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Eleven Closet Crimes You Might Be Guilty of Committing

mug shotIt’s almost the end of summer, and that means a wardrobe transition will be happening in the next month or two (depending on how long the hot weather holds out). If you find yourself looking at your closet and dreading that transition every single season, perhaps it’s because you are guilty of one of these ten closet crimes:

1) Disorderly conduct: You can’t complain it’s too hard to find stuff in your closet if you’re not taking the time to properly store items therein. If your closet always looks like a Tasmanian devil just passed through it, you need tohandcuffs work on creating, and then maintaining, order.

2) Forcible entry: Is your closet so jam-packed that you have to bodily wrestle with your closet doors to open them? Does your closet rival Fibber McGee’s, with its contents spilling out and onto the floor like an avalanche when you DO manage to get the door open? Is it like putting together a very complicated and precise three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle to return said items to the closet in just the right configuration so that you can fully close the closet door again?

3) Mayhem: Has your closet mate ever been injured by said items falling out of the closet? (May also fall under “Assault and Battery.”)

4) Criminal negligence: Do you continue in your dangerous closet storage habits in spite of the ongoing risk it poses to your closet mate?

couple fighting5) Terrorism: Do you regularly harass and/or threaten your spouse, partner or roommate with retaliation because his or her half of the closet continually encroaches on yours? Do you constantly nag him or her to pare down their wardrobe, stop collecting and storing “junk” (parenthesized because one man’s junk is another’s treasure) and generally to quit being a total slob?

6) Invasion of privacy: Do you go through your closet-mate’s possessions behind his or her back and arbitrarily decide what your closet mate should or shouldn’t keep in  their half of the closet? Do you ever get rid of those items without telling him or her (see Theft, next)?

7) Theft: Do you surreptitiously remove and give away, donate, sell or otherwise discard said items to try to make more room in the closet?

8) Fraud: Do you then lie and say “Honestly honey, I have no idea where your oil-stained, holey, ugly green flannel shirt went.”

9) Seditious libel: Do you complain to your friends and family about how slovenly, disheveled or chaotic your partner’s half of the closet is?

10) Disturbing the peace: Have you ever pitched a tantrum over the state of your closet? Have you ever slammed your closet door out of utter frustration, cursed or thrown things out of sheer indignation?messy closet

11) Corruption of a minor: Have you ever looked inside your children’s closets and realized with dismay that they have picked up on your closet crimes and are destined for a life of self-imposed storage imprisonment if some serious intervention doesn’t occur, and fast?

While this blog has been written tongue-in-cheek, living with a closet that you hate is no laughing matter. The good news is that, while you probably can’t change the size of your closet and make it bigger, there are certain things  you do have control over. Taking back that control is the first step toward rehabilitation and release from the prison that has become your closet.

The first step is to purge, even if you have to take everything out of your closet and start from scratch. (No one ever said that the road to living a crime-free life was easy!) We’ve written a number of articles and blogs previously that offer some excellent advice and tips on how to purge, how to decide what to keep and what to discard, and where to take both usable and unusable items you’re getting rid of. Again, and not to sugar-coat it: this could end up being an onerous task, depending on how serious and cumulative your closet crimes have been over the years. However, the results will be well-worth the effort that it requires.

The next step will be to take stock of what is left after your purge and begin planning on how to put it back, and whether some of it needs to be kept in your closet at all, or could be better stored elsewhere in your home. (This would free up even more space in your closet.) Again, we’ve published a number of different articles on how to arrange things in your closet in a way that maximizes available space.

Closet shelving.


If it’s within your budget to do a complete closet overhaul (and it’s probably not as expensive as you might think), Tailored Living has hundreds of products and accessories (which can be mixed, matched and configured into an almost unlimited number of customized designs) to make all the space in your closet into useable space. In fact, we can actually increase the storage capacity of this space by 30 percent or more. With many of our clients we have been  able to double it. Even just adding a few strategically-placed shelves, cubbies or drawers and a few clever accessories can make a significant difference, and cost under $1000.

If a custom closet remodel isn’t in your budget, there are still inexpensive things that you can do that will make better use of your closet space. Check out Mike’s web article, Seven of the Most Common Closet Problems That Are Super Easy to Fix for some very practical, easy-to-implement ideas that are also cheap.







