Organize your home with tips from the pros

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Spring is finally here, so it's time to start tackling the cleaning! (KTRK)

Spring is finally here, so it's time to start tackling the cleaning!

If you are looking to get organized without spending a fortune getting there, an expert is sharing her secrets.

When it comes to sprucing up her place, professional organizer Julie Hibbs says it is best to take a quick inventory of what you have.

"A lot of time if you just get rid of expired medicine, or expired food, and kind of pare down on the things you don't need, that is a huge step forward," Hibbs said.

Once you've cleaned out the unnecessary clutter, break down everything into categories.

"Whether its kids arts and crafts or their clothes, or toys or medicine or even in the pantry," Hibbs said.

Starting with the medicine cabinet, Hibbs go-to tool of choice to keep things tidy is shelf expanders that run from $7.99 to $12.99.

"When you have a cabinet that's deep, and you've got small goods you want to put on it, inevitably they're going to get lost unless you have a stackable shelf," Hibbs said.

She says the shelves are also extremely helpful in the pantry too to allow you to see the labels of all your food items.

Other must-have items to prevent clutter are baskets. They are perfect for items in the pantry like snack bags or baking supplies. The baskets Hibbs uses start around $7.99.

Another tip from the pros is to place labels on bins or baskets so you know what's in there. They're cheap, inexpensive, and easy to make.

If your kitchen drawers aren't so organized, you can get custom-made organizers to fit perfectly, but they're also pricey.

"They match the interior of your drawer and they look great, but they're expensive. They could run $60 to $80," Hibbs said.

For a more budget friendly option, adjustable plastic organizers will do the trick and only run about $14.

Back in the bedroom, do your dresser drawers need a makeover?

"When you have socks, or underwear or scarves - anything of those small things- they will literally just float around that draw and it's a mess to look in," Hibbs said.

To straighten up the mess, Hibbs' team uses inserts to organize it all. It's a great organizing tip that will help you save a few minutes in the morning when getting ready.

"They're great. They're from Ikea. They're $7.99 and there are six per set," Hibbs said.


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