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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 not to take full advantage of your closet’s height. No shelves make this difficult but underused shelves are a missed opportunity as well. Wasting vertical space may include the floor. Of course you want the floor of the closet open so that you can access the shelves, but an open closet floor tends to invite piles of shoes and other items, which compromise access. This can present a dilemma. DO store vertically. If you don’t have closet shelves the easiest shelf system I have found to install is the Elfa system available at The Container Store. Save the more decorative boxes for more visible areas. To maximize shelf space, use clear stackable boxes for lesser-used items and clear plastic drawers […]

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Why is Clutter Like a Vampire?

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, October 2006 WHY IS CLUTTER LIKE A VAMPIRE? “80 percent of what we keep we never use.” -Barbara Hemphill, Agency Sales Magazine, 4/1/03 Most of us hang on to much more stuff than we need, but few of us want our homes and offices to LOOK that way.  So what do we do?  We get to a point where we can’t take the clutter anymore and we make it go away.  No doubt the idea is that you will get to it later when you have the time, but of course that time never comes, given your busy schedule.   Eventually a collection of make-it-go-away bags and boxes come back to HAUNT you, as your hidden storage spaces swell to overflowing.  You suddenly find yourself without options and no one likes that way that feels! OK, so I used the word “haunt” but what’s this vampire connection all about? Well, like a vampire, clutter is dangerous and frightening in the darkness (of your boxes, bags, and closets), but it is vulnerable when exposed to the […]

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