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Walk-In Closet Lighting

Is your closet dark and dreary? It’s time to light it up! Take a look at some of our favorite tips for adding beautiful lighting to your walk-in closet.

Is your closet dark and dreary? It's time to light it up! Take a look at some of our favorite tips for adding beautiful lighting to your walk-in closet.

Warm or Cold?

Are you a fan of warm or cool light? There are reasons you might prefer one over the other. The designers at Closet Envy know how to design with both warm and cool lighting.

Cool or warm actually refers to the color temperature of the light. Cool light looks more blue and warm light looks more yellow. The cooler the light the more it resembles daylight.

Cool light works great in modern closets with glossy finishes. It has a bright and clean look. Warm light is perfect for a closet full of wood tones. The warmer light really brings out the grain in the wood. There’s a lot to consider when you begin to look at what type of lighting you want in your closet.

Is your closet dark and dreary? It's time to light it up! Take a look at some of our favorite tips for adding beautiful lighting to your walk-in closet.

Another logistical thing to consider is light bulb safety. Lighting in a closet should be covered with a shade of some kind. It is considered a fire hazard otherwise. Keep it covered to keep things safe!

Look Up!

Every closet needs an overhead light. It doesn’t have to be a bare bulb or builder grade flush mount light. Take your closet from boring to blingy with a fabulous chandelier.  You don’t have to be a princess to feel like one every day.

Is your closet dark and dreary? It's time to light it up! Take a look at some of our favorite tips for adding beautiful lighting to your walk-in closet.

If your closet doesn’t have wired lighting there are battery operated options out there. You can even invest in motion sensor style lights. Whether you go for fashion or function (or both!) it’s time for your closet to see the light!

Is It Black or Blue?

Does this shirt match these pants? Do I have on two different shoes? Is this shirt black or blue? These are the questions you may be asking yourself if your closet lacks lighting. In addition to overhead lights consider adding lights above each closet rod. From that point on you will be able to see exactly what your clothes look like together. No more leaving the house wearing one blue shoe and one black shoe! Don’t pretend it hasn’t happened, we’ve all been there.

Is your closet dark and dreary? It's time to light it up! Take a look at some of our favorite tips for adding beautiful lighting to your walk-in closet.

Look! How Pretty!

Some people collect figurines, or dishes, or gear from their favorite sports team. Let’s give a very special shout out to the people who collect shoes! You can highlight your favorite footwear by adding back lighting to your closet. Who doesn’t want floor to ceiling shelving just for our shoes?!! And with lights like that you will start every day saying, “Look! How pretty!” Your closet may become your favorite room in the house!

Is your closet dark and dreary? It's time to light it up! Take a look at some of our favorite tips for adding beautiful lighting to your walk-in closet.

Get Lit

You too could have a lit closet. Look at us keeping up with the cool kid slang! Your kids will tell you it’s excellent, and you may want to drink some bubbly when you see it. No matter what lit slang you use Closet Envy can help you light up your closet so that you can light up your wardrobe. Schedule your free consultation today!

Is your closet dark and dreary? It's time to light it up! Take a look at some of our favorite tips for adding beautiful lighting to your walk-in closet.

Office Space Organization Ideas

As the new year begins perhaps it’s time to start your work life off with a clean slate…or at least a clean office! Here are some of our favorite office space organization ideas!

Purge

We’ve said it before and we’ll likely say it again…and again…and again. Any organization project begins with a purge. You have to pull everything out to see what you have and decide what you need to keep, what you can donate, and what needs to find its way to the trash.

Lifehack has these tips to share about the dreaded purge stage.

De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while? Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc. Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

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Work Flow

Once you have purged your collection of papers, and piles, and plants (oh my) you can get started categorizing what is left. The Huffington Post suggests creating work zones.

Having different work zones can be the solution to your problems. Sometimes, our work requires different spaces and tools to help trigger a better output. Consider segmenting your work zones into a computer work station and a non-computer based work space. Even if you have one desk, you can still utilize your work area to get the optimum output you desire.

