Martha Stewart Feature - Happy Spring!

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Spring is here, let’s get organized! Tips from Healthy Organizing as well as other organizers.


PHOTOGRAPHY BY: JAMES RANSOM

When it comes to storage, we tend to favor "the more space, the better" philosophy. If you have a deep closet, however, you may find yourself struggling to optimize all that space that's out of arm's reach without turning it into a storage graveyard. Luckily, there are ways to do it. We asked a few organization experts for their best advice for organizing a deep closet—and harnessing its full storage potential—whether in the bedroom, entryway, or your children's playroom.

 

RELATED: HOW TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR CLOSETS AND DRAWERS

 

Think in Rotations

If deep closets have made it impossible to access items further back, try using that to your advantage. In other words, store what you don't need or use as often in the back and keep more day-to-day items up front, says Kendra Stanley of Healthy Organizing, a personalized organizing service. "The clothes you wear the most should be the most accessible and organized by season," Stanley tells us. "Special occasion items can also be stored deeper back." You can also rotate items by need in kids' closets, depending on their age and what toys or clothing items they've outgrown or are not yet ready for. "As far as clothing goes, only the size they are currently wearing should be accessible," says Stanley. "The rest can go into clear plastic bins, labeled by age or size, and stored either deeper in the closet or on top of a high shelf." 

Autumn Equinox - Home Organization

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The Autumn Equinox is about the poignant seasonal turning toward winter and inward time. It also a time for personal assessment and getting our homes in the right condition so that we are able to thrive and start fresh. 

Sharon Schweitzer's article gives some wonderful tips and advice on organizing for the fall. 

10 Tips for Organizing Your Home for Fall Equinox

1. Safety Check: Schedule your fall and winter heating maintenance and service. Be sure smoke detectors have fully charged batteries and carbon monoxide (CO2) detectors are in place and working.

2. Chimney Sweep: Hire a chimney sweep service to clean the soot out of your chimney. Even with gas and electric fires, clearing the chimney of bird nests and soot is essential to the safety of your home.

3. Camera & photos: Upload spring and summer vacation photos to the cloud. Be prepared with clear or new memory cards to shoot festive holiday pictures. Design and order holiday cards now.

4. Start early: Review your holiday checklists now. Ease the stress and enjoy.

5. Unpack & donate: Donate excess holiday décor and festive decorationsDo thisearly so another family can benefit and enjoy your beautiful décor. You will also save valuable storage space.

6. Create space: Organize your bedroom and hall closets for the busy social season. Clear space for guests’ coats by clearing and donating unneeded items. Add an artistic storage piece at the front door for gloves, scarves and umbrellas.

7. Don’t wait until the first freeze to discover coats are too small: Check coat, glove and mitten sizes now to be sure you and your family have the right size when they are needed. Donate clothing they have outgrown.

8. Fall cleaning. Family and holiday guests will be arriving, and you want your home to sparkle! Organize hall & guest room closets, and garage. Clean the carpets and windows. Deep clean the kitchen, refrigerator, and freezer in preparation for holiday cooking.

9. Extra warmth: Before the cold settles in, we have warm nights and chilly nights. Be prepared by placing a throw or comforter at the end of all of your beds for extra warmth. Place soft slippers bedside.

10. Gift list: Prepare a gift wish-list and ask your loved ones to share their thoughts on gift ideas. Start shopping online and at stores if you haven’t already.

Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural consultant, an international protocol expert and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide.