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By: Closet Works Inc. on February 16th, 2016

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4 Tips that Will Help You Stay Organized for the Long Term


staying organizedAnyone can clean a house and put it in a reasonable semblance of order. The bigger hurdle is keeping it that way long term. That involves a lot more than a feather duster and rearranging closets. A big part is identifying habits and creating better solutions so that you're more likely to do the right thing than not. Some of those solutions are small and simple, and some are as sophisticated as custom home storage solutions.

If you've recently organized your home and want to keep it that way, a little nudge in the right direction might be in order. If you're just getting started, you've got a little more work on your hands. Here are four ways to take control of organization and never let it get out of hand again.

#1: Identify Problematic Areas

Your home probably doesn't look like an episode of a hoarder TV show, so you'll need to identify the areas that bother you most. And if it is your whole house, break it into manageable chunks. Rome wasn't built in a day, after all.

Maybe your desk always has a few coffee mugs or your dresser is the landing spot for everything from keys to mail. Whatever the issue, mark it down. For every problem, there really is a solution. And identifying problems is one of the most important steps to staying organized.

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#2: Zero in on Behavior

So your keys really do land on your dresser every day? It's time to think about why. If you're like most people, a bad habit begins because it's easy to do. Your dresser is a flat surface, and you always know where the keys are. It's a logical, if counterproductive, habit. But it's relatively easy to break.

Every problematic area happens because it's the most convenient way to approach it. So to stay organized, Life Hack says all that you have to do is find a better way that's also easy. For keys, a hook by the door might do the trick. If it's coats hanging on a newel post in the entryway, a mudroom or closet system is a handy replacement that's just as easy as layering them at the foot of the stairs, which brings lots of additional storage opportunities for gloves, hats, scarves, etc.

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#3: Be Realistic for Your Lifestyle

One of the reasons a home doesn't stay organized is that advice is much the same but people are radically different. Maybe you don't care about coats in the entryway, but the pile of shoes at the bottom of your bedroom closet makes you cringe. Identify what's important to you, says Psych Central, and you'll find your organization style.

For many people, an ultra tidy home where nothing is out of place is the pinnacle of organization. For others, that same home might feel uncomfortable. What matters isn't that you follow a step-by-step guide for keeping the ultimate home. If you create your own system in a way that works with your personality, you'll have a much better chance of it sticking for good.

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#4: Don't Shy from Help

If all of this organization stuff gives you anxiety, by all means look outside for some help. Professional organizers don't just find the best spot to put a vase, stack mail and store clothing. They have a more holistic approach that helps you create a plan that can work long term.

And if not a professional organizer, ask family or a friend to help. Any objective opinion can help you jump out of a rut and find the answers that have eluded you so far. Designing a closet system works in much the same way. Through a designer's eyes, you'll identify problem areas, possibilities and pull it all together for closets that work as good as they look.

There's an old saying, "A place for everything, and everything in its place." Turns out, that's not just a platitude. When all of your things have a home, you already know where everything goes. That doesn't mean your coats go on the newel post. But it does mean that a dedicated home keeps things from piling up, and other things from making rounds through the house before landing in the sink, washing machine or even the kitchen trash.

Creating the best dedicated storage is what the Closet Works does best. Our expert designers take precise measurements and then work with you to build home storage solutions for any room. Schedule a free design consultation to learn more about the ways we can help you get organized and stay that way for the long term.

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