November 2, 2012
by Susan Hunsberger
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One Less Reason to Dread Mornings

PROBLEM:  I can’t find anything in my closet.  I have one shoe here and another there, shirts mixed in with dresses, mixed in with pants, mixed in with skirts, and scarves on hooks, in drawers, and on hangers.  I really hate getting dressed in the morning.

SOLUTION:  Set up your closet in zones. Jamie Westcott, owner of the Resale Boutique in Saline, provides an excellent example of how this might look.  Notice how all the scarves are on the shelving unit, the shoes are on the hanging shelves, the belts are on a ring, and the jackets are hung up.  

NOTE: Not only do zones help you put things away quickly, they also allow you to find things easily, which makes mornings so much better. 

February 25, 2011
by Susan Hunsberger
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Too Small, Too Big, Don’t Like

PROBLEM: My closet is so full. I know that some of the clothes don’t even fit me anymore.

SOLUTION: Create a space to put the clothes that you don’t like or that don’t fit. This space can be a bag hung from a hanger or hook, a basket on the closet floor, or a box near the closet. The next time you try something on and it doesn’t fit – put it in this new space. Eventually your closet will become a place for clothes that
you like and wear.

HINT: Think through what you will do with the items that go in this space and when you will deal with them. For example, maybe you will you take them to the donation center when the bag gets full.

October 25, 2010
by Susan Hunsberger
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Worn but not Dirty

Where do you put the clothes that aren’t freshly laundered but aren’t ready to be washed? Find a purposeful space somewhere … either in the closet or in a basket that is designated for this function. If you choose the closet, section off an area for your “worn but not dirty clothes”. In the picture a wooden hanger (all the other hangers in the closet are plastic) divides the “freshly laundered” and the “worn but not dirty” clothes.

August 23, 2010
by Susan Hunsberger
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Over-the-Door Organizer

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Use an over-the-door shoe organizer for items other than shoes. Put like things together in the pockets. Label the pockets that make sense to label – high pockets or pockets that belong to different family members. Sample items that can nicely fit in organizer – pills, pet supplies (combs, nail clippers), suntan lotion, lint roller, band-aid box, insect repellent, thermometer.  Some people like the clear over-the-door organizers because you can easily see the contents of the pockets.