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Three Ways to Organize the Clothes in Your Closet

clothes-2150834_960_720When hanging clothing in the closet, many people simply place items on hangers and throw them haphazardly onto the closet rod. They do this because organizing their hanging clothes seems like a task that will take too long. What they don’t realize is that organizing hanging garments need only take minutes to perhaps an hour, and that it won’t take long for you to see returns on that effort in the form of time saved desperately hunting for that shirt or pair of pants you wanted to wear on a given day.

The point of a system is to simplify your life by saving you time and making it easy to find what you’re looking for. If you’re not sure how best to find a good system, we have three of the most popular ideas for you as suggested by professional organizers. Organize clothing:

1) By item type. Split up your rod into sections or “zones.” (You don’t literally have to separate the sections if you don’t want to, but some people find it helpful to do so. One easy way to do this is to put a colored hanger or piece of duct tape between each section.) Put like garments in their own sections. You may have one section for shirts, one for pants, one for skirts, one for suits, etc. You can break it down even further if you want (like having one section for short-sleeved shirts and one section for long-sleeved shirts).

seasons-158601_960_7202) By season. Hang Autumn clothes in one section, Spring in another, and so on. You can have a fifth section for clothing that transcends all seasons, like the short-sleeved shirt that you wear by itself in the spring and summer and under a heavy blazer in the Fall and Winter.

colorful-620520_960_7203) By color. This is a great system for people who are highly-visual and color-conscious when it comes to their wardrobes. Each color goes into its own section. If you like, you can break it down further by putting like garments together within their corresponding sections. For instance, your “blue” section could be divided into pants, shirts, jackets, etc. in blue, and so on.

There’s no “right” or “wrong” way. The point is to find a system that makes sense and works with your lifestyle so that you aren’t wasting time (especially those elusive and fleeting early morning hours) trying to find that one blouse or your favorite pair of pants.

Here are a few more closet organization tips that are helpful no matter what system you use:

clothes-hangers-582212_960_720* Use the same type of hangers for everything in your closet. This may sound trivial, but it can be very frustrating to have three or four (or more) different kinds of hangers in one’s closet. The problem is that different hangers mean your clothing is hanging at different heights, making it harder to condense the clothing in your closet to maximize space. Additionally, some types of hangers are not made for certain rods. If the crook is too big, hangers (and clothes) may fall to the floor. If the crook is too small, you may end up having to jam the hanger onto the rod to get it to fit.

* Avoid wire hangers. You probably have tons of them; most people do. Wire hangers, like the ones that the drycleaner sends your clothes home with, are abundant because they are cheap. However, they aren’t the greatest when it comes to everyday performance. They are too flimsy for heavier garments and often end up on the floor. They also tend to make the shape of your clothes look weird, leaving little points and creases in your clothing (especially conspicuous places like the shoulders of your shirts). Wire hangers (even coated ones) rust and may leave permanent stains on your garments. Opt instead for wood, durable plastic or cloth padded hangers. You can even find “low profile” hangers in a variety of sturdy materials than not only treat your clothes more gently, but also help to maximize the space in your closet and on your rod.

FullyFunctional-1* Employ a two-tiered rod system. We’ve never, ever heard a home owner say, “I have more than enough room in my closet to hang my clothes.” Almost everyone could use more hanging space, but few have the luxury of making a bigger closet. However, with some clever manipulating and efficient hanging techniques, you can create a two-tiered rod system that essentially doubles the space that you have to hang clothing.

* Perform regular surgery on the clothes in your closet. In other words, remove items that you no longer wear. If you haven’t worn it in a long time, but you’re not sure you want to get rid of it entirely, create a section or zone in your closet for those “maybe” items. If it hangs there untouched for months, it’s probably safe to get rid of it. Regularly paring back and removing clothes you don’t wear will keep your system of organization running smoothly and save you loads of frustration as well as some of those precious morning minutes.

Still need closet help? Tailored Living has solutions for every closet problem. We can help you come up with a customized closet system that is affordable and works with your unique lifestyle and limited space.

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Five Home Organizing Mistakes NOT to Make in 2017

sign-1732791_960_720We’ve blogged about home organization and eliminating clutter before, but January is always a good time to revisit the topic. Did you know that every year, “get organized” falls somewhere on the top ten New Year’s resolutions list? We’re not just making this up, either. According to Nielsen, one of North America’s most well-known and reliable consumer statistics and information gatherers, “get organized” was #6 on the top ten list for 2015 (the most recent year for which such stats are available).

