Custom Closets: Organizing Your Life

You may be considering a custom closet to organize your life, but your first step is to organize yourself before the custom closet company comes in to organize your belongings. The problem with installing a custom closet or any customized organizational spaces is that if you're not organized before, you're just going to become much more disorganized in an even bigger space!

Step 1 - Make a List

The age old busy work of the organized is the List. But making lists is actually a very good way to keep your things in order. Before you call in the custom closet company, start with a list of every room you want organized first. Is it your closet? Is that the priority. Make that #1. Prefer to organize your garage before your master bedroom? That becomes #1. Once you have a prioritized list, you can go through, one room at a time and begin cleaning out anything you no longer use. Also move anything that shouldn't be organized in that location (Holiday decorations in your bedroom closet? Those belong somewhere else!). Once you've got your belongings in order, cross it off your list. You'll be amazed at the feeling of accomplishment that comes with crossing something off a list. Even if you're not necessarily planning on installing custom organizers in a room, clean it out anyway. Go right down your list one by one before you even pick up the phone.

Step 2 - Expunge!

As mentioned before, the best way to save time, money and the hovering threat of becoming a disorganized person right after your custom closet is installed, you must get rid of things! As you're going down your list, get rid of things you no longer use. (A good gauge on this is if you haven't worn it in the past 2 years, get rid of it. For non-wardobe items, if you haven't used it in the past 4, get rid of it!). Don't just throw everything away! Always remember, one persons junk is another man's treasure. Hold a yard sale! You'd be shocked at how much you can get rid of that will be put to good use by someone else. And as an added bonus, you can put your new cash towards your custom closet! Anything you can't sell in your sale, take to a consignment shop (for another chance at some money) or a local Goodwill.

If it's an item you do wear or use, but not often, you might considering moving it to another location. You want your custom organizer to be strictly for what you want in front of you. If you have a bunch of well-loved junk in your bedroom closet, considering moving it to the garage or basement and leave your new custom closet for just clothes.

Step 3 - Organize without Customizing

After you've gone through your master-expunge, you might be thinking, "All I've done is move the mess somewhere else!" If you can't afford to customize every room in your house, invest in some good organizational units. Remember, plastic-ware organizational units come in all sizes, shapes, etc. These are especially great because certain units slide under the bed, fit in skinny closet spaces, tuck into drawers, and stack on top and next to each other. If you're looking for a more formal organizational method, try bigger units that include drawers, shelving and cabinets for your garage or basement. These are relatively affordable, and you'll be pleasantly amazed at just how much you can fit into these units!

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