After the holidays, you have more “stuff” in your house or apartment than you did before the holidays, new toys, new appliances, new clothes, books, etc.but most likely the amount of space you have to store it in has not changed. So you are left with an organizing project on your plate.
Gayle Jacobs has turned organizing into her career with her company Actually Organized (www.actuallyorganized.net) and offers readers the following advice:
· Think of your closet like real estate and weed out the items that no longer serve you.
· Hold to the ‘1 item in, 1 item out’ rule
· Make sure to DONATE the unwanted items
· Get “cubic” and look at the actual dimension of your storage spaces and the items you need to store. The height of a particular space is often overlooked, so don't forget to measure all the way up.
· Extra space can be created by adding a shelf, or stacking shelves, adding over-the-door hooks or by stacking in a way that uses the space more efficiently.
· Group like items together in the same container (i.e. winter scarves and gloves). Use containers that fit well the particular shelf or storage area.