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 A friend once told me, "If only I had more space, I could be better organized." So, her husband built her more shelves.  Now she has six more disorganized shelves!
Most of the overcrowding I our closets, cupboards, shelves, and homes in general is a result of disorganized space rather than insufficient space.  Don't add storage until you've truly organized the spaces you already have.  Then, if you find your storage space is still not sufficient, build new shelves.
Let's start with the closets.  You've already gone through and tossed all the outdated things you've not used for over a year, given away the things that don't fit any more, and moved the Christmas decorations to the attic.  Now look inside the closet.  Does it have enough shelves or hanging space to store your things?  Are the shelves built in the most efficient way possible?  Is there room for everything that needs to go in this space?  If not, first do your modifications.  Now you're ready to restock.
The basic rule for closets is to keep frequently used objects low and accessible; store items used less often on higher shelve or out of the way.  Never stack more than three pieces that are not a set, on top of each other.  Keep items used together near one another.  For example, your tennis clothes, sneakers, racquet, balls, and admittance card to the tennis club.  If there's no light fixture in the closet, keep a flashlight tied to a hook.   (You'll want to fasten it to the hook so no one will walk away and forget to return it.)
Next week I'll give a few hints on organizing one of the most chaotic closets in your home.

posted on: 4/13/2010 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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