Most people don’t realize how much thought goes in to creating a closet! Today, we thought we would compile a few little things that people often forget to consider during a closet reno! First, and possibly most important, is closet lighting. What good is an AMAZING closet when you have poor lighting? If your closet lacks a natural light source, don’t fret, there are a few things you can do to get that natural light feel. If you are working with an open space, top to bottom white is often your best option as it helps you emulate natural light. Fake it till you make it, right? If you’re looking for a cozy, warm closet, stick with warm paint colors and pendant lights.
Another important piece of creating the perfect closet is choosing whether or not to use closet cabinets. Closet cabinets can be designed to house your high-end shoe collection or your handbag obsession! What about built-in storage for your jewelry or built-in safe for valuable items? These are both very important things to consider when designing your closet!
Supercharge your closet organization through the use of valet rods, tie racks, and belt racks. These are things most people forget about when dreaming up their closet, but a designer who knows what they’re doing will make sure you’ve seen all the options! A valet rod is a single rod which attaches to a built in that has the ability to slide out when needed or be tucked away when not in use. Valet rods are great for planning outfits or steaming clothes. It’s like an extra pair of hands to help you hold an item! Valet rods can be found in many sizes, styles and finishes, but there sure will be one to fit your taste!
Finally, belt and tie racks can sometimes be interchangeable! Tie and belt racks are the ideal solution to keeping your accessories organized! They keep your ties unwrinkled and belts in place. These gadgets come in many different styles, so just like valet rods, there will always be something that fits your taste!
Have you ever walked in to your closet to grab something, yet have no idea where that something is? If you answered yes (like most of us!), then keep reading! Keeping your closet functional and decluttered is something many people desire, but it often don’t obtain because they aren’t even sure where to start. Below are some tips and tricks on how to maximize closet space, especially for those who are on a budget!
First, you should start from scratch! Take everything out of your closet…yes, everything! Not only does this give you an opportunity to go through your items to see if anything needs thrown out or donated, it allows you to visualize where you want things to go! Think of it like a blank canvas.
If shoes seem to overtake most of the precious space in your closet, try using an over-the-door shoe organizer! Not only does this free up shelving space, but it keeps shoes together, so you aren’t digging in a pile spending your valuable time looking for your other shoe! In addition, designate a place for everything in your closet. Keep your sweaters in one place, your short-sleeved shirts in another and organized by color. If you wake up in the morning thinking, “I want to wear a red sweater today!”, you will know exactly where to find it. No more digging around in your closet looking for that on shirt that was hiding behind a pair of pants you haven’t worn in years!
Now, this tip might be more difficult for most people to follow…Every time to buy a new shirt, get rid of an old one that you don’t wear. Donate it or toss it if it’s seen better days. A study showed that most Americans only wear 10 to 20 percent of their clothes, so it is likely there is always something you can get rid of! To cut down on excess clothing, remove items you haven’t worn in a year! Donate these items or drop them off at a consignment store. Most importantly, come up with a plan to keep your closet organized so it never becomes a breeding ground for clutter again!
Now when it comes to closet storage tips, there are a few necessities. In addition to over-the-door shoe organizers like we talked about earlier, a step stool can make it easier to reach things on the top shelves of the closet and installing a double hang can help to make better use of horizontal spaces in your closet.
Lastly, a few minor things can make a big difference. Using coordinated hangers contributes to the less cluttered feeling and shelf organizers can keep folded clothes or accessories upright and in their assigned spots. Let the Spring cleaning commence!
As a company that consistently strives to create the most Envious spaces, we are always looking for new ways to do so! Right now, we are, like the rest of the country, enthralled by Marie Kondo and her methods!
Kondo has already been an icon for years due to her book “The life-changing magic of tidying up,” but has gained millions of new fans thanks to her new Netflix series “Tidying Up.”
The series has eight episodes, each featuring a different family that Kondo helps to declutter their lives. Each one has a theme, such as empty nesters who need to downsize or a family struggling to keep their home tidy with two toddlers.
Kondo’s calming presence gradually transforms the homes from chaotic to organized, with some on the show crying tears of gratitude for the peace and sense of ease she has brought to their homes.
Here is a rundown of some of Kondo’s best tips:
1. The best way to fold your clothes
Even if your house is perfectly organised, you should give Kondo’s folding system a try, it’s a gamechanger.
The idea is to fold your clothes into one long strip, fold this in half and then into thirds to create a small square that you can sit upright in your drawer. You can do this with everything including underwear and socks. It uses up less space and it’s easier to find what you want. Instead of rifling through your drawer and pulling out everything to find a particular shirt or dress, you can easily check to see if it’s there and then grab it without disturbing any of the other clothes. It’s also very addictive once you start.
