Major Mom gets the clutter out of closets

By: LINDA NAVARRO
January 10, 2013
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photo - Major Mom "clutter liberator" Cathy Thompson and Uintah Ace Hardware store manager Travis Bayer share ideas about storage  containers of all sizes. Photo by Photo by Linda Navarro
Major Mom "clutter liberator" Cathy Thompson and Uintah Ace Hardware store manager Travis Bayer share ideas about storage containers of all sizes. Photo by Photo by Linda Navarro 

A-ten-hut.

Major Mom has you in her line of sight and she can wipe clutter from your closets.

Cathy Thompson, who works as a “clutter liberator,” donned her camouflage pants and teamed with the Uintah Street Ace Hardware last weekend to demonstrate handy hints in getting started.

There’s no better time, since January is National Get Organized (GO) Month, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers.

People waste 55 minutes each day looking for things, Thompson said, quoting Newsweek.

They’re late for work or school because they can’t find outfits. Turns out, Thompson said, most people wear only 20 percent of their clothes 80 percent of the time.

Thompson recommends taking S.T.E.P.S to declutter your closets.

• S: Sort it. Make your bed. Pull everything from your closet and group into categories — including season, color, size, work and casual — on your bed. Deal only with items you wear regularly. Haven’t worn it in a year — or since high school? Out it goes, Thompson said.

• T: Treasure what counts. Don’t keep things that don’t fit or that aren’t the right size. No more fat-clothes or skinny-clothes taking up room “just in case.”

• E: Establish homes for items to help create a clutter-free, stress-free closet, Thompson suggests. 
  Switch seasons if you have small closets by using standalone wardrobes in the basement, or closets in guest bedrooms/home offices.
  Utilize vertical space. Designate shoe storage.
  The same types of hangers/nonslip hangers are very helpful.
  Use hooks for hats, belts, robes and ties. Use over-the-door organizers.

• P: Plan your container strategy.
    Thompson showed containers that she found at Ace to organize a closet, such as plastic bins, hooks, shelving, baskets, laundry hampers.
   “They don’t have to be expensive or from a special store,” Thompson said. “Rubbermaid works just fine.”

• S: Start new habits.
   Stop the incoming. Do not buy things because they are on sale, but buy them because they fit — try before you buy is a good rule.
   “Have a donation bin in or near the closet for Goodwill or other thrift shops,” she said. “There are people out there who really need those clothes and shoes.” And, she added, Goodwill accepts single shoes for amputees or others in need of just one.


  All done for now?

  “Have a majorly organized day!” Cathy encouraged.

  And for more decluttering tips from the Major Mom troops: majormom.biz and Facebook.com/TheMajorMom.

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