08 Jan January is Get Organized Month
Are you ready for a January Jumpstart? The new year is always a chance to start with a clean slate as we resolve to improve something in our lives.
One of the most popular resolutions come January 1st is to get organized. In fact, January is known as Get Organized Month.
There are lots of statistics to support the need for better-organized spaces.
- We only wear 25 percent of the clothes in our closets. The rest just hang in our closets.
- We spend a year of our lives looking for lost or misplaced stuff, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers.
- 80 percent of the clutter in our homes is a result of disorganization, not a lack of space.
- Getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40 percent of the housework in the average home, according to the National Soap and Detergent Association.
- 84 percent of Americans stress that their home isn’t organized enough.
- 80 percent of our medical expenses are related to stress. Clutter contributes to that stress.
“Closets were designed to be a space for us to store our stuff, but most closets are a chaotic catch-all because they’re not designed properly,” says Closets by Design President Jerry Egner. “The experts at Closets by Design can design the perfect storage space to hold everything from your shirts to your shoes.”
Custom closets are surprisingly affordable. In fact, investing in a closet makeover might save you money in the long run. Many times, if you can’t find something in your disorganized closet – you’ll buy another one. In fact, we spend more than $2.7 billion a year replacing missing possessions.
If a custom closet isn’t in your budget right now, try some of these space-saving tips from the pros at Closets by Design.
Out with the Old
As a famous ice queen once said, “Let it go!” If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in over a year, then you probably won’t wear it again. Having trouble saying sayonara to that sweatshirt? Try this trick: Place items into a bin marked with the date. Give yourself 6 or 12 months. Any items that remain in the bin can be donated or tossed.
One In, One Out
For every new article of clothing you bring into your closet, get rid of a similar item. If you are feeling energized, up the ratio: one in, two out.
Optimize Your Space
The little things can really add up to a big mess. There are storage solutions for small items such as belts, scarfs, jewelry, ties, socks, etc. Sliding belt racks and jewelry drawers provide simple opportunities to stash loose items and keep a closet organized. Adjustable shelves, cubbies, and baskets make it easy to put away articles of clothing, rather than allowing them to pile up on the floor.
Out of Sight
Stand-alone hampers are often unsightly and take up valuable space. Consider installing a tilt-out hamper built into a custom closet unit to stash laundry or keep dry cleaning items separated and safe from the rest of the wash.
Are you ready to get organized? Click here or give us a call at 1-800-By-Design to set up your free in-home design consultation.