BOB UPTON, Realtor®, CBR's Blog
Everyone has experienced that overflowing, chaotic closet. Clothes everywhere and you can't find what you're looking for. For some, this occurs occasionally, but for others, especially those with smaller closets, this can be a constant stressor that effects your time getting ready in the morning and your mental stress when trying to get where you're going. Not everyone can afford a fancy closet system that easily helps organize your clothes, and some simply don't have the space to implement one. So, what can you do to help yourself organize your clothing without installing a system? Here are a few simple organization methods to consider.
Organize by like colors.
If you pair your outfits by matching colors, it can help to organize your clothing by color. Arrange black with black, blue with blue and so on. It can further help to hang your clothes to organize by color and in a sort of gradient pattern. Start with black, then grey, then white, then yellow, green, blue, purple pink, brown, patterns, etc. You get the idea. When you look in your closet each morning, you can head directly for the color you want to wear that day and easily find the clothes to match.
Organize by like items.
Hanging your clothing by like items is another simple way to organize. Hang jeans, pants, skirts then dresses together. Then, hang shirts together and separate by type: tank-tops, t-shirts, long sleeves, button downs, sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets. When you go to get ready, you'll be able to easily see the different pieces you need to complete your outfit.
Organize by purpose.
If you wear specific clothing for work that you don’t wear outside of work, it can be beneficial to organize your clothing by purpose. Put all your work-wear together and all your casual wear together. Place workout clothes together and all your dress clothes together.
Organize by frequency worn.
One more idea, particularly useful for narrow closets is to separate your clothes by the frequency that you wear them. Put the clothing you wear most toward the front of your closet and the clothes you wear least toward the back. Depending on the season you might consider moving your winter or summer clothing to the back of your closet until the appropriate time.
By implementing any one or a combination of the methods above you'll be well on your way to staying organized, saving time and reducing morning stress. If you have a lot of clothing and will be moving to a new home soon make sure that a large closet with a built-in organization system is on your checklist of required home features. Your professional real estate agent will help you find the best home for your wardrobe.
On the night of December 31st every year, many people come with a list of "I will do this" and "I won't do that." This list of do's, don't s, goals, and aspirations for the upcoming year is what we refer to as a New Year resolution. Some resolutions would be to lose weight, and others might be to read more books or quit chocolates. However, before the end of February, so many peoples' New Year resolution fails. Some even start failing in the 2nd week of January. Why do people with so much good intentions fail so quickly? Check out some reasons below:
They are not specific
There is a thin line between failure and success, so when making a goal, it's mandatory that the goal is specific. To resolve to "read books" is not specific and it sets you up to fail from day one. Be more specific with your goals. For example, setting a goal of reading four novels every month is more specific. With a particular purpose, you can measure your success.
They have no plan
Sadly, many people do not plan how they will reach their New Year's resolution. A resolution without a plan is just a mere dream. Take action and find a step by step guide to help you reach your goal at ease. In regards to reading four novels every month, a good plan might be to tell yourself you are going to reading one book every week.
They are not true to themselves
Imagine venturing into business on day one and making a resolution of making a million dollar profit before the second quarter of the year. That is a very high mountain to climb, and it would stress you out quickly. Dreaming big is good, but it is essential to make your goal realistic so there won't be any feeling of underachievement.
They keep it a secret
Many people who set New Year resolutions hold it within themselves, out of fear of failure or embarrassment. Rather than making it a mystery, tell your friends and family about it. By doing so, you will develop a sense of accountability that will push you towards reaching your goals.
They have no reward
It is essential to reward yourself when you reach some certain point with your resolution. When you reward yourself, you motivate yourself and give yourself something to look forward to. If you resolve to lose weight, don't reward yourself with food but rather with a spa, a new wristwatch or clothes.Follow these mindful tips, and you’ll be sure to succeed at keeping your next resolution.