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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Calendar versus Tasks

Sample Calendar

Sample Calendar

We use calendars so we know what we need to show up for but where do you keep track of all the tasks….. by tasks I mean the tiny action items that require time to execute but don’t necessarily get scheduled into the calendar?

A task can be a call you need to make tomorrow or in one month’s time. Tasks can be the supplies you need to pick up for the office, a course you need to register for or the new toothbrush you need from the drug store.

The rule of thumb is to keep all similar tasks together and then complete them together. If you have 5 follow-up phone calls to make and each will take approximately 10 minutes then you will need to schedule one hour into your calendar to make those calls.

If you have three errands that need to be done – dry cleaners, grocers and drug store then you’ll want to look at your calendar to see when it’s convenient to do those errands. While your reviewing your calendar may notice that you’ll be driving by the dry

Sample Task List

Sample Task List

cleaners on Wednesday  – now you just need to schedule it in and then stop at the dry cleaners on Wednesday.

A calendar for all of our appointments and a list of ALL tasks that need to be done are essential procedures so that we can free up our minds and be confident that everything that needs to get done is accounted for.

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Your papers in the country

Do you love being outdoors? How about outdoor design indoors?

Well, if you love the country feel and you are in need of a filing cabinet take a look at this beautiful facecord filing cabinet made by Mark Moskovitz.

Remember your office practicality doesn’t need to be drab!

Face Cord Filing Cabinet

Facecord Filing Cabinet

Tweaking your entrance

Getting organized is a very personal thing. What feels out-of-place, disorganized or cluttered to one person may go completely unnoticed by another. The most important point is to identify exactly what feels out-of-place or cluttered and work on that one area specifically.

Often times, individuals come home and throw down the keys, the mail, drop the bags and kick off the shoes – a rather common daily activity and one that I love doing….but, if you find yourself feeling anxious about the messy look of ‘piles of stuff’ at your front entrance or the fact that you can’t find your keys the next day, then check out these ideas.

PotteryBarnEntrance Bench

PotteryBarnEntrance Bench

Do you prefer visuals to motivate you? Check these out Pinterest and Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens Entrance

Better Homes and Gardens Entrance

Taking Your Tasks Digital (Mac)

You might want to check this app out if you are used to paper to-do lists divide the page into four sections -where you would group tasks based on if you needed to do them today, next, or later……

“(Later got two sections to hold all the stuff I didn’t want to forget but couldn’t do right away.) Paper is great for this, because rewriting the lists every day made me think harder about how many things I was mentally committing to do—and purge or delegate as many as I could.”

Eisenpower brings this quadrant-style task management to your Mac.

<a href='http://www.meisenpower-screenaclife.com/article/reviews/eisenpower_review’>Eisenpower Review | Mac|Life.

In fight or flight? Care for yourself and plan to get back on track

It’s a simple fact that when in trauma, such as dealing with death or dying, caring for aging parents and new babies, job change, job loss, a promotion, moving or divorce (just to name a few) our brains default to the most simple function of fight or flight. What’s odd about this is we often don’t event notice it’s happening when we’re in the thick of it. The worst part is that we only realize the effect on our personal and professional lives when the trauma is minimized.

Bills might be overdue, we’re behind at work or the house is in disarray. Laundry piles up the garage or the basement becomes a collection area for things that need to be dealt with and we slowly realize that we’ve been hanging on like a kitty cat to the curtains.

The upside is that you are now cognizant of where you’re at and what needs to be done…. and the beautiful thing is that there are people and templates to help you get it all done.

This was a helpful list of 5 quick things to help you cope during a crisis – my guess is that you’ll read it and share it with a friend… most people in crisis read this and freeze trying to figure out how to implement the strategies.

About 8 years ago, while in my own crisis, I started to capture my favorite quotes and keep them near. I even posted my absolute favorite on my kitchen cabinets on a bright pink sticky note! :). Today those favorite quotes have grown and grown to a 18 page Word document (and it’s sorted by theme so I can find the quotes I’m looking for faster).

Here’s a link to a few of my favorite, inspiring words – I hope you find them as supportive and heart warming as I did and still do.

Feel free to contact us if you’d like our help to get back on track!

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Letting go of wood took 4 years

When people say ‘just get rid of it’ I totally understand that you freeze – logic tells you that it’s absolutely ridiculous to have such a strong attachment to **insert the name of your beloved possession here** and yet, you just can’t let it go….. Oh boy, do I understand!

Take a look at this table – it has four people’s hand prints. Mine, the kids (they printed twice) and one of my sisters. There are also foot prints and motivational quotes about family and love. My friend Tony made the table top to fit a pair of antique table legs I had. The hand table (4)

But, for the past four years this table was no longer our awesome kitchen table instead it was my daughters sewing table and then when we moved last year, well, it wasn’t her sewing table any more. We no longer had a use or a place to keep the table so, very practically I took off the legs and said I would hang it as a piece of art…..because I didn’t want to get rid of it. I loved that table and the story behind how it came to be – the reasons why we painted our hand prints, the fact that Tony made the top, the time we took to create it.

I wasn’t really going to hang it as art but I needed more time – I wasn’t ready to get rid of it yet so the table leaned against a wall in the corner of the storage room until the day came that I was ready to let go.

That day came about two months ago when I decided I was ready to let go of the wood. I took pictures of the table and then loaded it into my truck, rather ceremoniously – remembering everything I could about the time we painted it and the meals we ate at it with family and friends – and I drove to the ‘dump’, pulled in, paid my $10 and then slowly backed my truck into the spot by the big garbage bin and opened the trunk. There was my beloved table top (I’m almost laughing to myself when I think about it because I’m still emotional about the table) I slid it out of my truck and balanced it on the railing and with one deep breath I pushed it into the bin with all my might and threw my arms up in the air, like I’d just passed the finish line in a race. I did it I finally got rid of the table top!!

In the end, it’s the memories that I want to keep not the wood.