13 Things Pro Organizers First Notice When They Walk in Your House

If your shoes are by the front door, it says a lot about your home.

image
Getty

Nothing grinds the gears of a professional organizer more than clutter. When they enter a your home for the first time, they're likely taking mental notes about what kind of collector you are and what's taking up the most space so they can get to work helping you streamline your storage.

1 of 14
<p>"<a href="https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Wall-Mounted-Coat-Rack-Barnwood/dp/B01N2PLWIL/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Coat racks</a> can get cluttered really fast unless you have only one jacket," says&nbsp;Jasmine Hobbs,&nbsp;an organizing expert at <a href="https://www.londoncleaningteam.co.uk/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">London Cleaning Team</a>. Unfortunately, it's often the first thing people notice when entering your home." Make space for out-of-season outerwear in your bedroom closet to avoid this.&nbsp;</p>
If the coat rack is full.

" can get cluttered really fast unless you have only one jacket," says Jasmine Hobbs, an organizing expert at . Unfortunately, it's often the first thing people notice when entering your home." Make space for out-of-season outerwear in your bedroom closet to avoid this.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
2 of 14
<p>If there's a pile by your front door, that says a lot: "This could either mean they're lacking a front hall closet or mudroom space or that they have too many shoes," says&nbsp;Anna Bauer, <a href="https://www.thumbtack.com/k/home-organizers/near-me/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Thumbtack</a> home organizer and owner of <a href="http://sortedbyanna.com/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Sorted by Anna</a><a href="http://sortedbyanna.com/"></a>.&nbsp;</p>
Where you keep your shoes.

If there's a pile by your front door, that says a lot: "This could either mean they're lacking a front hall closet or mudroom space or that they have too many shoes," says Anna Bauer, home organizer and owner of .

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
3 of 14
<p>"The first thing I notice is if there are <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=photo+frames&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aphoto+frames" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">framed pictures</a> on shelves, photos on the walls and easily-seen shelves of photo albums," says <a href="https://www.cherishyourphotosmi.com/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Cheri Warnock</a>, a professional photo organizer.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>&nbsp;"If there are,&nbsp;I know this is a person who will value the benefit I bring to organizing&nbsp;photo collections."</p>
If you show off photos.

"The first thing I notice is if there are on shelves, photos on the walls and easily-seen shelves of photo albums," says , a professional photo organizer. "If there are, I know this is a person who will value the benefit I bring to organizing photo collections."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
4 of 14
<p>"It may seem normal to other people, but if a non-student still <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/g3482/what-your-book-organization-says-about-you/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">keeps textbooks</a> somewhere exposed, a professional organizer gets immediately triggered," says&nbsp;Hobbs. This usually means the person has a hard time letting&nbsp;go of things.</p>
If your bookshelf contains textbooks.

"It may seem normal to other people, but if a non-student still somewhere exposed, a professional organizer gets immediately triggered," says Hobbs. This usually means the person has a hard time letting go of things.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
5 of 14
<p>"I believe no one needs a dozen&nbsp;subscriptions to be familiar with the news around the world,"&nbsp;says&nbsp;Lucy Norman, a&nbsp;cleaning and organizing expert at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.endoftennancycleaning.co.uk/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">End to End Cleaning Services</a><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor">.</span><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>&nbsp;"I suggest to anyone who is keeping hundreds of magazines stashed somewhere,&nbsp;recycle them and to adapt to today's digital lifestyle." A.k.a. embrace that <a href="https://www.amazon.com/All-New-Amazon-Fire-7-Tablet/dp/B01GEW27DA/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">tablet life</a>.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
How many old magazines you're holding onto.

"I believe no one needs a dozen subscriptions to be familiar with the news around the world," says Lucy Norman, a cleaning and organizing expert at . "I suggest to anyone who is keeping hundreds of magazines stashed somewhere, recycle them and to adapt to today's digital lifestyle." A.k.a. embrace that .

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
6 of 14
<p>If you never have enough space to chop, unless you reconfigure your clutter, it could mean two things: "[You] have too many items in [your]&nbsp;cabinets and drawers and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/tips/g1397/small-kitchen-storage/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">not enough storage</a> or [you're]&nbsp;not taking the time to put items away," says Bauer.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
Whether there's clutter on your countertops.

