RECLAIMING SPACE AFTER CHILDREN LEAVE HOME
Even the most organized of us will get to a point after years in the same home where we find ourselves somewhat overwhelmed by the things we've collected. Raising children attracts items that represent memories that make us smile or send us screaming from the attic and basement. Now that you are an empty nester, it's time to reclaim your space and do some purging. Why save all those art projects, sports trophies, posters, and collections of beanie babies, matchbox cars, baseball cards, etc.? One word of caution here. Don't purge the baseball cards. You'll never live it down -- believe me!
By Jamie Novak,
gleaned from the book “Keep This, Toss That”
You’d be surprised by what a professional organizer recommends in order to keep a tidier home. Sometimes “junky” items can serve an unexpected purpose! Other times, you might be better off getting rid of or donating “important” items if they don’t improve your life.
Garages are one of the most common areas people have difficulty keeping in order. Most people perceive them as one giant storage bin, a catch-all area for things that really don’t have a place. These things add up and start going vertical after the horizontal space has been covered. In some cases, it is almost like living with a landfill attached to your house. Along with having a sore view to look at and live with, it is also a potential safety hazard!
Are you ready for summer?
More importantly, is your closet? When you think about it, the two things go hand-in-hand. Before you head to the beach, hike the Appalachian Trail, or embark on your cross-country drive, you’ll want to make sure you have your wardrobe ready.
Here are a few closet organizing tips to help prepare for the summer.