Got the post summer closet blues? How about a fresh start?
Summer is over and I'm kind of sad to see it go. Time to bring back the Fall/Winter wardrobe and put away the summer-time clothes and shoes, which also gives us a good chance to freshen up our look a bit. I love finding some of my favorites again after a season of storing them away. It's like going shopping, as everything seems new again.
Looking for a chance to freshen up and organize your closet? Post summer blues or not, this could be the perfect time to clear out what you don't wear and make room for more of what you love and wear most often.
11 tips for that organized closet you've been dreaming of... I hope you'll stay in touch and comeback here to let us know how it goes, if you take time for this project this season.
1. Set aside time Two to four hours for a small closet; four to six for a walk in. Bring along a friend to help. At the least they can keep you company.
2. Bring supplies You will need a few plastic bins and some large boxes on hand when you begin to sort and store.
3. Invest in suitable hangers Extra large hangers and foam hangers for the items that tend to slip off, sturdy hangers for the heavy coats and pant hangers with clips for the slacks and trousers. The return on investment will be allot less ironing in the future.
4. Make a plan Decide ahead of time what you will use the closet for. Clothes and shoes, laundry, etc. Anything you plan on keeping yet not putting back should have a home to go to.
5. Set the stage Create a place for five piles; trash, donate, storage, things to repair and the keepers.
6. Dig right in Take everything out and sort as you go. Trash or giveaway shoes you haven't worn in over a year, box and label special occasion footwear, box up seasonal clothes you won't need for the next three to six months and go through your clothes and ask yourself objective questions to help make those tough decisions.
7. Be brave and bold This is the tough part, so here are some questions to help you narrow things down:
Does this fit me? If the answer is no, it goes. Thoughts of 'maybe someday' may come up, but remember that you are making room for the person you are today.
Do I actually wear it? If you haven't worn it in the last year put it in the donate pile. If this was something you loved and looked good on you it wouldn't be left unused.
Do I love it, or even like it? If it has seen better days or after trying it on again you really just don't like it anymore, out it goes. A friend can come in handy here to help give you some feedback. Bring along someone you think has good fashion sense and will be kind but honest with you.
8. Put everything back Organize your clothes by groups such as; casual, special occasion, sportswear, career wear,etc. You can group by tops, bottoms, colour, etc. You are the best person to know what groups make sense for you, yet do consider efficiency when choosing homes for the long-hang vs. short-hang items, as this will effect how much space you can squeeze out of your closet.
9. Clear the area Dump the trash, distribute the donations. Sort your repairable items and reserve time in your schedule to work on them. Group the items in your storage pile, box them up, label them and put them away.
10.Consider your options if you still need more space,consider solutions such as; over-the-door organizers, wall hooks, under the bed storage, etc.
11. Celebrate Well done! Treat yourself to something you love and share the news.
Kitchen Streamlining Time to get down to basics. Here is one way to clear out what you don't need without having to worry about purging too quickly.
Start by pulling out all of your kitchen utensils from the drawers.
Separate the basics that you 'must have' from the rest.
The things you rarely use or have very limited function should now go into a box, just big enough to hold them.
Then go ahead and mark this box with an expiry date of either 6 months or 1 year from the date you do this.
After you have done this put the box away in a location you can access if you need to, but out of the kitchen and out of the way.
As time goes by after this clean up and you find yourself needing something from that box, go ahead and remove it from the box, but only the one item you need and then reseal the box.
Be careful to only do this when you actually need something and nothing else you already have will work.
Be mindful not to purposefully create a need just so you can pull out a utensil. When the expiry date you chose for that box is reached,now you can take the entire box, without opening it, and donate it.
Doing this will give you the best idea of what you actually use, and what is clutter.
Closet De-clutter Much like the idea for the kitchen, this little trick works great for the wardrobe.
Take all of the clothes that you have on hangers and flip the hangers backwards in the closet.
As time passes and you you wear an item, wash it afterwards and when you are done go ahead and hang it on the closet rod the proper way.
After one year, allowing yourself time to get through the seasons, donate whatever is still facing the wrong way.
With the exception a very occasional formal wear this will show you what you actually use and what you do not wear.
Garage Zoning So much of what we bring into our homes has packaging we ultimately have to deal with. Finding a home for this in our kitchens can be a challenge, so I suggest creating a disposal center in the garage, making it easy to deposit things into as you come and go.
