'I quite literally love to do the jobs people hate,' says professional organiser Jo Jacob.
Jo, who is the owner of Benella, specialises in decluttering, organising and private personal assistant work. She has been working in the business for more than 12 years.
'I originally qualified as an interior designer and trained to do home staging but then fell in love with decluttering and bringing order to people's homes,' she explains. 'I love the look on client's faces when I clear an area that they struggled with and offer storage and strategy solutions for their homes.'
Jo's clients are always united in one thing – they want an organised home but usually don't know where to start. A common scenario is a room which has become overwhelmed such as a spare bedroom, playroom, attic or even a wardrobe.
'I have the advantage of being able to be objective about an area and can quickly sort through and rearrange areas that have become a bit of a no-go area,' says Jo. 'It's similar with the PA work. People have busy lives now and need someone who can come in and put their personal admin in order or arrange aspects of their lives. It frees people up to do the things that really matter.'
So, how can you bring order and calm to your home this spring/summer? Follow Jo's top 10 tips
- Make a task list so you can cross the jobs off eg: vacuum store high tog duvets; put winter coats away
- Assign a task or room per day/week to get the job done
- Put all spring cleaning items into a bucket or container to easily carry from room to room
- Go paperless with statements, cancel magazine or paper subscriptions if not being read and recycle old magazines/papers to create space
- Put woollen jumpers away in appropriate bags with cedar balls to prevent moths
- Update framed photos if you have more recent ones to replace them with – creating a new visual can freshen up an area
- Organise the shed – take all items out and clear out broken or unwanted items and store regularly used summer items at the front – use hooks to keep items off the floor
- Sort out the airing cupboard, check all items match and are used and store on labelled shelves – put duvet sets inside one of the pillowcases to store together
- On a sunny day get curtains and mattress protectors washed and dried on the line outside
- Tackle the kitchen one cupboard/drawer at a time – label clear food containers and use storage clips to keep bread fresh etc.
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