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Find Hidden Storage… Behind Doors | Clutter Video Tip

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http://www.ClutterDiet.com Get organized with home organizing tips from professional organizers at The Clutter Diet. Do you feel like every inch of your space is being utilized and still there’s not enough? Have you run out of drawers and shelves and counters? In this video Lorie Marrero is sharing one of her favorite places for storage- doors! Following these strategies will give you more visible, usable space. These Clutter Video Tips are posted frequently here on our clutterdiet organizing channel. You can search Twitter for also to find comments on our organizing tips. Lorie Marrero is the creator of ClutterDiet.com and the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. Lorie also serves as the national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International and ambassador of the Donate Movement.

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and today I’m going to share with you one of my best hidden storage secrets. Now, we talk about going vertical a lot when we’re looking for storage. So we’re usually talking about a wall where we’re trying to put some cabinets or shelves and we’re going vertical up that wall. But what most people haven’t thought about is that the back of a door is really another wall space that you have available for you [POP]. So it’s a blank canvas for you for storage.

Here I’m standing next to our pantry door where I have glued on some tiles that allow me to use this as a bulletin board. So we pin up little notices and things, some quick reference information [POP] for our family here. But this is so useful, if I didn’t have as large of a pantry as I happened to have in this home, I would definitely be using the back of this door for a big pantry wrack like you see here. So you can have lots of boxes and cans on that, and it really expands your storage. If you Google “over door storage” or “over the door storage,” you will find tons of products that are made specifically for using on the back of a door. And really most of them don’t even require installation. A lot of them have been designed to hook over the top of the door so you don’t even have to use any tools.

One of the best uses of the back of a door is these simple shoe pockets. These are so versatile. They’re made for shoes, but you can use them for almost anything. Here I’m showing what we did in our Women’s Day reader Linda’s home, “Hi Linda,” in Michigan, for our Project Declutter [POP] series. And we have her home office where she’s got lots of things she uses to make greeting cards for her home-based business. So all of the things you see in these shoe pockets are hole punches, different, various kinds of decorative punches, for these greeting cards. You can put Barbie dolls in them, you can put all kinds of kids toys and knickknacks, as well as shoes, or mittens, or gloves, whatever fits in these pockets. But you can see what incredible storage this earns for you with a simple installation of hooks over the door.

So another over-the-door thing is just hooks. So you can hang anything you want on the back of the door. I have a product I really love here that I’m showing that’s called “The Hinge It,” and I find that builders usually don’t put towel wracks in, in an adequate way, and you usually need more towel space for hanging in a bathroom. So this goes behind the door of maybe your water closet in your bathroom and you can hide away some of the towels that you’re trying to hang up and dry. And you can hang your bathrobe on a hook on the back of a door, lots of different things. You can hang jewelry organizers, I can go on and on.

Here’s a picture of our Woman’s Day reader Pam in Project Declutter, her closet where we have her scarves that we’re showing, and she got visibility to her whole scarf collection, so she can see that when she opens the door. Again, it’s like having a whole other wall space. So she has that whole collection whenever she’s choosing one of her favorites. She loves scarves, as you can see. So, again, Google “over the door,” you’re going to find all kinds of solutions. And if you need help with your storage space, we can help you with that. Seven days a week we have a team of professional organizers on-line helping our members in the Message Board area of our Membership site. And that is done for about the price of a pizza. We are directly consulting with you with your personal questions. You can upload photos and show us what’s going on in your space, and we help you get unstuck. You can find out more at http://www.clutterdiet.com/learnmore.

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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How to Organize Kid’s Rooms, Closets, and Toys | Clutter Video Tip

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http://www.ClutterDiet.com Get organized with home organizing tips from professional organizers at The Clutter Diet. It’s time to take off the kid gloves and tackle getting your children organized. Monday’s child may be fair of face, but frustrations mount when toys aren’t put back in place. In today’s video Lorie Marrero is tackling kid’s clothes, shoes, and toys. Following these tips will make you and your child’s day less stressful. You can be the poster child for relaxing, fun free time, and that’s not just child’s play! These Clutter Video Tips are posted frequently here on our clutterdiet organizing channel. You can search Twitter for also to find comments on our organizing tips. Lorie Marrero is the creator of ClutterDiet.com and the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. Lorie also serves as the national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International and ambassador of the Donate Movement.

