Clutter. Clear. Repeat.

The state’s top organization professionals share their inspirational wisdom for spring.

“One of the greatest psychological barriers to keeping your space effectively and peacefully arranged is the desire to be perfect. Aside from being impossible, it is so emotionally draining to work from this point of view. I like to encourage the same mantra Sheryl Sandberg uses in Lean In: ‘Done is better than perfect.’”

Sheri Massine | Order by Design | Bend |


“Ditch the all-or-nothing attitude. If you get overwhelmed, remember that happens when you project too far into the future. Take a moment to refocus on the here and now instead of trying to figure it all out.”

Autumn Rose | Get It Straight | Organizing + Events | Portland |


“Decluttering your home is a journey to a new way of living and requires a change in habits and patterns. Maintaining a clutter-free environment is a lifestyle. It requires daily touch-ups.”

Margaret Sundin-McCann | The Clutter Bee | Grants Pass |


“Take a walk in nature, meditate or sit quietly sipping a cup of tea. Ask yourself, ‘Who or what is most important to me? What kind of life do I want to live? What brings meaning and purpose to my life?’ Once you’ve identified these things, which I call ‘Big Rocks,’ commence your spring decluttering.”

Whitney Zeigler | Big Rocks Organizing | Beaverton |


“Resist the urge to purchase pretty organizing products before doing the work; your needs may change drastically after decluttering. Shopping for organizing products is a great reward for all of your hard work — after you have completed the process!”

Veronica Bishop | Organizers Northwest | Portland |


“Build momentum in your spring-cleaning efforts. Don’t start with the worst closet or drawer. Start decluttering in one of the areas that is bugging you most to get the most satisfaction and to keep you motivated to do more!”

Bethanne Kronick | Simplify! | Portland |