Closet 101: Tips for Making Over Your Closet

It was so much fun writing this article originally for Rubbermaid Configurations Canada and now it’s your check list to get your daily dressing groove back on!closet101

Is your closet cluttered? Do you have multiple items of clothing on hangers? Can you find the shoes you want right away? Do you know where all of your ties are?

If you’re like most people, there are times when your closet is organized, but more often, clothing and accessories pile up until they are a jumble and finding what you want can require what feels like an archaeological dig. There may be clothes in there that you’ve completely forgotten you even have!

A closet makeover can be an exhilarating activity, but where do you start? How do you do it, and how do you maintain order once it’s done?

Here’s a four-step closet makeover process to get your closets organized and efficient:

1. Assess

2. De-clutter

3. Refine and Optimize

4. Evaluate your results

Step One: Assess Needs

Answer these questions

a) Who will be using the closet? Adults, growing children, an elder?

b) What do you need the space to hold? Coats, sports attire, seasonal clothes?

c) What is your organizing style? Do you prefer items to have a specific place in the closet? Do you like similar styles to be grouped together? Or are you more comfortable with casually draping your clothes over the door until you feel like putting them away?

Step Two: De-clutter

You’ll need large plastic bag and tape and marker

Lighten the Load

1. Review each item from the closet.

2. Return items that you want to keep to the closet, and make a pile of things you want to discard.

3. If you are unsure about whether to keep an item, hang it backwards.If you haven’t worn it in a year, you’ll know. You can then decide what you’ll do with it.

4. Next, divide the discard pile into three clearly labelled bags: donate, garbage and consignment. Divide the items remaining in the closet into “Current” and “Out of Season.” Store out-of-season items separately. They don’t get prime closet real estate until their season arrives.

Start Small to Achieve Success

If this is your first time, choose one small closet 

Set a timer for 30, 60 or 90 minutes, based on your work style

Stay focused on one closet until it’s finished

Step Three: Refine and Optimize

Now that you know what you have:

1. Group items in a way that makes sense to you, by color, style, etc.

2. Optimize the space by using practical organizing tools like a belt hanger, space-saving hangers, jewellery and scarf organizers and door hooks.

3. Consider installing lights to brighten up the interior of the closet.

Step Four: Evaluate Your Results

1. Do you have a place for all of your belongings? If not, you either need to cull more, or consider other options for storage.

2. If you have space particularly overhead or on the floor that is inefficiently used, consider installing a customizable closet system like Configurations™. You will need to measure your space – width, height and depth and then simply install.

via Rubbermaid Canada | Configurations.

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Kitchen organzing can be priceless

Industry experts say that a well renovated kitchen can increase the resale value of a home by 20% – 25%. But, if you aren’t selling your home any time soon you might want to consider organizing and optimizing your kitchen to best suit your immediate needs.

Organizing inside the cupboards, pantry, fridge and freezer can reduce stress and lift the spirit substantially. Begin by thinking about optimizing the cupboards with turntables, risers and pull out drawers. Be sure to label the top shelves and you’ll never stand there wondering where the ladder is or what’s on that shelf again!

Rubbermaid Storage

Rubbermaid Food Storage

Kitchen Pull Out Shelves

Custom pull out shelves can literally change how your kitchen functions

The cost of a three-hour investment with an Expert Organizer is approximately $200 – the return on your investment will be priceless.

Quick Tips for Moving

It can be challenging enough to coordinate all the details to ensure a smooth move so here are a few tips to make the ‘day’ itslef so much smoother:

1. Pack a separate bathroom and bedroom box and move these in your car – this will ensure you have toilet paper on hand for those unpacking as well as ensure your first night is comfortable

1a. if there is more than one bedroom – request the movers to load the bedrooms onto the truck last so that they are unloaded first… then the bedrooms will be set up first

2. Map out before hand where the receivers and phone lines will be installed – this allows you to know precisely where the installation folks should drill holes into your new home

3. Have plates, cutlery, cups and napkins bagged separately along with a cooler with cold beverages in your car so that no time is wasted when you take breaks and feed your moving crew

4. Be sure you have a phone charger in your car with an adaptor to plug-in once your indoors

5. Tape signs on the doors of each room with the ‘name’ of the room that matches the ‘name’ you wrote on the boxes so that the movers can accurately get the boxes to the right location

Spring Clean Your Garage – Bottoms Up!

The garage is often the most neglected area of your home, yet it can actually be one of your home’s greatest assets. A well-organized garage utilized as another living or work space can add thousands of dollars to the value of your house and provide you with countless hours of enjoyment. Over the next few months, kAos Group will be focusing on helping you with your garage makeover, beginning with the area that we first encounter as soon as we set foot in our garage and that is the floor.

Because of the harsh elements and exposure that your garage endures, most garages are built with a concrete floor that is pretty durable and easy to keep clean. But standard grey concrete is certainly not a “warm and friendly” floor when it comes to feel and appearance. Depending on how much time you spend in your garage and what you are using it for, you may want to consider upgrading your garage floor with some better materials that not only will make it easier to care for but also safer for your family.

We spoke with Dan Petcoff from Premier Garage to discuss a selection of flooring options.

Premier Garage Floor Coating System

– Coating your garage flooring or laying garage floor tiles can do wonders for improving the look and feel of your garage space. A coated garage floor is also easier to keep clean, thereby reducing the dirt and grease that can get tracked into your home, something particularly important if you have a direct entrance door from your garage to your house.

– Garage tiles are now available in recycled plastic and rubber which not only provides an eco-friendly product, but also keeps your family off a cold floor in the winter. This can make a huge difference if you are going to consider utilizing your garage for your hobby or leisure living space. An added bonus with ventilated floor tiles is that they provide drainage for snow and rain brought into your garage from your car, thus giving you a much safer walking surface for your family.

Your garage may well be the largest space in your home and finishing it with practical and safe flooring can extend your home’s usable living space leading to years of future enjoyment. Begin your garage makeover with a solid foundation and you will find that your investment pays off!