Declutter your life! Professional organizers help you get rid of the mess

PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Consider Rachel Winter a modern-day Mary Poppins.

Her job? To give clients a happier, healthier lifestyle by decluttering their home. She does this with three golden rules.


"The first step is always purging you, always having to declutter," she said. "People don't use that word enough, the purging word, but it feels so good."

Second, after getting rid of unwanted or unused items, it's time to start following the "One In, One Out" rule, or "Stuff Equilibrium."

"'Stuff Equilibrium,' meaning if things are always going into the home and things don't ever leave the home, people don't ever purge well what happens clutter," Winter said.

And finally, find a home for everything in your house.

"Where does it live? And then you use something, you take it out and you put it back where it lives," Winter said. "That's it. That's the secret to staying organized."

Rachel says the biggest two challenges clients struggle with are when there's an emotional or sentimental attachment to items, or the excuse of "someday I might need that."

To this, Rachel says keep your memories, not your clutter, and live in the now.

"We change lives, we come in and we're not a luxury item," she said. "We are a necessity for so many families. Unless they hire us, they're never going to get unstuck."