Organize Your Walk in Closet

Do you remember the day you moved into your new home, very excited about the walk in closet and all of the space it offered? Has it become a messy location now with so much stuff in it that you can’t find where anything is? It is an unwritten rule that they more space we have, the more stuff we will accumulate to fill it!

Is your walk in closet full of items you really use or has it become a catch-all for those items you haven’t found a place for yet? It is very likely you don’t have any idea what all is residing in your walk in closet if it isn’t organized. Since a walk in closet is so much bigger than regular sized closets, you have many more options for customizing it to your liking while getting it organized.

Start by removing everything from your walk in closet and sorting through it. This is going to be quite a chore, but very necessary if you are ever going to get that space in order. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in there. This includes clothing you don’t wear anymore and items that don’t belong in there. Next organize everything in piles according to how you will be dividing it up your closet. Take an inventory of the amount of space you need for each pile. This will help you determine the types of custom closet equipment to install for all of it.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing your walk in closet. Choose to add shelves, clothing rods, shoe racks, cubbies for your accessories, carousals for ties and belts, and hooks for hats and jackets. You have the option of adding a dresser or even building shelves to go into the walk in closet area.

If you have the room in your walk in closet, you may want to add a bench or a chair for you to get dressed on. Some people put an island in the middle of their walk in closet. They use the top as a place to iron and to lay out their clothing for the next day. A full length mirror makes a very nice touch too.

Since a walk in closet is so spacious, you may not know the best way to use the space you have. You can meet with a closet organizer consultant, look at magazines, and even use closet organization software to come up with a solution that you are happy with. The cost of such a project is going to vary based on several factors. The factors to consider include who will be doing the work, the quality of the materials you plan to use, and how much closet organization materials will be needed to complete the project.

For those of you who have a walk in closet, use the maximum space you can get from it. This will take some hard work, planning, and investing. Make sure you use quality materials that are sturdy and durable. You want your custom walk in closet to remain organized for years to come. The time you will invest in getting this area of your home organized will be well spent. You will save time every day when you walk into that closet to get dressed or to find other items stored there.

Over the years, I’ve tried it all, different ways to get organized, with much trial and error.  Some worked, some didn’t.  I tried some of those fancy looking matching desk sets.  They looked beautiful and for some, I’m sure they are perfect.  But for me, they took up too much valuable space. Space I needed to proof my work, keep my reference books, or keep those essentials that I use on a regular basis.  For me, when I work I want everything within an arms reach.   I want to have immediate access to the tools I need to complete my assignments.

I have a corner desk, and on it I have my computer, printer, fax, phone, etc.  Beside my desk I have a two-drawer filing cabinet.  This was possibly the greatest thing I’ve ever done to organize my business.  In it I have my files and supplies that I use on a regular basis, such as, client stationery, client files, a file for my receipts, all personal correspondence, paper, folders, etc.  Whenever these files get bulky with client documents, I simply empty them into the main filing cabinet.  For example, my main clients, whom I’ve been working with for 20 years, their files in the main cabinet are quite large. It’s nice to have the smaller file close by with just their recent correspondence.   Plus, when I need a folder, an order slip for my books, a copy of my stationery, it’s all right there.  AAAHHH, now that’s convenience.

Now for the receipts’ file.  I keep it monthly.  At the beginning of the month, I simply replace the file with the new month’s file.   That way, at tax time, I don’t have to go through a whole year’s receipts and divide it up.  It’s already separated.

Here are some other organizational tips you might find beneficial:

Mail—We have a round basket by a small table by the front door.  All incoming mail goes in there first.  Then when I have the opportunity to sort through it, I get it and put it in its appropriate place.  Always pitch anything you aren’t keeping.   All business-related mail is sorted and put away immediately.  Anything that might need work done on it is logged into my Daytimer and then put in the To Do Bin.

Desk—Your desk should have on it only those items that you use on a regular basis.  Look around.  What haven’t you used in the last month or two?  Start dumping.  Find another spot for it.  But find the RIGHT spot for it.

No Piling of Anything Allowed. This is one of those habits that can be so easy to get into.  Definitely one that I catch myself doing a lot!  But I stop myself now because I know it will just be brushed off to the side and forgotten.  Too often I miss something important and regret the piling blunder again.  You will be amazed how much more organized you will feel if you just don’t do this one thing. And time yourself.  You think you are too busy, but it takes seconds and how long does it take to look for that missing document.