Think about the space you have in your office and how the furniture might be rearranged to create zones that fit your workflow.

Organize, Organize, Organize

While it’s true that the entire office needs organizational strategies, the number one place to focus is THE DESK! It’s where you spend the bulk of your time, and where things tend to pile up the most. Start with a system for controlling the paper. Inc. suggests using two document trays.

A two-tray system is the simplest and most effective for handling incoming paper. The system works like this: 1) new tray, new documents; 2) old tray, documents you’ve opened or looked at, and need to deal with.

All new, unread, or unopened documents go in the new tray. This tray is for the benefit of people who wander into your office to toss stuff on your desk. Point to the tray. The new tray is for things that you still have to deal with. Unopened envelopes, folders, documents–it’s all waiting for you, neatly stacked, when you’re ready for it.

The old tray is for things that you’ve opened but still need to deal with–scan, file, forward, etc. It’s like a to-do list, but at least it’s not scattered all over your office

This is a very simple approach, but it works wonders for eliminating paper clutter from a desk, freeing you to be more productive.

Once you have the paper piles under control it’s time to start to think about your office supplies. Consider what you actually need to have at arms reach and then decide where to keep those items. It helps keep your desktop clear if you can store supplies in drawers or on shelves. Divided organizers help you keep your office supplies under control.

Choose Your View

If you are rethinking your office, why not reconsider the furniture arrangement as well. Where do you spend the most time in your office? What do you see when your eyes drift off the computer. Is there a better way?

The Balance has some suggestions for what to think about when choosing your view.

Sit in front of your computer with your hands on the keyboard and look away from the monitor, sweeping 90 degrees (or as much as you can survey comfortably without craning your neck). The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety recommends looking away from the computer screen every few minutes and focusing your eyes on more distant objects to help combat eye strain and fatigue. But is there anything attractive in your range of vision? If not, add something worth looking at to your office design, such as a painting, print or poster that you like. If space allows and the conditions are right, a living blooming plant can work wonders for dressing up an office space and feeding your spirits. Pressed for space? Put up a small cork board and use it to pin up things that make you happy, such as photos of family and friends, drawings by your children, or even a colorful calendar.

We can’t all have views like this, but let’s face it, if you did have a view like this how much work would you want to get done?!!

Put Us to Work for You

This is your year to get organized once and for all! Closet Envy can help! Whether its your office, your closet, your kitchen, or your entire home that needs an organizing overhaul we are ready to go to work and help you realize your dreams! New year, new organized you!

New Year, New Closet!

New year, new closet! Spring cleaning has come early this year! Start the year off right with a fresh take on your closet organization.

New year, new closet! Spring cleaning has come early this year! Start the year with a fresh take on your closet organization. #resolutions #newyearnewcloset

Cull the Closet

Are you surprised that the first step is to purge?  Of course, you’re not! You have to cull the clutter before you can create the closet of your dreams. If you haven’t worn it in the last 6 months to 1 year it’s time to say goodbye. Even if it’s a piece that still has a lot of life left in it, if it doesn’t give you joy to wear it, pass it on to someone else.

Cincy Chic has these tips for getting started.

Start by taking all the clothing items out of your closet that you haven’t worn in the last month. Try on each piece of clothing and ask yourself a few questions:

  • Does it fit?
  • Is it flattering?
  • Does it fit your life style?
  • Does it need repaired or tailored?

Answering these questions will help you decide what to keep and what needs to go! No need to hold on to those clothes that might fit you someday. Let’s be honest, when someday rolls around you are going to want to go on a shopping spree!

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Did you know there are only 7 days in a week? It’s true! Which means you can easily take your t-shirt collection down to about 10 shirts. Do you really need more than that?

Have a few (or 20) shirts you can’t stand to part with? Keep the ones you wear in the closet and store the t-shirts full of memories somewhere else. Or, if you have a crafty bone in your body, turn those logos into a super cute t-shirt quilt!

Get in Groups

When you are ready to decide what goes where, it really helps to get your items into groups. Hello Beautiful quotes the amazing Marie Kondo on the subject of categorization.

