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Shelving Units in Closets
Advice from Jill Ellen Shankar

Q. Do you think it helps to buy those shelving units for closets or do you think they take up too much room on their own and they're just a gimmick?

A. Shelving units can be a lifesaver, provided you are not using them to avoid managing your belongings well.

For example, an important factor in being organized is knowing what to keep and what to give or throw away, and doing so consistently over time.

If you are disciplined in these areas, then extra closet shelving is a perfect solution to maximize space allocation. There is a huge variety of shapes, sizes and configurations, so take some time to plan and shop for the right solutions. Then, enjoy!

On the other hand, if you have lots of old, outdated and unused clothing and other belongings sitting around that haven't been attended to for a long time, adding storage capacity will not help you, since space is not your problem.

In this case, first clean out your closets, so that the majority of its contents is stuff that is currently in use. This can be a daunting task, so give yourself time.

It also helps to have trash bags handy, and boxes into which you can put articles to be dontated to charity-then be sure to do so promptly.

Once you have this under control, by all means use whatever products suit your fancy. You will have earned it!

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