Closet System Planning

How to Plan for Your Closet Organization System

Home remodeling has taken the country by storm. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the most common remodeling jobs contracted in 2011 were bathroom and kitchens. However, one of the key things buyers look for in a home is great closet space and this important home improvement often goes overlooked. Just as important as the space you shower and make your morning coffee in, is the space for getting dressed and storing your stuff.  And adding a dressing room or custom walk-in closet can add to your home’s resale value.

Your life is busy and stressful enough as it is with the responsibilities of your family and job. Why not eliminate the daily frustration of trying to locate clothing and accessories in your morning routine. Turn your closet into a source of peace, and make getting ready in the morning something you look forward to.

Closets no longer have to be an eyesore, that place you throw anything and everything into, making sure to keep the door shut tight. Transform your closet into a desirable space that you want to show off and even spend time in. Whether your closet is a walk-in, an entire bedroom, or just a cutout in the wall, Are You Organized has the perfect solution to utilize every inch of space, giving you the organized, personalized, and stylish space that you deserve.

Preparation and Closet Planning

Once you make the decision to call Are You Organized for your free consultation, do your part and prepare your closet for its overhaul.  Following are some simple guidelines for getting organized and planning a closet system that will work for your space and your lifestyle for years to come.

STEP 1: Out with the Old, In with the New

Now that you have committed yourself to a closet remodel, you now have a reason to take everything out of your closet. Divide your clothing into piles: keep, sell, or donate. Remember, if you have not worn an article of clothing in over a year, chances are you are not going to wear it again. You’ll be surprised to notice just how much clutter you can eliminate this way. Moreover, a little extra money can help fund your dream closet!

STEP 2: Relocation before Renovation

Now that you’ve narrowed down your closet inventory, it’s time to consider relocating certain items that don’t belong, allowing for ample storage of everyday items. Too often, the closet becomes the go to place to shove everything that you have no designated space for, like that waffle maker you use once a year, or an extra set of bathroom linens. If you must hold onto these loose end items, find them a more suitable home, like on shelves in your garage. Also, figure out if your offseason clothing can be stored in buckets in the basement, or if you have to accommodate those bulky winter clothes in your closet all year long.

STEP 3: Know Your Style

With a variety of closet organization systems offered, it’s important to figure out what your organization style is. Do you prefer to hang everything, or are you somebody who likes to fold t-shirts and jeans? Would you prefer to have shelves or drawers for those foldable items? Are you looking to display your purses and hats on hooks, or rather have them stored away? Is this closet going to eliminate your dresser, and therefore accommodate undergarments and accessories?

STEP 4: Plan Ahead for the Future

Are you a shopaholic and fashonista, or are you content with your current wardrobe? These are important questions to ask yourself prior to designing your closet space. If shopping is something that you continuously do, then you are going to need extra storage space to accommodate future purchases.

STEP 5: Measure Your Wardrobe

Measure the length of your pants, shirts, suits, dresses, skirts, and coats when hung. Don’t forget about measuring all of your shoes, including sneakers, heals and boots. These measurements will provide a basic guideline for the hanging space, shelf height, and cubby size necessary for your wardrobe.

STEP 6: Understand all of Your Options

Take a moment to look over all of your options. Browse our closet gallery for ideas and inspiration. Do you have extra space now that your kids have moved out or is there a small bedroom that has yet to have a designated purpose? If yes, than consider the option of transforming a spare bedroom into a dressing room, complete with a vanity, ottoman, ironing board, and a decorative chandelier…you will never want to leave this space!

STEP 7: Make it a Family Affair

Closet organization systems are not just for adults. Tackling your child’s closet and providing them with organizational tools can significantly reduce future arguments over not having a clean and tidy room. Open shelving makes items easily accessible for a shorter stature. Use baskets to hold loose, bulky items like books and toys, and incorporate a laundry basket to avoid messes on the floor. Also, consider double clothing rods for the little ones’ outfits, putting the most frequently worn or in season clothes on the lower rod. Remember that kids’ closet systems must be adjustable to accommodate the size and storage needs of a teenager. Teenagers have their own needs, which include privacy and self-expression, which they’ll want to incorporate into their closet design.