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Closet organizing must make sense to you for you to use it.
It must conform as much as possible to the way you live and function in order to become a new habit and a part your lifestyle.
Closet organizing needs to do two things if it is to be useful to you in your home.
- Allow you to find what you want
when you want it.
more closet storage space by getting rid of what you don't use at all or don't
what is bugging you the most about your current closet organizing system. Is it...
==> You get frustrated when you can't find an item
quickly in your closet that you know is there.
==> You can't make good use of what you do have in your closet because you don't
know what's truly available. For example, how
many outfits are you not wearing because you don't even realize you
have the pieces that will work well together?
==> Items actually fall on your head when you open the closet door. Ouch!
==> You are a confirmed pack rat. It breaks your heart to give or
throw away anything. Truthfully
though, you're not enjoying those items like you wish you could.
organizing can resolve all of these challenges IF you use a closet
storage system that you understand and will actually use.
How can you develop a closet
organizing system that works for you? After all, you've probably got more to do than just
organize your closets.
clutter in your closets, take everything out and spread it on the floor.
Immediately toss what you don't want, is out-of-date or broken.
==> Place donate-able items in a box that you can give away
before the sun goes down.
==> Separate remaining items by topic. Clothes, shoes,
memorabilia, linens, etc. Whatever that particular closet contains. This part of your closet organizing system is vital.
Take your time and don't skip over anything.
==> With a pen and paper in hand, write down each category
you've just uncovered. Make a note of the amount and size of items in each
topic. You can use this information to help you pick out the right system,
closet organizers, etc. Actually measure items that will need to be put in bins
or baskets or shelves so when you go shopping for bins, baskets and shelves you
will get exactly what you need.
==> Double-check you have the space in your closet to put the
bins, baskets and shelves you want. If not, you need to get rid of more stuff.
Either it leaves your home or it goes into another space in your home...do you
have another space in your home for this item?? Be honest with yourself. You'll
be glad you did.
can buy a ready-made closet organizing system or make your own.
- Remember: everything
in your closet needs a home. Clutter
often happens when you have not designated a specific home for a specific
- Think of the way you
use the items in your home. Put little-used items farther away from your
reach and, most importantly, every day
items should be very easy to get out and put away.
- Buy the bins,
baskets and shelves you need to get those piles we made above back into
your closet and under control. Short on cash? Use old boxes. You can cut
them apart and re-configure them to exactly the size you need (which is
impossible to do with a ready-made system). You can cover or decorate your
boxes to look beautiful, if you like. That's a very fun weekend project
with the kids, by the way.
a simple rule I had to learn the hard way about closet organizing or
any organizing for that matter.. If your internal thinking is too full
or chaotic (cluttered), then it will be
extra-difficult to conquer clutter in your external environment. That's
why streamlining and simplifying work so well. Less stuff to put away
means you can actually declutter
effectively, enjoy what you have and lower your stress levels
new closet organizing system will work beautifully for you if, and only if, you
actually use it.
- Put away every item
you get out of your closet everyday. No exceptions. This is simply a habit
you can train yourself to do. The time it takes to put items away each day
is far, far less than the time it takes you to search for an item not
properly put away.
- Don't be overly hard
on yourself. Reward yourself once you
get your closet organizing finished. Let's face it. Many
of us will never get our closets organized so I applaud you for
getting this information and taking concrete action.
- If you want to
seriously conquer clutter in your home, you'll need to get your family on
track with you. One way to do that is to promote
a friendly competition between family members (chores are a lot
more fun if they are a game!).
- If you need help
with getting family members to do their part in keeping your home
decluttered, get a free
printable chore chart and put some structured muscle behind your
efforts to conquer clutter in your home. Then get maximum results from
your free chore chart by
reading our chore
Colleen Langenfeld is a mother with over 29 years of parenting experience and helps other busy moms around the globe at www.paintedgold.com.
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