Hi NY Mom! Having the right storage solution is key to maintaining order. And, though all your closets may seem like they need attention, try to focus on one closet at a time so that you don’t get overwhelmed. You may want to start with closet that is used most often and then:
- Pick a starting point (i.e., top shelf, bottom right side, left side of closet rod, etc.) and set a timer for short time frame (e.g., 15 min, 20 min).
- Look for things that you can easily discard or donate, which means you’ll need some trash bags and donation boxes.
- Gather like items together (e.g., gloves, towels, tools, etc.).
- When you find items that belong somewhere else, put then in box or container until the timer goes off.
- Choose the right storage bin (i.e., one that you like and that will hold all your stuff) and label it. You might put all gloves and scarves in a bin on shelf and label it “Gloves and Scarves.” Simple!
Use this 5 step process to finish up the closet and to start on the remaining ones in your home. You don’t have to completely organize the closets all at once, but spend a little time each day and before you know it, you’ll find everything you need quickly. Btw, you can use this process organize just about any area of your home. Remember to start small and you’ll end up with big results.
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