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Pitfalls that Make it Difficult to Organize a Home

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By : Jilda Peterson    99 or more times read
You can find lots of advice on the best ways to organize a home to make it efficient and clutter free. However, you should also be aware of potential pitfalls so that you can avoid them. If you are getting ready to organize or reorganize your home, read these tips on these pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Wasted Space

The first pitfall is wasting space; to efficiently organize a home, you need to maximize your available space. When you use organization tools or accessories, make sure that the fit the size and shape of the area where they will be used. For instance, if you will be stacking boxes on a shelf, choose varieties that are just a little shorter than the height of the shelves so that you can take advantage of all the vertical space; shallow boxes would waste space.

In most cases, storage bins and containers that are square or rectangular make better use of space than round ones because they can fit squarely against walls and stacked on shelves. Drawer dividers make good use of drawer space when items need to be separated into compartments, but make sure that the dividers are a good fit for the drawer as well as the items to be stored.

On deep shelves, set taller and larger storage containers toward the back and smaller, shorter bins in front; this is a better use of the space unless you need to access the big bins frequently. Closet organization systems are also ideal for maximizing closet space, but make sure that the module you choose fit the space and donít the waste space above, below or beside them. Measure closets carefully before choosing modules and make sure that you can return items that donít fit properly before installing them.

Cluttered Floors

The worst possible place to store anything is on the floor, unless you are storing items efficiently on the floor of a closet. Storing items on the floor of a room is a tripping hazard and makes it difficult to function in the room. Even if you store things neatly, items on the floor make the room look cluttered and pull your eyes toward the floor, causing the room to look unattractive. Instead of the floor, utilize storage pieces like shelves, bookshelves, armoires, closets and cabinets.

Inefficient Closets

Most closets include a rod with a shelf above it. This wastes a tremendous amount of space above the shelf and one rod is seldom enough. Closet organizing systems that fit your needs and the closet are a great way to optimize closet space. If a system is out of your budget, consider adding an extra rod at a lower height so that you can hang two rows of items like shirts and slacks. Extra shelves, over-the-door organizers for shoes and other items, hooks and pull-out drawers can make better used of the closet space that you do have.
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