Daytimer—Now this isn’t only for Time Management.  Your Daytimer can have a space for all your business cards, appointment cards, etc.   How great it is to have all these cards right in the same place. On the date of your appointment, you simply grab the card and off you go.  Also, recently I’ve started using the Outlook Express to log in appointments as well.  It has a calendar and I can look to it to get a feel for the day and the week to follow.

Three-ring Binders – I saved my best for last.  I do a lot of research in doing publicity for clients and also have a lot of e-mails that I need to print and save.  I use paper that already has the wholes punched for insertion into a 3 ring binder.  I will print out important research, client e-mails I need to save, work that I’ve done so I can review it later, etc., on this paper and then put it into the proper binders.  I have a binder for all clients, research, PR, myself, and miscellaneous.  You would be amazed how clearer things are in a binder than tossed in a file cabinet.  For my business it works tremendously.

Start the beginning of the day and the end of the day with a clean-up.  What a tremendous feeling that is.  When you are done with a project, away it goes.  When you start the next project, out comes all the material you need.

There’s nothing like the feeling of sitting down in the morning to a nice clean organized desk and office. Once you feel this a couple of days, you want to experience this every day so you’ll take the appropriate steps to make it happen.

Organize the thoughts in your head

Everybody knows that the way we think determines the outcome. If your thoughts are like “I can’t write more articles then I do already”, you probable won’t succeed. If you change your thoughts into “I will write more articles then I already do”, you will achieve that goal. Perhaps it’s only one article more then expected, but you did more then you wanted. If you believe in yourself you will succeed at the end.

But before you reach that end you have to organize the thoughts in your head. There are two main thoughts, negative and positive. For every negative one you can find an opposite more positive thought. For example if you take a half filled glass with water you can think this glass is half empty.  This is a more negative thought. If you approach it with the thought of this glass is half full then you think positive. There hasn’t been a change with the amount of water. Just your thinking changed.  It takes time and effort to make those changes.

At first you are on the level of unawareness incompetence. We act without thinking. If we want changes to be made we have to learn to use those positive affirmations. We now are one step higher called the awareness of incompetence. At this point you know that you have to learn and use in order to change. When we use them for a while and we see results we reach the level of aware competence.

We now use the tools in a perfect way. We see results but to achieve the highest level we need to keep on the good work..
At this state when an opportunity appears we think in possibilities instead of problems. This is the state of mind we want to have consistently. Sure you have less positive thoughts sometimes but rapidly you make that change into a positive thought.  Thinking positive has become a natural behavior

Keep up the good work and start today. Remember only you can make a difference.

How important is it to organize life?
Everything in our life comes from how we organize it, right?

When everything is organized we can do more, achieve more, become more, and enjoy everything more too, can’t we?
Can’t you?

Are you Overwhelmed? Frustrated? Dissatisfied?  Life throws a lot at you.  How are you managing it all until now?

Those who organize life will excel far beyond those that don’t because Life Organization is the biggest frontier of development opening up this decade.

Are you ready for that?!  But what is it exactly that you are searching the net for regarding how to organize life? What does it really mean to organize life?

Do you want a solid grand system to totally organize life? Do you want some temporary techniques to apply now? Would you like permanent principles for how to organize your entire life?

To organize life you will capture every worth while thought to efficiently choose your actions for all that is important to you, without wasting time or losing time, and allowing you to succeed at whatever you desire.

At times we get off track, whether practically, or with our efficiency, or emotionally.

At those times, I do a 10 Minute Get-on-track review.  Essentially it is about writing down things weighing on my mind.

I use the following categories of self-questions to help me do my organize life 10 minute focus sessions.

Organize Life for Self – Touching on my emotions and physical experience.  Accept and appreciate how I feel right now. This is the core of how to organize life. It starts from within.

Organize Life for Yesterday – I then take a moment to reflect on yesterday, as that is where I have come from.

Organize Life for Today – Think of the fixed appointments, the general layout of your day to come, and where the areas of your day are where you get to
decide exactly what you do with the time.

Organize Life for Civilisation – What do you want to do in society? What is your place and purpose in terms of contribution and business?

Organize Life for Ideally Organized Living – Picture the biggest possible ideally organized living circumstances that fill your fantasy.  This connects
you with the spark of life.

Organize Life for Projects – Now you are ready to consider the actual projects and responsibilities that you have in your life.  Tasks, hobbies, interests,
pursuits, business ideas, etc.

Organize Life for Right Now – Through the above self-question process you are probably now ready to decide on the next step activities to organize your life even more.

