By Tracie Utter CPO (Certified Professional Organizer)
Two points to get from this blog:
1. A closet is for storage. To get the most from any storage area, you need the appropriate system: shelving, hooks, hanging area, etc.
2. Maintain what you store: keep what you want or need, get rid of or move everything else
Simple thoughts but necessary reminders. In our profession, we find that these are the top reasons clients are not satisfied with their closets.
Closet systems can be affordable but many are extremely expensive. There is a large selection available to most consumers, in fact in a store then available on-line. Of course, the preferred look is more expensive:
For many of our clients, we find, if they can not get the look they want, they shut down. They give up and deem the closet worthless. I have yet to find a closet that I can not save. Always, my goal is to use all available space in as efficient manner as possible in a way that supports the client’s habits. Rarely, is the above picture affordable but the same concepts should be used: hanging at different heights, drawers, shelves, a seat, adequate lighting. I looked at various brands in another post called: Review of Closet Systems.
Maintain what you own. Only keep what you want or need stored in your closet. This is were clients get in trouble. In the beginning, their closet looks spectacular but then they have to use it…every day! Life gets busy, our energy levels vary, we lose interest, and the number one reason our closets get cluttered: we continue to purchase and purchase and purchase but rarely get rid of anything. No matter what closet system is installed, there are limits. Clean out your closet at least 2 times a year, middle of winter and summer, when the weather is bad and you do not want to go outside.
Sort and remove items that you no longer want or need. If necessary, find a friend or paid professional to help. Trendy and better quality clothes can be consigned. In Thinking About Consigning?, one of our staff members provides a couple of realities to consider. Everything else can be given away, donated, re-purposed (for example, in our house, old t-shirts are cut into rags), or trashed. The process takes commitment. If you do not want to deal with it this often, reduce purchases, less in, less to deal with.