Ten Tips for Easy Bedroom Closet Organization

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The bedroom closet can be one of the most daunting spaces in your home to clean and organize. And no wonder! Closets are generally tiny spaces that are supposed to store a lot of stuff! How can you fit it all in without breaking the rules of physics?

And assuming you do manage to get your closet tidied up, how do you keep it from becoming the room-sized equivalent of a junk drawer, where you throw in items and cross your fingers that they’ll still be there when you come back looking for them?

Not to worry. There are ways to streamline the closet organization process and make the results easier to maintain.

The secret to easy closet organization and maintenance is to make efficient use of the storage space you have. Here are a few useful tips to get you started:

  1. Sort clothes for easier triage. You know the drill. When decluttering any space in your house, you want to separate items into three piles: Keep, Trash, and Donate. For your closet, you might want to include a fourth category for seasonal storage. But before you even get to the triage stage of clothes sorting, separate each item by type of apparel. A pile for pants, a pile for sweaters, a pile for short sleeved shirts, and so on. That way you can avoid sorting fatigue and more easily determine whether you have a surplus of any one type of clothing. Once you’ve got several piles of different types of clothes, continue on to the Keep, Trash, Donate phase of sorting.

  2. Take everything out of the closet and give it a thorough cleaning. Getting everything out is an important step because it helps you more easily visualize the possibilities for the space. With all your closet items temporarily stored in bins and boxes (or just on the bed), give your closet a good cleaning. Vacuum the floor, sweep out any cobwebs, and dust the shelves. Now you’re ready to implement some good organization solutions.

  3. Consider buying a shoe organizer. Shoes tend to be a big source of clutter in closets. Most of us have at least a couple pairs for each season, and some of us maybe have a slight shoe addiction. It’s even worse if you share your closet with your spouse or partner. Two people’s shoe collections can take up a lot of space! If you are in danger of being crushed by a cascade of pumps, trainers, and sandals each time you open your closet door, it’s probably time to invest in a good shoe organizer. They come in many styles and varieties, from shelving solutions to slanted floor racks to back-of-the-door pocket organizers. Pick one you like and use it!

  4. Use drawer and shelf dividers. If you have drawers in your closet (or plan to install drawer type storage solutions), drawer dividers will make your life a lot easier. Especially for sock, underwear, and accessory drawers. Similarly, shelf dividers will keep your organization functioning long-term. Don’t let your bed linens mingle with your holiday decorations! If shelf dividers won’t do the trick, store different categories of items in attractive boxes and baskets.

  5. Use a tiered system to keep what you need close to hand. For most people, it works well to keep the most-used items at eye level in the closet. Lesser used items should go on shelves below your hanging clothes, or on the floor. And your least-used items should go up high, on the top shelf. The exception is for very tall people for whom the top shelf is at eye level. If that’s the case for you, store your least-used items on the lowest tier of your closet.

  6. Maximize vertical space. When you arrange your top shelf, is there still a lot of space between the tops of your items or storage bins and the ceiling? If so, you can get more out of that vertical space by adding an extra shelf. This could be a wooden shelf that you install with mounts and screws, or it could be a couple of wire racks that give you an elevated space to store more stuff.

  7. Store out-of-season items elsewhere, if possible. If you have a more spacious closet, you can probably skip this step. But if your closet is very small, you might get better use out of it if you make it a space for in-season items only. During the summer, consider storing your heavy coats and snow boots in under-the-bed storage boxes or in bins in your garage or attic. When winter arrives, you can switch out your wardrobe and store all of your shorts and swimsuits in the out-of-season space.

  8. Eliminate negative space. Once you’ve got everything pretty well put in its place, take a final inventory of your closet. Is there any substantial negative space that could be filled, creating more storage space? Do you have empty suitcases that could be used to store large blankets? Empty wall space where a few hooks could be installed to store scarves and hats? How about the back of your closet door? Is it bare? Would you benefit from hanging a pocket organizer there?

  9. Hang clothes backwards. When you’ve removed all of the clothes you plan to throw out or donate, hang all the remaining items in your closet, but face the hangers backwards. When you wear any piece, simply replace it in the closet with the hanger facing the normal way. This trick will help you keep your closet de-cluttered for the long haul by giving you an easy way to tell at a glance which outfits get used and which don’t.

  10. Add lights. It’s hard to keep your closet organized when you can’t even see what’s in there. If your closet isn’t wired for a ceiling light, think about adding string lights or battery powered LED lights that adhere to the wall with sticky squares. If neither of those solutions works for you, keep a dedicated flashlight handy for closet rummaging.

And that’s it! With just these ten simple steps, you can get your closet neat and organized, and keep it that way.