This tells us two things. One: there are a LOT of disorganized people out there, and TWO: most of them wish that they could be more organized, and some of them want it so badly they are willing to go to great lengths to make a real change.

So that’s why we decided to explore this topic again, because there is a good chance that YOU are one of those people! By the way, we get it. The struggle is real. Even the most organized people wish they could be more organized. In fact, many professional home organizers admit that they are not very organized in their own homes. So don’t sweat it, just check out this list of home organizing mistakes that we hope you’ll avoid in 2017, compiled from a variety of sources and home organization professionals:

1) Biting off more than you can chew. In other words, don’t set organization goals that are too big. In other words, instead of saying “this year I’m going to clean up the garage,” start with something more manageable, like “this year I’m going to get rid of all of the old paint cans in the garage and organize my tool box.” Not only is this more manageable, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment afterward that will make you actually want to move on to set a new goal.


Break big jobs down into smaller parts.

2) Setting goals that are too broad. “Get more organized” is too broad a goal. Instead, think about what “get more organized” means to you. Would you like to spend less time hunting for lost papers on your desk? Maybe you wish your children’s closets didn’t have clothing in them from every size they’ve worn over the last five years. Maybe you just want to get into the habit of making your bed every morning. Setting several specific goals (keeping the previous tip in mind) instead of one broad one will help ensure success.

3) Buying more storage bins. The solution to clutter is not acquiring more things inside which to store that clutter. It might create the illusion of organization, but it’s really only compounding the problem, at best. At worst, it’s a sign of your denial that you may simply have too much stuff. (Hint: if you’re paying rent on a storage unit to house your extra stuff, you have too much.)

The first and most important step toward getting (and staying) organized is eliminating stuff that you really shouldn’t be keeping. Examples of such things include: books you’ll never read again, DVDs you’ll never watch again (it’s probably available for streaming or digital download anyway), clothes you and your family members haven’t worn in more than one year, toys your children no longer play with, old Christmas cards, items that you spent a lot of money on but have only used once or not at all (doesn’t matter what it is or how much it cost to purchase), things that you keep because someone you love gave it to you but you really don’t like it and/or never use it….. we could go on and on about this. But you get the picture. (If you have trouble parting with stuff, consider hiring a professional organizer for moral support.) Whatever you do, though, for the love of all things sane, DON’T BUY MORE STORAGE!

4) Going it alone. Maybe you are zealous about making a real change in 2017 when it comes to getting organized, but if your family/spouse isn’t on board, your plans are destined for failure. This doesn’t mean that everyone has to help you spend a whole Saturday going through boxes in the basement (although it would be extra nice if they did). What it does mean is that everyone who lives within the same walls as you needs to buy into the vision. If they don’t, they won’t follow your system because they just don’t care about it the way you do. Laying down the law might get you quick results in the short run, but your efforts will be lost after the passage of a few weeks.

Getting that family “buy-in” might mean sitting down together and you sharing your vision with them. Talk with them about some of the many benefits of getting organized (having things to give away to a charitable cause, having more space to play, being able to buy new things without worrying about where to put them, etc.). Ask them for their own thoughts on the subject as well as their organization ideas. Implementing some of their suggestions will also increase the chances that they will get on board with your vision.

5) Confusing “rearranging” with “reorganizing.” Sometimes, in an effort to get organized, home owners start moving things around. They rearrange the furniture, move a filing cabinet to another room, move the dishes from one cupboard to another, stack up all of the boxes in the garage, but at the end of the day, the house isn’t really any more organized. It’s just different.

PantryStorage-1Getting organized takes a lot of thought and pre-planning. Resist the urge to start shuffling furniture and boxes from one location to another. Instead, think about what your goal is, what means you have at your disposal to achieve that goal, and what kind of space you have to work with in order to be successful. Then act accordingly.


If you do have spaces in your home that just aren’t working for your lifestyle, consider getting some help from Tailored Living. This is a great time of year to think about getting a closet makeover. It will help you meet your organization goals, AND you’ll get a beautiful new closet. We can transform any size or style of closet into a pillar of organization and storage for your home.

Pull-down clothes rod.

January is a great time of year for a new custom closet.

