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Pocket Closets… how to maximize your space!

Even the smaller closets in your home deserve to be functional and worthy of envy.  Often referred to as “reach-in” or “pocket” closets, these smaller spaces can be quite versatile if you let them!Usually anywhere from 3 to 8 feet wide with a limited depth of 24 to 30 inches, reach-in closets are commonly found in hallways, kids’ rooms and bedrooms of older homes. These closets were originally designed with a single rod for hanging clothes under a shelf, with return walls that can limit access inside. But these days a wide variety of products allow you to create a more efficient space with numerous storage opportunities.

We offer numerous accessory options to add to these pocket closets to transform them into usable spaces that will save you time & energy each day. Adding drawers to this space is one way to immediately allow for a much greater efficiency in your closet. These drawers can allow you to have your socks and undergarments right there, making getting ready in the morning infinitely faster. It also can reduce or even eliminate the need for a large dresser, which can choke an already small room.
We also recommend that our clients add pull-down wardrobes for a more efficient hanging system for folded pants, skirts, jackets and other like items to gain space in this kind of closet.
Lastly, for reach-in closets with traditional hinged doors, you can increase storage by adding hooks or over door racks and pockets to the back of the door for things like keys and shoes. In some of our projects, we actually replace the hinged door with sliding doors (like barn doors) in order to conserve even more space!

Closet Envy featured on Good Morning Texas

We are SO excited that our very own Senior Designer Rhonda Ray based in Dallas, Texas was featured on Good Morning Texas yesterday morning! She showcased our gorgeous closets in the Booth Brothers Homes model at Montgomery Farm in Allen, Texas!

If you missed it live, watch it below:

In it she emphasizes how important closets are to your daily life. They are where you start & end your day. If they are cluttered & not functional, they can really effect your life in a major way!

She also pointed out that we include 4 free hours of on-site Professional Organization with every project of $4,000 or more! We only partner with the best, licensed professional organizers to make sure that our clients get the very best!

Some of our clients enjoy utilizing the Professional Organizing services both before & after we install their new closet. First to declutter their closets & ensure that only the correct items stay, and then to organize their newly installed closet by putting away all of their items! How much would this impact your life to have a master closet that is both gorgeous and fully functional?

She also mentioned that we will SOON have 20… that’s right… TWENTY new colors to choose from exclusively at The Closet Envy to completely customize your dream closet! We are so excited to show you all the new line of product! More on that soon… stay tuned to our blog to learn more!

I Just had a Brand New Closet Envy System Installed… Now what?

So you’ve decided to make an incredible investment in your home by having The Closet Envy install a custom closet system! Congratulations! Now that you have the perfect functional and beautiful blank canvas to work with, you can start to fill it with your own items!  

If you’re wanting your closet to look absolutely Pinterest-worthy, it’s important to keep your new space as streamlined as possible by arranging each item of clothing appropriately. In order to utilize your brand new closet in the most efficient way possible, remember to keep unnecessary items (aka clutter) far away!

Utilize these 8 Pro-Tips:

 

  1. Group like with like: Since your clothing & accessories have already been removed before your Closet Envy System was installed, now is the perfect opportunity to group your items! Start by sorting your hanging clothes by type. Divide your clothing by person (should you be sharing a closet with your significant other). Then, divide the clothing by work, casual, and dressy attire. (*NOTE: leave your sweaters in a separate pile, you’ll see why soon!) Next, you should sort these items further by type… pants, skirts, dresses, shirts, blouses, etc. Now that you have these groups sorted out, sort them further by length… short sleeved shirts to long sleeved, short dresses to long dresses, tight fitting pants to looser ones, etc. Now it’s time to hang! Make sure you keep a little bit of space in between each section to save time searching!
  2. Organize shoes by type: Did you get a jaw-dropping highly illuminated Closet Envy shoe wall like this one? Make sure to do it justice by sorting your shoes by type, color, and “prettiness.” Pro-tip: When organizing heels, make sure to have one pointing towards the wall, and one facing outward as shown in this photo! 
  3. Hang your pants on top: Wait… what? It may seem more than a bit odd to have your pants on top when their worn… on bottom… if you follow this tip you will get the illusion of more space because your pants will inevitably take up less space than your shirts. So: start by folding your pants in half, and then hanging them on the top rod! If you’d rather not have your pants hung, they can also be folded and placed on your shelves instead.
  4. Add baskets to cubby spaces: There are endless designs of baskets to match with any decor. These baskets are the perfect place to keep socks, bathing suits, and other smaller items. Storing these items in baskets will create greater visibility, allowing you to easily find exactly what you need, unlike if you were to keep them in drawers. 
  5. Stack (don’t hang!!) sweaters systematically: Pro-Tip: sweaters should not be hung because hangers can pull the threads at the shoulders which would cause major damage over time! EEK! So, to avoid the unraveling of your gorgeous sweaters, fold them and keep them on your custom shelving! How to sort them? First by weight, then by color, and stack them no more than five high. When you create short stacks of sweaters, they will naturally break up your pieces by season which will save precious time when you need to find that exact sweater to wear on a given day. Another good reason for shorter sweater stacks: these piles will fit perfectly between your
    brand new shelves! 
  6. Organizing belts: Sort them first by purpose, and then separate these belts by color.  Next, hang them (or roll them into a basket) and place them in a low-traffic location to keep them out of the way but still accessible!
  7. Divide your scarves by knitted or cloth: Did your custom closet come with diamond-shaped nooks? These are the perfect spot to roll thick scarves and easily see what you’re working with! If you didn’t get these custom nooks, you can also fold your thicker scarves & store them on a shelf or in a basket & then hang your lightweight scarves by length so they’re easier to locate as needed!
  8. Don’t allow unworthy items: Do you have random promotional T-shirts, clothes you haven’t worn in years, wire dry-cleaner hangers, or orphan socks still in your possession? These items will just clutter your beautiful new space! Take stock of any undesirable items and consider donating old items, and store pieces you just can’t part with elsewhere!

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…

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!

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.

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!

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!

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 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.

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!

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