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How to Organize Your Clothes And Save Space

How to Organize Your Clothes And Save Space

As someone who identifies as a Tom Boy, I have an embarrassing amount of clothes. Everything from bulky coats, to vintage dresses, converse sneakers to my 75+ geeky t-shirt collection. But just because I have an online shopping addiction doesn’t mean that my closet has to become a horrifying wasteland that’s reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic film. Here’s some tips and tricks to organizing your clothes and saving space.

1. Donate Old Or Unwanted Clothes

 

    I know, I’m hitting you where it hurts.

    The first step to getting organized is to get rid of the things you don’t want or need anymore. It will make the subsequent process much faster and easier. For those of you who find it hard to let go, I recommend The Closet Trick from Discardia:

    Turn all the hangers in your closet around the wrong way (ie the hooks pointing outwards). When you wear something, put it back with the hook the “normal” way. In six months, any hanger that is still facing the wrong way is holding an item you haven’t worn. This means it’s time to donate it.

    Be strong!

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    2. Pack Away Out-Of-Season-Clothing

      Why clutter up your cupboard with clothes you won’t even need for another six months. Take advantage of your empty luggage by making them work you even when you’re not on vacation. Pack away all un-needed items in them and simply slide them away somewhere neatly. If you prefer saving even more room, invest in some vacuum bags.

      3. Combination Storage

        Utilize a combination of storage units to fit your different needs: drawers for folded items, hangers for dresses and suits, boxes for random bits and pieces. It will make things look neater, and everything will be easier to find.

        4. Umbrella Stands

          This sounds weird, I know. But these odd little items are far handier than you might think. They’re perfect for storing unique items that need to be readily on hand, but don’t pack away particularly easy, such as yoga and exercise mats.

          5. Shoe Shelves

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            Instead of dumping your shoes at the bottom of your closet, or by the front door, invest in some neat shoes shelves or cubbies to house them.

            6. Utilize All Vertical Space

              Don’t let all of that space below the hangers go to waste. Use the vertical space both above and below the rod in order to store more.

              7. Color Coding

                Sick of digging around to find that one item? Color coding is the answer. Not only does it look aesthetically pleasing, it makes finding things a lot easier.

                8. Hooks

                  Add extra storage space by using hooks on the back of your closet doors.

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                  9. Hanging Jewellery Storage

                    Too much jewellery without much space? Sick of everything getting tangled in a box? Utilize one of your spare hangers and turn it into some more vertical storage.

                     

                    10. Make Your Closet More Aesthetically Pleasing

                      Turn your creativity loose and think of ways to add pleasure to the routine of getting dressed and looking through your closet every day. If you spend more time sprucing up your closet, then you will be less likely to let it get messy in the future.

                      11. Optimal Belt Storage

                        Don’t let belts take up more room than they should. Invest in some command hooks to place against the wall or on the inside door of the cupboard. Or even better, a sectioned off drawer.

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                        12. Hat Boxes

                          This may sound old fashioned, but hat boxes really are the best way to effectively store your hat collection. Plus, they’re the best way to protect them from damage.

                          13. Proper Handbag Storage

                            Similar to shoes, handbags can sometimes end up in a pile at the bottom of your closet. Avoid this by placing them on shelves. As a bonus tip, take the time to stuff them with some paper; this stops them from topping straight over.

                            14. Sweater Care

                              Trying to hang sweaters on hangers is one of the worst closet mistakes you can make. Not only will they stick out in a bulky fashion, they can be stretched out and even fall straight to the floor easily. Fold them neatly and store them on a shelf instead.

                              15. Pants, Skirts and Shorts Storage

                                Hang these tricky items with clips, but be sure to fold in the sides so the outside of the garment isn’t marked. This system also makes everything look uniform on the hanger and gives it a cleaner side profile to your closet.

