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After stuffed attics, basements, and garages, full-to-bursting closets are a common reason why people rent off-site storage units or portable storage containers to fill and haul away.  These tips will help you create space in your house that you may have written off as a lost cause.

January 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Finances are tough for many these days, and clothing can be an expensive investment.


Before spending more money on clothes, check your own closets first:


• Next time you're putting away laundry or dry cleaning, take some extra time to pull out the clothes that you haven't worn for a long time - you may be surprised at what you find, sometimes with price tags still in place!


• Try the clothes on in front of a full-length mirror, and don't forget to look around for the clothes and accessories you would wear with your new-found items.


• Hang up and put away the items you decide are worth keeping, and donate the rest.


• Then, just for fun, estimate how much it would have cost to buy each of the "new" items you discovered in your closet.

March 8, 2010 at 3:23 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Many of us have shoe collections that started a long time ago and have only kept growing: work shoes, casual shoes, vacation shoes, special-occasion shoes, foul-weather shoes/boots, emergency-purchase shoes. You can tell that it's time to organize your shoes if:

 

• You can't find the pair you want quickly;

• The shoes you want to wear are damaged, badly scuffed, or no longer fit properly;

• You have to dig through many other items in your closet - or search around your home - to find the pair you want to wear.

 

Follow these tips to manage and organize your shoe collection, and watch the video for some good ideas:

1. Gather all of your shoes together - from everywhere around your home - so that you can see what you have.


2. Sort your shoes using the categories above (work shoes, casual shoes, etc.), or use categories that make sense to you.


3. Examine your shoes for scuffing, damage, and poor fit, further sorting into three piles: keep, donate, toss. The shoes you decide to keep should be in good condition and fit well. If shoes you keep need repair, make an appointment with yourself to handle the repair within a week. Otherwise, you may be keeping shoes that you will never wear.


4. Decide what type of storage method works for you: built-in shoe shelves or racks, over-door shoe organizer, underbed storage, stacks of clear shoe storage boxes, original shoe boxes with photos attached to the outside (see video for last two methods).


5. Use your preferred storage method to return only the shoes you've decided to keep to your closet or other shoe storage space.


6. Try out your new shoe organization for a month, and make adjustments based on your daily habits - make this work for you.

March 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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In most homes, the linen closet is one of the most used, yet most neglected, storage spaces. It's too easy to shove sheets, towels, and blankets into what is typically a rather small space, eventually becoming a cluttered mess.


At some point, the wads of once-useful fabric fill the space to capacity, falling out when you open the closet door. In just a little time, you can organize your linens and establish some habits to keep them organized.


This easy process from Real Simple can get you started:

1. Sort your linens, deciding which ones to keep and which to toss or donate. Keep no more than three sets of sheets and towels per person in your household (one set being used, one in the laundry, and one ready for use). Any more is clutter.


2. Organize your "keepers." Divide linens into groups of like items: sheet sets, towel sets, bed covers, table and other dining linens. Sort sheets, towels and bed covers by bedroom, and consider assigning a color to each bedroom to make putting linens away quicker and easier. (Storage tip: use a pillow case to keep sheet sets together.) Sort table linens by season or holiday or color - whatever makes most sense to you and your family.


3. Assign closet space. Store less-frequently-used items on the harder-to-reach top shelves, like extra pillows and blankets. If the space is especially small, consider storing these items in space-saver bags that remove the air and compress fluffy linens flat. Store other items by room or type: Master Bedroom, Guest Room, Kids' Room, OR King Sheets, Queen Sheets, Bath Towels, Beach Towels, etc.


4. Label closet shelves. Adding labels will help you and your family put clean linens back where you've decided they belong. If you elect to store items in baskets or bins, label them as well.


5. Store linens with air circulation in mind. It's easy for linens to become crowded and musty, so organize your stacks, baskets, or bins to provide some air circulation, assuring they smell fresh when you use them.


6. Keep cleaners and toiletries together. If you use your linen closet to store additional items like cleaning supplies, personal toiletries, and facial and toilet tissue, designate and label space for these as well. Since many of these items are small enough to become clutter, consider keeping bottles, tubes, and similar items in baskets or bins as well.


For more ideas and details to organize your linen closet, go to:

Family Circle

The Home Know-It-All

HowStuffWorks


And, to see how the step-by-step process works, watch this YouTube video.


April 18, 2010 at 8:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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