2. Take an inventory of what you have
One of the first things that Kondo asks people to do is to dump all of their clothes in one spot so they can see everything they have. There’s nothing more motivating than seeing a huge pile of clothes, books or electronic cords to give you perspective on how much you really own. Putting everything together also makes you realize you don’t really need five extra extension chords or three whisks.
3. Declutter in a specific order
Kondo’s method suggests going through things such as clothes and books first because it’s easier to make a decision on these types of items. You can then move on to paper and a category she calls “komono,” which includes the bathroom, kitchen, garage and miscellaneous items. Sentimental items are left until last. This is because by the time you get to these items you will have refined your sense of what really “sparks joy.”
4. Does it ‘spark joy’?
Kondo believes the best way to chose whether or not to keep something is to hold each item in your hand and decide whether it sparks joy. This is an uplifting feeling that you get when you hold the item, and has nothing to do with whether the item is practical or you “should keep it.” Choosing items this way means that after you finish decluttering you will only be surrounded with items that make you happy, which is a great feeling.
5. Everything has a place
Another great tip is to make sure there is a specific place for every item in your home. This means when something is out of place you can easily put it back where it should be. It also means that when you need to find something, you’ll know where to look. One benefit of decluttering is that you uncover things you thought were lost or forgot you had. And you actually start to use these things.
6. Respect your belongings
Taking the time to “greet your house” sounds pretty crazy but in every episode Kondo sits quietly and silently pays her respect to the house for what it has given the owner. She is also taking a moment to acknowledge the role that possessions play in people’s lives. As people declutter she also encourages them to thank each item for their service, which makes it easier to let go of once-cherished things. It also makes you appreciate what you have and to treat each item with respect.
7. Stay focused on your own stuff
When you live with others it can become frustrating to deal with other people’s clutter but Kondo doesn’t recommend interfering or taking control of other people’s belongings. She encourages people to concentrate on going through their own stuff and instead act like a role model for others in their lives. This will naturally inspire others to do the same. Instead of the tidying falling on one parent, for example, she encourages getting children involved in decluttering and tidying including things like folding clothes so everyone takes responsibility for their own possessions.
Once you’ve Decluttered your home, and you’d love a true showcase to respect all of your items, head to www.theclosetenvy.com and schedule your free consultation!
In order to truly attain an enviable closet, the items that go into it are an important factor to consider! How many of us think of our clothing as being part of a global issue? A lot of us have clothing that we acquire over the years from various stores… some “cheap” & “disposable” and some more expensive, classic pieces. But do you think about how these practices impact our environment?
The idea of “sustainable fashion” can be a bit of an oxymoron. The fashion industry is hugely based on trends that change season to season, leading to massive amounts of cheap and poorly made clothing, which can have major impacts on the workers who produce them and the environment. When it comes to shopping, it can be hard to find clothing companies that both honor human rights and have a low environmental impact. But our purchasing decisions have the power to challenge the norm. Check out our tips for creating a sustainable, conscious closet below.
This short video from One Minute MBA briefly explains the fast fashion industry. Fast fashion refers to an industry that produces cheap, disposable clothing and relies on quickly changing trends.
1. Don’t buy anything at all.
Shop your own closet! Are you sure you don’t have enough of what you need already? I mean, really, really need? Extending the life of clothing already in circulation does more for the environment than changing the way we make clothes ever could. Research by WRAP in the UK shows extending the average life of clothes (2.2 years) by just three months of active use per item would lead to a 5 to 10 percent reduction in each of the carbon, water and waste footprints.
2. Buy Pre-Loved clothing.
This is the best option if you do shop. Buying used clothing significantly reduces the impact of the items on the environment because we are diverting waste and reducing the environmental toll of manufacturing. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, it takes 700 to 2,000 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make your average cotton T-shirt. Buying used is one way to opt out of that process. We can’t know for sure the conditions under which the clothing was produced, but we can know for sure our money isn’t going directly to a company that profits from exploitative labor practices.
When you do buy used, make sure you look for clothes that you’ll hold onto for the long run. Look for durable, quality fabrics and manufacturing (and avoid trend pieces) so you won’t have to toss them when they fall apart or you get bored with them. According to the EPA, Americans discard approximately 13.1 million tons of textiles a year, and only about 15 percent of that is reclaimed for recycling. The rest goes straight to the landfill, where it releases methane and harmful chemicals.
3. Be really, really picky when you do buy something new.
There are a number of companies that promote ethical and sustainable manufacturing practices. We really love Everlane, Krochet Kids, and PACT, but there are plenty of others out there if you do some searching. Consider these tips when buying something new:
Consider the number of uses. Can you wear the item to work AND a date? Can you wear the item multiple seasons, or better yet, all year? Function matters! Buy clothes that you can use for multiple occasions in more than one season. You’ll get more use and keep them longer.
