Diagnosing and Curing “Closet Fever”

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 04 Jan, 2016
I like the colder time of year for reviewing and improving our indoor spaces. Our closets hide what we often aren’t able to get to in warmer months. And they work double duty this time of year. Brimming with coats and hats and boots and gear leftover from Summer–It’s time to regroup. Our room closets generally […]
I like the colder time of year for reviewing and improving our indoor spaces. Our closets hide what we often aren’t able to get to in warmer months. And they work double duty this time of year. Brimming with coats and hats and boots and gear leftover from Summer–It’s time to regroup.
Our room closets generally are built with only 2 functional elements: one rod to hang things and one shelf to store things. Yet we need our room closets to do more than these 2 things. We need convenient shoe storage that is not on the floor. We need to store certain cleaning items and have a place for the sweeper to go. We need to put away items for walking the dog. We need to have certain gear available as we walk out the door. And in some rooms, we may need toys and games and occasional items that are not in plain sight.
How do we manage these overworked and overstuffed spaces? The two best strategies include: 1) increasing the number of functional elements in your closet to better match your inventory and 2) allowing only 3 to 4 categories of things in each closet so that they aren’t stacked full of miscellaneous items.
The top five elements that will go the farthest in your general closet include:
  1. Hooks, Hooks, Hooks! Quite possibly the easiest way to use vertical space in your closet.
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  3. Horizontal shelving in the low and high underutilized areas.
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  5. Baskets for the horizontal shelves, with labels, to clearly identify items.
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  7. Shoe Storage
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  9. Redesign. Imagine how much more useful a short double hang rod may be rather than one that spans across the open space? What if the shelving was located in the immediate reach-in region of the closet? What if slide-out wire baskets were a better alternative to flat shelves? Just a few tweaks can make a huge difference.

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By Tera Harmon 16 Jan, 2018
Ever have that feeling after your home has been cleaned that things still don't seem put away and tidy? Or maybe you get that nagging sense when you walk into a room that things still need a "once over." Even in frequently-cleaned homes, we can feel like there is more to do when our clutter is the first thing that catches our eye in each room. Well the clutter itself may not be the only culprit. Our house habits can help highlight the things we use in a way that is not flattering.  Can you recognize any of these hotspots in your home?
By Tera Harmon 08 Jan, 2018
Photo Credit: Jay Wennington
By Birdie Brennan 04 Dec, 2017
Photo Credit: Kari Shea
By Tera Harmon 27 Nov, 2017
I always look forward to this cooler time of year to review coats and to decide where best to donate them. So many times when we hear about making a donation, we feel pressure to give financially. But giving something once owned and loved can be a fulfilling part of holiday tradition. I especially love involving kids so they can learn the idea of thinking of others at this time of year. Showing our kids how to prepare an item for donation teaches them how to care for others, but it also shows them to consider how their belongings can be useful beyond their own toy box. The act of cleaning up a gently used truck or putting new batteries into a remote control car to donate demonstrates to kids that our items are valuable to others--and that condition matters. This donation ritual is also an important purge ritual before the influx of contents that are about to enter our homes. 
By Tera Harmon 16 Nov, 2017

For even the most novice cooks, between now and the end of the year, many kitchens are about to get a workout. We may be hosting parties, holiday meals, trying a new recipe or two, participating in pot lucks, or baking with friends and family. Would't it be great if everything we need is at our fingertips--clean and functional for when we need it?


So often the tools and items we rely on at this time of year are somewhere in the back of cupboards, sideboards, or stored on basement shelving. I recommend gathering, cleaning, and staging the items you know will be needed in the coming weeks. In last week's post ( https://www.getorganizedcolumbus.com/the-ready-made-pantry ) we talked about a well-stocked pantry for the holiday season; for now, let's focus on the items we will likely need in the kitchen and dining areas.
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By Tera Harmon 16 Jan, 2018
Ever have that feeling after your home has been cleaned that things still don't seem put away and tidy? Or maybe you get that nagging sense when you walk into a room that things still need a "once over." Even in frequently-cleaned homes, we can feel like there is more to do when our clutter is the first thing that catches our eye in each room. Well the clutter itself may not be the only culprit. Our house habits can help highlight the things we use in a way that is not flattering.  Can you recognize any of these hotspots in your home?
By Tera Harmon 08 Jan, 2018
Photo Credit: Jay Wennington
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Photo Credit: Kari Shea
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I always look forward to this cooler time of year to review coats and to decide where best to donate them. So many times when we hear about making a donation, we feel pressure to give financially. But giving something once owned and loved can be a fulfilling part of holiday tradition. I especially love involving kids so they can learn the idea of thinking of others at this time of year. Showing our kids how to prepare an item for donation teaches them how to care for others, but it also shows them to consider how their belongings can be useful beyond their own toy box. The act of cleaning up a gently used truck or putting new batteries into a remote control car to donate demonstrates to kids that our items are valuable to others--and that condition matters. This donation ritual is also an important purge ritual before the influx of contents that are about to enter our homes. 
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