Contemplating an urge to sort through your belongings after bingeing Tidying Up with Marie Kondo? Feeling overwhelmed by your cluttered house but powerless to fight it? Philly’s professional organizers can help.
Professional organizers don’t just help you straighten up your apartment; they also help you acknowledge and overcome emotional attachments to objects, and coach you on how to choose future possessions more carefully. But even if you don’t shell out for a pro, you can benefit from their organizational wisdom.
We talked to three area organizers — Darla DeMorrow of Wayne’s Heart Work Organizing, Annie Kilbride of Havertown’s Life Simplified, and Christina Rosenbruch of Bucks County’s SparkJoy.Space — about tips for decluttering on your own and where to take your stuff once you’ve decided to part with it.
While organizers advocate for getting rid of things, they don’t want clients throwing items in the trash. In fact, Rosenbruch encourages customers to consider their effect on the environment.
On her site (heartworkorg.com), DeMorrow offers a donation recycling directory that includes several niche organizations with more targeted audiences: musical instruments for students who can’t afford them (musicopia.net); clothes and toys for kids living in poverty (cradlestocrayons.org); unopened makeup and toiletries for those in homeless shelters (homelessshelterdirectory.org); and bikes for youth (neighborhoodbikeworks.org).