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The organization diet: cut the clutter & improve your life

By Julie Stobbe / July 21, 2020 /

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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, professional organizer

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 has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She uses her love of physical activity to reduce clutter, in your home and office. She guides and supports you to manage your time. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Online courses are available to help instruct, coach and support your organizing projects. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

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6 Tips for a Better Organized Basement or Garage

By Julie Stobbe / June 29, 2016 /
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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What product have you found to help keep your basement organized?


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