Holiday Organizing and Beyond

It may seem too early to start thinking about holiday organizing, but a big part of organizing is planning ahead, so your next steps are easier. Besides talking about holiday storage, I’m also going to throw in some general storage tips as well.

Organizing Clothes for Storage

All of my organizing solutions are built around a plan for circulation and now is the time to look at a very important one: seasonal rotation of clothes. Here are some thoughts on how to store seasonal clothes, how to store daily clothes, and products that make it all easier.

Shelf Organizing Cheat Sheet

I have written a ten part series on closet organizing, but if you’d like to see the best placement practices summarized on one sheet, here it is. This is just for a closet with shelves, from top to bottom, not one with a hanging rod. Before following these, I recommend emptying your closet entirely and purging the excess. When you reload, consider this.

Are Vampires Lurking in Your Closet?

Last week a woman was giving me a tour of all the organizing challenges in her home and when we came to a closet upstairs, I asked her, “can I see what’s in here?” She said “Oh, I don’t want to show you that. It’s a DISASTER!” After explaining to her that I was in the disaster business, she let me have a look.

Closet Impossible?

I have taken rather ruthless measures in an effort to get my clients’ wardrobes to match the capacity of their closets.  The measures I take on myself are no less ruthless. Yup, that’s my closet to the right.  ALL of it. Perhaps you have heard the Pareto Principle applied to closets before.  You know, we wear 20% of our clothes …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #10

This is the final entry in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 10. DON’T rearrange just a part of your problem closet. Many is the time I’ve gotten halfway through emptying a closet and the client suggests I leave the rest because it’s “pretty well organized.”  Despite that suggestion, I recommend that we keep going so that we …

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Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #9

This is the ninth in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 9. DON’T over-organize items you rarely use. Can you really be too organized? Yes. The ever-quotable Albert Einstein said “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler” and who am I to argue with Einstein? Perhaps it might sound strange for an organizer to …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #8

This is the eighth in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 8. DON’T store seasonal items at eye level. The most valuable real estate in a closet is located at eye level.  This should not be wasted on items you access infrequently, like holiday, archival, and seasonal items.  If you happen to have some open space front-and-center, great!  …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #7

This is the seventh in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 7. DON’T rely on your memory to identify a container’s contents. “I THINK I can remember what’s in there.”  Sure, you know now and maybe for a couple of weeks, but over time your memory of containers’ contents fades.  That’s OK!  You have enough challenges in …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #6

This is the sixth in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 6. DON’T store loose papers in shopping bags. The vast majority of paper I find in plastic shopping bags is garbage.  These bags tend to fall into the category I call “make-it-go-away” bags, which is not a good idea.  If, however, these bags are holding old …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #5

This is the fifth in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 5. DON’T store regular small items in lidded boxes. Sometimes I’m in homes where there is no shortage of nice square, lidded, even clear boxes, but there is still a lack of organization.  What’s missing?  Accessibility.  Stackable boxes aren’t for everything.  They make the best use …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #4

This is the fourth entry in the series  Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 4. DON’T store ANYTHING in a rounded basket with a handle. I know how it goes.  A friend gives you a beautiful gift basket and when it’s emptied, you just can’t bear to part with it.  “Surely I can find SOMETHING to put in it.” …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #3

This is the third in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 3. DON’T store items in opaque containers. Attractive boxes and baskets are intended for display-worthy spaces, not closets and other storage spaces. Colored plastic bins are good for hiding items, but not for organizing them. Under no circumstances should you store items of value in black …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #2

This is the second in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 2. DON’T fill every last gap in your closet. Packing everything you can into your closet does not make you organized. I have maintained that it is wasteful not to take advantage of vertical space in your closet, but it is equally wasteful to compromise find-ability …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #1

With more people working from home and more families needing to squeeze another year out of a home that’s too small, there is a growing need to maximize storage space.  This is the first in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 1. DON’T waste vertical space. When storage space is at a premium, it is wasteful …