Your Home Inside and Out
An uncluttered pantry not only makes mealtime easier, but looks great and creates a feeling of serenity in your home.
- Don’t hang sweaters, which can sag and become damaged.
- Avoid hangers designed to hold more than one item since clothes can become wrinkled.
- Check your clothes for dropped hems, missing buttons, and stains before hanging them up.
Managing the Details
“The key to organization is simplification,” says Christy Best, a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers with her own website, www.clutterbug.net. “There seems to be a tendency to hang on to excess things, because there was an initial monetary output. But keeping these items won’t make the money reappear!”
Best recommends keeping a donation box going at all times. When it’s full, drop it off at a donation station. “It’s impossible to get organized until items that aren’t being used are cleared. Once that process us underway, life becomes much simpler.”
The Linen Closet
Ronnie Essenberg tells you how to create order out of chaos in your linen closet.
- Line shelves with easy-to-clean vinyl fabric or paper.
- Keep only frequently used towels, and sheets in the linen closet. Recycle worn towels and sheets as rags.
- Fold sheets by set. Fold pillow cases, fitted and flat sheets separately, then place the flat sheet and cases within the fitted sheet so they can be pulled out as a unit.
- Stack sheets according to family member and towels according to the bathroom in which they are used.
- When storing sheets, towels, or tablecloths, place the folded side facing the door.
- Use the floor of the linen closet to store large, bulky items, or smaller items in storage bins.
Storing out-of-season clothing can help you keep the chaos in check.
- Try to store clothes in a well-ventilated part of the house. Overheated attics can cause clothes to discolor or hidden stains to appear, while damp basements may cause mildew.
- Clean everything before storing it. Moths will attack food-stained and dirty clothes first, and stains will set over time.
- Store folded items like sweaters in cedar chests or plastic bins. Use mothballs, but don’t let them touch clothing. Don’t store clothes directly on wood, which can discolor them.
- Suits, dresses, and skirts can be stored on rolling clothing racks. A range of clothing racks can be found at somewhere like Shopfittings Direct clothing racks of all kinds.
- If you’re short on storage space at home, find a dry cleaner who offers box storage for your winter clothes over the summer.