In “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, author Marie Kondo advises readers to remove clothing from every closet, drawer and laundry basket in the home and sort the items into categories: tank tops/camisoles, t-shirts, blouses, sweaters/cardigans, blazers, jackets, coats, pants, jeans, skirt, and shorts.

And if you have 18 VW bus shirts, by all means group those as well (and then perhaps purge, just sayin)!

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Once you have items in groups you can do one last pass through to see if there are any other items that can be donated. Now it’s time to think about what will go where.

Use Your Space

Once your closet is empty it’s much easier to see the space you have and decide how best to use it. Don’t simply fall back on old habits. Think about what makes the most sense for the space you have.

Place the items you use most often in the most accessible space. Decide what items would work on the shelves, and what needs to hang. Do you have empty space on the walls? Add some hooks for more versatile storage. Be thoughtful about every item you bring back into the closet.

Don’t forget about the space down low. Your shoes have to go somewhere! Who What Wear reminds you to keep your shoes visible.

This one is simple: if you can’t see it, you won’t wear it. If you hide your shoes toward the back of your closet, you will continue to wear the same pairs over and over again. Even out the playing field and show yourself all of your options.

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Say Yes to a New Closet this New Year

Want an even more amazing closet this new year? Closet Envy can help create organization solutions for any room in your home. Schedule your free consultation today!

How to Organize Your Holiday Decorations

Are you loving your holiday decorations? Loving them so much that you wish you didn’t have to put them away? Or maybe it’s just the decoration disorganization that is getting you down. Here are our favorite tips for how to organize your holiday decorations. Put away the organization fear and fill up on holiday cheer!

Ornaments Galore

For most people ornaments are a mix of colorful decor and special memories. You want to take care of these special treasures. Divided ornament boxes are a great way to store those small remembrances on a hook.

Ask Anna has great tips for storing ornaments when you don’t have divided ornament boxes.

For large, glass ornaments I always save the boxes they come in to use for future storage purposes.  If it’s too late, and you’ve already thrown them out, you can  store them in apple containers.

For smaller, glass ornaments store them in egg cartons.  They are the perfect size and they are thick enough to protect ornaments.

Are you loving your holiday decorations? Loving them so much that you wish you didn't have to put them away? Or maybe it's just the decoration disorganization that is getting you down. Here are our favorite tips for how to organize your holiday decorations. Put away the organization fear and fill up on holiday cheer! #getorganized #happyholidays #holidaydecor

Have a few ornaments that are broken or simply aren’t your style any more? Santa won’t put you on the naughty list if you throw those balls and baubles away. It’s time to let go of decorations that don’t make you happy.

Wonderful Wreaths

Wreaths are quite festive and a lovely way to decorate your home for the holidays. However, wreaths can be bulky and difficult to store once you ring in the New Year.

Real Simple has a tip that would work wonderfully for your favorite wreaths. If you don’t have garment bags you could also use bags from the dry cleaner!

Save the zippered garment bags you get when you buy a new suit or dress, and use them to protect bulky decorations, suggests Hill. Then hang the bags in a closet or on a nail in your attic.

Are you loving your holiday decorations? Loving them so much that you wish you didn't have to put them away? Or maybe it's just the decoration disorganization that is getting you down. Here are our favorite tips for how to organize your holiday decorations. Put away the organization fear and fill up on holiday cheer! #getorganized #happyholidays #holidaydecor

Light it Up

There’s something special about the beautiful glow of holiday lights. You can appreciate it now, but a few weeks ago you may have been using a few expletives as you tried to untangle those ?#@*&! lights!

No one likes tangled strings of lights. Take Martha Stewart’s advice and be tangled no more.

Keep lights organized by winding each strand around a piece of cardboard cut to fit inside a plastic bin.

Are you loving your holiday decorations? Loving them so much that you wish you didn't have to put them away? Or maybe it's just the decoration disorganization that is getting you down. Here are our favorite tips for how to organize your holiday decorations. Put away the organization fear and fill up on holiday cheer! #getorganized #happyholidays #holidaydecor

Before you pack those lights away make sure each strand works. Throw away any light strands that are burnt out or broken.

