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Three Ways to Organize the Clothes in Your Closet

clothes-2150834_960_720When hanging clothing in the closet, many people simply place items on hangers and throw them haphazardly onto the closet rod. They do this because organizing their hanging clothes seems like a task that will take too long. What they don’t realize is that organizing hanging garments need only take minutes to perhaps an hour, and that it won’t take long for you to see returns on that effort in the form of time saved desperately hunting for that shirt or pair of pants you wanted to wear on a given day.

The point of a system is to simplify your life by saving you time and making it easy to find what you’re looking for. If you’re not sure how best to find a good system, we have three of the most popular ideas for you as suggested by professional organizers. Organize clothing:

1) By item type. Split up your rod into sections or “zones.” (You don’t literally have to separate the sections if you don’t want to, but some people find it helpful to do so. One easy way to do this is to put a colored hanger or piece of duct tape between each section.) Put like garments in their own sections. You may have one section for shirts, one for pants, one for skirts, one for suits, etc. You can break it down even further if you want (like having one section for short-sleeved shirts and one section for long-sleeved shirts).

seasons-158601_960_7202) By season. Hang Autumn clothes in one section, Spring in another, and so on. You can have a fifth section for clothing that transcends all seasons, like the short-sleeved shirt that you wear by itself in the spring and summer and under a heavy blazer in the Fall and Winter.

colorful-620520_960_7203) By color. This is a great system for people who are highly-visual and color-conscious when it comes to their wardrobes. Each color goes into its own section. If you like, you can break it down further by putting like garments together within their corresponding sections. For instance, your “blue” section could be divided into pants, shirts, jackets, etc. in blue, and so on.

There’s no “right” or “wrong” way. The point is to find a system that makes sense and works with your lifestyle so that you aren’t wasting time (especially those elusive and fleeting early morning hours) trying to find that one blouse or your favorite pair of pants.

Here are a few more closet organization tips that are helpful no matter what system you use:

clothes-hangers-582212_960_720* Use the same type of hangers for everything in your closet. This may sound trivial, but it can be very frustrating to have three or four (or more) different kinds of hangers in one’s closet. The problem is that different hangers mean your clothing is hanging at different heights, making it harder to condense the clothing in your closet to maximize space. Additionally, some types of hangers are not made for certain rods. If the crook is too big, hangers (and clothes) may fall to the floor. If the crook is too small, you may end up having to jam the hanger onto the rod to get it to fit.

* Avoid wire hangers. You probably have tons of them; most people do. Wire hangers, like the ones that the drycleaner sends your clothes home with, are abundant because they are cheap. However, they aren’t the greatest when it comes to everyday performance. They are too flimsy for heavier garments and often end up on the floor. They also tend to make the shape of your clothes look weird, leaving little points and creases in your clothing (especially conspicuous places like the shoulders of your shirts). Wire hangers (even coated ones) rust and may leave permanent stains on your garments. Opt instead for wood, durable plastic or cloth padded hangers. You can even find “low profile” hangers in a variety of sturdy materials than not only treat your clothes more gently, but also help to maximize the space in your closet and on your rod.

FullyFunctional-1* Employ a two-tiered rod system. We’ve never, ever heard a home owner say, “I have more than enough room in my closet to hang my clothes.” Almost everyone could use more hanging space, but few have the luxury of making a bigger closet. However, with some clever manipulating and efficient hanging techniques, you can create a two-tiered rod system that essentially doubles the space that you have to hang clothing.

* Perform regular surgery on the clothes in your closet. In other words, remove items that you no longer wear. If you haven’t worn it in a long time, but you’re not sure you want to get rid of it entirely, create a section or zone in your closet for those “maybe” items. If it hangs there untouched for months, it’s probably safe to get rid of it. Regularly paring back and removing clothes you don’t wear will keep your system of organization running smoothly and save you loads of frustration as well as some of those precious morning minutes.

Still need closet help? Tailored Living has solutions for every closet problem. We can help you come up with a customized closet system that is affordable and works with your unique lifestyle and limited space.


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Closet Dreams: Top Seven Closet Mods Moms Must Have

TL walk_in_closet2_organization_by_tailored_livingWe hope all you Moms had a beautiful Mother’s Day this past Sunday and that you got spoiled by your kids and grandchildren. There’s no one else on earth who can fill your shoes, but if you’re a Mom whose shoes fill most of your closet, we have the right solution for you. After all, doesn’t every girl dream of having a walk-in closet with a mirror, dressing room lighting, room for a hundred pairs of shoes (or more), and a section for every season of clothing?