Go for quality, not quantity. Some great fabrics include: hemp, organic cotton, tencel, lyocell, recycled poly (or any fiber), wool, modal, cupro, and peace silk.
Do you know the labor practices of the company? Opt for brands that value transparency so you can purchase with confidence.
Ask yourself the following questions when you’re about to buy something new:
Do I have anything that can substitute what I need?
Can I borrow what I need from someone else? What about a swap?
Can I make what I need?
Can I buy it used?
If the answer to all of the above is “no,” ask yourself: Why do I need this? You should be able to answer that before you buy.
A lot of people avoid buying sustainable clothing because they think it’s expensive. At first look, that can seem true. But if you buy one quality shirt that will last for years instead of a new, cheap shirt every two months, you’ll end up saving money in the long run. Think of your closet as an investment. The payoff is that you’ll have items that you can love for years to come. (Note: We know that for many people, low-cost, sweatshop-sourced clothing is the best financial option, and investing in quality clothing just isn’t an option. Do the best you can. For others, I suspect it’s possible for you to change your spending habits without breaking the bank.).
Do without until you find a decent option. When we shop with urgency, we buy things we don’t actually need and maybe won’t even want in a matter of weeks or months. Know what you’re looking for, and buy only that. Patience pays off.
As designer Vivienne Westwood said: “Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.”
Do you have plans for the weekend? If not: why not consider cleaning out your closet?
Cheryl Richardson said it best:
“If you want to improve your life immediately, clean out a closet. Often it’s what we hold on to that holds us back.”
So! Where to start?? We love this handy chart by Passions for Fashion, it provides a way to go through your closet and decide what to keep and what to donate, sell, get rid of, or store. No cheating! Send us your before & after photos for a chance to get featured on our blog! Good luck!
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!
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Have you been longing for a closet redo but its not in the budget? Here are some accessories to buy for your own DIY closet organization.
Divide and Conquer
Drawers can become a black hole of stuff. Digging through those drawers trying to find your favorite shirt is a frustrating endeavor to be sure. Organize those drawers with dividers or DIY your own. iHeart Organizing suggests up-cycling shoe boxes.
Shoe boxes can also be an amazingly helpful tool. I reuse them to keep a dresser full of clothes organized.
You can organize t-shirts, socks, or lingerie with your own DIY drawer dividers. Conquer that mess once and for all.
Hang It Up
A great way to add storage to any closet is to utilize the wall space. You, of course, use the closet rods to hang things in a closet. Adding a double rod is perfect for storing extra clothes, but what about all of those accessories? That’s where the wall comes in!
Do you have lots of tights or leggings that need a new home? Lana Red Studio suggests attaching clothespins to the wall.
I was cleaning out my closet and was very irritated by the fact that my tights didn’t fit anywhere in the closet. I keep my socks, underwear and stockings in separate boxes in my closet, but my tights just kept piling out of the box.
But suddenly I remembered all those tutorials on how to organize your jewelry and thought, why not use a similar method for my tights?!
I still had these wooden clothes pegs and found that they were just perfect for this project! I just simply glued the pegs to the side of my closet and used them to hang my tights on.
We love this organization idea! Not to mention the fact that all those tights and leggings bring a colorful design element to your closet.
But what about your other accessories like scarfs, jewelry, belts, and purses? Who’d have thought that bathroom fixtures could be the answer? Overthrow Martha used just that!
If you’re like me then you hate it when your necklaces get tangled and you can’t find the accessories that you want! I really needed to do something about it, but it’s hard when you’re on a budget! I would have LOVED to do a closet makeover, but unless you’re willing to give me some money or I win the lotto, then that isn’t going to happen!
I really wanted to have my favorite items visible so I came up with the idea of using bathroom hardware to hang up my necklaces and bracelets.
Theres no reason you can’t use bathroom hardware for scarves and purses too! Add some S hooks and you’re in business. Turn those bathroom fixtures into fabulous closet organization!
Build Your Own
If you have your own tool set and are handy with a hammer then you may want to build your own closet organization system. There are lots of tutorials out there like this one from Ana White using just one sheet of plywood. She has step by step directions as well as a video tutorial. Or you might prefer this tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens. You can save money by becoming your very own master builder! DIY closet organization to the extreme!
No Need To Do It Yourself
If you’ve read this post and thought to yourself, “you can’t pay me enough to DIY my own closet!” Then we are here for you! There’s no need to do it yourself when Closet Envy is in town. Schedule your free consultation today!