Fabulous Displays

Clear plastic bins are a great way to store your favorite holiday decorations. The plastic keeps your favorite pieces free from dust and moisture. The clear sides allow you to see what is inside. If your bins are solid colors attach pictures of the decorations stored inside. That way next year you will know exactly what is stored where.

Do you have a display you adore and you don’t want to forget what went where? Better Homes & Gardens has these tips:

It’s important when storing decorations from a multiple-part display that you keep the parts together for easy reassembly next year. Wrap each component in bubble wrap (if it’s extremely delicate) or tissue paper (if it’s made from wood such as the letters) and store neatly in a box. If you used fresh pine or fir sprigs for a mantel display, make a note of that on the box so you’ll be able to recreate the same display year after year.

Are you loving your holiday decorations? Loving them so much that you wish you didn't have to put them away? Or maybe it's just the decoration disorganization that is getting you down. Here are our favorite tips for how to organize your holiday decorations. Put away the organization fear and fill up on holiday cheer! #getorganized #happyholidays #holidaydecor

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it’s time to say good-bye to any decorations that don’t make you want to sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Do you find purging difficult to do? You can channel your inner Elsa from Frozen and sing, “Let it go…let it go!” as you toss those old decorations. It will help, we promise!

Don’t Envy the Organization

You don’t have to envy the organized diva you see on social media, or the neighborhood mom that has it all together. Closet Envy can help you become the organized person you’ve always dreamed of being! Schedule your free consultation and bring a bit more happy holiday cheer to your life this season.

How to Create a Gift Wrapping Station

The holidays are just around the corner, which means you are about to turn into a gift wrapping fiend. Save yourself time and frustration by creating an organized gift wrapping station.

The holidays are just around the corner which means you are about to turn into a gift wrapping fiend. Save yourself time and frustration by creating an organized gift wrapping station. #santaiscoming #giftwrapping

You know the story, it’s Christmas Eve and you are frantically trying to find a pair of scissors or that last roll of tape. And where on earth are the red bows? You were sure you still had plenty on hand, which is why you didn’t buy any more when you were at the store picking up one last ingredient for your holiday breakfast. It’s enough to make anyone want to send up a Christmas wish for some gift wrap organization. Take some time now, before the holiday schedule gets too crazy, to get organized!

Assess Your Supplies

Before you create your gift wrapping station you will need to gather all of your supplies. Search every nook and cranny of your house and gather up all those rolls of wrapping paper, bags of bows, piles of tissue paper, and stacks of gift bags. Don’t forget to also grab wrapping tools like scissors, tape, and a few pens.

The holidays are just around the corner which means you are about to turn into a gift wrapping fiend. Save yourself time and frustration by creating an organized gift wrapping station. #santaiscoming #giftwrapping

Now it’s time to decide where your gift wrapping station will live. Better Homes & Gardens has several suggestions of where you can store your gift wrapping goodies.

A corner in your office, guest bedroom, or kids playroom can serve as gift wrapping central. Scoot in a table for a flat surface, or let an existing desk do double-duty.

Now that you have all the supplies gathered up, and you’ve decided on a location, it’s time to start getting organized.

Moving On Up

When wrapping gifts it’s really helpful to keep your table surface clear of supplies. That way your space can be used for the actual act of wrapping. Move those supplies up, up, up…up the wall that is! The Omni Track System is a great way to get your gift wrapping station organized. The Paper Organizer arms let you store roll after roll of wrapping paper. You can use the paper organizer to store tissue paper as well. All those beautiful papers actually make for a lovely display. Practical and pretty, that’s our kind of organization project!

The holidays are just around the corner which means you are about to turn into a gift wrapping fiend. Save yourself time and frustration by creating an organized gift wrapping station. #santaiscoming #giftwrapping

A Pliers Hook is perfect for storing your favorite gift wrapping scissors. Never again will you be turning in circles trying to find the scissors that were just in your hands!

