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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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                                Delegation of Authority: The Complete Guide for Effective Leaders

                                Delegation of Authority: The Complete Guide for Effective Leaders

                                Do you absolutely hate failing? You’re in luck because, today, you’ll learn the art of how to tackle failure in your work life. The magic trick is called delegation of authority.

                                Failure is often a result of excess burden. When you take on more than you can handle, you are unable to perform well, even if you have the expertise to do it perfectly. It’s demotivating, a waste of time, and extremely annoying.

                                Let’s take a deep look into the delegation of authority to figure out how to make the most of it.

                                What Does It Mean to Delegate Authority?

                                Delegating authority is neither magic nor rocket science. It is exactly what it means: division of workload and distribution of power.

                                Now, this is where most superiors get worried. They misunderstand the idea and believe that distribution will take away their authority.

                                However, the division and distribution of authority are like giving the entire team autonomy over their own job, but their control is limited to just that.

                                The superior still has supremacy over all the employees.

                                Authority delegation minimizes the workload of the superior. This work is broken down into smaller tasks and spread out into a team so that every member works simultaneously to finish the project in a shorter time.

                                3 Elements of Delegating Authority

                                The delegation of authority has three elements:

                                1. Assigning Responsibility

                                This is the first step in the process. A person who is in charge, such as a manager or a team leader, assigns other team members certain tasks that have to be completed in a given period. Of course, this is only possible if the superior has more control and authority in the work environment than the subordinates.

                                2. Granting Authority

                                The next step is to give the subordinates enough authority and responsibility for them to complete the task and act independently.

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                                So, let’s say you are a supervisor who allocated one person in your team to do a certain task. This assignment will be useless to you if the subordinate has to come to you every step of the way to get permission and signatures required to fulfill the allocated job.

                                Unless you’re giving authority, you aren’t delegating. Instead, you’re only assigning a task, and that won’t bring you any benefits.

                                Also, granting authority puts the subordinate in charge. This person is now responsible for doing what they’re assigned, however they like. It’s up to them how they tackle obstacles. All that you as the supervisor should be concerned about are the final results.

                                3. Maintaining Accountability

                                There’s always a risk that some team members may not act responsibly, especially when they have been given authority over the assigned task. This is why you have to make every employee or team member accountable through some rules and regulations.

                                The superior must always have the right to ask the responsible person about their task[1]. Creating an accountability culture in a company is important, and accountability goes upwards in the hierarchy of a work environment. Never offer any leniency in this regard if you want to ensure quality outputs.

                                This step of giving and receiving feedback helps improve the future work ethic immensely.[2]

                                Effective delegation of authority

                                  Why Is It Important to Delegate Authority?

                                  Many times, superiors take on all the duties because they have a hard time trusting someone else to do the job as well as they would do themselves.

                                  That’s a valid concern, and it may keep you from getting the most out of authority delegation.

                                  But, with this risk comes a long list of benefits. It is actually important to delegate authority for the betterment of your organization and team.

                                  Superiors Can Perform Better

                                  The most important benefit of delegating authority is that the manager divides authority and gets the time to do their actual job.

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                                  As a supervisor, your first duty is to maintain the flow of your team. With your workload minimized and more time at hand, you can pay attention to the minor details.

                                  It gives supervisors the time to look at the more important stuff. Simultaneously, they get a chance to test which team members are most efficient. In case of any problem, the delegator has enough room in their schedule to sit down to figure out a solution.

                                  All in all, it leads to a more efficient performance from the supervisor’s side.

                                  Subordinates Learn With the Flow

                                  With a degree of authority in their hands, the subordinates begin to feel useful and important. This feeling is the most important route to improvement.

                                  As your subordinates work independently, they not only improve their existing skills, but they also perform better. Since they are ones in control, they are the only ones accountable for everything they put on the table. This sense of responsibility provides the mandatory boost of motivation[3].

                                  Moreover, with the delegation of authority, the superiors and subordinates work on the same level to a certain extent. This allows the team members to learn from their supervisors while also polishing their knowledge practically.

                                  Leads to Better Relationships

                                  If you’re in charge of any team, work as a manager, or own an organization that you run, you already know why employee-employer relationships are vital.

                                  The same applies to every workgroup.

                                  So, even if you’re just one small group of 5 people in a multinational organization, the rules are coherent.

                                  By letting go of some responsibilities and giving individuals a chance to grow, you’re spreading positive work vibes. It all works in a cycle where you give the team some authority, they feel important and outperform, your trust in them strengthens, and you continue to delegate authority moving forward.

                                  5 Tips to Delegate Authority Effectively

                                  There is a whole mechanism that supports the delegation of authority.

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                                  If done right, this concept has numerous advantages. However, the key is that it’s done right.

                                  1. Choose the Best Person

                                  It’s not easy to trust another person to do something that you would have preferred to do yourself. That is why it is crucial that you only delegate a task to someone that you have full faith in.

                                  The easiest way to do this is to pre-asses every team member’s skills and qualities. In your mind, have a clear idea of who does what best. So, if there is one particular individual who excels at technology, you will know where to go every time there’s a job related to that skill.

                                  Once you’re satisfied with who is in control, more than half of the issue is resolved and things will most likely go smoothly.

                                  2. Offer Enough Autonomy

                                  One huge mistake you may make is to break down tasks too much.

                                  Let’s say your team of 10 people has to arrange an office party for 100 people. You have to manage the location, decorations, food, and furniture.

                                  You can either assign 4 individuals each of the 4 main jobs, or you can divide each component further into small tasks.

                                  In the case of the latter, tasks will overlap, things will get confusing, and none of your team members will have full control over their assigned task.

                                  This generally leads to a final result that is extremely non-coherent.

                                  3. Clear Communication

                                  A major aspect of delegation is the availability of clear instructions. From details of the task to deadlines, the person who has to fulfill the job should be clear on every single detail.

                                  Unless they know what’s expected from them, they will never be able to satisfy the delegator.

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                                  You can learn more about effective communication in this article.

                                  4. Avoid Unnecessary Pressure

                                  Yes, diamonds only form after the charcoal is put under immense pressure. But, honestly, you don’t need to implement that strategy in your work environment when implementing delegation of authority.

                                  Offer plenty of time and flexibility for each individual to be able to offer their best performance.

                                  Some people may work better under pressure. In that case, let the individual make that decision for themselves.

                                  5. Offer a Helping Hand

                                  Just because you’ve given someone else the task and power does not mean you have to back off completely.

                                  In fact, you should try to be a part of the process, but only from outside a defined boundary. This is something you’ll have to figure out practically as per the needs of your work environment. However, it will ultimately lead to you being a more respected leader:

                                  The important point is that if someone is facing an issue with the delegated task, do not refuse to help. Offer advice and support readily so that your team can learn from you. It will end up benefiting your organization.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Conclusively, it is safe to say that the delegation of authority is a very helpful technique to adopt in workplaces. It allows for a positive working environment as well as fruitful results.

                                  It’s something that all leaders should implement to achieve a time-efficient and productive workspace!

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