This 10 minute review might take longer when you first do it.  Take your time with it, and remember this article. As a Professional Organizer I can guarantee by doing this simple 10 minute process regularly your life will become more and more organized.

Organize Files – Both Paper And Computer

Tips to organize files in real-space

If you have a system that isn’t working, it’s probably because it is not the system outlined below. Simplicity of effectiveness is vital for a real-space filing system.

To organize files in real-space it should take no more than 1 minute to add so me thing new to your system and no more than 30 seconds to retrieve something.

Organize Files – Preparation:
Get a large sturdy metal filing cabinet.
Get box files and card files.
Get an electric label maker.
Chuck out hanging file guides.

Organize Files – Implementation:
1. Grab a card file as soon as you have paper work that you want to reference for later use.
2. Create a label with the electric label maker with a word/phrase that very obviously identifies what the
papers are about.
3. Put the labeled file in your filing cabinet in A to Z order.

Maintenance of Organized Files:
On computer start a file listing everything that’s in your real-space filing cabinet from A to Z.
Keep your computer file updated by occasionally flicking through your filing cabinet (it will take less than 10
minutes) to check for items that are not on your computer file and adding anything new.

Consider that if you currently have trouble keeping on top of the way you  organize files it’s probably because the way you have been doing until now is  not this simple strategy. The approach outlined above is purposely extremely simple.  It really works to do it like this.

With that technique for how to organize files in real-space dealt with, we can now think about your way to organize files on your computer.

Tips to organize files on computer

Experience with clients has taught me that often someone has more clutter on computer than in their home or office.

The computer can be a source of great enjoyment and productivity if you organize files on it well. I realize that it doesn’t take up any real space in your
home or office, which is probably why people let it get so bad, but I found that it effects my clients satisfaction and productivity immensely.

Sure there are plenty of manuals on using the computer but I discovered that there was no simple, straightforward explanation of keeping on top of where everything on computer is.  So I created an approach that I show my clients and here is the basics of it.

Is it frustrating or even somewhat anxiety provoking sometimes to approach the computer?  Such feelings are caused by thinking of the amount of time it will take to find what you want whilst half-thinking that it really shouldn’t be so out of hand.

Well we’re about to turn things around. Get into the habit of creating folders on your computer for various topics. Put everything relevant to each topic into the appropriate folder.

Create more folders within existing topic folders for sub-topics. E.g. You might create a folder called Health. In that you might have folders for Diet,
Exercise, Sleep.

Spend time on that process and you will finally feel that you can organize files on your computer very very well indeed.

You spent an entire weekend organizing your closet and a couple of weeks later it is still organized and you love it.  But, you go to the store and purchase some new clothes or a new pair of shoes and you don’t know where you are going to put them in your already full (but organized) closet.  Here are some strategies you can use to keep your closet organized even when adding new items.

One way to solve this dilemma is to decide if what you purchased is a duplicate of something you have or a decent replacement.  We all have favorite items of clothing that we wear often and these are the ones that need to be replaced first.  If your purchase is a new pair of black pants, are your old ones faded?  Instead of having two pairs (and admit it, you won’t be wearing the old black pair now that you have the new ones), you should donate the old or throw them out.  If your wardrobe is pretty complete in terms of basics, this replacement system will work quite well.

If you are stilling building your dream wardrobe and your purchases are adding to this instead of replacing old or worn items you need a different strategy for finding a home for your new items.  If you don’t have any extra hangers, you may have to go and buy some for future wardrobe growth.  If you haven’t done so already, you may have to consider adding shelving or drawers in your closet to accommodate everything.  Instead of hanging all of your shirts, you can fold them on shelves and this will give you more room to hang pants, skirts, or dresses.  Once you make a few adjustments, be sure to leave some empty spaces for the next time you go shopping.

Kolcraft Closet Organization System for Infants

Having a new baby means lots of new items to find a place for in your home. You can double your closet space to hold all of those items by installing a Kolcraft custom closet organization system. You will have a clothing rod to hang all of those cute outfits on. You can also choose to purchase small hangers that fit them perfectly.

Shelves are a very good option for storing, and you will get eight of them. Use them for diapers, clothing, anything you desire. You can use the Kolcraft closet organization system to set up your infant’s items any way you like. These shelves are great installed underneath the clothing rod.

It can get tricky accessing items you need with a baby in your arms. Kolcraft understands this and the closet organization system is devised with that in mind. Convenience is the key when it comes to getting your infant’s items. Mesh compartments work well for storing medicines, lotions, creams, and other items you use on a regular basis for your baby.