A hanging basket is just the thing for storing bows or rolls of ribbon. Grab a Basket Hook and a basket to organize bows in every color of the rainbow. Particularly those darn red ones. You know you’re always going to need a few more! In addition, a small plastic bin is a great way to store your gift tags and rolls of tape.

When it comes to gift bags a Storage Box is a your storage solution. You can add a shelf to your wall, or stack your storage boxes under your gift wrapping table.

Give Yourself a Gift This Holiday Season

Have you been dreaming of an organized closet…or pantry…or office…or…or…or? Perhaps it’s time to give yourself an extra special gift! With five simple steps we can help take you from visions of sugar plums a beautifully organized space to no-this-isn’t-a-dream reality! This year is the year for the BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER!

Hiring a Closet Organizer

Have you been thinking about hiring a closet organizer? Here are some things to look for as you decide which organizer is right for you!

When It’s Time to Bring in an Expert

You’ve tried to declutter and organize your closet on your own, and it worked…for awhile. After a few months things started to look like a mess…again. If this sounds like you, it may be time to bring in an expert.

Closet organizers have skills that most of us just don’t have. They can look at your space and envision solutions that would never occur to us normal, life’s-too-busy-to-hang-up-my-shirt-or-fold-laundry kind of people. Once you decide you are ready to hire a professional closet organizer there are a few things to consider.

What Will It Cost?

Like with any service industry, the cost of professional organizers can vary. Things like the organizer’s experience, your geographic location, and the size of your space must all be taken into account when figuring the cost. Some organizers charge an hourly rate while others give a set fee based on the size of the project. At an initial interview the professional organizer should be able to give you a cost estimate. As with any home project unexpected costs might come up, so plan accordingly. You will also need to consider the cost of any supplies that might be needed to complete your organization project.

Have you been thinking about hiring a closet organizer? Here are some things to look for as you decide which organizer is right for you!

There is definitely a cost associated with professional organization, but we believe the relief of handing over the organizing reigns will be well worth it. The value of a clean and organized closet that allows you to find the clothes you love the most is truly priceless.

Questions to Ask

It’s always a good idea to interview several professional organizers to find the one that is the best fit for you. Before you begin meeting with your perspective organizers it’s important to create a list of questions to ask. That will allow you to compare apples to apples during your interviews.

Have you been thinking about hiring a closet organizer? Here are some things to look for as you decide which organizer is right for you!

The National Organization of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, or NAPO, has developed a list of suggested questions to ask when interviewing a Professional Organizer. You can see their list below or download a copy here.

  • How long have you been working in the organizing and productivity industry?
  • What types of services do you offer?
  • Are there areas you specialize in?
  • Have you had special training or do you hold any certifications related to your
    work?
  • Please describe your process for helping clients achieve their desired outcomes.
  • Please describe a typical working session.
  • Will I work directly with you, or will you assign an employee or subcontractor?
  • What is your fee structure?
  • Do you work with a written agreement?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • Can you provide references?
  • I have tried to get organized before. How will this be different?

Finding a Professional Organizer

The reality is, anyone can call themselves a professional organizer. However, there are some ways to find a reputable and trustworthy organizer. You can always ask friends or family members for their recommendations. The best advertisement is a happy customer. If they don’t mind, see if you can take a look at their organized space. See if it fits the look you are going for.

You can also use the search tool on the NAPO website to find an organizer near you.

Hiring a NAPO member means that you are hiring a committed businessperson who values education and professional development, and who stays current on trends and advancements in the industry.  NAPO members have aligned themselves with a respected association that leads and advances the organizing and productivity profession, and whose members adhere to a Code of Ethics.

Have you been thinking about hiring a closet organizer? Here are some things to look for as you decide which organizer is right for you!

While cost is always a factor, we encourage you to also consider how well your personality matches with your potential organizer. Organizing your closet is a very personal matter. You want the person you are working with to be someone that you trust.