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Hi I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book & online program; today we’re talking about organizing for kids. I’m here in a closet that I just did a makeover on for some elementary age children, when you’re working with kids, you have to think first about safety & age appropriateness & even their height. Bring their frequently used items down to a level that is appropriate for them. You don’t want them climbing on something that might be unsafe. You also don’t want them to have to depend on you too much to do their morning & evening routines.

Fostering independence means keeping things within reach, work with their habits. Kids like things to be put away as easily as possible, make it easy for them. Take your existing towel rack- you can pull that out & replace it with two hooks. Not only do you get two towels hung in the space of one, but you also have worked with a kid’s habit.

I’ve used ClosetMaid’s Shelf-Track Elite, which is fantastic for kids because not only can you use these laminate pieces & intersperse them with the wire shelving, but you also can adjust all of it. When kids get older, their needs change, they’re going to have different sizes of clothes, so you can adjust all of these pieces. Even these cubbies can adjust differently.

You can’t talk about kids without talking about toys. What you don’t want to do is store toys using a huge gaping toy box. It seems like a good idea because you can throw them all in one place, but it creates behaviors that you don’t want. One of them is rooting. The kids are rooting through the stuff because they can’t find anything, & then when they get frustrated it creates another behavior which is dumping of the toy box. They’re just trying to get visibility to what they have. What you want to do instead is have categories with smaller containers & make it easy to find whatever you’re playing with. These fabric drawers are a great way to do this. You don’t want to store toys in the container that you purchased them in. Typically that’s a flimsy box, & it’s great for getting the toy from the factory to the store, but not necessarily for storing. That’s why something like this fabric drawer is great, it holds all the little pieces, kids can throw that in really simply. & then, of course, you want to label that.

This a cute snap-on label that we found at Target. If you can’t find these, you can use a hanging string tag. You can get these at any office supply. But you definitely want to have some labels on these so the kids can find their stuff.

The kids in this family are old enough to read really well. So these word labels were appropriate for them. If you have younger kids & they’re just learning to read, combining a word label with a picture is a better strategy. You can print out labels that are pictures of the actual toy, get that laminated, punch a hole in it, & hang it here. That will help their reading skills, & it helps their visibility to their toys.

Adjustability is a big deal when you’re creating organizing systems for kids. If the activity table is too youthful for your kids, move the cube storage idea into a nice piece of furniture like this six-cube storage unit from Target, which is a nice furniture style that will last all the way until they leave for college. What’s great about this is that these shelves are adjustable. You can put books in here, toys, and, of course, interchange those with the fabric cubes. You can also change the cubes themselves. These fabric drawers are available in all kinds of different colors & textures.

Learn more about these cube storage units at ClosetMaid.com, & if you like what you see, you can see more tips here on our YouTube channel. Share your ideas in the comments. You can find us at http://www.clutterdiet.tv.

See you next time, & may you always be happy & grateful for having more than enough.

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How to Organize a Tiny Laundry Room (and Install Elfa Shelving) | Clutter Video Tip

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http://www.ClutterDiet.com Get organized with home organizing tips from professional organizers at The Clutter Diet. Genies know a thing or two about maximizing small spaces. Arranging a laundry closet to meet your needs is a wish that you can make come true- without taking one thousand and one nights to do it. In today’s video Lorie Marrero is showing how she maximized the space in her new laundry room in one day (without any magical help at all). These Clutter Video Tips are posted frequently here on our clutterdiet organizing channel. You can search Twitter for also to find comments on our organizing tips. Lorie Marrero is the creator of ClutterDiet.com and the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. Lorie also serves as the national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International and ambassador of the Donate Movement.

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Hi I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book & online program today I get to show off my new laundry closet. I used to have a big laundry room & now I have a laundry closet. I’ve been able to accommodate the 12 features, mostly in this closet & other areas of the house & make a functional laundry system in this smaller space.

How did I do this? I used Elfa Shelving from The Container Store. I used their expert designer who worked with me to design this closet. I like using their experts because they really are familiar with the product & it’s free. I did my own installation. They will do that too, but I enjoy it. I ripped out the one rod, one shelf that the builder put in. The install for the Elfa Shelving is so easy, that’s why I like using it for projects like this. All you have to install is the track along the top. All the drilling & putting in of screws & things like that is involved with the track. Everything else hangs down & snaps on to the track. Once you’ve done the track, it all falls into place & it’s very forgiving. Believe me if I can do it, you can do it.

Number 1, the washer & dryer. I have a front loading washer & dryer, that gives me the surface on top of the washer & dryer to make that available for folding, or putting other items that need to be stored, like laundry baskets.