Kolcraft understands each parent has a different need when it comes to closet organization as well as the fact that not all closets are the same size. You have the option of choosing individual items to organize your infant’s closet. Choose from hanging rods, baskets, cubbies, drawers, and shelves. We all know how those blankets add up, and shelves offer you the perfect storage location for them.

As you child gets older, you can reorganize and change the Kolcraft closet organization system or individual products to be suitable for an older child. You may decide to lower the hanging rod to their level. This is a great way to teach them to take care of their things. The shelves can be placed at the bottom of the closet area for easy storage of toys.

You will be very impressed with the quality and versatility of the closet organization products offered by Kolcraft. You can find them at retail stores and baby outlet stores. They have been certified as being safe for children. They are also very simple to install. You can do it in just a few hours using basic household tools including a drill, hammer, and screwdriver. Each Kolcraft closet organization product or kit comes with complete instructions. You can also contact Kolcraft customer service if you need assistance.

Don’t wait until that baby comes to get the closet organized. Most new parents get the nursery ready in advance, so the closet should be a part of it. Trust me, it is much easier to put in a closet organization system if you don’t have to remove tons of items first. Your infant may not appreciate the effort you have put into organizing their closet space, but it will make your life much easier. You are going to have your hands full with a new baby, why make it difficult by having to search for items?

You can add a very personal touch to the closet organization products you purchase from Kolcraft. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, to ensure you can find exactly what you are looking for. For the best results, measure your closet space. Come up with a plan of what items you are going to place in the closet area, and purchase Kolcraft products that are going to meet that need.

Installing a Custom Closet Organizer

If you have taken the time to invest in organizing your closet, congratulations. Most of us think about it, but we don’t get around to doing it. Once you have sorted through everything and decided on the types of organizing materials to add to your closet, you are about half way done with the project. Installing the custom closet organizer system is the next part of the project for you to tackle. You have the option of having someone install it for you or to do it yourself.

If you hire someone to install the custom closet organizer system for you, make sure they are skilled in this area. You can hire a professional, a friend, or a family member to complete it for you. Make sure you have discussed everything thoroughly before they begin including how you want the closet area to look, the deadline for completing the project, if you will provide the tools or they need to bring their own, and the amount you will pay for the finished project. You can choose to pay by the hour or a flat rate for the entire project.

You will save money if you are willing to install your custom closet yourself. It is a good idea to ask someone to lend you a hand. This makes installing and leveling much easier with an extra pair of hands in there. It is important to only use the right tools. Most custom closet products can be installed using basic tools including a flat head screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, a level, a hammer, and a drill. It works best if you have a cordless drill. I power screwdriver helps too as it will ensure all the screws are in place securely.

Before you begin putting the custom closet products together, take a few minutes to make sure all of the required parts to do so are there as well as the instruction manual. All of the necessary parts for the materials will be listed in the instruction manual. If you are missing any parts you have two options, contact the customer service for the manufacturer or go to the hardware store and purchase the missing parts yourself if it something like screws that they will have in stock.

Next read through your instruction manual. Do this before you start putting anything together. If you don’t understand any part of it, ask the person assisting you to read over it. You can also look the information up on the internet or contact the customer service support team for the manufacturer.

If you are using a closet organizer kit, then make sure you follow the instructions for the proper order of installing the pieces. This is because some of them fit together in a particular way. If you purchased separate pieces of closet organizers, install them from the bottom up. It is also a good idea to have each area for the particular item outlined so that you are positive not to put it in the area designated for another closet organizing product. If this happens you will find yourself having to take some of the products out and reinstalling them.

It is important that you adjust things as necessary. If you don’t have any studs to attach the closet organization products to, it is a good idea to add wall anchors and braces to give the products added support. For the best results, purchase quality items from your home improvement store.

For the best results, take your time installing the custom closet accessories and products. Make sure each item is level before you secure it in place. Following these installation tips will help you transform your closet into a well organized area. Once you clean up the work area, the fun will begin. You are going to be very excited as you start putting your items back into the closet because of how great everything looks!

Do you have storage issues with your closet? Do you want a way to have everything you need in a place that is easy to access?  A closet carousel is very convenient and it gives you more closet space then you could imagine. Most of them operate with a button that you push to turn the items on the carousel around. Some of them are round in shape and others are oval. You will find closet carousels in a variety of sizes to fit the dimensions of your closet. Some closet carousels can get you storage for hundreds of outfits, using only ten or twelve square feet of space.