Get Free Professional Organizing

Included with every Closet Envy project of $3,000 or more you will receive 2 free hours of on-site Professional Organization from Sorted Out organizing service, founded by Tonia Tomlin. Tonia and her company have been featured on HGTV’s Mission Organization. Get the closet of your dreams organized by one of the best! Schedule your free consultation today!

How to Declutter Your Home

Do you have dreams of becoming a minimalist? Wish you could get rid of the clutter once and for all? We’re rounding up some of the best ideas to show you how to declutter your home!

Get Motivated

The first step in decluttering your home is to, well, start! Kim Cosentino, professional organizer and owner of The De-Clutter Box, told Today that you should schedule a time to begin.

Your first task is to schedule an appointment with your space. Most people never get around to clearing the clutter because their schedule is packed. So, just as you would schedule a regular checkup with your doctor, schedule an appointment with your home to begin organizing.

Pull out your calendar and choose a couple of hours to begin the task of decluttering. Go ahead, we’ll wait…

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Got the date down? Now it’s time to visualize the decluttered home you desire. The more you think about how things could be, the more motivated you will be to actually get to work.

Get to Work

Let’s face it, making an appointment is the easy part. Doing the work is where things start to get overwhelming. There are lots of suggestions out there for how to tackle the clutter, but one recurring theme seems to stand out. Choose one small space to begin. You don’t have to declutter the whole house in one day. Simply choose one space to start.

Zen Habits has 18 five-minute tasks to help with the process.

So here’s my advice: start with just five minutes. Baby steps are important. Sure, five minutes won’t barely make a dent in your mountain, but it’s a start. Celebrate when you’ve made that start!

Then take another five minutes tomorrow. And another the next day. Before you know it, you’ll have cleared a whole closet or a room and then half your house and then … who knows?

Do you have dreams of becoming a minimalist? Wish you could get rid of the clutter once and for all? We're rounding up some of the best ideas to show you how to declutter your home!

What would the world be like if you had a clean counter? It could be life changing! With kids running around like mini tornadoes a clean counter would be a miracle.

Get it Sorted

The key to decluttering is deciding what to do with all of your stuff. Organized Home suggests using the Four Box Method.

The Four-Box method forces a decision, item by item. To apply it, gather three boxes and a large trash can. Label the boxes, “Put Away”, “Give Away/Sell” and “Storage.” Items to be thrown away belong in the trash can.

Take the four boxes to the declutter area. One at a time, pick up each piece of clutter. Ask yourself, “Do I want to put this away in another place, donate it (or sell it at a yard sale), store it, or throw it away?” You may not release your grip on the item until you have made a decision.

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Go through every item in the room you are working on and decide which box it belongs in. Take some time at the end to empty those boxes. Put away what needs to be taken care of, take the storage items where they belong, move your donate items to the car so you won’t forget them, and place the trash in the trash!

When you are done maybe you could treat yourself to something from this box. We’ll join you in celebrating!

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Get it Done

Repeat these steps as you move through your home room by room. The more rooms you declutter, the more motivated you will feel to get it all done! The Spruce has create a room by room guide to help you with your decluttering goal.

This room-by-room declutter guide will take you through your home and office with very specific instructions on what to declutter in each room or space in your home, and how to do it.

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Closet Envy can help create organization solutions for any room in your home. Schedule your free consultation today!

Pantry Organization Ideas

Before you head into the kitchen to start cooking up that big holiday dinner, why not spend some time working on your pantry organization. Imagine how much easier it would be to cook those family favorites if you could actually find all of the supplies!

Step 1: Sort and Purge

The first step for most any organization project is to sort and purge. The reality is you’ve got to make things a bigger mess before you can have gloriously clean and organized shelves. Real Simple has these tips:

The first step is to get everything out of your pantry so you can see what you have and start sorting. Separate items into these four categories:

• Items you use every day
• Items you use less frequently
• Unopened items that can be donated to a food pantry
• Expired or suspicious items to trash

Step 2: Clean, Clean, Clean

Be honest…when was the last time you saw the back corner of your pantry? Or the floor? Can you even remember? And if you don’t know when you saw those spaces, it’s likely you haven’t cleaned them in quite awhile either. So now that everything is cleared out it’s the perfect time to take the opportunity to clean everything from top to bottom. It should be a quick and easy process since the pantry is empty, but just in case, let your family know where to find you in case you never make it back out.