If you never have enough space to chop, unless you reconfigure your clutter, it could mean two things: "[You] have too many items in [your] cabinets and drawers and or [you're] not taking the time to put items away," says Bauer.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
7 of 14
<p>Not everything should be out of sight. "Storing the stuff you need on a daily basis, sometimes can be a bad practice," says Lauren Haynes, a cleaning and home organizing<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span> expert at&nbsp;<a href="https://domesticcleaners.co.uk/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Star Domestic Cleaners</a><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor"><a href="https://domesticcleaners.co.uk/"></a>.</span><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>&nbsp;"The right approach here is to make spots on the countertop for t<a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/tips/g1397/small-kitchen-storage/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">he things you use every day</a>,&nbsp;like a <a href="https://www.amazon.com/SharkNinja-BL610-Ninja-Professional-Blender/dp/B00NGV4506/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">blender</a>."<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
Or ... if your countertops are clutter-free.

Not everything should be out of sight. "Storing the stuff you need on a daily basis, sometimes can be a bad practice," says Lauren Haynes, a cleaning and home organizing expert at . "The right approach here is to make spots on the countertop for t, like a ."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
8 of 14
<p>"Open or&nbsp;overflowing trash cans can really get the attention of a professional organizing expert," says Hobbs.&nbsp;"If you can't take the trash out regularly, at least use a <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Wastebasket-13-Gallon-Metal-Accent-1843029/dp/B00MZSHX6Y/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">closed container</a>." Your guests will thank you, too.</p>
The kind of trash can you own.

"Open or overflowing trash cans can really get the attention of a professional organizing expert," says Hobbs. "If you can't take the trash out regularly, at least use a ." Your guests will thank you, too.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
9 of 14
<p>"Seeing kitchen containers that aren't labeled and aren't&nbsp;see-through is a usual thing that can never be missed by a professional," says&nbsp;Haynes. You better believe they're already picturing <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=labels&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Alabels" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">what color label</a> will look best with your assortment of food.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
How many labels are in your pantry.

"Seeing kitchen containers that aren't labeled and aren't see-through is a usual thing that can never be missed by a professional," says Haynes. You better believe they're already picturing will look best with your assortment of food.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
10 of 14
<p>"Besides&nbsp;your last-worn outfit, your bedroom should be free of clutter," says Norman. "Placing too much stuff in a place designed to&nbsp;bring you comfort and relaxation is not the wisest thing to do." If piles are impossible to avoid, just make sure you don't keep them where you sleep.<br></p>
Where you keep your piles of stuff.

"Besides your last-worn outfit, your bedroom should be free of clutter," says Norman. "Placing too much stuff in a place designed to bring you comfort and relaxation is not the wisest thing to do." If piles are impossible to avoid, just make sure you don't keep them where you sleep.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
11 of 14
<p>If your countertop is <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=cosmetics&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acosmetics" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">full of products</a>, this often tells an organizer&nbsp;there's tons of <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/tips/g810/small-bathroom-storage/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">potential for your space</a>. "In general, when you store lots of cosmetics, it's almost sure that there are some expired ones," says Haynes. In other words, there's more&nbsp;stuff you can throw out.</p>
The cosmetics in your bathroom.

If your countertop is , this often tells an organizer there's tons of . "In general, when you store lots of cosmetics, it's almost sure that there are some expired ones," says Haynes. In other words, there's more stuff you can throw out.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
12 of 14
<p>Norman says she often finds that people overdo it on the <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/decorating-ideas/tips/a26943/kitchen-open-shelving-pros/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">open shelving</a>. "While there is nothing wrong with placing your candles, books&nbsp;and photos there, no one needs to know what <a href="https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=bhp_brws_100bks?ie=UTF8&amp;node=8192263011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-leftnav&amp;pf_rd_r=D3BN2ACYH3140EH6XXZN&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;pf_rd_p=35241925-d18d-4090-b6b8-fdc60dbc4e4d&amp;pf_rd_i=283155" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">book you're reading</a> right now and what medications you've been prescribed from your doctor," she says.&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
How many open shelves you own.

Norman says she often finds that people overdo it on the . "While there is nothing wrong with placing your candles, books and photos there, no one needs to know what right now and what medications you've been prescribed from your doctor," she says.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
13 of 14
<p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>Don't worry: No one wants to toss <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&amp;field-keywords=barbie" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Barbie</a>. "Kids will be messy, but it becomes clear when entering a home if they need better storage and systems so toys aren't <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">everywhere</em>," says Bauer. "After all, no one wants their home to feel like a Toys-R-Us as soon as you walk in."</p>
How many toys your kids own.

Don't worry: No one wants to toss . "Kids will be messy, but it becomes clear when entering a home if they need better storage and systems so toys aren't everywhere," says Bauer. "After all, no one wants their home to feel like a Toys-R-Us as soon as you walk in."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
14 of 14
WATCH: 8 Smart ways to Get Kids Organized
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Organizing