The 2nd thing is sorting & staging space. This is space to sort your dirty clothes. What I’ve done is accommodate that in my closet upstairs. I do have a place for some dirty clothes, like dishtowels, that originate from this floor.

The 3rd thing in an ideal laundry room is folding space. Because, I have a front loading washer & dryer, I can use the top of this for folding. Most of the time I enjoy taking the clothes over to another surface, like my sofa. That way I can interact with other people & have more space & listen to music or something else.

Number 4 is hanging space. You want to have that close to the dryer so you can hang things up right when they’re coming out & minimize the wrinkles. I was able to accommodate that on the back of the door.

Number 5 is drip-dry space. For me this is one of the most important things because I have a lot of exercise clothing that I wear & my delicate items that I don’t want to put in the dryer.

Number 6, storage & shelving. For holding your clean clothes & other kinds of items, obviously I have a lot of shelving in here. This goes all the way up to the ceiling. I really have almost more space than I need, which is kind of funny.

Number 7 is cleaning & laundry supplies. I have put all of that on the door. I also have a caddy that’s on one of these upper shelves, so that I can grab a few things at once.

Number 8 is an ironing station. This is one thing that I’ve taken completely out of this space & moved to the master closet.

Number 9 is maintenance supplies. You want to have a place for handy household tools, like your tape measure, & common screwdrivers & things that you need.

Number 10 is what we call “the lonely socks place.” I believe when you have a sock that doesn’t have its mate; you don’t want to take that to a second location. Keep that centralized in the laundry area so that eventually they find their way to their match. At some point, I have a lonely socks wedding & put those together & donate whatever is left.

Number 11 is pocket items, for things that fall out of your pockets in the dryer.

Number 12 is a trash can for the dryer lint & all the other things that you pull out of pockets.

That’s how I’ve been able to accommodate all 12 of those functions in this small space & still have room to spare.

If you need some help with this, our expert team at clutterdiet.com has helped thousands of people in 18 countries. We give advice online for about the price of a pizza. Come check us out at http://www.clutterdiet.com/learnmore.

See you next time, & may you always be happy & grateful for having more than enough.

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How to Organize Linen Closets | Clutter Video Tip

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http://www.ClutterDiet.com Get organized with home organizing tips from professional organizers at The Clutter Diet. Does your linen closet make you wish you were three sheets to the wind? Are you drowning in a pit of terrycloth despair? Don’t throw in the towel just yet. In today’s Clutter Video Tip Lorie Marrero gives you some strategies to organize your linens and linen closet. Following these tips will also help make doing and putting away laundry much more efficient. You make your bed, and then you have to lay in it. So, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater- get your linens organized and you can sleep like a baby. These Clutter Video Tips are posted frequently here on our clutterdiet organizing channel. You can search Twitter for also to find comments on our organizing tips. Lorie Marrero is the creator of ClutterDiet.com and the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. Lorie also serves as the national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International and ambassador of the Donate Movement.

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about organizing linen closets. Now, you may have a dedicated linen closet in your hallway, or you may have a small cabinet in your bathroom like this. Either way, most people want to ask me questions about sheets and towels. So we’re going to cover that today and we’re going to cover that from the perspective of maximizing your storage space. Most people don’t have enough space when they’re asking me these questions. If you have plenty of space and you want to keep lots of blankets and towels, that is great. This is just a guideline, it’s not a hard and fast set of rules.

So with the sheets, it is an ideal number of sheets to have, two sets per bed. So that’s all that’s really necessary. You’ve got one on the bed and one being washed. If you live in a cold climate and you want to have a set of the flannel sheets for the winter, obviously that’s great too. But just keep in mind, all you really need are two sets per bed. If people have trouble knowing what size the sheets are after they’ve been folded up, one of the things you can do to solve that is you can take a laundry marker and write a little “T,” “Q,” or “K” on every corner [POP] standing for “twin,” “queen,” or, “king.” And that way you can just flip the corners up and take a look. This one has a “T” on it. And that way you know what size it is without having to unfold the entire thing.

So with towels, the ideal number is two sets per member of the family. That way, again, one can be used while the other is being washed. Obviously, people have their favorite towels. [POP] You might want to think about that. If somebody always is grabbing the red fluffy towels and they never use the navy ones or the green ones, you might have a lot of extra towels that are never being used. So if that’s the case, think about that. You can save some space and you can donate them [POP] to help somebody else in your community.

