Organize Your Closet and Your Life

It’s been a long time since anyone listened to the Fibber McGee and Molly Show. Fibber’s legendary hall closet, piled high with a lifetime of junk, made its first appearance in 1940 and ever since then people have laughed at and identified with Fibber’s battle with his crammed closet.

Yet as we move into the 21st century, many of us feel even more overwhelmed by avalanches of junk; Fibber becomes less of a running joke and more of a stressful state of mind. But what can you do? It never seems to end.
For starters, you might think about a closet organizer.

A closet organizer? What’s that?

In a nutshell, a closet organizer is a device or set of devices designed to help you gain maximum use of existing storage space so you can efficiently store your belongings. Closet organizers can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be and can range in price from under $100 to several thousand dollars.

But no matter whether you build one yourself, buy one pre-made, or hire a contractor, the first thing you need to do is determine what your needs are. After all, you know waht you have, and you certainly know your junk better than anyone. You know what is necessary and what is fluff; what needs to stay in the house and what could go elsewhere — including the landfill.

At any rate, once you decide what you need, the next step is knowing what you have. And while you probably don’t need an exact inventory — people acquire and dispose of things all the time — a general inventory can help you figure out how much space you’ll need.

Many clutter control experts recommend as a general rule that if you haven’t used an item in the last two years, you probably won’t use it at all. Therefore, unless it’s a family heirloom, it can likely be pitched.

You should definitely take a careful look at your current space. Is it efficiently used? Is there any wasted space, such as top shelves too close to the ceiling? Is there a space you’re using to store something that might be better placed elsewhere? How about shelf space itself? Too narrow or not enough? Coat rack tall enough to accomodate larger articles, such as long dresses or topcoats?

Once you decide what you need, you can effectively price your closet organizer. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to do this. Go onto a search engine and type in the words “closet organizer” and you will pull up thousands of sites to price, compare, even read reviews.

Stores such as Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and many others also carry closet organizers or varying sizes, uses, and price.

Finally, it may sound completely obvious, but once you get your closet organized, make yourself put things where they are supposed to go. Remember, you got this so you could get out from under stressful loads of untidy junk and simplify your life.

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