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Home Work

girl-drawing-back-to-school-1319256.jpgIn our previous blog we talked about all of the unique kinds of clutter that come with having children in school. Text books, backpacks, handouts, science projects and other school-related items need places to be. Without assigning them a specific one, they will surely end up on floors, stuffed in a closet or otherwise lost.

Of course, with school also comes homework. The amount will depend largely on the ages of your child(ren), but these days even Kindergarteners are encouraged to practice newly-learned skills at home. That’s why we felt it was appropriate to re-visit a topic we’ve talked about in the past: creating a dedicated space for homework.

If you’re fortunate, you may have a whole room (such as a home office) which you can devote to doing homework. Here in Greater Vancouver, more people are pressed for space in their homes, in which case perhaps only a small part of a room will become dedicated to doing homework. If this describes your situation, don’t worry, a little space is better than no space, and it’s usually better than relegating kids to doing homework at the dining room table. This is not to say that the table is always a bad idea. Sometimes the table is better, like when a child is working on a large visual project (like a science or art project) and needs space to spread out, or when a child needs some extra help on an assignment while Mom is busy cooking dinner and has to multi-task.

However, educators agree that, generally speaking, a dedicated homework spot is usually conducive to higher levels of concentration and results in more thorough work, fewer distractions and better grades. Here we provide a few tips based on research and recommendations by educators, interior designers and, the best teachers of all… parents.

* Keep it simple. Whether your kids have a whole room for doing homework or simply a desk in the corner of the bedroom, keep the area simple and streamlined. Don’t allow too much clutter to accumulate in this area. Toys should not be kept here. The desk and accompanying shelves or cupboards, if any, should only contain what is necessary for doing homework.

pencil-1185932.jpg* Stock the homework area with the right tools. As mentioned, toys don’t go here, but other things do. If kids have everything that they need right at hand to complete assignments (as opposed to hunting for it in other parts of the house), homework time will be more efficient and less prone to distraction. Things you might need to keep here, depending on your child’s age, include pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, notebook paper, scissors, stapler and tape, plus anything else that is age and subject-appropriate.

* Help kids organize all of their tools in a manner than encourages tidiness and efficiency. In other words, help them decide which things go in what drawer, what items should be kept on the surface of the desk (as opposed to being in a cupboard or on a shelf), and what things are better kept off the desk’s surface and on a shelf. You might even want to put stickers in different areas that indicate what tools go in a particular spot (this is an especially great idea for younger children).

FYI: Tailored Living slatwall and gridwall isn’t just for the garage. We can install it anywhere, including the space above and around a child’s desk. It makes for a handy way to store pencils, pens, scissors and other important homework tools efficiently, keeping the area organized and leaving the surface of the desk clutter-free.

* Keep distractions to a minimum in the homework area.

* Get kids in the habit of using the desk only for school-related work (not for playing Lego, etc.). This helps kids to get into the right mindset when they sit down to do homework. Their brain quickly differentiates that this area, and therefore this part of their day, is for concentrating on homework.

* Let kids help out when it comes to designing the homework area. Though the area shouldn’t be a place for toys, it can be a place for them to express their personalities. Let them choose their own desk, decorate the area with posters or artwork that they like, pick out a desktop caddy, etc. It will give them a sense of ownership over the space and become a place that’s not a burden to spend time in.

Need help designing your dedicated homework space? Let Tailored Living come in to your home for a free consultation. With our 3D design software, our experts can show you exactly what your new homework corner or home office space could look like in three-dimensions.


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The 12-Month Home Maintenance Calendar: How NOT to Forget 1001 Things That Need Doing in Your Home

to-do-1156681If you’re a home-owner then you know that home ownership necessitates the completion of a seemingly endless list of tasks. The daily ones, like sweeping the floor, are easy to remember. After all, it doesn’t take long before dust bunnies can be seen skittering around the room.

However, there are also many tasks that must be done just a few times each year or even only once per year. Those tasks are easier to forget, and their neglect may only become obvious when something breaks down. Forgetting to change the air filter on your furnace may be little more than a minor nuisance, but forgetting to test the batteries in your smoke detector could prove to be deadly. It’s always in your best interest to keep up with those little home maintenance tasks, and a 12-month home maintenance calendar can help you with this.

