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The organization diet: cut the clutter & improve your life

If you enjoy informatics you will enjoy this blog.  Cut the clutter a little each day.  Some tasks feel overwhelming.  Begin by dividing them into bite-size pieces. Start with the piece that is easiest to tackle, build your confidence and continue on your daily diet making small changes that you can sustain.

My guest blogger this is Tom Happ is President of Closet Works based out of Elmhurst, IL which for the past 32 years serves the Chicagoland area with customized Closet and Storage Solutions. With a team of over 100 staff, each Solution is Designed, Fabricated and Installed to optimize the storage for every room within the home.

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Contact Closet Works or Julie Stobbe for help with planning your organization diet. 

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. 

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6 Tips for a Better Organized Basement or Garage

Use vertical space to optimum your storage space.

Use vertical space to optimise your storage space.

Use Vertical Space 

  1. Make use of vertical space. Buy shelving units to keep your items off the floor.  This will help protect them from water damage and allow for air movement in and around containers, reducing the build-up of mould.  Choose shelves that are 24” deep, if your room permits.

Create Zones 

  1. Divide your storage into zones – sports equipment, decorations, household items, electronics, and memorabilia – categories that best suit the items you wish to store.

Use Plastic Storage Bins

  1. Use plastic storage bins to protect your items from moisture. Use clear bins, labelling them so you can easily see what is inside.

Measure your Space then buy the Shelving Units

  1. If you need five shelves you may find that two storage units – one with two shelves the other with three shelves – fit the space better.

Need a Deep Shelf for Large items

  1. Two 24” storage units laced together will make a 48” deep shelf to hold hockey bags.
Secure 2 shelves together to make a place for storing large items

Secure 2 shelves together to make a place for storing large items

Leave Space for Tall Items to Stand

6. Place two storage units side by side, with a space in between, to create a support for golf bags.

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