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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.

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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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Contain Yourself!

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, October 2008  CONTAIN YOURSELF! For many of us, I think the real excitement in organizing comes from the opportunity to buy more stuff, namely CONTAINERS.  But how can you choose the right container if you don’t know how much you’re containing? Twenty-two years ago when I attended the School of Visual Arts we would be fortunate enough to see some of the foremost cartoonists of the day demonstrate their craft.  Invariably there would always be one student who would pipe up and ask, “Ooh, what kind of pen are you using?” as if buying the right tool would turn this kid into the next great cartoonist.  So what does this story from my art school experience have to do with organizing containers? Simply this.  It’s not about buying the right tool, it’s HOW you use it.  Here are five tips for picking the right container. 1. Quantity First.  A question I often hear from clients after we empty one of their containers is “Now what do I do with this?”  The answer is, […]

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