Closet systems create personalized space. (Closets Plus)
During the winter, cabin fever definitely starts to set in for Michiganders. But since you have to spend more time indoors, you should use that time to tackle one of my favorite projects: closet organization.
Too often, closets are overloaded with clothes, boxes and family memories, but there is a better way to use this space then the “cramming” method of storage.
“People today have more complex lives and more items than ever to store, and that’s why it is important to utilize closet space effectively,” said Char Luteran, a professional space planner and owner of Closets Plus in Shelby Township, (586) 323-6088, www.closetsplus.net.
Whether you have a larger walk-in closet or a smaller reach-in closet, Luteran said there are lots of flexible space options available to help you get and stay organized.
“Most people ignore closets for years, so when I go to a client’s home, first I have them empty everything out of the closet before we can design a solution for the space,” Luteran said. “We then show them a 3-D view of the closet design so they can see how it will work before we build it.”
Where two children shared the same bedroom, Luteran built two chests and hanging spaces into the closet, enabling each child to have their own storage area without taking up additional space in the room. She has also designed walk-in closets that include a dressing island with a chandelier above it and built-in ironing board that folds down when needed for women who want the closet to be a mini-glamour space.
“We are also seeing a trend where people are taking a spare room and turning it into a dressing room, and we have designed a storage system to fit that need,” she said.
In addition to Closets Plus, another local closet organizing company is California Closets, (248) 624-1234, www.californiaclosets.com.
While hiring a professional closet organizing company will likely give you excellent results, closet organization can be a good DIY project. But first learn from the pros and get rid of things in your closet you don’t need or use by selling or donating items that have some value and throwing out the rest.
Just getting rid of things may give you the needed closet space to store things properly. However, if you want to go to the next step, you can use an easy-to-install organizing system from Easy Track, (800) 562-4257, www.easytrack.com, that features numerous closet solutions that fit many differently sized closets. You can even go to the Easy Track website and click on the “Start a Design” icon to see design solutions for your particular closet. EasyClosets, (800) 910-0129, www.easyclosets.com, also offers lots of DIY closets systems and a design tool on its website, along with some excellent closet organization tips and ideas. In addition, the Shelving Store, (800) 637-9508, www.theshelvingstore.com, and Spacesavers, (800) 880-6264, www.spacesavers.com, also have closet organization solutions for the do-it-yourselfer.
Closets are one of the most used and abused areas of the home. So take some time this winter to make them more organized and useful by developing and then implementing a closet organizing plan.
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