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Category: Organizing Tips

Full House: Clutter Taking Over Many American Homes

Many middle-class American homes are drowning in clutter, with too many unnecessary items taking over most of our storage spaces. Clutter Here, There, and Everywhere A 2012 study by UCLA-affiliated social scientists shows American families have too much stuff, too limited space, and too little time. Families are being overwhelmed by clutter, too busy to take a break in their own backyards, rarely eat dinner together even if family meals are one of their goals, and cannot park their vehicles in the garage because the space is too crammed with non-car stuff. Whether we like to admit it or not, the garage has become a storage space by default. The rise of retail stores selling low cost products at high volumes prompted families to stockpile so much that three out of four garages are too full that these can no longer accommodate cars. Managing this stockpiling issue is overwhelming in many homes that it stresses out the homeowner. Taking Over Storage This doesn’t have to be a problem, though. Stockpiling is perfectly reasonable, especially if you want to save big bucks. The key is to know how to store and manage these products properly. This is the principle behind our storage solutions: it gives you the space you need for all the extra stuff while still letting you use the room however you want. We understand that many families here in Denver love sports. Being a fan of the Nuggets, the Rockies, the Broncos, or any other team, you probably have a lot of sports-related items and memorabilia. With just a few home improvement projects and help from us,...

Fixing Habits: How to Stop Clutter from Coming Back

Imagine spending an entire afternoon cleaning your home or garage, putting away everything and throwing away trash. Once the job is done, you take pride in how much better the place looks, and how easy it is to move around. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last; after just a few weeks, the clutter starts to build up again, and it gradually becomes a complete mess. Does this scenario sound familiar to you? If so, you are like most people who decided to declutter their homes. Keeping a room clean seems to be much harder than cleaning it in the first place. How do you break the constant decluttering cycle? Changing habits is the key to getting rid of clutter for good. If you want to have a clean workspace or home, here are the steps you need to take. Organize your storage – Our storage systems are incredibly handy for organizing your tools and other possessions, but what if you just randomly fill them up with various items? Assign a purpose for each storage space, so you know where everything should go, and what does not belong there. This keeps things clean and organized. Put things away immediately – Have you just finished using a tool? Instead of setting it down on a nearby bench, put it back in its proper place as soon as possible. Procrastinating on putting things away is how items get lost and clutter starts building up. Stop adding more junk – This is arguably the most important step. While getting new stuff is always nice, this also means that you have to find new places to...

Why Auto Repair Shops Need to be Well Organized

Most automobile repair shops come in two flavors. They are either impeccably organized and clean, or chaotic messes where you have to constantly watch your step. If your garage is anything like the latter, it is time for some serious cleaning. But what exactly is the problem with a cluttered garage? Even if you don’t think it’s a high priority, there are plenty of compelling reasons to organize your garage immediately. Set aside a day or two for this, and it will be time well spent. Preventing tool loss and damage – As professional mechanics, your team likely takes pride in using only the best tools available. But that also means that any lost or damaged equipment will cost you dearly to replace. By storing them properly, you avoid having to buy the same wrench or screwdriver over and over again. Minimizing injury risk –How often have you tripped over something or stepped on a pointed object in your garage? Many people get injured in garages due to tripping, and you might not get off with just a light bruise or scrape either. The best way to prevent this is by ensuring that there is nothing to trip over in the first place. Eliminating inefficiencies –If you have ever spent an hour searching for a specific tool to proceed with the job, you should know how important an organized workplace is. When everything has a proper place, you will never have to waste valuable time searching for a missing item. Presenting a good image – Last but not least, garages that are disorganized look far more unreliable to customers....

The Science Behind Less Clutter, Better Productivity

When it comes to productivity, most people like to say ‘to each their own’. Some people work better surrounded by clutter, but for the majority, they are more efficient when things are where they should be. The reason behind this is because when everything is in place (you know where things are and where they go), your actions are more streamlined. Science has the facts to back this up, and if you’re still looking for a push to work with us, this is probably it. Clutter and Productivity A 2011 study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute discussed the relationship between clutter and a person’s ability to concentrate and process information. Results suggest that an unorganized space, whether in the home or office, makes it difficult for one to focus on a task. It said that “Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.” In English, when you work in a space with a lot of clutter, the chaos affects your ability to focus. Even if you can finish the work, it will likely take you more time because there are a lot of distractions present. The mess also limits your ability to process information. Because of the many stimuli in the environment, you’ll have a tendency to look at more than one thing at once, which means more items to process. More Stimuli, More Distractions The disorganization of the environment competes for your attention in the same way babies...

Why It Pays to Organize Your Home

Our home is our haven. That’s where we feel most comfortable, and after a long day at work, it’s what we look forward to. This is where our refuge is, our little place to get away from the demands of life. That’s why we want it as “homely” as possible. Whether through renovation or redecoration, we find ways that help us feel that sense of familiarity and relaxation. One thing that doesn’t help in achieving that is clutter. It has a way of making a home feel cramped, disorganized and dirty. It already pays to clean it up alone, but what else makes organizing worth our time and effort? Here are five other ways an orderly home benefits our lives: More Time and Space for Yourself It’s better to have one big cleanup than to do small tidying activities every single day. That way, you have more time to devote to your hobbies and more space for you to move about. Less Financial Stress An organized home means everything is in place. Whenever we need scissors, extension cords or the cable bill for this month, we’ll find it in its own compartment. No need to buy another one or have another late payment on your record. Better Health What we don’t need in our homes is another source of stress. Daily life has enough of that. With an organized space, you’re less likely to miss medications and more probable to exercise and eat healthy. Minimizes Conflicts If you live with somebody else, organizing goes a long way in minimizing conflict between you. Notlosing items, never missing appointments, and not...