When I moved into my flat there wasn't a single closet. Needless to say, I needed a solution fast, and renting didn't allow me the luxury of a permanent closet solution. I turned to IKEA and purchased one of their wardrobes, but the insides needed some outfitting for even more organization. Check out a list of closet necessities after the jump...
There's a reason each kid gets his or her own cubby or a locker at school: Because otherwise the hallways and classrooms would become an explosion of muddled coats and backpacks. Same goes for mud rooms and entryways in your own home. Here are some fun ways to nudge (read: coerce) family members (and that means grow-ups as well!) to put their coats and bags and scarves where they belong.
Love clothes, but want to keep your closet in order? A new beta service aims to bring the analytical tracking and categorization to a common problem zone: the clothes closet. Think of Stylitics as Mint.com for the fashionably minded...a tracking tool with a few perks thrown in to keep you informed, motivated, and possibly aid in decluttering.
Having in-unit laundry machines is a luxury right up there with having a dishwasher, a flood of natural light and perhaps parking. When you get a stain, have guests over or just plain need something clean to wear, there's nothing better than being able to do a quick load without having to schelp all your stuff to the laundromat. If you have a little space that you can give up in your bathroom or closet, you might be able to gain a whole laundry area.
As much as I laugh at the episode of 30 Rock where Liz Lemon is carrying multiple bags from the Container Store and declaring how neat she's going to be and how wonderful that will make her, it's true that accomplishing a big organizational project feels really good. A few months ago I succeeded in installing a closet system, and here's a bit of what I can share about the process.
Clean and serene — those are pretty idyllic words for a bathroom. But neat and organized? That might seem a little out of reach for those of us with small spaces shared with roommates and family members. If you're looking for a little inspiration, there's nothing better than taking a cue from some of the best bathrooms from our house tours:
Every fashion-addict dreams about it: a custom-designed closet, preferably walk-in, with all your clothing, footwear and accessories in sight and at arms' reach. The kind of space which makes getting dressed in the morning feel like shopping on Madison Avenue. It can be yours with a custom closet, but it doesn't come cheap. If your'e thinking of taking the plunge and going custom, here are some things you might want to keep in mind.
Good closet space is key to living well in any size home. But just because it's behind closed doors doesn't mean you should let your closet become a mess. Maintain your sanity and maximize your storage space by keeping your closet the same as any other room in the house — neat, beautiful and organized.
Location: Englewood New Jersey Size: 3500 square feet, 4 bedroom home Years Lived In: 10 years
This 1920's interpretation of an English Tudor house has had only three owners over its near century long life. The current owners moved in about ten years ago and tread lightly. They found pleasure in the quirky layout — narrow doorways, labyrinthine corridors, small rooms — as well as the original finishes and hardware details.