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.


Tips to finally clear that closet clutter

One thing I experience with clients is how difficult it is for women to clean out their closets.  

The “what if” questions take over and instead of  living in the present they are living in the past.

What if I were 10 pounds thinner? 

What if it comes back in style?

What if my kids want it when they are older?

As you age it becomes more difficult to admit what worked in the past doesn’t work in the present. Letting go is not easy even when it comes to clothes.

Clothing and shoe clutter can easily spin out of control. If you don’t get rid of old items as new items are purchased everything accumulates. You cannot see what you own and you buy more.

Most don’t know where to begin so they avoid the dreaded clean out.

Are you ready to clear the clutter in your closet?

These tips will help motivate you to begin.

1. Before starting the project make sure you have a closet system that fits your needs.
You can start from scratch by going to a home improvement store or use a professional closet company that will measure and install your new system.

Now is the time to decide what is not working in your closet and fix it. Make a list of what you need before you begin and have the items on site so you can complete the project.

2. Try to make it enjoyable by playing music.
Sounds silly but it really makes the process much easier.

3. Buy matching hangers.
Mismatched hangers take up space and look unorganized. It’s a simple inexpensive solution with immediate results. These are my favorite hangers.

4. Have a bag for garbage and one for items you want to donate.
If you are interested in selling your items make sure you have the time to commit to selling each item. You don’t want to end up with a pile of clothes in the corner of your bedroom that you had good intentions of selling but never had the time. If you have to think about an item too long and attach too many reasons why you should keep it, get rid of it!

5. Enlist the help of an organized friend or a professional.
It will help you make the decisions you are unable to make for yourself.

6. Remove everything.
I know it sounds time consuming but it’s so important to only put back the things you absolutely love and wear.

7. Don’t get stuck on one item or the process will go slowly.
If you can’t decide on something put it aside and try it on later. If an item needs to be mended or altered put it in your car to ensure it gets done.

8.  Clean the space.
Before placing any item back into the closet vacuum the dust bunnies that have accumulated and damp clean all the shelves. A fresh coat of white paint always makes a closet look brand new.

9. Hang like items together by color.
I know that may sound extreme to some people but if you color code your clothes you will know exactly what you have and what you need to complete your wardrobe.

10. Shoes and accessories should be done last.
As an organizer I find that there is usually a monetary value associated with shoes and purses. 

I often hear clients say “I can’t get rid of those shoes, I paid a lot of money for them” my response “do you wear them?” The answer is usually noDon’t keep something just because you paid a lot of money for it. If you don’t wear it let it go!

There are many options to organize your shoes depending on closet space.
Clear labeled shoe boxes are an option especially for out of season or seldom worn shoes.
If you are short on space use the back of a door using a hanging shoe organizer or space under the bed for storing boots or sweaters.

Clutches and smaller bags can be stored in labeled boxes, clear containers or on a shelf with a clear shelf divider. Larger bags can be organized on shelves or hung on hooks.

Whatever helps you stay organized is the system you need to implement. What works for one person may not work for another. There is no one method just the one that works for you.

These tips will help you stay clutter free and enjoy the things you really love.

If any of these tips help in any way I would love to hear from you.

Tips To Organize Your Summer Travel

June has arrived and this week on River City Live we featured how to get organized for upcoming summer travel.

The key to organized travel is to get organized before your trip is planned. When you return from a trip make a list of what you need to replenish and ask yourself what you were missing so you are prepared the next time you travel.

Click the link below to learn more simple tips that will get you organized and have you ready for all your upcoming travels. 


Keep Like Items Together

This concept also applies to travel items. If you mix makeup with hair care products you may have a mess when you arrive. Keep hair products, makeup, lotions and sunscreens in their own separate bags. You will be glad you did when you arrive at your destination.

Garment Rack

I’m constantly singing the praises of owning a garment rack. They are multifunctional and fold flat for storage under a bed. You can add inexpensive garment organizers and organize your clothes and accessories for everyday of your trip. It really helps prevent over packing.

Hanging Toiletry Bag

A hanging toiletry bag is a space saver. It can be hung in your closet when not in use and when you arrive at your destination hang in the bathroom so you can gain more counter space. Fill your toiletry bag with travel sizes or samples of your favorite things. Almost every department store, Sephora, grocery store and beauty salons carry travel sizes. Pick up items you love and need (you see I clarified that) so you will be ready for your next trip. Another time saving solution is to purchase a multi pack of toothbrushes so you always have one ready to pack. The benefits to doing all of this in advance means no last minute trips to the store to pick up forgotten items.

Clear Bags

Clear travel bags are perfect for beauty products, sunscreen and makeup. They save time when you are getting ready or heading to the beach. I also use labeled ziplock bags for medications and vitamins but put those items in a carry on in case your luggage is lost. Bring extra bags for wet bathing suits for items that may spill in your suitcase.

Jewelry Case

Keeping jewelry organized while you travel can be tricky unless you have the right accessories. There are so many options available but what ever you choose make sure there is a place to keep necklaces tangle free. One of my favorites organizers is from Closet Too.

Make copies of your Passport, Drivers License and Credit Cards

Make copies of important information and leave them with a relative or friend. You want to be prepared in case they are lost or stolen.

The easiest way to get your travel items organized like I mentioned above is to get ready before your trip is planned. If you wait until the last minute you overbuy, over pack and your frantically going from place to place picking up what you forgot.

By following these simple organizing tips you will be able to relax, and enjoy the trip ahead.