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12 Questions to Ask Before Overhauling Your Bedroom Closets

By Lea Schneider

As a professional organizer, my clients are often frustrated by their closets and overwhelmed by piles of garments. They seek me out for answers to their storage dilemmas, and they are usually surprised when I deliver a list of questions in response.

Those questions, based on years of experience as a professional organizer, are the basis for building terrific storage solutions.

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IMAGE 1: STORAGE HALLWAY

A great custom closet should be designed and organized to suit the way you live and the way you think. The very reason the generic closet you have now isn’t really working is that it wasn’t designed with you in mind.

Closet designers and contractors are wizards at taking a space and creating storage in many different ways. Because there are so many variations, in order for them to work their magic in a way you will love, you need to be able to convey to them what you want.

Before you inquire about a custom closet project, start by asking yourself these 12 questions. The answers you come up with will help build a closet that truly suits you, and help you explain to experts the kind of storage you need.

Does more than one person share the closet? If the answer is yes, you’ll want to answer these questions separately for each person using the closet. The two sides of a shared closet do not have to be a mirror image of each other. A custom design can and should take in the needs of both people.

IMAGE 2: HANGERS

IMAGE 2: HANGERS

Do you love or detest hangers? Some people love to see everything hanging up. Other people are happiest with their clothes folded and stacked, and without smart storage, they end up piling them in chairs and even on the floor.

How tall are you? If anyone using the closet is tall, the bars should be raised so garments have plenty of room without dragging the ground or getting entangled in hangers on the lower bar. Likewise, if you are smaller in stature, you may wish bars to be lower so you can easily use them without a stepstool.

How many garments do you plan to hang in your closet? An accurate count of your hanging garments (plus things you wish were hanging) can best help your designer meet your needs. A foot of hanging bar space may hold about 10 dress shirts or 5-6 suits or dresses.

How many long garments do you have? By long, I mean anything that cannot hang on a double bar without dragging. If you prefer to hang trousers or slacks by the waist with clip-style hangers, you’ll need to count these in your long garments.

IMAGE 3: HIDDEN STORAGE

IMAGE 3: HIDDEN STORAGE

Are you ‘hidden storage’ or ‘open storage’ minded? Getting organized means different things to different people. While some would prefer for clothing to be put into drawers or armoires with doors that close, so clothing is hidden from sight, another group could simply not function that way. These folks do best if they can see and find items stacked on open shelving.

What do you have a lot of? You may have a collection because you love it, such as purses, or maybe the weather where you live dictates what you stockpile, like sweaters. Either way, your custom closet needs to be able to house your collection.

How many pairs of shoes need to be accommodated? Since shoes often end up in an unorganized jumble, think about what storage system you would actually use. Are you more likely to hang them on a rack, kick them onto low shelves as you remove them or pick them up and put them on higher shelving?

How many pairs of those shoes are tall? Not all shoes can go on a rack or regular height shelf. Be sure to count your dress boots, winter boots, hiking boots and so on separately, as they will need taller storage.

Would you also enjoy having clothing accessories in the closet? If you’d like to have belts close by the trousers, make a note. Likewise, jewelry, scarves and other accessories can be worked into the design. You can even add baskets or drawers for undergarments and swimwear if you let your closet expert know.

IMAGE 4: STORAGE BASKETS

IMAGE 4: STORAGE BASKETS

What is frustrating about your current closet? Now that you are armed with a list of all the things you want your new closet to accommodate, it’s a good time to make sure the contractor’s plan is going to eliminate frustrations you currently have.

Is there anything not currently in your closet you wish was there? Frequently, homeowners turn to closets in other rooms or storage tubs for storing off-season or extra garments. Now is the time to make sure those items are included in your dream closet.

A custom closet is something you will enjoy using immediately, and if you want to sell your home later, you can be sure buyers will appreciate a thoughtful, efficient closet as well.

Lea Schneider loves finding order in the midst of chaos. Lea is a nationally recognized organizational expert and journalist who writes on home organization for The Home Depot. Info on Home Depot’s closet and storage installation services can be found on the company’s website.

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Stop the Madness: 7 Tips to Inspire Kitchen Cabinet Organization

By Sommer Poquette

Americans are known for accumulating unnecessary stuff — especially in the kitchen. If there’s no room for it, just shut the cabinet door, and suddenly the clutter magically disappears. Out of sight, out of mind!

That is, until one day when that pile of plates, bowls, pans and mismatched Tupperware tumbles out onto your toe. You scream and say a few choice words before promising yourself that someday you’ll get organized.

It may be silly, but we can all relate to this scenario. There’s even a UCLA-backed study that says American families are overwhelmed by clutter. Is the mess really worth a broken toe and the potential loss of your sanity? It’s time to stop the madness! Let’s organize our kitchen cabinets and take control of the chaos.

