It does not fail! In the first 15 minutes of an interview with a new client, the same question always comes up:

And what method of organization do you follow?

The answer is also always the same: space, content and person. THAT'S MY METHOD

The answer to this question could be the same as when we are asked what clothes do we feel best?

The best organizational method in my opinion is one that is tailor-made, the one that adapts the content to the existing space and also takes into account the person to whom that organization is directed. Therefore, it is unique and non-transferable, it is cut to pattern.

You will be with me that Japanese culture is not the same as European culture, that having a 3 x 3 wardrobe is not the same as having to resign yourself to a capsule wardrobe and that not everyone has the same budget when buying one shelf to organize shoes; there will be those who can order it from a carpenter and take advantage of every cm of the available space and who will settle for the measurements of a second-hand shelf in Milanuncios or Wallappop.

Let's do a little research and study the most famous order methods.




This young Japanese woman and her KonMarie method has captivated millions of people around the world, being included by Time magazine in 2015, in the list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Its formula is a combination of oriental philosophy, feng shui and emotional coaching.

The vertical folding method has revolutionized our drawers in such a way that even those who do not have a lack of space and could hang all their t-shirts without folds, still dedicate countless minutes to this task of making packages with their t-shirts. (I still don't believe it: -o)

According to Marie Kondo, the rule when organizing a home would be to organize it in this order:





5th KOMONO (various objects)

I strongly agree to start organizing clothes, as it is a space that worries a lot. It is the simplest to organize and the results are so spectacular when it is finished, that it invites you to continue tidying up the rest of the house.

I don't know what Marie Kondo's clients will be like but from my experience I will tell you that my clients do not specifically want to follow this order of clothes first, then books, papers ...

Without going any further, I am doing the work of organizing a complete house of 300 m2 and we have started with the garage. This is what my client requested and it made perfect sense: not only was it the most disorganized space, but it was also indispensable for the organization of the rest. Each house has its peculiarities and the importance and priority of the order varies greatly from one to another.

In another organization where I am working online, we have started with the child's room. In this case, it was the one that worried my client the most. I wanted to give it priority and I totally agreed.

According to Ms. Kondo, to decide whether or not to keep something, we must take it with our hands, one by one and think if it has made us happy, in its use ... Look, I try them, but my clients' third jersey They pick it up and from midfield they try to score in the bag that says: DONATION!

This is what I call reality versus marketing.

EXPERT OPINION: Vertical folding is perfect for certain types of garments of sufficient consistency to stand on their own, such as socks or towels and when the space has a specific minimum and maximum of cm in height.

♦ As for the problem of space that it promises to solve by folding versus hanging, I will tell you that in 100% of the homes that I have organized the problem is attachment. There is no real lack of space but a lack of control over our belongings.



This North American Professional Organizer seems to want to unseat Marie Kondo herself.

Let's see what your method consists of:

For Marla Cilley the key is to establish areas in which to work each week in your home, so that you can gradually clean and organize your house. For example: hall, living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom ...

She suggests dedicating 1 hour of cleaning to each area, a specific day a week and 3 daily routines: one in the morning, another in the afternoon and another at night.

The Flylady method challenges you to order the spaces in 15-minute sessions. Not a minute more, not a minute less and if necessary, with a stopwatch in hand.

Something very important and that is the mantra of this method is that you keep the sink at bay. Don't even think about going out the door if it's dry and shiny! The sink must be pristine since its cleaning is supposed to encourage you to have other things clean.

Something curious about this method is its recommendation to walk around the house in shoes and if they are laced better, since that way you feel prepared at all times to do things.

Finally, you must create a very detailed weekly plan of routines and tasks in which you must incorporate complementary activities that you do not have to do every day, such as deep cleaning or specific cleaning such as the living room lamp.

Of course, she recommends making the bed every day.

I agree whit you on that thing ...

