Professional Organizer Colette Robicheau shares the best tips for organizing your messy closet.
She talks about how to make the most of the limited closet space you have. This includes making proper use of your shelving, hanging belts and scarves and shoe storage.
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Stumped as to what to keep and what to get rid of? Try asking yourself these questions to help you define what should be in your closet:
1. Do I love it and feel good when I wear it? We want to feel good and empowered when we leave the house in the morning for work or head out for our leisure activities. We should be comfortable and confident.
2. Does it flatter my figure or did I just buy it because it was on sale, it fit me, I was depressed, I was celebrating, or it’s the latest trend? We have to know our bodies and what really looks good on us. Forcing a trend on an unsuitable figure is just not attractive.
3. Am I really going to get it altered or repaired? Many times we think we will get around to making the alteration and it just doesn’t happen. If we do decide to take it to a professional there is still the risk that some alterations just won’t work. Simple things like hemming or buttons will, but when we’re talking full makeovers there is a bit of a gamble of paying the money for something that still may not look right and is not wearable in the end.
4. Is it a classic piece of clothing that I can wear again and again or is it actually just memorabilia with sentimental attachment? Often we hang on to our expensive classic pieces long after everyone has stopped wearing them. We also have the tendency to keep things related to special occasions. Our closets are prime real estate for the clothing we wear everyday. Memorabilia should be stored elsewhere or in a keepsake box.
5. When was the last time I wore it? Am I currently wearing it and when will I wear it in the future? If it has been hanging around and the only thing that has touched it is a layer of dust, let it go.
6. How many other articles of clothing does it go with? One article of clothing should be purchased knowing it is flexible within your wardrobe and can go with several things.
7. Can I wear it through many seasons? Buy items you can wear for the majority of the year.
8. Does it reflect who I am now and who I would like to be? We grow both professionally and personally throughout our lives. Make sure you are not stuck in the past and that your wardrobe has grown with you.
9. How may duplicates do I have in my closet? Make an inventory of how many pairs of jeans, black pants, white t-shirts or sweatshirts you have that you no longer wear. When there are too many of one item, you will only wear your favourites anyway. Do yourself a favour and just get rid of extras to make more space for the ones you do enjoy and wear frequently.
Have some fun and invite friends and family over to have first pick of clothes you don’t want anymore. They can also give you an honest answer as to whether something should stay or go.
By asking yourself these questions you will have an easier time navigating your closet, finding what you want to wear, and getting to where you are going faster and more self assured
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I’ve got 3 little boys in 1 room and their closet was a WRECK. I made some simple shelving and added rods to make it WAY more usable.
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Here’s where we started, a typical single rod closet.
I removed the shelf to reuse it.
Using a pry bar, I removed the ledger that the shelf and rod were sitting on. I patched the holes with some spackling.
I first cut the shelving top, since it was the widest piece. The entire unit was made from pine 1″x12″.
Then I setup a stop block, clamped to my table to cut the shelves all the same width.
This stop block is well behind the blade, to prevent pinching.
I cut all five shelves to length.
I countersunk three holes in each end of the top piece.
I spread glue on the opposite side of the holes I’d added.
I set the top in place up against the side panels.
I used a corner clamp to hold the pieces at a 90° angle.
I screwed the top to the side panels.
I did the same for the other side.
I cut two pieces of scrap to the same size, to act as shelf spacers.
I slid these pieces up against the underside of the top panel.
Then I slid the next shelf up against the bottom of the spacers.
This shelf was predrilled (with countersink) and screwed in on both sides.
I followed the same pattern for the rest of the shelves.
I avoided glue initially so that the pieces wouldn’t slide around, but once the sides were completely on, I backed out all of the screws.
Then I added glue to the end of each shelf.
I screwed them all back together. The pre-existing holes helped line the boards up correctly.
I measured the area under the bottom shelf and cut a piece to fit that space.
I used some brads to hold it in place.
All of the screw holes were filled with wood putty and sanded smooth.
The whole unit was sanded and painted white.
I found the center of the closet and set the shelf in place.
Then I marked where the shelves hit the base board.
Using a cheap multitool, I cut along the line to separate the trim.
I pried away the trim pieces and patched the holes with spackle.
I cut four pieces of 1″x4″ pine to match the depth of the closet.
I painted the top, bottom and one side of them white. (The other side doesn’t need paint).
I found a stud, then countersunk two holes in each board.
I screwed in the top hole, and used it as a pivot point to level the board.
Then I secured it with the second screw.
I added a screw to each end, driving them into the corner studs.
I followed the same method for the other three pieces.
I set my old top shelf in place.
I screwed it to the top of the new shelving unit.
I measured out from the wall and screwed in a pole socket.
Then I matched this location on the opposite side, and added the other socket. I did the same for the other three poles.
Using a cut off wheel on my grinder, I cut standard closet rods down to four sections of the correct length.
These pieces dropped right into the sockets.
Finally, I cut two more pieces of pine to fit the gap on each side of the shelving unit.
They were painted white, set in place and leveled.
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