Just My Opinion…Shoe Stacker

When something in the organizing world is new everyone wants to know my thoughts. I decided when I try something I would review it and let you know my opinion and experience with the product. Remember its just my opinion.

Todays review is on the shoe stacker. Although I found the concept interesting I actual wanted to see the how sturdy they were and in what way I would find these functional for my clients.

First of all I have to say if you really purge the shoes you don’t love, wear or need you may not even need these but that is the clutter clearing expert in me coming out.

My client already owned these when she hired me to organize her closet so I thought it was the perfect time to ask her opinion. She said they weren’t very sturdy and the shoes fell off quite a bit.

There were so many they just screamed clutter. Since she wasn’t happy with them, we agreed not to use them.

I found them to be very wobbly and when we pulled one shoe off the stacker the one next to it fell off.

In my opinion these would work best in a tight space such as a dorm room or in a room that lacked sufficient closet space. I thought they were a bit pricey and would have to love these to buy more than one.

By the way after purging her shoes we actually didn’t need these anymore so there is something to be said for clearing the clutter then buying items to organize.

Keep checking back for reviews!

 

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Is your closet not working for you?

When people see the before picture of this closet “they ask me so whats the dilemma”. It may look like an “okay” closet but it wasn’t functioning for her and she needed help figuring out why.

Before I start a project I like to talk to the client and find out what is not working in the space, what is working and what their expectations are at the end of the project.

The first thing I suggested was to purge clothing, jewelry, purses and shoes. Like most of us she was holding onto different sizes, “just in case”.

My goal for her was to keep only what she loves, wears and let the rest go. Always purge then organize!

She had a section of hanging pants in the closet that worked in the closet but the space underneath was not being utilized properly. These elfa closet drawers were the perfect fit and she gained the needed drawer space she was looking for.

She needed storage for off season items and there was plenty of shelving above the hanging that was not being used. I suggested we use these boxes for all of her off season items. They fit perfectly and look great!

The space to the left was perfect for two acrylic necklace racks to hold jewelry because it didn’t protrude into the space and kept her necklaces tangle free.

We needed a way to store her small clutches and this was the perfect choice for the shelf depth and gave her easy access.

There was already one shoe shelf that worked for her needs but the other one was unstable and the shoes kept falling off. We picked up another one and it was perfect. Sometimes what you already own works!

When I put everything back into the closet I changed to the slimline hangers in white. It gave the closet the finishing touch with the white boxes.

The end result worked without any permanent changes so if she moves she can take it with her.

For more tips on this closet watch my latest segment on River City Live.

 

Realistic Resolutions

 

With every new year you see the same scenario. The gym is packed with people you have never seen, diet commercials are constantly being played on TV and stores stock their shelves with items to get you organized.

The reality is in order to stick to any resolution you have to set realistic goals.

If you want your resolution to become a routine start small whether it’s an exercise program, new diet or getting organized. If you set goals that are unattainable you will be disappointed and frustrated by February.

Start by taking a walk around the block and each day go a little further.

Try to cut out sugar from your diet by giving up soda. Your skin and body will thank you.

If you are in need of some organizational help start with one closet or one area in your home at a time. Once you see the results it will motivate you to move on to another area in your home.

If you tackle a small project that takes a small amount of time you will feel like you can conquer something larger with a bit more time.

Nothing is easy without some sort of effort. Be proud of your accomplishments even if they are just small steps.

Happy New Year!