For a lot of women, the ultimate walk-in closet is but a dream. However, no matter what size her closet is, it CAN be tailored to meet some of those personal dreams. In honor of Mother’s Day, we have decided to dedicate this post to all of those Moms out there who tirelessly give of themselves to make sure that their children and grandchildren are cared for and loved unconditionally. However, these mods are really for ladies of any age, with or without children. Check out the top seven closet mods that Tailored Living installs in women’s closets:

1) Shoe shelves: Shoes are an obsession that most guys will just never understand. Just because she already has ten pairs of black shoes doesn’t mean she doesn’t need another black pair because they’re all different and they all have very different purposes, right girls? However, accumulating shoes can eventually become a problem because you only have so much floor space in your closet, and even over-the-door shoe holders fill up fast. That’s why Mom will love Tailored Living’s shoe shelves. Individual shelves tiltshoe fence downward so that you can easily see what’s on it, even if it’s up high. A built-in fence keeps shoes from sliding off. Each shelf typically holds two to four pairs of shoes, but the design can be adjusted to accommodate more or less, depending on how much space you have to work with in your closet.

spiral-shoe-rack2) Spiral shoe rack: An alternative to the shoe shelf, the spiral shoe rack can hold up to 25 pairs of shoes. Shoes hang from specialized hooks on a spinning carousel device so they’re not only easy to access, they retain their shape better.

3) Pull-out mirror: A full-length mirror is mounted on a sliding rack. This allows her to pull out the mirror when she needs it. It slides back against the wall or inside a cabinet, depending on how it’s mounted, so that it doesn’t take up space when it’s not in use.

4) Spiral clothing rack: It’s kind of like having her own personal shopping boutique right in her closet! The spiral clothing rack allows for hanging up of typical clothing items, like dresses, and is ideal for funky closet corners where space might otherwise simply be wasted.

5) Custom drawer dividers: These are really simple and inexpensive to install, yet they ACC0 make a big difference when it comes to maximizing space and efficiency. Drawer dividers ensure that small items like socks, undergarments and accessories don’t get all mixed up in her drawers.

accessory hook6) Accessory hooks: This is another simple mod that can make Mom’s closet SO much more organized. Tailored Living’s accessory hooks come in a variety of shapes and configurations, and they are ideal for things like necklaces, scarves, hats, belts, purses and many other small to medium-size items.

7) Valet rod: Yet another simple and relatively inexpensive closet mod that is perfect for the working professional. It’s a clothing rod that’s housed in a track mounted on the side valet rodof cabinet or shelf. It takes up virtually no space when not in use. To use, she simply pulls the rod out. There’s just enough room to hang up tomorrow’s outfit so she doesn’t have to waste time hunting for it in the morning.

These seven closet mods are only a very small sampling of the incredibly-useful ones that Tailored Living installs in closets every single week. And don’t worry, Tailored Living can transform the guy’s closet, too. You can view some of the closets we’ve transformed and check out the accessories that can make your closet fabulous on our closet customization page.


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Got Moths?

clothes-moth-1492608Ever get a kick out of those cartoons you watched as a kid where a character would open up a closet door or storage trunk and a hundred moths would fly out? We laughed then, but it’s not that funny in real life. If you’ve ever pulled your favorite sweater out of storage, only to find it ridden with holes, and felt like crying, this advice is for you.

It might already be too late for those woollens and cashmeres you boxed up for storage last spring. But these de-mothing tips will help you avoid getting your most expensive suit chewed up over the winter and will be in you mind next spring when you de-winterize your closet once again.

What the Heck is the Deal with Moths Anyway?

There are hundreds of different kinds of moths, but clothes moths are the only kind that eat holes in your clothes. Some people have the misconception that they will eat any kind of fabric. In reality, they only like fabric that is made from animal fur, such as wool and cashmere. So don’t blame clothes moths for the holes your favorite cotton or synthetic fabric shirt.

Another misconception is that adult moths eat fabric. It is actually only clothes moth larvae that eat your woollens and cashmere. What happens is that the moth looks for a woolsdark, cool, secretive place with lots of access to animal material to lay its eggs. That’s why closets are popular, but they will also lay eggs in places where there might be lots of animal hair (like inside your doghouse) or in enclosed spaces in your barn. There, the larvae can eat to their heart’s content and probably not bother anyone. But chances are good that you don’t want to sacrifice your expensive wool suits to raise baby moths.

