Spring has finally arrived in Vermont, which means it's spring cleaning time. The new season is an opportunity to clean, organize, and declutter the home, which is pretty much the specialty of Burlington-based professional organizer Ellen Hurwitz, who runs De-Clutter Me. TV extension
Once hired, Hurwitz will meet with the client at their home and help arrange their location. This process often begins with cleaning up clutter. Hurwitz's rule of thumb : If a customer hasn't used a product in the last six months and doesn't plan to use it in the next six months, they should probably throw it away.
"In the 10 years I've been in this business, people have called me nice things like 'stockbroker' or 'personal trainer' and 'fairy godmother,'" says Hurvitz.
Another technique Hurwitz recommends for her clients is the placement of related objects . For example, you can put an empty bag next to the detergent. This can make it less likely that you will have to go on a research mission several blocks away.
"Physical disability equals mental disability," Hurwitz said. "It's easier to live or work in a neater place."
The common confusion Hurwitz looks for is paperwork . Hurwitz recommends opening mail as soon as it's received and processing it immediately if it's not important, or putting it in a folder with clearly labeled manilla files in chronological order.
Hurwitz recommends toning down what she calls " visual noise ." According to Hurwitz, something as simple as placing shoes on a shoe rack can give your eyes a sense of relief.
"Sometimes when we start out, people can feel a little shy and overwhelmed," Hurwitz said. "When we start working together, I see how visually people relax, their eyebrows turn into smiles, and it's very pleasant for me and for them."
Gurwitz's goal is to provide customers with the inspiration and expertise they need for the future of cleaning.
"It's great to be able to help people quickly and help them relax and smile," Hurwitz said. "It energizes them, it energizes me." Hurwitz can be reached at [email protected] or (802) 598-3639.
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This article originally appeared in the Burlington Free Press. Pro Organizer Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks Wipe Me Out!