No two households’ calendars are going to look the same, although most will have a lot of tasks in common (like testing the smoke detector). Additionally, while the method of setting up and following a maintenance calendar will be similar across the board, the mode will vary from home owner to home owner, based largely on your personal preferences. A 12-month home maintenance calendar can take paper form or digital form. Do whatever works best for your own situation. No matter which you choose, here’s how you do it:

1) List your tasks. This will take a bit of thought. Look around your home. (Physically walking into each room as you do this can be very helpful.) Write (or enter) each task that must completed on a periodic basis and how often that task should be done and what time of month/year. Try to be specific and pick an actual date (as opposed to saying “some time in May.”) Here is an example:

Change furnace filter – once per year – October 1
Test smoke detectors – once per month – the first day of each month
Organize garage – once per year – first Saturday in April
Clean out and organize kids’ closets – once per year – first Sunday of September
Clean grout in showers/tubs – once per year – first Saturday in February
Go through earthquake kit and replace outdated/expired items – twice per year – last Sunday of May and last Sunday of November

Note as many as you can remember on your list. You’ll probably end up adding more things to the list as you remember tasks you initially forgot about or as new tasks crop up.

2) Write down each task on your calendar on the date you’ve designated for that task to be completed. For those who like to have things written out and posted in a place where they will be looked at and reminded often, this will probably mean buying (or printing from your computer) an actual calendar for the year. For those who prefer the digital mode, this might take the form of an itemized Excel spreadsheet. Again, do what works best for you.

3) Set a reminder. This, too, can be customized to whatever system works for your own situation and preference. If you use Excel or some similar program for managing your tasks, you can actually set the program up to email you reminders when those dates come up. You can also use a phone app and set an alarm as a reminder. If you’re hard-core old-school, it might mean committing to physically looking at your calendar at the beginning of each week or even leaving yourself sticky note reminders.

4) Make sure you check-off tasks as you complete them.

Of course, we know that life happens, and it’s not always in accordance with our plans. If something comes up and you can’t do that garage cleaning on the first Saturday of April, don’t fret it. Simply move the task to a different day (don’t put it off too long), using whatever system you have created so that you don’t forget about it altogether.

For those garage and closet cleaning tasks, or others like home office, pantry and laundry room organization, Tailored Living can help design and install a system that will help you get organized faster and stay organized throughout the entire year.

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Spring Cleaning and Organizing in the Garage is Easier This Year

TraditionalGarCabinets2You know how you’re always feeling like there just isn’t enough time to get things done around the house? If only there were more hours in the day…. good news!  We’ve all been banking extra hours over the last four years, and this year we get to cash them in. It’s Leap Year, and there’s a whole extra day to tackle those jobs that keep getting pushed down lower and lower on the “To Do” list, like cleaning and organizing the garage.

We’ve blogged before about getting organized, but in case you missed those previous blogs, we’re going to cover some garage organization tips here. Even if you have read those blogs, it never hurts to read them again. Maybe you’ll be inspired anew to finally tackle problem clutter, dirt and other things that have been gathering in your garage over the months or years. Here’s how to re-create your garage space in four easy steps:

1) Discard: If you’re like a lot of home owners, all of the stuff from inside the house that you’ve tagged as destined for the dump or the Salvation Army gets placed in the garage. Often times that’s where it ends up staying, for weeks or months or even years. Now is the

Versatile gridwall from Premier Garage by Tailored Livingtime to get rid of all that stuff properly so you can free up that space for what it’s really needed for, whatever that happens to be for you and your family. It’s also a perfect opportunity to take a short visual inventory of what’s being stored in the garage and get rid of things you no longer want or use.

2) Clean: For a lot of people, this will be the most unpleasant part, especially if it’s been a while since your garage has been touched by a broom. Chances are that you’ll encounter a lot of dirt, leaves, cobwebs and maybe a critter or two (or what critters have left behind). It’s a good idea to wear a dust mask if it’s been a long time since you’ve cleaned and moved stuff around in the garage. Don’t forget the windows, if there are any.

3) Sort: This step can also be done while you’re working on steps 1 and 2. Group “like” items together (cleaning products in one place, gardening tools in another, etc.) so that they can be stored together and subsequently found easily and quickly next time you need them.

4) Restore order: You know what they say: you can’t clean up a mess without first making a bigger mess. Don’t let that deter you. Just keep the end goal (a clean, healthy, organized and functional garage) in sight. Your efforts will be worth it in the end.

