What to do with the things one wants to save is a challenge
that faces many households. Many older homes have little storage
space and small closets. Newer homes are including more storage
space, which is great. But the next step is organizing and
making the best use of space that is available.
first step is to analyze how and what storage is being used
and ask some questions about the items you need to store.
the item been worn or used in the last year?
the item have monetary or personal value?
it be used again?
the answer is no to part of these questions then do not use
prime storage space for these items. If you answered no to
all of the questions - get rid of the item. Recycle it, sell
think about unusual storage areas. Consider using trunks,
under staircases or even under the bed. High shelves in closets
work well for the once in while items.
organize items close to their use. Store similar items together.
If you have several levels in your home, store cleaning supplies
on each level to save carrying and time with getting the job
clutter can be found around most homes. Newspapers, magazines,
school papers, miscellaneous and junk mail. Baskets or decorated
boxes work well to organize magazines and books that need
to be read. Clip coupons and articles as you go. Have a file
system and put items away immediately. If you would like to
cut down on unwanted mail, send your name and address to Mail
Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box
9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008, and have your name removed.
Mixed office paper, which includes, magazines, junk mail,
envelopes, etc. can be recycled at Lincolnís drop off sites
that collect mixed paper. Magazines can be reused by sharing
them with nursing homes, schools, day cares, doctorsí or dentistsí
offices or family and friends. Have a desk with office supplies
handy for paying bills and dealing with day to day household
suggestions for closets include:
twice a year.
Put clothes that need mending together and set a certain
time to sew on buttons and repair seams.
inside the closet or on the back of a door works well
for robes, sleepwear, etc. that are used daily.
shoes in clear boxes, on a rack or shelf or in marked
seasonal clothes in another closet or in the back of the
closet, be sure items are laundered or dry cleaned before
other tips for organizing items around the home include using
mug racks for storing hanging items, large garbage cans for
sports equipment and store blankets, quilts or seasonal clothing
in luggage that is seldom used.
order for this to work one must make a plan, start in one
area of the home and work through the whole house. Remember
to ask yourself. Is this an item I really need? Will I use
this item in the next year? Finally, one of the best ways
to keep items organized is to put it away when you are finished