The size of the average home in the US has grown by more than 50% over the last half century. We now live in bigger houses than at any time in history, and yet we still find ourselves caught in a storage space conundrum. We have bigger homes than ever, but they’re packed wall to wall with more stuff than they can handle. The answer is not to buy an even bigger house to store your clutter, but to do two things instead: first, it’s important to get rid of your unneeded stuff. Second, it helps to do a better job of organizing the things you decide to keep.
When it comes to reducing your belongings, there’s one unbending rule to follow: if you haven’t used something in more than a year, you probably don’t need it taking up any space in your house. This is especially true of clothing. Unlike tools and appliances, which are impervious to the whims of fashion, if you haven’t worn a shirt, skirt, or pair of jeans in over a year, you’re unlikely to ever wear it again until it comes back in style in another two decades! It doesn’t make sense to store your paisley skirt that long, or to hang on to your “skinny jeans” in hopes this will be the year you finally lost those 20 pounds.
Once you’ve cleaned out your closet space of extra clothes, it’s time to get serious about organizing the items that are left. If you hold on to more than a few pairs of shoes, it’s important to find high quality, functional shoe storage solutions. They come in a variety of designs, materials, shapes, sizes, and colors, but their function is all the same: to collect your many pairs of shoes from the messy pile on your closet floor, and house them in a neat and organized location.
Once your shoes are out from underfoot, you can move on to organizing your wardrobe. Many older homes lack sufficient clothes storage space. If this is the case in your home, you can easily organize your clothes in a portable closet.