In your garage set aside some room for a recycling and trash area.
Each time you leave your car take with you any trash and recyclables and deposit them in this recycling/trash area.
It will be a good idea to set it up in a way that will accommodate your household needs as well, as getting all of your trash and recycling in one area is ideal.
Engage the rest of your family to help you not only keep the car and garage clean but to move recyclables and trash from the household into the trash and recycling area.
Donation center It is much easier to keep things current when you can discard things you no longer need quickly and efficiently. To help you and your family members discard items that are no longer needed, set up a donation center in your house.
Use a large cardboard box, or invest in a nice large laundry basket to create donation center that you can easily drop things into.
This donation center can be in a closet, kept in the corner of a bedroom, or place in the garage.
When someone goes to put on some clothes that no longer fit, or discovers that they no longer want or need something, it can go straight into the donation bin.
Keeping a clearly marked bin like this in each closet will help prevent things from going back into the laundry pile by mistake.
Donate all the items once the box is full
Electronics Gadgets and cables can get out of control fast in a world where technology is everywhere. If you're tripping over cables and have gadgets stuffed into every available corner it's time for a clean up.
First, go on a mission around your home to collect every random cord, electrical item or charger that is not in use.
Go through the box to determine what has value and be sure to mark them properly so that you will know what they are for in the future.
Whatever you are not using should be donated or safely recycled.
Many regional recycling depots will take items of this sort for no cost.
One room or one space at a time When you are organizing it may seem like a good idea to attempt to organize two or more room at the same time, but this is not always productive. It's best if you can focus your energy on one room, or one space at a time. Make sure you give yourself enough time to work in that space as Rome was not built in a day. Your big organizing projects will likely not be completed in a day, so be sure to continue to schedule time to work on your spaces as needed until they are finished.
One in, one out I know that you have heard this before. The old 'One In, One Out' rule. Employ this rule to keep your stuff under control. If your shoes wear out and you must buy a new pair to replace them, go ahead and make sure you throw the old one out. If you are buying a new item, clothes, shoes, kitchen utensils, etc., the old one must be donated or discarded.
Running out of room in the closet? Finding that you have more stuff than space?
There is a growing need to utilize or maximize your hidden space and the closet area is a good place to start. That standard "one rod and shelf" just does not cut it. It lacks function and reduces your available cubic space by 25% to 40%.
Step1 - Maximize your space.
Closet organizers give you a significant increase in functionality in these important hidden areas. Installing one, you will be amazed by the transformation. My suggestion is to go with quality, and I have just the man to help you get one at factory direct prices too.
Step2 - Decide what stays in this new "prime real estate" area of your home.
Once you have selected the closet organizer it is time to take a look at what you are going to keep and what you can do with out. That is where a professional organizer can help.
Sorting and purging are important steps to getting organized and staying organized. We all hold onto items we will never use or wear again but are afraid to let go. An objective view can be a big help when working through our belongings and having to make the right choices about what we really need or ads value and meaning to our home, and what is just holding us down like dead weight.
Organizing takes a little time, it takes effort and it can be overwhelming, yet we are here to help you so don't worry you don't have to do it alone anymore.
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Wow ..what a feeling going into your closet finding exactly what you need ..JUST PURRRR-FECT!
Opportunities are always available when you keep an eye out for them. When it comes to your living space here are some ways to build in a little extra room where you may need it most.
In the Kitchen, try expanding your counter space buy using an open drawer to rest a cutting board across the runners. You can also try placing a board across the sink. Use this extra space when cooking to hold prepared foods while you cook.
Another idea to help find more space in your kitchen is to use cup hooks under the upper shelf of a kitchen cabinet. Great for small teacups, coffee mugs, small utensils and can even help out in a work room to hold small tools etc.
In the Closet, try adding a closet organizer that will allow you to hang twice as many clothes. Shirts and tops only need half the height as long items so why try using the same space for both? Maximize!
For those deep, oddly placed cabinets you just can't seem to reach the back of, try extending our reach by using a lazy Susan or a pullout shelf to access its full depth.
Try to get more than one function out of your furniture. Consider furnishings that perform more than one function. For example; an entry bench that doubles as a storage container or has shelving underneath. You multitask, so why no your furniture?
And keep in mind this last tip. In just about any room you can ad shelf space for keepsakes, books and more by positioning a shelf just a foot and a half below the ceiling.