Space and Clutter Tips
Your professional organizer in San Diego has brilliant tips to help achieve optimal organization for your home or office space.
February 20, 2017
Rainy day organizing projects | Closets
Rainy day organizing projects | closets give you a sense of accomplishment. You can always schedule rainy day organizing projects even when it is not raining! You can organize by room but I suggest that you start small and declutter one closet at a time. Plan ahead so that you have uninterrupted time to declutter and re-organize. Most closets don’t need an entire do-over. It is a matter of taking the time to focus on the space using my “1-at-a-time rule“. When you declutter and organize 1 space at a time you are less likely to get overwhelmed more likely to feel a sense of accomplishment.
Easy, step by step tips for rainy day organizing projects | Closets
- Avoid buying anything in advance. You will likely end up with unused bins, containers, and hangers after you purge.
- Make sure that you have enough bags and containers for trash, recycling, shredding, donations, items that you can resell, clothing that needs dry cleaning or alterations.
- Take everything out of the closet.
- Clean and vacuum the closet and shelves, oil the hinges, replace dead light bulbs, or add motion detector lighting to the closet.
- Make quick, easy decisions to let go of anything that you no longer need, want, or that is in good repair and cannot be fixed at a reasonable cost.
- Sort “like” items into piles.
- Set the items that don’t “belong” in that closet aside for now. You will find a different place for them to “live” after you finish re-organizing the closet that you are working on.
- Contain smaller items that need to stay together in bins, baskets and clear containers. Label containers, as needed.
- Store frequently used items in easy to reach, visible places.
- Whenever possible, store heavy items at eye level to minimize lifting them from lower or higher levels.
- Utilize vertical spaces such as the inside of the closet door. Add hooks, wire shelves and cubbies to maximize use of vertical, shelf and floor space.
- Keep deep piles and stacks to a minimum.
- Return the items that you are keeping to the closet.
Get rid of everything that you are not keeping immediately. Put the donations and consignments into your car and take them away that day, if possible. Discard trash and recycling.
- Schedule a time to re-organize this closet in 6-8 months in order to maintain your well organized space.
Rainy day organizing projects | closets
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“Denise and I are working on a de-cluttering and reorganization project, in preparation for putting my house on the market. Working with Denise has been a great experience. Her kind and gentle approach really eases the pain associated with this process. She’s patient and understanding, but at the same time creates an environment conducive to decision-making and results.
The company name, The Outside-In Organizer, is perfect because Denise starts by assessing the “outside” of a project but then dealing with the project at its core, or the “inside.” Working together in a collaborative fashion we’ve been able to tackle projects that seemed impossible at first. I’m so thankful to have found her and have her on my team!”