Step 1: Prepare to say good-bye. Mentally prepare yourself to donate, throw away or recycle unused, unnecessary or orphaned kitchen items. It seems funny, but we hang on to items for odd reasons, and that stuff just turns into clutter. For example, if you’re saving that first-ever sippy cup from your child’s toddler days and they’re now 9 years old, it’s time to take a deep breath and let it go. Really, it is going to be okay.

Step 2: Dedicate an afternoon or even a day. You’ll need time to really empty your kitchen cabinets and see what you have, what you actually use and what you need. “Need” is the key word here. If your kitchen is like my kitchen, you might need a full day.

Step 3: Create a playlist to help you get in the mood. If you’re seriously organizing your kitchen cabinets, you’ll want some good tunes. So create your ultimate inspirational playlist or Pandora radio station and get ready to crank it up — you have some major work ahead of you.

Step 4: Empty your kitchen cabinets. Each. And. Every. Single. One. Do not cheat and say you’ll get to a cabinet later. Go all in. Empty each kitchen cabinet and sort everything into the following piles: “Used often,” “Never used or hardly used,” and “I don’t know what this is or what this belongs to.”

Step 5: Clean the inside of your kitchen cabinets. They’re empty for the first time in who knows how long, so take the opportunity to give them a good scrub. Wash the entire interior and consider putting down pretty shelf liner — you may even be able to see it once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter!

Step 6: Purge. All of the items that you never use, hardly use or that you’re not even sure what the heck they are, kiss them good-bye. Give them a new home. Donate them, or ask a friend if they need 27 miscellaneous Tupperware lids. Recycle whatever you can, and if it can’t be recycled or rehomed, then it must go in the trash.

Step 7: Organize. The best part of all! This is when you take what you have and decide how to put it back into your clean kitchen cabinets. Here are few tips for organizing your kitchen cabinets, now that you have finally de-cluttered everything.

  • Beautiful white shelves with tableware and decorPut items that you use often in easy-to-reach places. If you want the children to get their own water and/or snacks, put the plastic cups, plates and bowls where they can reach them.
  • Display items neatly. Even though the kitchen cabinet is closed, you’ll know that behind the doors, you have everything looking nice and neat.
  • Consider stacking bowls, plates and Tupperware. Items that store neatly and won’t take up as much room make for tidier kitchen cabinets, overall.
  • Use your space wisely. If you have high kitchen cabinets, put items that that are seasonal (like your Thanksgiving turkey platter) higher up. Use your most accessible kitchen cabinets for items that you use daily.

Good luck with your kitchen cabinet organization. It’s a perfect spring-cleaning activity that will leave you feeling energized and renewed!

Sommer Poquette likes to provide kitchen tips that are both time saving and green for The Home Depot and her blog, cleanandgreenmom.org. For more info on a wide range of kitchen options, visit The Home Depot.

 

Photos purchased by the author from Depositphotos.com

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Decor Layering Tips from Top Designers

by Courtney Soinski

One of the hottest new home design trends among interior designers is layering unique patterns and textures throughout various rooms in your home. This layering technique creates heightened visual interest and will catch the eyes of your guests as well as potential home buyers the moment they step foot through the front door. Get inspired to layer elements in your home with these new and innovative ideas!

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Fancy Frames

An empty wall holds endless potential. If the room is small, expand your space with a mirror collage featuring a variety of shapes and varnishes. Is your heart set on colorful patterned wallpaper? Showcase your favorite print in a large frame for a beautiful living room backdrop to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Art fans should collect a variety of frames in different finishes and styles to create a living room gallery.

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Pillow Patterns

While it’s fun to mix and match pillows, certain textures complement each other better than others. For example, linens and wool tend to look better with woven fabrics, while shiny and matte fabrics are best kept separate. Mixing contrasting textures such as silk and corduroy calls for a strong sense of design confidence, but it can be done.

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Rugs Galore

Start with a flat, neutral rug as your foundation and add a smaller, accent rug on top. Investing in a large rug with a subdued color is wise, but have fun with the accent rug. Whether cowhide or a geometric print, choose a similar color scheme and play with the positioning by placing the top rug at a purposeful angle.

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Drab Turned Fab

When thinking about your space, it’s important to remember that design inspiration can be found anywhere. Look for antique candle holders or paperweights. Check out antique shops or thrift stores for hidden treasures. When traveling, visit flea markets and local art fairs. Transform an old object like a rustic slab of wood into a glossy countertop for your kitchen island. No matter where you travel, keep an eye out for timeworn treasures for your home.

Layering textures and patterns, combining modern with rustic – blending home design can result in a truly transformative space that captures your individual style.

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Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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