Home Organization Tips: Introduction

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Reviewing Existing Storage

Whether you’re moving into a new home or revamping the one you have, it’s always sensible to start with an overview of the storage in place. Walk around every room and make notes. What pieces function efficiently and are easy to keep neat, and why? What actively motivates you, and /or other family members, to use these systems properly?


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Don’t overlook odd-shaped spaces, as they can very usefully accommodate infrequently used items such as out-of-season clothes. With their sloping ceilings, the under-eaves spaces found in loft conversions can be fitted with low-level shelf units or inexpensive stacking plastic crates. Add good lighting, so it’s easy to find things, and make sure the space is well-insulated and dry before storing precious items. Right: Design storage to get the best out of odd "spare" areas. In this narrow hall, shallow open shoe racks, fitted floor to ceiling, take up less space than a conventional closet.

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In this narrow hall, shallow open shoe racks, fitted floor to ceiling, take up less space than a conventional closet. Right: Don’t overlook odd-shaped spaces, as they can very usefully accommodate infrequently used items such as out-of-season clothes. With their sloping ceilings, the under-eaves spaces found in loft conversions can be fitted with low-level shelf units or inexpensive stacking plastic crates. Add good lighting, so it’s easy to find things, and make sure the space is well-insulated and dry before storing precious items.
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