                                Featured photo credit: Organised Closet via prettymayhem.com

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                                Published on April 25, 2019

                                How Creativity Can Help You Get Ahead in Life

                                How Creativity Can Help You Get Ahead in Life

                                Have you ever felt limited in your abilities to do something you really wanted to pursue? Maybe it was an ambition you had, or an idea to start something. Perhaps it was an opportunity that came your way, but you weren’t able to take it because something held you back.

                                Often, we’re unable to progress towards our goals because such obstacles stand in the way. We let our limitations stop or overshadow our abilities to see through to a goal.

                                Yet, there’s one thing that we rarely think of to use when trying to overcome limitations.

                                Creativity.

                                What is Creativity?

                                When I say creativity, I’m not talking about an innate talent. Creativity is a much needed, but often neglected, skill that everyone has! It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input.

                                Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems.

                                Everything, including brilliant inventions, cannot come from nothing; it all derives from some sort of inspiration. Creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

                                From this perspective, you can find creativity at play in many areas.

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                                For example, Mark Zuckerburg rapidly became successful by taking the previously existing concept of social media, and combining it with an incredibly simple interface that appealed to a much wider audience. Uber and Lyft combined the idea of a traditional taxi service with an incredibly efficient smartphone app.

                                Both of these examples connect different ideas, find common ground amongst the differences, and create a completely new idea out of them.

                                That’s creativity in a nutshell, and anyone can improve theirs.

                                Limitations are Actually Opportunities

                                The advantage of using creativity, is to help you see limitations as opportunities. Take any limitation that you may find yourself facing, is there a way to look at things differently?

                                Let me illustrate with an example.

                                On the day of my son’s 5th birthday, my wife and I arranged a party for him at a children’s adventure park. His friends and family were all invited, and the plan was to have a long, fun day out to celebrate.

                                However, the day didn’t go exactly as planned…

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                                At Lifehack, we pride ourselves on a healthy work-life balance, so I wasn’t concerned about taking the day off to celebrate. But, on the big day, a call came through to my phone.

                                It was a manager from Lifehack. He excitedly told me that a group of investors were quite interested in our business proposition, and were wanting to meet later that day.

                                This was great news! A potential investment could be coming our way. But, I was already miles away from home and the office. Plus, it was my son’s birthday…

                                I asked if I could call him back once we got settled into the park.

                                To be honest, I was pretty certain I was not going to be able to make it. Asking to reschedule would be a risky request, but there was no way that I was going to miss my son’s party.

                                My son could sense something was off, and he asked me what was wrong. So I let him know that I just received a call about a meeting today, but also told him not to worry as today was about celebrating his birthday.

                                But like all kids, he continued questioning me…

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                                “But daddy, is it important?”

                                “No, of course not,” I bluffed.

                                Then, with childlike intuition and creativity, he asked: “Can’t you just meet with them at the park?”

                                And, then it struck me! This was the idea that I was missing.

                                Even though my son didn’t quite understand that it would not be possible for the investors to meet me at the park, it made sense for me to simply do a video call!

                                I could miss 25 minutes of the party to do a quick call while the rest of the party walked through the aquarium. And, in the end, that was exactly what happened.

                                I called back my teammate and asked him to briefly explain to the investors why I couldn’t be there in person to meet, but would be happy to join via video. I took the call, and was able to spend the rest of the day at the park with my son.

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                                Not only did my son enjoy his birthday, his simple idea led to a successful investment meeting that allowed us to get funding for a new project.

                                This is where I was able to turn a limitation into an opportunity that enabled me to reach my success.

                                Creativity is One Key to Success

                                When you use your creative ability to turn your limitations and setbacks into opportunities, you’ll find doors opening for you in areas you may have never imagined.

                                Remember, your attitude is also important when it comes to achieving a goal, and tackling a setback or problem. That’s because a positive attitude transforms not just your mental state, but your physical and emotional well being. It is the key to lasting total transformation.

                                Check out this article to learn more about how you can tune your attitude towards positivity.

                                So, the next time you’re feeling limited by your abilities, setbacks or challenges, don’t give up. Really look at the situation, and see how you can leverage on your creativity to find an alternative solution.

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