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A Simple Test to See if You Have Too Many Clothes

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It’s now mid-August.  Most summer vacations are over, or are just about to end, and everyone is mentally gearing up for the fall and all that comes with it: school, colder weather, cute boots, football…  But wait, is something drawing you back to that vacation you took earlier in the summer?  It’s not the pictures on your phone, the amazing tan you got, the great souvenirs you purchased (which, by the way, did you REALLY need to buy them?) or even the wonderful memories you made… No, what’s drawing you back to that vacation is the unpacked piece of luggage that’s sitting in your closet. It’s drawing you back along with giving you a sense of guilt every time you look at it.  Maybe it’s wide open with clothes spilling out, or perhaps it’s still closed and you don’t even remember what all is in there, but there it sits… for weeks… And the more you look at it the more you think, “I really don’t want to empty you”, so you don’t.  Instead you just ignore it and wear whatever clothes are available.

So, here is this week’s tip: DON’T let your suitcase sit unpacked for more than 12 hours after returning from your trip.  If you get home and simply can’t get to it right away because of work or it’s late at night and you want to sleep I completely understand.  But if you arrive home from your trip and have time to unpack, then just do it.  The most it’ll take is 10 minutes, and that’s assuming the clothes are clean and you’re putting them away.  It will take less time than that if you just dump everything into your laundry hamper.  Once it’s done you can sit and relax without it hanging over your head.  Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  Yes!  It does!  You can’t deny it!

So the next time you get back from a trip, however long it lasted, give this tip a try just to see how quickly unpacking takes.  I promise you, you’ll reap the benefits of having all of those clothes out of the suitcase and you won’t have to suffer the guilt of looking at the unpacked luggage for weeks on end or the disappointment of throwing something away that was wrecked because it was packed away too long (hello moldy, musty smelling, stinky clothes).

Do you agree with this post?  Or do you have a very good reason for keeping your clothes trapped in your suitcase?  Let me know in the comments below!

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This is One of My Least Favorite Organizing Tools

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This organizing tool is one that can be found in dorm rooms all over America, which is fine.  In my opinion they should stay in dorm rooms.  They are handy, they do provide extra storage when needed, and they are affordable, but please, do NOT bring this item into your home once you’re out of college and in your own place.

Okay, so what is this item?  Plastic stackable drawers.  These guys are magnets for dust and dirt in every tiny little corner, they bend, warp and break very easily because they’re cheaply made and, quite frankly, they just aren’t nice to look at.  If you’re willing to do just a bit of research you’ll see there are so many other great options out there.

One such item is IKEA’s Raskog utility cart.  This consistently is one of IKEA’s top sellers and everyone who has one raves about it in all the reviews and online articles.  If you don’t like the look of that particular cart or the price is higher than you’d like there’s other carts out there such as this one from Wal-Mart or this cart from Amazon.  Or, maybe you want to go in a completely different direction and buy something like this from Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Whatever you choose to use, do yourself a favor – donate those plastic drawers to someone going off to college in the fall and find a new way to store the items it contains.

**Well this post has been up for 3 hours and has already drawn discussions and disagreements so let me add this note – when I say I don’t like theses drawers I mean out in a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. In some ways they do make sense, such as LEGO storage or for craft supplies. The point of my post was more to draw attention to the fact that if they’re being used as regular storage in ‘public’ rooms, there are other options. Yes, there is a place for those drawers, but it’s hidden away, out of sight. This is my personal opinion.

Do you agree with this post?  Or do you like the plastic drawers? Let me know in the comments below!

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A Least Favorite Organizing Tool

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This is similar to last month’s post – it’s not that I don’t like this specific item, I just prefer to use it for other things than what it’s marketed for (and little insider info – a lot of other organizers do as well).  This item is a back of the door shoe holder.

First, before I offend anyone who uses one of these for their shoes, let me say that I don’t hate them and I don’t look down on people who use them, in fact I’ve used them in clients’ homes before… for shoes no less!  I just think there’s better ways to keep shoes organized instead of using a clunky item on the back of the door that knocks every time the door closes.  Not only can it scratch the trim at the top of the door frame (if it hangs from hooks that hook over the door) but it also doesn’t help nice shoes hold their shape, it can get really nasty if you put dirty shoes in the pockets and it can also take up precious space in tiny closets.  I know the point of them is to save space, but if a closet isn’t very deep anything extra on the door gets in the way when trying to close the door (personal experience from a job talking here).

If there are too many items on the floor for your shoes to be stored there then it might be time to reorganize the closet and find new spaces for those other items on the floor.  Or if you have so many shoes they won’t all fit in the space then it might be time to go through them and pare down (ha pun not intended) and see if that makes a difference.

If none of those are possible or going to help here’s a few alternative ideas:

Floor Shoe Rack
Hanging Shoe Organizer (this one goes directly in the closet, not on the door)
Stackable Shoe Rack
Bench Shoe Storage

I hope that by looking through these links you’ll begin to see different ways shoes can be stored in different parts of the home.  Shoes don’t HAVE to go in a closet.  They can go in the front entry way, in the mud room, in the garage… There are other ways to keep them organized.  It just depends on your space and your creativity.

Do you agree with my thoughts?  Disagree?  Use an over the door organizer for something else?  Let me know!

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One Least Favorite Organizing Tool

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Before I get in to this post, let me clarify something – it’s not so much that I don’t like this item, I just don’t like what it’s marketed as and what most people think it should be used for.  This item is a spice shelf, but only when it is used for holding spices.

Why don’t I like using a spice shelf for spices?  Well, I really don’t think they’re very useful.  They don’t make it easier see all the spices and they don’t make it easier to reach all the spices.  Depending on the height of the cupboard shelf above it, reading and reaching the ones in the back is almost impossible and usually causes a domino affect crash of the ones in the front…  Very annoying.

Also, when you can’t see all that you have, you usually end up buying more, which means you’re throwing away money buying something you don’t need.

Here are some great alternatives for spice storage for all different spaces:

spice carousel – countertop
spice drawer organizer – drawer
spice liners – drawer
spice rack – wall

And this isn’t even all of the ideas.  If you search on Google or Pinterest there are so many more options out there.

So, if you’re tired of digging around in your spices and you want to stop wasting money buying spices you already have, think about using one of the alternative options above or maybe find something else that will work for you.  Every kitchen is as different as the person who cooks in it.

Do you agree with my opinion? Disagree? Do you have a different way of storing your spices than one I listed above? Comment and let me know!

Also, happy birthday dad!! I love you!

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