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Decluttering and Organizing Tips

Thanks to The Healthy Homeschool for these great tips on decluttering and organizing. Read their article at

“Decluttering” is a buzzword that’s everywhere! There is something about clean countertops, a clean expanse of floor, and a neat-looking home that brings a sense of peace. However, there is a fine line between keeping your home clutter free and getting rid of things that you’ll wish you had back at some point. Following are some tips to help you declutter and organize your home!

What You Will Learn

How to effectively declutter
Tips to organize your home
Strategies for keeping your home clutter free


Declutter only one area at a time.
This will help prevent chaos and getting rid of things you didn’t mean to.
Do expect this to take some time, especially if it’s your first time decluttering.
Make sure you are not rushed.
Of course you want to be efficient and work through this as quickly as possible, but don’t be on such a tight schedule that you can’t give a bit of thought to what you are about to toss!
Clearly mark your “take-out” boxes or bags so that things don’t get mixed up.
Have one box for trash, one for donations, and one for yard sale (if that is part of the plan).
Do get rid of things that make you think “yuck” but you have held onto “just in case.”
For example, if you have not worn something in a whole year, chances are you won’t! Chances are you can toss it!
Make sure your home is as neat and clean as possible before you begin your decluttering project.
Do plan to keep your home clutter-free by thinking carefully before every new purchase.
(This will save you lots of money, too!)

Don’t start on more than one area at a time.
I can tell you from experience, this is not a pretty sight!
Don’t start decluttering impulsively on an emotional whim
(think monthly cycles, traumatic events, or after visiting another’s home and developing — dare I say this? — “comparison envy”). Decluttering should be a conscious choice to weed out the things that do not enhance your lifestyle in the place you live each day.
Don’t start a decluttering project in the middle of a holiday.
Don’t start a decluttering project if you cannot see it through to completion.
Caution: take care when decluttering items that don’t belong to you
Even if they are your children’s items and you feel you can let them go without your children noticing, you need to make sure you are not giving away something with extreme sentimental value.
Don’t toss things you know you are likely to use again.
Yes, believe it or not, people do this.
Don’t begin a decluttering project in a house that’s already out of sorts and upsidedown.
It’s best to tidy up first as much as possible so everyone involved doesn’t go mad!

Closet Organization Motivation

Being organized takes patience and some skill. But the first step is committing yourself to a project. So, to start, how about organizing your closet?

Whether you hire a professional to do the work for you of organizing your closet or you take it on yourself, start with a clear, well-conceived plan. Why plan? Once you start taking on a big project such as organization, it is easy to get distracted and sidetracked. By having a plan you can stick to what you are aiming for and in the end not end up with a mound of stuff piled on the floor with absolutely no idea how to organize it in any better manner than the way it was. This kind of impulsive behavior leads to frustration and discontent.

With a carefully crafted plan, you can also look forward to a smooth and swift process. The finished project will be comfortable to live with, and you won’t encounter any difficulties or unpleasant surprises during or after the project’s completion. Remember this simple equation: The more time spent planning, the less time or money spent later in physical labor or correcting mistakes.

With closets, you may find that yours isn’t big enough or is out of date. If this is the case, you may look into getting an estimate for a new closet or hiring a closet designer who can take what space you have and restructure it.

All right, now to get started on organizing your closet. Believe it or not there are some specifics to stick with or tips in getting things organized. Some are common sense but here they are:

Keep It Simple. Conserving space is important, but not if it makes the system harder to operate than a system using a little more space. Keep it simple; a system that isn’t being used isn’t a system at all, no matter how much space is conserved.

Tall or short people might consider shelves to accommodate their height, for more comfortable access.

Someone whose wardrobe leans heavily to folded sweaters has different requirements from someone whose closet is crammed with hanging suits.

A person with an extensive collection of shoes or hats might need more shelves and bins than hanging space.

If a bedroom is small and crowded, some bedroom furniture can be eliminated if, for example, a dresser is built into the closet.

Compromise. Few things in life, including organizing a closet, can be attained without some amount of compromise. You may have to forfeit advantages in one area to achieve advantages in another. Many parts are contingent on other parts, just like the pieces of a puzzle.

Hanging Your Clothes – Now for the other part of organizing your closet – how to hang things properly. Clothing has a particular way it should be hung, be sure to read the requirements. For hanging blazers, leather jackets etc, you should look out for heavy wooden or slim line hangers, that can give your ensemble that extra support to carry off their weight. Pants demand a proper folding style, which is placing both the legs parallel one on the top of the other. While hanging them ensure that there is enough space between different trousers in the cupboard.

Uniformity. The finished project will look more attractive if the products, hardware, materials, and appointments go together well. Personal preference influences whether the look will be utilitarian or decorative, but standardization and unity are impressive ingredients.

