Organizing the Bedroom
Keeping your bedroom and closet neat and organized is easy if you follow these suggestions:
- Invest in a good sturdy clothes hamper for each bedroom (make sure that children's rooms have hampers that they can tote to the laundry room).
- Keep a mesh lingerie bag or small laundry bag on a hook or door knob in each bedroom for each family member's dirty socks (they can be washed in the mesh bag and makes sorting time easier).
- Only store clothing, shoes, purses, accessories in each bedroom closet, if you can't wear it or carry it, store it somewhere else! (Exceptions: A small 6 qt or 15 qt plastic container with lid can be used for (1) each family member to store photos, cards, momentos and/or (2) one may also be used to store shoe polish, cloth, and other shoe care items.)
- Use top shelf in closet for rarely worn (Derby Hats, Formal Shoes/Bag, etc.) or seasonal items during the off-season (Swimsuits, Sandals, Ski Wear, etc.)
- Keep clothing and accessories worn daily stored together in the easies to access area of the closet.
- Store weekend or weekly items together (Church Outfits, Workout Wear, Scout Uniforms, etc.) in the area harder to access of the closet.
- Store Formal Clothing, Holiday Wear, Costumes, etc. in the hardest to reach area of the closet or in another location of closet space will not allow.
- Donate anything that has not been worn in two (2) consecutive seasons.
- Donate any clothing that does not make you feel good, look good or that you do not really really like.
- Donate clothing that can only be worn if a substantial amount of weight is lost. Face it, if you lose that much, you deserve a new and updated wardrobe!
- Toss anything requiring extensive repair or that is simply worn out. Also toss un-matched socks after mate has been missing after two weeks of laundry.
- Keep socks in drawers folded with mates and separated by color for quick access. Shoe boxes can be used for this in larger/deeper drawers or spring-loaded dividers are available for around $14/pair.
- Keep short-sleeved shirts/t-shirts separate from long-sleeved ones (in different drawers or on different shelves) to eliminate unfolding each one to see the sleeve length.
- Bottom line, store like items together. Whether they are shorts, cardigan sweaters, or sweatshirts, time spent up front sorting through and organizing those items now will come back ten-fold when scurrying around trying to find a cardigan for Church after you realize it's chillier outside than you thought it was when you had dressed earlier!
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