There comes a point in one’s life where organization becomes more important, especially when it pertains to home organization. The Closet Shop is not a home organizer, but we can help you get organized by providing a variety of shelving and storage ideas for your closets, pantry, home office, and garage.
Over the years, we have made recommendations to customers on improving their closet storage space. The prospect of cleaning out a closet may seem daunting. The Closet Shop has a few timely tips to make this chore easier. Organizing your closets can be an intimidating project, especially if your stuff is absolutely overflowing the space you have, but it doesn’t have to be a miserable experience if you approach it with a bit of planning and a sense of fun.
The Closet Shop recommends starting with a couple of empty boxes or bags and plenty of empty space around you to work in as you remove items from your closet. “If you just start randomly pulling things out of your closet, you’ll never know if you’ve looked through everything. Start at one end and work your way to the other end. This way you can see how much you’ve been through and how much more time it’s going to take to get to the end of the pole. Remember we wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. The rest of our clothes are worn rarely, if ever. You can gain a lot of storage space back by giving up the items that have only been worn once and are unlikely to ever be worn again.
Take each item off the rod to determine whether it stays or goes. If you’re sure you want to keep it, slide it down to the end, where you’ve got the “keeping” clothes accumulating. Anything you want to discard goes in a bag or box allocated for contribution to your favorite local charity. Make a list of what you’re giving to the charity as you pack the box. This list may be required if you itemize your tax deductions, as most charities do not provide a detailed receipt of the contribution.
What about those “iffy” items? What should you do with the pants you love but are too small to fit in? What about out-of-season clothes? Depending upon the size of your closet, you may want to transfer any out-of-season garments to boxes or bags out of the bedroom until it’s time to rotate your wardrobe.
As for that second wardrobe in a smaller size? Give it to charity. If your New Year’s resolution was to get back in shape to fit into that wardrobe, great! But a better reward than climbing into that smaller wardrobe is to buy a new one when you take off the pounds. Think how much fun it will be to shop for your reward! In the meantime, you’ll have endless more space in your closet.
Now comes the fun part: putting everything away. Of course, we think the best way to maintain an organized closet is to have us install one of our custom laminate systems, which divides the space into easy-to-manage sections for short and long clothes. However, there are many ways to keep a traditional closet space in order. You have to think about how you’ll best use the space with your current wardrobe.
Start by dividing your wardrobe into sections for leisurewear and work wardrobe. This may mean putting together all your long shirts, then the short-sleeve shirts. If you store some pants over the hanger and some by the cuff, then don’t mix them together. The same goes for shorts and pants. If you store both on hangers, keep them in separate sections. You’ll start to see clearly separate sections of your closet begin to emerge in an organized fashion.
Within each section, reorganize your clothing from light to dark. By maintaining your clothes not only in sections by type but also by color, you establish a permanent niche for each item. We tend to begin cluttering because we don’t see a permanent place to keep things.
When you bring your laundry back upstairs to put away, it’ll be much easier to find each item’s home if you know the light blue shirt goes next to the other aqua-colored shirt. Otherwise you just start putting things back altogether in the middle of the pole, and the clutter starts all over again.
And what do you do with shoes and sweaters? In our closet organizers, we design the customer’s space for sweaters to be stored at eye level on shelving. Shoes are stored in a shoe tower. Like everything else in the closet, if you can’t see it, you won’t use it.
Look for information on “Buying a Custom Closet” in the next issue of the Bucks County Women’s Journal.Larry Glick The Closet Shop Larry Glick, owner of The Closet Shop, started the business in 2004. As a family-owned and operated local business, he and family members have provided closet design consultation, remodeling, sales, and installation. Larry continues to install closets ensuring the customer gets exactly what was promised. The Closet Shop prides itself on customer service. For more information, contact Larry at The Closet Shop, 215.205.1130 or visit our website at http://www.theclosetshop.us.