However, a lot of people have a strong aversion to mothballs, and we don’t blame you. Our advice is not to put mothballs in your closet. There are a few good reasons for this. First, mothball fumes are unpleasant at best and noxious at worst. Plus, they smell awful, and the scent is very difficult to get rid of, even after washing. Mothballs contain toxic chemicals, the main one being naphthalene, which is what gives mothballs their distinctive smell. They kill moths by giving off toxic fumes. Not only that, but they’re dangerous for children, especially little ones who might mistake them for candy or playthings.

Besides, mothballs are not doing any good in your closet anyway. In order for the vapors to effectively kill moth larvae, they have to be in a controlled and tightly enclosed space where they can’t evaporate. As confining as your closet is, it’s not enclosed enough to contain the fumes of mothballs.

Get Rid of Moths and Moth Larvae This Way Instead

Since you’re not wearing your wool and cashmere over the summer anyway, the best thing to do is store them in an airtight container, like a Rubbermaid tote bin. Instead of tossing mothballs inside, add some cedar. Cedar fumes have a similar effect on moths as mothballs, but without the toxic chemicals. Not only that, but the scent is much more pleasant, and it is easier to wash out after summer is over if smelling like cedar isn’t your thing. Plus, they aren’t noxious to humans AND they’re 100 percent natural.

That being said, cedar balls can be pricey, especially if you need quite a few. However, you may be able to get cedar waste if you happen to live near a cedar mill, such as board ends or shavings. If not, you can probably get cedar shavings at your local pet store in the form of animal bedding. It is often marketed as bedding and habitat liner for small rodents like hamsters and guinea pigs as well as for rabbits. Ounce for ounce, it is much cheaper than cedar wood planks or cedar balls and a big bag will go a long way.

For now, if your clothes from last winter smell like mothballs, it might take two or three washings to get rid of the scent completely. Adding an oxygen-booster like Borax to your regular laundry detergent may help. For those wardrobe items that are not machine-safe, a trip to the dry cleaners is probably your best bet. Make sure you mention the mothball smell. Dry cleaners have great tricks for getting out unwanted scents.

Need more closet storage space for those bins of off-season wardrobe items? Tailored Living offers free closet upgrade consultations, and you can even see your plans in virtual reality 3D before any demolition or construction begins.

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This could be your new closet, with plenty of room for storage bins.

 

 


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Downsizing- Part 2: After You Move

Small bedroom with Murphy bed and corner desk by Tailored LivingWhen the big day finally comes to leave the home you raised your family in and move to a more compact space, we hope you’ll be taking lots of memories and not lots of stuff. In Part 1, we shared five of our favourite tips for downsizing your home before you move. Part 2 is devoted to some great ideas that you can implement in your new home in order to make your new, albeit smaller, space work harder for you.

Hopefully you’ll have ample time before you move to compare your new space to your old one and that you will have a handle on just how much of your stuff you’re going to have to get rid of in order to make the transition. That being said, it’s almost always a shock to the system once you get into your new home and you realize just how little space you have compared to what you’ve been used to, even if you’ve prepared yourself ahead of time.

Rather than finding yourself in a position of having to get rid of even more stuff after you move, we’d like to help you try to make better use of your new space, limited as it is. Tailored Living designers can come into your new home, free of charge, and show you how you can create better storage. Two of the best places to make upgrades in your new home (where you’ll get the most bang for your buck) are:

* The closet. Tailored Living has dozens of different options for customizing a closet which can literally be put together in an almost endless combination of ways. The master bedroom closet is an ideal place to start, but it’s also great to customize a utility closet (like a hallway or entryway closet) if you can afford to do more than one. Shelving, drawers, clothes rods and other aspects can be configured to maximize space, particularly vertical space, which is almost always wasted in traditional closet design.

His and hers compact custom closet by Tailored Living

 

* The pantry. Kitchen and food storage is a frustration with almost every homeowner, even those who have spacious kitchens. A well-organized, custom-designed pantry can take the extra pressure off of the space in the kitchen, handling overflow of things like seasonal dinnerware, canned goods, appliances that aren’t used frequently, even your wine collection.

Compact custom pantry in white by Tailored Living

Optimizing these two spaces tends to make the most difference when it comes to smaller spaces, but Tailored Living specializes in several other kinds of space-maximizing renovations. They include garages, entryways, laundry rooms and home offices. Tailored Living also designs and installs Murphy beds, which can be excellent additions to the empty-nester’s compact living space, particularly if they ever want to entertain out-of-town guests or have grandchildren sleep over.