Getting “ready” for the fast-paced life of classes, sports and extracurricular activities means reducing clutter and organizing life.
Susan Layden, a certified professional organizer in Tampa, Florida, says end-of-summer and back-to-school are especially busy times for her business, Susan’s Organizing Solutions. Getting “ready” for the fast-paced life of classes, sports and extracurricular activities means reducing clutter and organizing life.
The place to start is the closet, she asserts. Take it in steps:
1. Remove anything from the closet that does not belong there, such as gifts purchased for future use, and leave only clothing, shoes, accessories and possibly linens. Anything extra should be tossed out, put in proper places, donated, given away
2. Think about and envision the closet’s desired look and function.
3. “Purge those items that you do not wear or do not fit or do not make you feel good when you wear them. Get rid of things with stains and rips, or that are worn out. Be discriminating and honest with yourself.”
4. Hang clothing by type, sleeve length and color.
5. Fold sweaters and place, along with other seasonal items such as cold-weather caps, gloves and scarves, in clear, square, stackable plastic bins, which can be purchased at many big-box discount stores.
6. Organize shoes on shoe shelves, in shoe cubbies or in clear shoebox-size bins.
Layden suggests making the most of a closet’s vertical space. If possible, install double-hung rods so that pants or skirts hang on one rod and shirts or blouses on the other.
And not everything has to have a spot inside a closet.
“Over-the-door organizers are great for flip-flops, hair and headbands, and caps or other small miscellaneous items such as scarves or belts,” she says.
House Beautiful in May presented other organization and storage options such as baskets, built-in shelves, hooks and brackets, if a closet is spacious enough.
And, of course, reminds Layden, there are closet professionals for hire if DIY is objectionable.
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