What happens in your mind when you think of your closets?
Many will sigh and shake their head in frustration. Our closets are often the hidden place, the little room that we fill with items that we do not know what to do with. The closet is the last place we want guests to look inside. In fact, neurologists at Princeton University Neuroscience Institute* published a study a few years ago stating that clutter negatively affects our brain’s ability to focus and process information correctly.
A clean closet will do more than aid our ability to focus; it will also save time, energy and frustration. With this in mind, here are five tips to help you have a more organized closet.
Short Term Storage and Long Term Storage
Most homes have one closet in each bedroom, office or den, an entryway closet and a hallway or linen closet. Closets can become a mixed up mess of random items unless you decide which closets will be for long-term storage and which for short-term storage.
The least used room of the house is perfect for your long-term storage closet. You will want your entryway closet to be clean and clear enough for guests to hang their coats without wrestling your ski jackets out of the way. The items that you grab often should be in a closet that is handy and near the place you will use the item.
Label, Label, Label
A row of unmarked cardboard boxes on the top shelf of a bedroom closet is a recipe for confusion and frustration. Labeling your boxes does not require fancy or expensive labels; a thick black marker will give you all the information you need to solve the mystery. Mark all sides of a box so that it will still be visible no matter which way it is replaced on the shelf.
Wire see-through baskets are excellent for both long and short term storage and do not require labels at all.
Rotate Seasonal Items
If you are limited in bedroom closet space, it is helpful to rotate out your seasonal clothing. Digging through heavy sweaters as you search for your summer tank tops is not a good use of your energy or time. Pack away the clothing or outdoor gear for the opposite season and you will be able to enjoy much more space in your closets. Make sure everything is clean and in good shape before storing it away.
Be ruthless when you decide to organize and clean your closets. Remove every single item from the closet you wish to organize. Then go through each item and evaluate its use and worth to you. Do not put anything back into the closet unless you are convinced that it will be used again. If you wish to save it for sentimental reason, then move it to a long-term storage closet. Otherwise be strong and gain some more room by losing space-fillers that are of no use to you.
Get Professional Help
The experts at Premium Cabinet Design know exactly how to help you conquer your closets. Our system will find more space in your small space. Let our designers show you some of our tricks-of-the-trade to maximize space in even the tightest of places. We specialize in creating the perfect custom closet that will meet your unique needs, style and budget.
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