Still feel like you need help? No problem. At Green Home Cleaning, we are expanding our menu of services to offer professional organization for your closets and the rest of your home (or business). If you live or work in the Asheville, NC area, you’ll definitely want to discover the benefits of professionally organized storage space.

Give us a call at 828.505.7320 or use our contact page to request a quote today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Green Tips to Organize Your Office and Increase Productivity

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For many personality types, organization is key to productivity. Most people have trouble focusing in a cluttered environment, and there is a certain sense of dread that goes along with clutter in the workspace. What’s hidden in those stacks of paper, or in your disorganized email inbox, that you’ve forgotten to deal with? Will it come back to haunt you later?

It’s worthwhile to keep your workspace organized for sanity and peace of mind alone, but if those reasons aren’t compelling enough, how about having your productivity skyrocket? There are many methods and practices for office organization, and you can easily do some online research to find out which techniques will work best for your situation. In this blog post, we’ll focus on tips that will not only improve your office workflow and productivity, but also have the added benefit of being good for the environment.

 

1.    Digitize your files- One exciting part about living in the age of technological advancement is that it is now so easy to store data without wasting resources! If you’re still unnecessarily storing hard copies of all your paperwork, stop now! Sure, there are some things that need to be kept on physical paper. But for the most part, the planet and your sanity will benefit from reducing the amount of paper files you have to store. Take a weekend to convert your old files to digital, or do it gradually one evening a week. Make sure to back up your files in more than one place- the golden rule is to have three backups: one on your computer, one on an external hard drive or jump drive, and one on the cloud. That way you’re virtually guaranteed to never lose your important files. Once you’ve digitized all your old files, make sure you’ve got a system in place to prevent becoming bogged down with paper copies in the future. For instance: switch to paperless billing with your utility, banking and credit card companies, change to digital magazine and catalog subscriptions, and start doing your invoicing and other work communications through email where possible.

2.     Integrate plants into your workspace – Far from just being a nice decorative touch, plants can help improve air quality, filter noise, decrease room temperature and lower humidity in your office space. Daily exposure to plants has even been proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and increase positive feelings. And the happier you are when you’re in your workspace, the more productive you’ll tend to be. So incorporate some leafy green friends into your office!

3.    Reuse Printer and Copier Mistakes– After you’ve digitized your files and implemented your almost-paperless office workflow, you shouldn’t have too much problem with paper lying around. But there are always printer mistakes, etc. If these have identifying or financial information on them, they should of course be shredded and recycled. But if they’re free of that sort of data, and only printed on one side, you can use a paper cutter to cut them up into small squares and store them in a box to be used as scratch paper. This will take up relatively little storage space, and you may never have to buy notepads again!

4.    Recycle Your Printer Cartridges- Printer cartridges can be recycled, and many companies offer discount programs on new cartridges if you send your empty cartridges to be refilled when you are finished with them. This may not exactly increase your productivity, but it will be good for the environment and it will save you money at the same time!

5.    Create a Weekly Organization System Using Clipboards- Create an organization system for tasks or projects that need your attention this week. A great way to do this is to use clipboards that hang from hooks on the wall just in front of or beside your desk. This way you’re not taking up valuable desk space, but the documents are right there where you can see them. Also, you can just take the clipboard off the wall and bring it with you to a meeting or to work on at home. Order the items by level of importance, with the most urgent ones on the top so you can see them. You might have one clipboard labeled “Act” for tasks you need to work on right away, one labeled “Read” for documents, articles or communications that need to be read or evaluated, one labeled “Delegate” for things you can pass off, and one labeled “Share” for items that need to be discussed at a meeting. Or you can create your own labels that would work best for your situation. As you finish a task or project, remove it from its clipboard and recycle or file as appropriate. At the end of the week, make sure that only tasks that need more attention next week are still on the clipboards.

6.    Daily Desk Cleaning in 30 Seconds- Once you’ve implemented your almost-paperless workflow and your clipboard task management system, you should have a more-or-less clutter-free desk space. Of course, clutter tends to build up over the day- but with your new systems, it shouldn’t build up in one day to the point where you’re overwhelmed by it. So make it a habit to take 30 seconds before you leave your office in the evening to arrange your papers and clean your work surfaces. In your desk, keep a dust cloth and a spray bottle of vinegar and water or just water with a few drops of lavender essential oil mixed in. When you’ve moved your papers and work materials to their homes for the evening, wipe down your desk and keyboard. (Spray the solution directly on the cloth to avoid splattering your computer screen.) This way, when you arrive to your office in the morning, you will have a nice, clean, distraction free work area to sit down to. This should definitely increase your productivity!

 

If your workspace is suffering from clutter and you’re struggling with low productivity, give one or more of these green office organization tips a try. We hope they help you bring new life and purpose to your workspace!