EXPERT OPINION: It is undeniable that the method, at least, is curious and that the establishment of daily and weekly routines is essential. I would go even further and complement it with quarterly, semester and even yearly routines.

However, I am one of those who takes my shoes off as soon as I get home for reasons of comfort and cleanliness, and I assure you that with my non-slip socks I work much more effectively than in lace-up shoes.

♦ Sorry, Flylady, but I won't buy this item for you.



Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer are the creators of The Home Edit method and the professional organizers of celebrities such as Reese Whiterspoon, Emma Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Her method is based on the combination of order and beauty, achieving a visual appeal, organizing by categories and colors.

Unlike Marie Kondo, these California gurus of order recommend tackling order little by little, starting with small and easy concrete areas.

To begin with, the first thing this method tells you is that you should eliminate everything you don't need and from there classify, categorize and label.

It gives priority to use in the establishment of order and not to the room and works with a wide range of organizational accessories.

EXPERT OPINION: I love this method and I am 100% searching for the perfect combination of beauty and order.

I always give my clients as an example that they think about the chromatic scale of a box of plastidecores to sort by color, once they have ordered by categories and by type.

Another important point that I share is the need for organizational accessories to be able to take advantage of every cm of space.

The only thing I don't quite see is the ordering in small doses. My experience tells me that when you order little by little, those of you who are not very constant and do not enjoy organizing, you abandon the task before even starting.

♦ Ideally, full stay organization sessions.



Taking to the extreme the time dedicated to the tasks of order and cleaning we find the Kaizen method. This method consists of dedicating one minute a day to each job and gradually adding time.

This doctrine of "continuous improvement" is attributed to the organizational teacher and quality consultant Masaaki Imai.

In 1986, Masaaki Imai founded the Kaizen Institute Consulting Group (KICG) with the aim of introducing Kaizen knowledge and tools to companies.

Kaizen which in Japanese means "change for the better" focuses on the continuous improvement of production processes and business management.

This method has been applied with great success in industries as diverse as banking and health and uses as a base the organizational system of the 5S: seiri, seito, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke that mean classify, order, clean, standardize and maintenance.

Its application and methodology are so simple that it is not surprising that it has quickly been extrapolated to the domestic environment.

EXPERT OPINION: I don't know how you will see it, but I like to start a task and finish it. I recognize that I play with an advantage because I am not lazy and I can spend 8 hours tidying a closet if I even eat, but I understand that if order and cleanliness is not yours, you will need a training period.

In any case, 1 minute seems like too little time to me and I would increase it to at least 30 minutes!

♥ Regarding the organizational system of the 5S I cannot agree more because it is the one that I apply in the work of organizing companies.



Döstadning is the union of two Swedish words "death" and "cleaning" which literally means "to clean before dying".

This term comes from the book The Swedish Art of Ordering Before You Die. Its author, Margareta Magnusso, also known as the Marie Kondo of death, is committed to a proactive and thoughtful cleaning of our belongings before dying.

The Swedes have championed this method and it is not surprising, as they are characterized by their minimalist taste and rigorous order.

This method aims to save family members the difficult task of making decisions about what to keep, what to throw away or donate after we are gone.

The longer we live, the more we accumulate (let us Spaniards tell us), so Ms. Maagnuso recommends not waiting for the elderly to apply this method. Any age or time, such as a move or the birth of a baby is perfect to start shedding.

This is their motto: "If you don't love it, throw it away. If you don't use it, throw it away."

EXPERT OPINION: The idea of putting our lives and belongings in order before we die seems very successful!

Leaving aside the benefits it brings to our families, I think it is the best way to reconcile ourselves with our past.

♦ A real maturity exercise that we should do as our Guru Margareta Magnusso recommends at forty. But if you are not ready yet, you are allowed another 40 years to convince yourself of its benefits.


Here I leave you a recommended reading where you will find everything you need to order, from the entrance to the dressing room: A home to live in: Reorganize your house and, incidentally, your life, by Lu Wei.

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