Organizing your closets can appear to be a daunting task. But with the right determination and well-crafted plan, you can work your way toward a well-organized closet!

About the Author: Rick Miller is on the staff of Only Slimline Hangers, a leading online resource for velvet hangers which are space saving hangers, non slip hangers and slim line hangers. For more information, please visit

Finding Storage Around the House

You may have more storage than you realize. Using these tips, you can find space where you never knew you had it before.

1. Store things under your bed. This area can be used for shoes, books, electronic equipment, scrapbooking supplies, whatever you need to store. Under the bed is a great place to store things that you want in storage or out of your closet, but that you still may want to easily access from time to time. It is also a good place to store things like clothing that you don’t want in the heat or humidity of the garage. Use risers to make even more space under the bed.

2. Store things underneath your shelving throughout the house. Baskets or drawers that mount underneath shelves are extremely useful for making the best use of space. You can organize hats, socks, underwear, swimwear, plastic container lids, wash cloths, anything small enough to fit inside. Some baskets simply slide onto the shelf and only cost a few dollars.

3. Don’t neglect the space that is hidden on the back side of your closet and bathroom doors. You can organize make-up, jewelry, hair accessories and more on the back of your bathroom door. You can even hand a wine rack there to store rolled-up towels. In the closet, you can hang an organizer that stores jewelry, shoes, socks, tights, underwear, ties, hats, scarves and more.

4. Use chests instead of end tables and coffee tables around the house. Not only do they look nice, but they provide disguised storage in every room. Chests look nice under windows and at the foot of your bed. You can use them in the entryway of your home, in the mud room, or as decorative toy boxes in your living areas.

5. Use risers on shelves that are too tall in your cabinets and closets. Shelves are often as much as twenty-four inches apart, but you rarely put anything on a shelf that is taller than twelve inches. Use risers and other shelf inserts to turn one tall shelf into two more usable ones.

6. In your closets, you can use flat, space saving hangers, like velvet hangers. These hangers grip clothing so that it doesn’t end up on the floor. They also make all of your clothes fit so closely together that you can double or triple your closet space. Make even more room using multi pant hangers and other hangers that allow you to hang multiple items in one space.

About the Author: Rick Miller is on the staff of Only Slimline Hangers, a leading online resource for velvet hangers which are space saving hangers, non slip hangers and slim line hangers. For more information, please visit

Find that Closet Space

Saving closet space may not be rocket science, but sometimes it can sure feel like it! Closets get crowded so easily. Switching back and forth between seasons can make matters worse. If you’re ready to take control of your closet, then good for you! It may take a little time and a little work, but having an organized, spacious closet is worth it.

1. Get out of season clothes out of the closet. Winter clothes especially are bulky and take up a lot of space. They either eat up the closet with huge bins, or require more space than you can make on your hanging bar. The key is to get some of that out of the closet. Instead of storing out of season clothing in the closet when you’re not using them, find some attic, garage, or spare bedroom space for storage. Use containers that seal out moisture and protect your clothes from insects. Cedar closet accessories are great for keeping clothes smelling fresh, repelling insects, and absorbing moisture.

2. What if your closet is still crowded after you remove the alternate season’s clothes? You can make extra room by getting the bulkiest items out of there. Big coats and comforters take up a lot of space. Comforters can be stored in big bags that you can vacuum the air out of. You’ll be shocked how much smaller they get! Then you can simply prop them against the wall behind your hanging clothes and they’re off the shelf completely. You can hang big coats on a wall mounted bar outside of the closet. Dress it up a bit with wooden coat hangers and you won’t mind having it as part of your décor. You can also use a portable garment rack to keep clothes that aren’t used very often out of sight.

3. Once you’ve done that, you closet should be getting better. Give away as many clothes as you can. If you are storing something that you didn’t wear last season, then you’re probably going to care about it even less when it comes out of storage again. Have an exchange with friends and give whatever is left to charity. Another option is to have a garage sale and use the money to update your closet.

4. Install some shelving that accommodates the items that you own. If you waste a lot of vertical space because shorter items sit on deep shelves, then add some smaller shelves or cubbies on top of the existing shelf. A simple riser or divider can double the space in the closet storage areas.

5. Make the absolute most of closet space by utilizing space saving hangers, like velvet hangers. These new hangers are super strong and have a velvet coating to prevent clothes from slipping and ending up in the floor. They come in different styles that can hold multiple items on one space saving hanger. You’ll love the look and be shocked at how much space these slim velvet hangers can make.

About the Author: Rick Miller is on the staff of Only Slimline Hangers, a leading online resource for velvet hangers which are space saving hangers, non slip hangers and slim line hangers. For more information, please visit