The Key to a Successful Marriage Lies in an Often-Overlooked Area of the Bedroom
Closets by Design Shares the ‘Combat Closet Wars Checklist’ to Help Newlyweds Keep the Peace Once the Honeymoon is Over
May 30, 2018 // Franchising.com // GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - Wedding season is upon us. Blissful couples are planning for the ceremony, the celebration, the honeymoon and a lifetime of happiness. Many couples wait to wed before moving in together, and that’s when the true test of love begins. The cause of conflict for many newlyweds may be lurking in a hidden area of the bedroom: the closet.
If “what’s mine is yours” isn’t the case when it comes to closet space, relationships can get messy. According to a recent survey by the British Heart Foundation, women typically hang on to 16 pieces of clothing they never wear, and many have no problem tossing their partner’s clothes without telling them. On top of that, 11 percent of women say clearing out their closets is better than sex. That can’t be a good sign.
Closets by Design, the fastest-growing custom organization franchise in the home improvement industry, is helping newlyweds focus on love rather than fighting with the Combat Closet Wars Checklist.
“It’s important for newlyweds, and every couple, to find common ground when sharing closet space,” says Closets by Design President Jerry Egner. “Laying a foundation for organization in a closet is really setting the groundwork for a positive and successful relationship. Our Combat Closet Wars Checklist gives couples a guideline to follow as they figure out how to share not just a closet, but a home, together.”
Closets by Design’s Combat Closet Wars Checklist
Five Ways Couples Can Live Happily Ever After With Their Closets
- Save Space and Save Face – Having an organized closet, one in which every article of clothing and accessory has a place, is an easy way for couples to keep the peace. Small storage solutions, such as sliding belt racks and jewelry drawers, provide simple opportunities to stash loose items. Adjustable shelves, cubbies and baskets make it easy to sock away articles of clothing, rather than allowing them to pile up on the floor.
- Purge! Purge! Purge! – If there’s too much clothing and not enough space, it’s time to dismiss what you won’t miss. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in over a year, then you probably won’t wear it again. This can also be a perfect partner project: instead of throwing out something on behalf of your spouse without his or her knowledge, sift through everything together. Label three large bins “Keep,” “Donate,” and “Toss,” and separate the items in your closet accordingly. This will give you a chance to go through everything before the unwanted items reach the dumpster.
- Divide and Conquer – One person may have five times as much clothing as his or her spouse, but still… EVERYONE needs at least some closet space. Work together to establish a reasonable amount of space for both of you. Separate sides, as well as individual drawers and shelves, help create necessary boundaries.
- Keep What’s Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Too much clutter in the closet can make a mess of the strongest relationships. Cabinet doors are a great way to hide whatever doesn’t need to be out in the open but may be too large for a drawer. Stand-alone hampers are often unsightly, especially when they overflow. Homeowners should consider tilt-out hampers built into custom closet units to stash away laundry or keep dry cleaning items separated.
- Teamwork Makes the Dream Work – Team up to design a closet that works specifically for the two of you. Whether your closet is a large walk-in or a small reach-in, creating a custom closet that’s the right fit for you and your spouse will prove beneficial in the end - and this is the perfect project for newlyweds learning how to live, and work, together.
About Closets by Design
Closets by Design has been creating attractive and functional closets, garage organizers, in-home offices and more since it was founded in 1982. Rated #1 Franchise in our category and one of America’s Top 50 New Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine, Closets by Design has also been listed as one of the Top 100 Up & Comers by Franchise Times and one of the Top 550 Remodeling Companies by Remodeling Magazine. Closets by Design is a leader in the home improvement industry, and it has set the standard for customer satisfaction through dedication, quality and service.
Learn more about Closets by Design by visiting closetsbydesign.com.
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