Intentional, Organized Living Made Simple

Katy Krupnik was born with the inherent ability to organize and make sense out of chaos. She’s so good at it, she became a professional organizer and started her own business, The Tidy Cottage.

“I don’t like to clean and I’m not your typical Type-A person,” says Krupnik. “I love that simplifying your home can help you get to the things that are important to you.”

Krupnik remembers being organized even as a kid. Her friends’ moms would pick her up to organize their closets. After college, she had a few different careers. One as a respite habilitator where she helped children with special needs make goals and achieve them. But after having children of her own, she wanted a job with a controllable schedule.

She joined the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and started her own business.

“Either people have organizing tendencies or they don’t. That’s okay, that’s where I come in,” says Krupnik. “I like to approach each project by asking about their habits and what they like to do on a regular basis. Are you a paper person or digital? Where do you put your bag? How does your family work? Once I assess their habits, we go from there.”

Krupnik tackles projects big or small. She loves organizing bedroom closets and kitchen pantries. She finds it extremely satisfying seeing kids’ playrooms come to order. She also organizes offices and entire homes.

“There are some clients who have 10 to 20 years of paperwork and problems. They’ve been hustling in their professional life and haven’t had a chance to organize,” says Krupnik.

It’s not just about cleaning up a space for some clients; it can also be about reshaping one’s habits.

“They are used to doing things a certain way and I help them change. After practice and months of working together, it’s great to see them make changes on their own,” says Krupnik. “It’s very rewarding.”

Her techniques are simple: First, she works with the client to clear the clutter. Next, she sets them up on a system based on their habits to keep the space organized. And, lastly, she styles the area to make it Pinterest-worthy. 

“It’s just as easy to put things in the container as it is to put it on the counter,” says Krupnik. “It’s about being intentional with your time.” 

Interested in eliminating the clutter? 
Krupnik offers some pro tips:

  1. 1. Have a basket in the closet dedicated for clothing donations, so unwanted items don’t end up back on a hanger.

  3. 2. Get rid of duplicates in the kitchen. Keep your favorite three mixing bowls, donate the other ten. Keep one set of measuring cups, not two. Also, only keep the special coffee cups and eliminate the rest.

  5. 3. Use vertical space in smaller rooms and closets. Get up high by adding layers on the top of closets, hang organizers on doors and use tall bookshelves.

  7. 4. One of Krupnik’s favorite organizing tools is the IRIS Photo Keeper. It comes in six or 12-piece sets. The larger box contains smaller stacked boxes, perfect for organizing craft materials, stickers, cards and, of course, photos.

  9. 5. Use a planner to write down your week—it makes a big difference in being intentional about your goals and your time.

  11. 6. Take control by planning meals in advance. Even if you schedule to eat out, it’s less overwhelming when you have a plan.

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