Those catalog pictures? Sure, I’m stating the obvious, but nobody lives there. Meaning, these beautiful rooms were not developed for a real person who has recycling and work and nail polish bottles and children’s items and shoes and paperwork and blankets that need laundering. The takeaway? After organizing, upkeep is a vital part of the process and everything won’t be perfect all the time.
Here are more organizing myths that should make you feel better:
- Declutter once and you’re done.
Many organizing tips for keeping a neat closet often are directed at women but men need a well-designed and organized space, too.
- All closets look best with identical hangers. For men, plain, wooden hangers are my suggestion. They’re also easier on clothing. But sweaters? They’ll become misshapen. Instead, he should plan to stack his sweaters on built-in shelving.
- Many closets offer a space for long-hanging items, like formal dresses or coats.
A home’s storage is a valuable commodity, but when there isn’t enough for organizing, I get creative and explore vertical space.
- Often enough, we have extra room in our linen closet: Is there a top shelf in yours with some empty space? That’s a wonderful area for additional shelving.
- When organizing for a client, I sometimes need to reach for unique solutions: Ever see a guitar mount stand that neatly holds a guitar upright?
Before you bring your new doggie home, take some time to get organized.
- The leash, collar and waste disposal bags. Choose an area of your home where your pet’s leash can live. Hopefully you’ve got some space in the top of a closet or a storage area shelf, but if leaving your dog’s leash by the back door works better for you, then you’ll need a trip to your local hardware store or Home Depot for a sturdy hook or two.
Organizing your scarves is something you’ve always meant to do? Here’s some motivation: Another name for this post could be, “How to reclaim your scarf drawer.”
Do you have a ton of scarves? Each has a story, right? This one I got that time I went shopping with my friend from college. This one I wear for the holidays.
The point is: how do you keep them all organized?
If you have a large assortment,