Thursday, May 22, 2008

Reduce to Organize

Even if you are the neatest person on the planet, if you own too many things for a small closet it will be next to impossible to keep it organized. If your closet is not big enough for your belongings and there is no money in the budget for a renovation you will have to consider reducing the amount of things stored inside the closet before it can be organized and stay that way.

The first step is to determine if there is anything in your bedroom closet that doesn’t belong there. Weed out all of the intruders and find a more appropriate home. If there isn’t a better place to store the item ask yourself when was the last time you used it and when you will be likely to use it again. If you aren’t sure, maybe it is time that you donate it.

Next take everything else out of your closet so you can start with a clean slate. Go through every item of clothing, pair of shoes, or other accessories that are stored there. Create three piles – toss, donate, and keep. Before you are ready to begin placing things back in the closet have a look at what you have to work with. Can you install a second hanging bar to double the amount of hanging space you can use? What about shelving and hooks or the back of the closet door? Use any and all vertical or horizontal spaces available to you.

Until you can move into a place with a bigger closet, monitor your purchases. If you don’t have room for it in your closet and don’t need the item maybe you shouldn’t get it. Or, use the rule that if you bring something home to put into your closet something else has to go to make room for it.

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