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21 Things a Professional Organizer Would Never Have in Her Own Home

We’ve purged, consolidated and donated. But for some reason our closets, pantries and medicine cabinets runneth over with…stuff. In our quest to become the minimalist neat-freaks we know we can be, we asked New York City-based professional organizer Laura Cattano what exactly we’re doing wrong. With a “living better with less” philosophy, here’re the 21 things Cattano says we should nix from our homes.

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Unless you’re using it for only one or two jackets—let’s face it: you’re not—they become overloaded. Coats, hats and bags become hard to find and it winds up looking like a jumbled mess. Hooks, on the other hand, are your friend.

Recycle the keys you have no hope of identifying and label the remaining ones with a sticker or nifty label maker.

Most people don’t have enough paper to fill an entire cabinet. Archival

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