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Some of us are blessed with the gift of organization. Things just seem to be in the right place at the right time. Then there are the rest of us who just can’t seem to find a way to store all of the “stuff” we collect. Stacks of books, papers, DVD’s and countless other objects seem to appear out of thin air throughout our homes.
So how do those of us not naturally gifted with the ability to put everything in its right place avoid building towers of clutter? Well it’s easier than you think. Just follow the simple tips below and you should see instant results in reclaiming back your space.
For starters dive into a general reworking of your storage spaces – such as closets, garages, attics, and basements. One thing to know is that people who are more organized generally do not amass collections of useless materials.
Sure, it’s easy to attach meaning to various objects, but are you really going to ever get any use out of them? The first step in getting organized is to throw out or recycle all of the items that have essentially no practical use. If you absolutely can’t part with memorabilia then at least pack it up in a box so it can be stored more easily.
After this, fully clear out the spaces you want to organize. Then, make a list of exactly what you need to store. This will help you formulate a better plan of attack when you put everything back into the space. If you’re seeking to upgrade a closet, garage, or any other space, check your hardware store for organizational utilities, such as shelving, cabinets, and other organizing systems. You don’t have to hire an expensive professional to do it for you, simply knowing exactly how you want to set up a space and asking an employee at the store can help you get the exact materials you need.
According to professionals, the key to proper organization is to use vertical space wisely. Especially in basements and garages, vertical space can be used to hang a many objects (such as tools and sporting equipment), thus reducing the amount of clutter on the floor. Don’t be afraid to consider utilizing ceiling space for lightweight storage.
For closets, keep your most worn clothing in easily accessible spots, with a little open space for future purchases. Pack shoes and other clothing that is rarely used in stackable containers to remove clutter. As a general rule, give any clothes that you have not worn in the past 6 months away as charity donations.
In the end, proper organization is all about removing the useless clutter from your life that you collect. Doing this, and taking full advantage of all the space available to you (even if it means getting a little creative), will help you to recapture that lost sense of order in your home.