Step 3: Get Organized

Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of getting organized. Better Homes and Gardens suggests organizing by zone.

Divide your pantry in zones to keep your food organized and to reduce your meal-preparation time. First, identify food and cooking categories that suit your lifestyle (weeknight dinners, portable lunches, baking, etc.) Next, designate an area for each, with the most often-used zones in easy reach. Finally, label each zone.

It’s important to take the time to figure out how you plan to organize your pantry before you purchase any storage containers. Once you have a system in place you can decide what size and style of containers will work best for your set up.

Pull out drawers or baskets make a nice addition to any pantry. They are perfect for housing those odds and ends the invariably get stuffed in the pantry. With a pull out drawer you can see everything you have so that you don’t end up buying 18 bags of potato chips (unless you just really like potato chips, then 18 bags are perfectly fine).

Woman’s Day suggests using containers for odd shaped items.

Storing items in containers lets you throw out bulky packaging and free up some room. Square ones are the most space-efficient.

There’s an added benefit if those containers can be stacked. That allows you to use the vertical space as well as the horizontal shelf surface.

Step 4: Get Cooking

You’ve done it! Now that your pantry is clean and organized you can turn your focus on cooking your holiday meal. Because let’s face it, your family is stressful enough, your pantry doesn’t need to add to the chaos! On second thought, maybe a glass of wine is in order before you start cooking!

Let Closet Envy Take The Stress Out of Organization

Are you looking at your pantry and wishing you had a whole different design? Closet Envy can help with that. We can work with you to create the pantry of your dreams. You’ll be so thankful you scheduled that free consultation!

Different Closet Styles (Romantic, Modern, Vintage)

Your closet doesn’t have to be the ugly duckling in your home that you lock away where no one can see. It can, and should, be a reflection of your favorite design style the same way the rest of your house is. Whether you prefer romantic, modern, or vintage looks we can help you design a closet style that is just right for you!

Romantic

There’s just something special about a romantic design that captures the hearts of women everywhere. To create a romantic look of your own consider adding classically romantic elements such as a chandelier or a glass vase of fresh flowers. A beautiful rug in your favorite colors can also add a lovely design element. Finish it off with a nice lounge chair or chaise.

Your closet doesn't have to be the ugly duckling. Whether you prefer modern or vintage looks we can help you design a closet style that is right for you!

The finishes you choose can also add to the romantic look. Mirrors and gold accents can really bring to life the romantic style you are looking for. Soft rounded edges and flowing fabric also add to the feeling of romance. Romance is in the air with these inspirational designs!

Modern

There’s nothing quite like a sleek modern closet. You simply can’t go wrong with white and black. Unless you are quite particular about how you hang your clothes, cabinet doors can really help with the modern look. They keep everything looking clean and fresh, even if the insides are less so. Although, with our closet organizers you may never suffer from messy closet syndrome again!

Your closet doesn't have to be the ugly duckling. Whether you prefer modern or vintage looks we can help you design a closet style that is right for you!

There’s no rule book that says modern style has to be stark and white. Warm tones can work as well. This look can be achieved by using consistent lines and tone on tone colors. You can bring in a variety of textures to add some life and personality to the space.

Your closet doesn't have to be the ugly duckling. Whether you prefer modern or vintage looks we can help you design a closet style that is right for you!

Vintage

The vintage style is so warm and comfortable. And shouldn’t your closet be a warm, comfortable place to be? A nice vintage inspired closet mixes the old with the new. Look for key vintage pieces like a dress form, lovely old hooks, or a vintage dresser to mix and match with your newer cabinets. This will allow you to mix your favorite vintage style with more functional items.

Your closet doesn't have to be the ugly duckling. Whether you prefer modern or vintage looks we can help you design a closet style that is right for you!

