Every new year’s, we resolve to clean up, pare down and get organized. And every year, those home-organizing projects seem to fall by the wayside. But this year can be different. You. Can. Conquer. Clutter. We’ve asked organizing experts to share tales of their most challenging jobs and the solutions that tamed them. The products they recommend can help you get organized and stay that way.
Closets are a natural clutter magnet; it’s so easy to shove unwanted items in and shut the door. Out of sight, out of mind. But sooner or later, all that stuff begins to get in the way of things you actually need (like your winter coat or the vacuum). That’s when it’s time to clean, sort and toss.
An easy way to get started is to label your belongings. Kate S. Brown, owner of Impact Organizing in Sarasota, Fla., recommends using sticky notes in three colors. For example, use a pink sticky for items you want to keep, blue for items you plan to donate, and green for items you want to sell on Ebay or at your next yard sale. Once you’ve tagged all the items in your closet, you can see at a glance what goes and what stays. The sticky notes won’t leave any residue, and they’re cheap, too. A pack of Post-It Super Sticky full adhesive notes, for example, sells for about $7.50 for a pack of 12 at Staples.com.
Want to learn more clutter-busting solutions? Check out the cover story of our March issue!