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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!

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!