 

Another way to bring in a classically vintage look is to add vintage doors or handles in your closet. Whether it’s the main closet door, or the cabinets on the inside. Vintage fixtures can really add the older look you love.

Styled and Fabulous

You take care of the stylish clothes, we’ll make sure your closet is as fashion forward as you are. Our experienced designers will take the time to learn exactly what your personal design style is and create a project that will feature the looks you love. Your closet will be styled and fabulous in no time! Schedule your free consultation today!

How to Create A Showcase Closet

Have you ever dreamed of turning your overstuffed closet into a design masterpiece? With Closet Envy at your side you can have your very own showcase closet.

Storage vs Showcase

The first step in creating the closet of your dreams is to shift your mindset. Yes, any closet should be all about storage. But in a showcase closet your favorite items aren’t just stored, they are on display.

Have you ever dreamed of turning your overstuffed closet into a design masterpiece? With Closet Envy at your side you can have your very own showcase closet.

One key element to creating a stunning closet is to utilize plenty of space. Rather than crowding your closet with as many things as it can hold, give each item the space it needs to shine. Highlight your favorite shoes, purses, and accessories by putting them on display. Leave several low shelves available for housing your shoe collection. Add vertical shelves to hold your favorite purses and bags. For items that need to be stored but aren’t as display worthy consider a collection of decorative boxes. That way your items are still easily accessible without cluttering up your shelves.

Fashion Meets Function

Your showcase closet can be just as pretty underneath the surface as it is on the outside. The more organized your closet is, the easier it will be to keep everything neat and clean.

Divided drawers are the perfect place to feature your favorite accessories. Just because they aren’t on display for everyone to see doesn’t mean they can’t be displayed just for you. It’s so much easier to find the perfect necklace, bracelet, or cufflinks when they are given their own storage space.

Have you ever dreamed of turning your overstuffed closet into a design masterpiece? With Closet Envy at your side you can have your very own showcase closet.

Your closet is not the only showcase space in the house. You might also want a way to showcase your favorite outfit. A Valet pull-out bar is a great way to hang the outfit you plan to wear tomorrow, or the dry cleaning you still need to put away. Just the word valet makes you sound Downton Abbey kind of fancy. We all definitely need more of that kind of luxury in our lives.

Have you ever dreamed of turning your overstuffed closet into a design masterpiece? With Closet Envy at your side you can have your very own showcase closet.

Another tip for making your closet look streamlined is to use matching hangers. When all the hangers in your closet are identical your eye sees it as uniform and clean. This allows the rest of your closet to be the showstopper rather than focusing on a row of mismatched hangers.

Have you ever dreamed of turning your overstuffed closet into a design masterpiece? With Closet Envy at your side you can have your very own showcase closet.

Design and Lighting

The last thing to consider when creating your showcase closet is the design and lighting. Your dream closet is the perfect place to indulge in your favorite finishes and elements. This is a space that’s just for you. Which is why Mansion Global encourages you to add luxe touches.

Luxe touches include full-length mirrors, chandeliers, in-cabinet lighting, fabric drawer inserts, an island with a cosmetic refrigerator, safe and/or coffee station, packing tables, and beautiful decorative hardware. Seating, in the way of ottomans, poufs, a settee, sofa, or bench, can elevate the look and feel.

There are so many ways to add high end design elements to turn your walk in closet into a stunning showcase.

Have you ever dreamed of turning your overstuffed closet into a design masterpiece? With Closet Envy at your side you can have your very own showcase closet.

Some design details, like lighting, may seem small but they have a huge impact. Shelving with back lighting or up lights really add that extra wow factor to your display. Lots of bright white light can help you pull together the perfect outfit. Light also helps you dial down the clown factor when applying makeup. Let your closet help you showcase your good looks!

Imagine Yourself Here

Can you picture the show closet of your dreams? Closet Envy can help you create your perfect space. Schedule your free consultation today and start to imagine yourself in your very own HGTV worthy closet reveal.