A rotating closet carousel helps you get your closet organized by offering you a place to hang your clothing. Each outfit hangs on an individual hanger. As you press the button, your clothing slowly rotates around for you. Stop on any article of clothing you like. If you don’t like what is before you to wear that particular day, just let it keep going by.

To get the most out of a closet carousel, select one that comes with a clothing rod as well as storage shelves and containers. You should also select one that has adjustable shelving. This is a great way to ensure it will continue to work for you over time. Most closet carousels are made out of plastic and aluminum. They are very durable and can hold your heaviest objects. Some customer closet carousels are made of wood. These models are the most expensive because of the cost of the materials.

You have the option of having a closet carousel installed by a professional, but many models on the market are quite simple to install on your own. This is a great way to get your closet organized at a much lower cost. It helps if you have someone who can assist you. Look for a closet carousel that comes with complete instructions as well as customer support in case you experience any difficulties.

Some of them come with ceiling mounts and others offer a floor mount. Both work well so it is your own personal preference. Some people prefer the floor mount because they can have the closet carousel at a lower level. You can choose a closet carousel that plugs into a wall outlet or you can choose one that operates on a battery. On average, you should be able to install any closet carousel system within a four hour period.

Treat yourself to the luxury a closet carousel offers you in addition to organization. This is a great way to pamper yourself. Since we all live very busy lives, why not indulge yourself in a luxury you can use each morning as you prepare for your day? Who needs the stress of searching for an outfit? You can access your wardrobe quickly. This is also a great way to help your clothing last longer. Cramming them into a closet that isn’t customized to fit your needs can result in clothing getting wrinkled, snagged, and torn.

A closet carousel may be the perfect solution to your cluttered closet. You can purchase one online or from a home improvement store. They are simple to use, easy to install, and very inexpensive. Don’t let the opportunity to have a customized, organized closet pass you by!

Use a closet carousel by itself or partner it with other closet organization products. These products include hanging rods, drawers, baskets, cubbies, shoe organizers, and shelves. Some people have even decided to place two closet carousels in to their closet. One for their casual clothing and one for career clothing.

You can turn that open closet space that you haven’t’ accessed into great storage space with the right accessories and a few hours of work. The internet is a great place to find closet carousels that are available as well as to compare the quality and the pricing.

I’ve spoken to quite a few people over the years who say they have very nice clothes they love but the don’t wear them anymore.

But my question is this: If you value something so much…then don’t you think you should be wearing it?

The reality is we are a society who likes to accumulate and, dating back to the Great Depression, we tend to keep everything we believe has monetary value when, in reality, it really doesn’t.

For example, a pretty dress or a nice suit you bought ten years ago went for what can be considered a lot of money.

And the problem is you haven’t touched it in nine years because, as most clothes do, it went out of style.

Could it come back in style someday? Maybe. Styles do often return.

But this is not a reason to hold onto things you don’t use…”just in case.”

You feel like, because you spent “good” money on it, you are throwing money away. But ask yourself this… is it putting money in your pocket sitting there in the back of your closet with dust on the shoulders?

Is it giving you anything? Do you benefit at all from keeping outdated outfits?

Now ask yourself one more question… will you gain anything by getting rid of it and donating it to charity?

Of course you will!

The benefits?

More space to be able to keep the clothes you are going to wear (we only wear 50% of the clothes we own, by the way.)

I might even suggest buying a new outfit for every three to five you get rid of.

The purpose?

Because new clothes make people feel good. I don’t recommend buying new clothes for the sake of buying new clothes and throwing away your money. But you’ve got to admit putting on a new pair of pants that make us look better is a nice, uplifting feeling.

The thing is the items taking up space, yes, you paid for them.

But by keeping something you no longer wear or use you are not getting anything in return but more clutter and a lack of storage space you could be using for something else.

Here is something you should do right now with items (they don’t have to be clothes) you are holding onto because you paid good money for them.

1. Go find ten items you own for one reason and one reason only… because you paid for it.

2. Grab a piece of paper and make three columns.

3. Write the items you are having trouble getting rid of in the left column. In the middle column, write “why I am keeping this item” and in the third column write “what will I gain by getting rid of this item.”

My guess is you will have a lot more in the right column than you will in the middle.

Be specific with both.

If you can honestly fill up the middle column with more reasons of why you should keep it, and they are good, legitimate reasons, then maybe you shouldn’t get rid of it.

But I’m willing to bet that won’t be the case.

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