You know, also with towels, people ask me how to fold towels. And you know what, it doesn’t really matter. You know, I’m all about good enough. So as long as you’re doing it consistently, that’s the important thing. Because you want to make consistent neat stacks that are easier to see and easier to manage. These are some that my husband folded. He does it a little differently than I do. [POP] But I’m not complaining because he’s folding towels. So we have them here, they’re neat stacks, and that is fantastic.

Now, some people use old towels and washcloths and things for cleaning rags. And if you do that, sometimes they can tend to get washed and re-circulated back into the good linens, and you don’t want that to happen. So here’s a little tip. You want to cut towels and things in-half, for one thing, so they’re, you know, an odd size. And then you can also take a laundry marker and you can mark a big giant “X” across the rag so that you know that’s a cleaning rag and it’s not going to get mixed back in with everything.

Now, a linen closet is the perfect size project to tackle with our free 7-Day Quickstart. You get access to our team of professional organizers for unlimited questions and you can find out more about that at clutterdiet.com/quickstart.

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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5 Ways to Organize Your Wardrobe Closet Like a Pro | Clutter Video Tip

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http://www.ClutterDiet.com Get organized with home organizing tips from professional organizers at The Clutter Diet. There are certain jobs you really want the pros to handle. Plumbing, electrical, surgery… But there are some jobs that you can do yourself, if you just had the secrets of the pros. Wardrobe organizing is one of those jobs. A few tricks of the trade for home organization will make you feel like you have a new closet s. In today’s video Lorie Marrero will give you organizing tips for your closet that will give you that professional look and feel. Next time you are thinking “help me organize this stack of slacks”, watch this video to make your clean closets look like they were touched by a pro. These Clutter Video Tips are posted frequently here on our clutterdiet organizing channel. You can search Twitter for also to find comments on our organizing tips. Lorie Marrero is the creator of ClutterDiet.com and the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. Lorie also serves as the national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International and ambassador of the Donate Movement.

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program and today we’re going to talk about five ways to organize your closet like a pro.

The first thing professionals do is we get all of the same hangers. So we have here the white tubular kind. You can use [POP] wooden hangers or the very thin slot hangers that are really popular right now. It doesn’t really matter what kind you pick, but you have to use the same ones and be consistent. And that way you get that finished unified look throughout the closet. Now, if you have mixed up hangers in your closet and [POP] you’re happy with that, that is terrific and I’m happy for you. It’s not about perfection. What I am sharing with you today though is if you do want that professional look, this is kind of how we do it. These are the tricks of the trade.

So the other thing we do to create consistency and a unified seam and look throughout the closet is that we have all of the clothing facing the same direction as we hang it up. So as you are [POP] flipping through your clothes you can easily see the tag and the size and you can see the buttons and you can make that selection more easily and also remove it from the hanger more easily when they’re all facing you, whichever way you would flip through them.

Another thing we do is we hang clients’ clothing backward on the hanger when we’re finished with an organizing project. So I’ve done a few of them this way here to show you. So in the case of our professional services being finished, we’ve done this organized closet, we have hung everything this way because when the hook is backwards on the rod like this [POP], you know that you haven’t worn that item yet. So as you wear these clothes in the next few months you take them down and you put the hanger back after you’ve worn it the correct way. And then after a while you see which hangers are still backwards and you know that you haven’t been wearing those items, that they’re a very good candidate for donation. [POP]

Another thing we do is we group like things together. So in this case we have the sleeveless blouses. We usually group blouses by sleeve length, and then we also have jackets and skirts and pants, and we do other types of categories that way. Within each category we do then by color. So you can see here how we’ve loosely done it in rainbow order. Again, it’s not about perfection [POP] but it’s just about being able to see what you have and locate things quickly and easily. So we have the reds and the oranges and the blues and things like that. So the color grouping really helps you match up things and it helps you put them away later.

The other way that we help clients stay organized is that we have a product that we use to label those divisions and groupings. And this is called the Simple Division Garment Organizers. These are available on our web site at http://www.clutterdiet.com/simpledivision. You can use these to separate sleeveless from short sleeves, Capri pants from regular pants, too big from too small which is really common and a lot of people need to have that transition of a weight loss or weight gain or maternity clothing. There’s lots of uses for these and clients really appreciate this when we use them as professionals because it helps them stay organized after we’re gone. Again, you can find out more at http://www.clutterdiet.com/simpledivision.

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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