Organize your world

Learn how to transform home with organizational systems

By Laura Purvis

Photographs contributed

Now that the Christmas decorations are put away and the new year is here, now might be a good time to think about organization. As you are gearing up to spend more time inside your home, take a look around and see what areas might need a little straightening. “Getting organized” is said to be the second most popular resolution made when the year turns to a new one.

Here’s a list of some of the benefits you will gain from tackling that chore:

-You will be able to relax more. Organization can help you find things faster.

-You’ll feel better about your home.

-You’ll be healthier by reducing stress.

-You’ll be a better role model for others.

-You’ll save money because many purchases actually never get used because they can’t be found once they’re brought home.

Start with your bedroom. Shouldn’t you have a closet that makes you feel better at the start and end of every day? Today, there are closet, shelving and storage systems that will fit anywhere in the home or office. You don’t need a room-sized closet to be organized, and you don’t have to spend a fortune.

And organizational systems are not just limited to closets. We use systems that provide us the ability to adapt to every need. The endless configuration options achieve multiple uses such as room dividers, a display system, shelving, storage or a fabulous walk-in closet.

Tight on space? Systems like these can help you transform any space into one that is not only functional, but looks great too.

Once you have finished with the master bedroom, look at your entry way—the one you use most often. How does that make you feel every time you use it? Then move on to your pantry, laundry, each bedroom, the garage, etc. View them each as an opportunity to make you feel better.

Before that decision, however, you’ll need to give some thought to such factors as: Are there seasonal changes in the contents to be stored? Are there bulky items? For closets, do you want shoes on the floor or on shelves? Are you aiming to store smaller items like jewelry?

Then there are the measurements: Measure how much space your clothes take up now. Measure both the front and back dimensions of a closet. Be sure to account for the baseboard and any inside trim.

While there are web sites that can help you and there are some systems that can be designed and installed by the more accomplished do-it-yourselfers, you might find it advantageous to use a professional. Decorating Den Interiors has people that can provide those services as well as the systems.

It may seem daunting, but remember those benefits, and you won’t have to make getting organized one of your resolutions for the New Year.