Sumter woman teaches DIY home hacks for organization

Holds seminars to teach tips

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 3/23/18

Forget spring cleaning. Think, instead, of spring organizing. And if you're going to think of spring organizing, you can't forget about Sandi Davis.

The Sumter County resident has been professionally home organizing since 2004, and she says while …

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Sumter woman teaches DIY home hacks for organization

Holds seminars to teach tips

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Forget spring cleaning. Think, instead, of spring organizing. And if you're going to think of spring organizing, you can't forget about Sandi Davis.

The Sumter County resident has been professionally home organizing since 2004, and she says while the initial process of going through a house and setting all the bins in place and clothes in order, which is where she comes in, maintaining the tricks and methods are something anyone can do.

Davis said she is not a clean freak. She doesn't like throwing things away. She is tidy. Organized clutter.

"It's got to be easy. Being neat can be bad. Something can look nice and clean, but you may have to go through a big pile to get to something, or you may never know where anything is," she said.

She got into the business of organizing people's homes as a career when a friend asked her to come over and help and that she would pay her. After that first experience, she realized she had a knack for it and applied for a business license.

"I have [people] come in and I'll take them around and show them what I do," she said of the seminars she holds.

She said she tries not to straighten up before the seminars because the spaces she is teaching about "have to be lived in." It's not about being spotlessly clean. It's about knowing where what you need is and being able to find it easily and quickly.

"I love helping people," she said. "And it helps me to help them, and I feel like people live better lives when they're organized."

Sandi's rule: File,

don't stack.

Take a drawer of napkins or hand towels. If you fold them, however nicely, and put them on top of each other in a drawer, you will only be able to take the one on top. As you use them and wash them and put them back in the drawer, the ones on the bottom will never be used.

Enter Sandi Davis.

If you roll them, you will be able to see them all at the same time, she explained. Then, you can slide the unused ones up to the front of the drawer and replace the used and cleaned ones in the back, allowing each one to get used.

The same idea goes with papers and records, though this one may seem more obvious. A stack of papers requires flipping through them all to get to what you need. If they're filed, you can label them and go straight to them.

A unique way to apply this rule - which Davis uses all over her house, from closets to Tupperware to socks - is with plates and serving dishes.

By storing them on their side in horizontal racks, you can see each plate at the same time, and you don't have to lift a pile of plates, set them aside and put them back to get the one you need.

Hack: Use a plate

rack to hold your

keys and cellphone

Davis has a two-plate display rack on her kitchen counter, but it has some modifications.

"I found some nice bowls, and it's a good place to put your phone and your keys where you can find it," she said.

Hack: Plastic bins

make easy drawers

Davis has plastic bins of all sizes throughout her house. They prevent kitchen items from getting lost in the back of a cabinet. They save small, loose objects from getting lost. They sort makeup and bathroom accessories.

"I don't like to get down on my hands and knees to see what's in the back of the cabinet. So, by making your own drawers, it's very economical, and you can see what you need. And I have these bins everywhere," she said.

Hack: Use a tackle box

for beads and loose crafting equipment

A tackle box is perfect for organizing small, loose items.

"Just by color coordinating and putting it in here, it makes it easy to find," she said.

Other tips

- Put food in drawers based on type, such as sweet snacks, salty snacks, cans and spices.

- Buy greeting cards once a year, and sort them by holiday.

- Use bins with holes in them, and attach strings for handles to be placed on high-up shelves as a way to easily pull them down.

- Place closet shelves horizontally to make cubbies for things such as purses.

- Use a plastic box with dividers for travel toiletries so the levels can be placed on counters and packed up easily.

- Keep a basket by the stairs for items you need to take up so you don't make multiple trips or forget.

- Recycle greeting cards and cut them up to make gift tags.

- Hang wreaths on a curtain rod to prevent them from getting squished and to make them easy to find.