I would like to introduce a member of our Humber Bay community, my special guest Jane Woolsey. Jane is a Certified Professional Organizer and co-founder of “An Organized Vision”.
An Organized Vision is a company that helps you “Achieve Success through Organized Design, where they specialize in residential, small business and corporate organization.
Here are first two of four tips for organizing small spaces:
Tip Number One: Get rid of unnecessary stuff
Be ruthless about clutter. Keep only those items that are absolutely necessary in your life. This includes your books, papers, clothes and mementos. If you absolutely must keep more than you can store in your living space, face it, it’s time for mini-storage. Figure out what can go in the storage bin and what has to stay at home.
Real Estate tip from Diane: When preparing your home for the real estate market, getting rid of the clutter is an important factor in the successful marketing of your home. Making a good first impression is very important.
Tip Number Two: Seek out all unused space for storage
Don’t overlook anything, behind doors, over top of doors, under beds, walls, etc. Some examples include:
- in the closet: make full use of all of the vertical storage in your closet, by adding additional shelving, shoe rack storage, pull-out storage units, multiple hangers and other storage tools.
- over-the-door hanging bag or shoe rack: Shoes on the floor of a closet create instant chaos. This small organizer will make a huge difference.
- use under-bed storage containers or bed drawers for out of season clothing, extra appliances and papers. Ensure they have wheels for easy access. Also consider purchasing inexpensive bed lifts to increase the height of your bed and your storage space.
- the ceiling is another frequently overlooked storage area. There are a number of aesthetically pleasing ceiling storage hangers which can be used for anything from toys to books to pots and pans.
- don’t miss the space above the door. Book shelves over the door are functional and can be done in a way that they are pleasing to the eye.
- Shelves: Use shelves to create multiple levels of storage in a cabinet or small pantry for cans of soup or vegetables.
- Containers: Grouping like items in small or large containers is a great organizing trick. For example, if you have a lot of hair-care products, keep them in a container with a handle under the sink.
For more information on An Organized Vision, click on the An Organized Vision link under Community Resources.
Article by: Jane Woolsey of An Organized Vision – Business & Residential Organizing www.anorganizedvision.com
Assisting individuals and businesses in achieving their vision through organization, by creating customized organizing solutions that complement and enhance their work or life philosophy.