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Basement Living: Getting the Most from the Space


It’s easy to pick up a book about home management, read along, laugh at the jokes, and put the book down again. Translating that experience into a cleaner, more organized home is another matter. So how do you go about accomplishing this?

organized closetGetting organized isn’t a race — it’s a journey. On a journey, what matters is the trip, not where you start or how fast you make it, or where other people are along the way.

Too often, folks frustrated by the condition of their homes see getting organized as a hundred-yard dash: an activity with a beginning and an end, and a lot of heated pounding in between. “I will clean things up,” they vow, “and this time, it’s going to stay that way!” A week later, they have little to show for all the effort, because they haven’t effected the real change that will solve the problems of disorder and chaos.

To make that change, take a single step toward better organization, right where you are. Tomorrow, take another step toward better home life. And another, and another. Just as chaos and disorder didn’t spring full-blown into your home in a single day, so it won’t be conquered in one day either. The important thing is to take the first step, make the first change — and just keep traveling.

drawer organizationFor example: Let’s say your kitchen is cluttered, the drawers are over filled, and there’s no counter space to work. Where do you start? Choose one thing to organize, say, the “junk drawer”. Spend some time removing all of the contents, sorting out things that can be trashed, piling like items together, and putting things that belong elsewhere away. Now put the remaining contents back in the drawer, only this time all the tools are together, writing utensils in their own little container, etc. You’ll be amazed how much better it will feel when just this one drawer is organized. Don’t believe us? Just wait till tomorrow when you open the drawer to get something — you’ll see how nice it all looks and go “ahhh”. Now, the next step is to pick another drawer to work on next time — or a cabinet, or the counter — whatever frustrates you the most.

“There is only one right way to get organized:  yours.”

Laundry room storageThe pros at Closet City can help you with whatever area in your home that needs to be conquered: closets, pantry, laundry room, mudroom, garage — you name it! Get started with a quick, free consultation in your home. Our designer will look at the space you want to organize, discuss your needs, and suggest a versatile solution.

Call (215) 855-4400 or click on the Schedule an Appointment link below. We look forward to helping you start your journey to a more organized home! 


Work Cited:

  1. Townley Ewer, Cynthia. “Cut the Clutter: a simple organization plan for a clean and tidy home.” DK Publishing, 2016.


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