Love Where You Live: 3 Tips from a Professional Organizer

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Yesterday was Valentine's day, so a lot of us have love on the brain. This installment of our video roundup is all about loving the place in your life that's most important to you — your home. Maybe your relationship with your home has soured a bit over the years, or maybe it's never been that great to begin with. Maybe you really like where you live, but there are still a few things you'd like to fix. Professional organizer Amelia Meena has some quick tips for making the place you live right now into a home you really love.

This has to be one of my favorite One Minute Tips of all time, for its simplicity and for its genius. Amelia's advice about living within your means is all about recognizing the limits of your current space, and learning to live joyfully with them. Instead of lamenting that your closet is too small, try thinking critically about whether or not you really need all the things in said closet. Sometimes, changing your mindset is everything.

Now that you've watched the video above, you might be inspired to give a bunch of stuff away. Here's Amelia's advice on the best ways to give things away.

And finally, here's a tip that ran on Valentine's day last year: a sweet reminder that if you love your home, it will love you back.

• The Star: Amelia Meena moved to New York City in a roundabout way from Kentucky, bringing only 2 suitcases and dreams of Broadway. Nearly a decade later, she's sung onstage, acted on screen, and has found the best thing about organization is efficiency (it's gone up to 4 suitcases now but that's still pretty good for city living). Her company, Appleshine, Lifestyle Organization, has helped men, women, families, and businesses clear out clutter and make the most of their space. When she's not Appleshining someone's lifestyle, she's running in Central Park, playing violin with a bluegrass band, catching up on reading for her 2 book clubs, or wandering around The Container Store.

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(Image credits: Kathryn Bacalis)