitchen pantry.
Professional Organzer Lisa Witzleben helps Ariane Aramburo unclutter her kitchen pantry. (KTUU)
Published: Feb. 5, 2020 at 12:43 PM AKST
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The Morning Edition's Ariane Aramburo is a busy mom to a 4-year old. She works full time and said in her house, the kitchen pantry is the space that can get a bit overwhelming. She wondered how cleaning up just one area in your home could make a difference on the entire household.

Come to find out, uncluttering and organizing doesn't have to be overwhelming, it's actually empowering. Just ask Professional Organizer, Lisa Witzleben who was there to help. The two talked about ways to make the space more functional versus everything having to be perfect. Witzleben of Unclutter Me said the first thing to do is take everything out. Once that step is complete, it's time to sort.

"We're going to put it like with like. I'm going to put beans with beans, lentils with pastas, breakfast with breakfast. It helps us realize one how much we have, two makes us realize do we need all of this and three we try to find out if there's anything expired and no longer need and we try to use as much as possible," she said.

After about another 10 minutes of sorting, it was time for the next step.

"Now is the time where we go through each category and start to what my big thing is unclutter then organize, we don't want to put it away until we've gone through and decided what we wanted to keep," said Witzleben.

She also said when you're putting items back, don't be afraid of open space.

"It's very important to realize that it's okay to have space that's not utilized, just because you have it, doesn't mean we have to use it," she added.

Witzleben gave an example of what she see's often from people and that's pushing items the the very back thinking they need to use all the space.

"Now we don't have a category to go here and so what's likely to happen is you're going to just drop something there," she said.

If you have duplicates of something, check the expiration date and decide if you want to consolidate it. Then there's tips like tearing the sides of boxes and turning them to the side, so you can see what you have.

You can also use magnetic light strips to light up your pantry. The one Witzleben used was rechargeable and motion sensor.

In the end, Witzleben says making your space feel refreshed and renewed doesn't have to be overwhelming. Categorizing items and making them more visual is the first step.

Witzleben also provides workshops as an option for those who may not be able to afford a one-on-one session with a professional organizer. Her upcoming ones are February 21st on Relocation, Downsizing, Rightsizing and Moving. On March 27th, it's kids spaces and on April 24th, it's the garage.

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