Want a happy home? Clutter might be the only element in the way, according to this organizing professional.
Kotseas says that having a well-organized home can positively affect a person’s overall well-being.
For Christina Kotseas of Kotseas Concierge (kotseasconcierge.com), organization is in her blood. “I was born with a love of organizing. Starting around age 4, I became obsessed with collecting stationery, pamphlets and other office supplies. This morphed into spending hours in my room as a young girl reorganizing,” she explains. When Kotseas hit adulthood, she turned this talent into a career. “I believe that if your home is cluttered, your mind will be cluttered. For many of my clients, organization can make the difference between a productive, functional, calm household versus a frustrating, inefficient space that feels too small or unworkable,” she says. Unsure where to begin? Here, Kotseas gives her top tips for getting started.
“Add an hour or two into your calendar each week to chip away at your projects and stick to it. My clients will block off two to three hours with me and go through their list, little by little.”
“Take a second look at your home with a new lens. For example, do you use all the appliances sitting on your counter or can one or two be put into a closet to provide more counter space?”
“If your closets simply have no space, take everything out and start new. Only put items back that you absolutely love and use regularly. Everything else should be sold online or donated.”
“If you’re unable to get rid of things but want to reorganize, try focusing on a system that you feel great about. For example, if you have a play space for your kids that has toys everywhere, mismatching shelving and multicolored everything, update with some new furniture pieces that you love and swap out or add an area rug or carpet for something fresh. This can apply to any space in your home!”
“Have a drink, put your favorite music on and have some fun with it! It’s helpful to lessen the tension and frustration of it all, and you may even look forward to it. I never attack a big reorganizing project without a good playlist.”
Photography by: Gabriella Riggieri