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By Kimberly Fursaro - Woman's DayNovember 24th 2008
"The average American two-car garage has become a no-car garage, because it's crammed full of so much clutter," says Austin professional organizer, Barry Izsak, whose company has been organizing central Texas since 1996. Izsak, author of Organize Your Garage In No Time, gives us his tips for organizing the garage and bedroom closet.
"People are storing their valuable cars in the driveway and worthless junk in the garage," Izsak says. Camping gear, children's toys and old clothing wind up there when families no longer need them but don't want to throw them away. If something's been sitting in your garage for three years, decide if someone else could use it. If the answer is yes, donate it. If the answer is no, let it go. Make room for cars by moving anything that remains to an alternative storage space: Shelves hung over your garage door are ideal for things you rarely use, such as holiday decorations.
Even if you have an enormous closet, clothes you don't wear will cramp your style: Finding your favorite black pants is a pain, after all, when you can't tell them from a too-small pair, a too-big pair, and a pair with a torn hem. To help wrangle your wardrobe, Izsak, a senior move manager, suggests asking the following questions about each piece of clothing:
If the answer to any of these questions is no, set the item aside for charity. Also, pull out clothes that need mending (which you'll never fix if you tuck them away) and special occasion items (store them in a separate closet).
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