These steps and ideas come straight from the Tailored Living corporate blog on spring cleaning in the garage. It’s worth a read, as it contains even more ideas and suggestions on this topic. You can also check out A Five-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist which we first published last year. If you’d like to improve on storage capability in your garage, PremierGarage.com or the Tailored Living garage storage page.

By the way, just because February 29 falls on a Monday, a work day for many people, it doesn’t give you an excuse not to take advantage of the extra day. Take your Leap Day on Saturday or Sunday instead. You’ll ultimately be glad you did.

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Resolving to Get Organized: The Clutter Audit

Anyone who has owned a home for more than a few years knows how quickly clutter can accumulate.  Often, it sneaks up on you until suddenly, one day, you’re hit with the reality that you’ve run out of room for all the STUFF.  You may wonder how you let things get the way they have and may even feel a little bit guilty for what appears to be an undisciplined loss of control.

First and foremost, it’s critical to understand that you are not alone.  Every home owner is confronted with this problem, on one scale or another, at some point in life.  The more family members and others you have living in your space, the more likely and quickly this problem is to develop.  So let yourself off the hook and resolve this new year that you’re going to take back control over your space and your stuff, starting with a clutter audit.

The clutter audit is comparable to a tax audit, but instead of looking for omissions and missing receipts, you’re going to be looking at places where clutter tends to accumulate in your home and why.

How to Conduct a Clutter Audit in Your Home

1) Identify clutter “hot spots.”  A hot spot is a place where clutter consistently piles up around your house.  They’re easy to identify because no matter how many times you’ve cleared clutter from these places in the past, with time the clutter reappears, again and again.  In many homes hot spots consist of desk tops, shelves, the corners of a room, the top of the piano or even the inside of a drawer (just because it’s hidden away doesn’t mean it’s put away).  Take some time (15 minutes is usually sufficient) to identify these spots, and we suggest that you even write them down on a list (or make a list in your smart phone).  Writing them down makes them tangible and real and, therefore, more likely to be dealt with.

2) Figure out why clutter accumulates in hot spots.  Now, evaluate those hot spots.  Why is it that the right hand side of your desk seems to become piled with papers, bills, kid’s homework, etc.?  Why are your family members throwing all their mittens and scarves on the floor of the closet?  Why do all your kids’ toys end up under the bed?

The most likely culprit in 95% of clutter hot spots has to do with a lack of a proper “home” for the items that comprise the clutter.  When you designate a dedicated “home” for each and every type of item in your home, you decrease the amount of accumulated clutter.

It’s also important to remember that clutter piles up in spots that are related to the type of clutter that’s accumulated.  There’s a reason why you don’t stack bills and homework on the bathroom shelf…. it’s simply more convenient to pile it on the desk where you pay your bills and your kids do their homework.  Designating a spot (one that’s close by) for these items is the first step toward reducing clutter.  Educating your family members is the second step.  This will likely mean that gentle reminders will be in order for several weeks or even months for everyone to put things where they belong.  You might fear you’re starting to sound like a broken record, but eventually your household members will get it, and soon your need to remind them to put things away will become less frequent.

3) Scale back.  Part of the reason that clutter accumulates is because you just plain have too much stuff.  Most home owners could live comfortably with only half of their current possessions.  So take some time to decide whether you really need all of the things you have.  If you don’t, get rid of them.

4) Prevent unneeded items from coming into your home.  Just because it’s on sale for 75% off doesn’t mean you really need it.  And just because someone offers you a free promotional mug doesn’t mean you have to take it.  Stop letting unneeded items into the house to begin with and you’ll prevent future clutter from ever occurring.

5) Conduct periodic follow-up audits.  Go over your home every three months or so and determine how effective your efforts at preventing clutter have been.  Is your strategy working?  Are there more improvements to be made?  Are family members buying into the effort and doing their part?  This process will help to ensure ongoing success and compliance.

Perhaps you need to create some better “homes” for your stuff in your home.  Adding shelving, cubbies, cupboards, baskets, containers, etc. can be very helpful in your quest to be clutter-free.  Consider a professional closet makeover or home office renovation, like the ones Tailored Living can provide.  In-home estimates are always free.  You might be surprised how organized we can help you become.