Subscribe

>> Blog Home

Posts

Blog Calendar

SuMoTuWeThFrSa
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19
20
2122232425
262728293031 





Sign Up!
Closet OS Newsletter

Closet Organizing Systems Blog

Cut the Clutter


spring color blockingWe're all ready for spring to be sprung, and yet odds are good we've forgotten some of the New Year's resolutions that we made with such good intention. 

So, here are some ideas to help you “spring” back in to action and make some traction on the resolutions you made to “be more organized”, because, hey, it's time to recharge your organization resolutions and allow them to bloom in time for spring.

It's Inventory Time

Yes, it's inventory time. That means you need to stop yourself (right there inside your closet) before you go out to buy the latest spring trend. You need to get rid of some items that are no longer “on trend”.

Be honest.

Look at the pieces you've worn a lot because they were so hip and stylish, but are now looking worn or just don't feel current. Take two or three items, put them in a bag or box that's stashed in the back of your closet and leave them there. We'll add to it over time until it's full and ready to be moved from your closet to your trunk to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill or consignment shop.

Now Start Cutting Clutter in Other Parts of Your Home

linen storage bin

Start this process with a tape measure instead of a shopping trip.

People have a tendency to make a run to places like The Container Store or Target and buy some visually appealing containers and bring them home with hopes of solving their clutter issues.

It will work much more effectively if you measure the kinds of things you need to store before you go to the store. Doing this makes things more efficient and doesn't leave you with cute, half-empty containers in your closets that aren't quite the right fit for your stuff.

And if you're really looking to increase that zen-like feeling, keep your baskets and containers in the same or similar colors. Mixing colors and finishes together leads to a more cluttered look.  It's fine if you want to spice up your maple colored closet with a dark top and handles, but then make sure any accessories you add are harmonious in color and feel so it all flows seamlessly (just like you do in your life!).

Doors Aren't Just For Opening and Closing

Doors can be terrific spots for adding organization. In small spaces, you need to utilize vertical space as well as horizontal space – so - don't forget the doors. Using them to increase storage capacity is also an easy way to stay de-cluttered because the things you use frequently can be stored within easy reach.

Do CPR

spring 2013 colors

And as a last step, consider a little closet CPR. This term pops up every now and then in different organizing articles, and it's a good way to remember what you should do – Categorize, Purge and Rearrange.

When you're getting ready to change out your wardrobe from winter to spring, take a careful look at each item and categorize it. Is it a fabulous piece that you love wearing? If not, it gets purged (so place it in that bag or box that is in the corner of your closet). Next, take the items you still love and rearrange things. Look at things with new eyes. Consider pairing things together that you haven't worn that way before. Different color top under your favorite blazer instead of the white one you always wear. Or trendier shoes mixed with that traditional suit to spice things up just in in time to add spring into your step for the new season.

And if you need help with a new closet design after you've done all this work, give us a call. We'd be delighted to come out and give you some additional ideas on ways to maximize your storage with a newly designed closet system.


Tags

gift bag storage spaces bright color home decorating eliminate electronic cable clutter Top Shelf Industry Design Awards angie's list award hiding fuse box in closet Laundry Room/Mudroom custom wall units gift wrapping counter top shared closet organization under the stairs storage elegant prints fro home built in usb cable stations antique decorating trends gloss cabinet drawers closet organization systems awards closet os awards multi-use office fold-out ironing board create zones with design multi-function furniture office organization custom garage design solutions Home and Garage Organization closet accent lighting reorganize clutter man cave updates pantry organization tips makeup vanities media storage solutions multi-use office entryway reduce clutter garage shelving Closet Design Tips designing with mirrors patterned glass and mirrored doors garage design shoe closet Chicago closet organizers organized media center maximize closet storage vertical and horizontal storage space bedroom wall unit closet lighting,remote controlled closet lightin Angies List 2014 Super Service Award pantry organization master organizer kids' closets cordless lighting fixtures ambient lighting closet organization 2014 closet color trends interior design trends full length vertical drape small windows closet design staircase sleeping nook create illusion of more space with mirrors home office organization Closet Os Overview Best Of Houzz 2015 Design Award mahogany melamine look Closets Magazine "Finding America's Best Rated Closets Companies" garage cabinets angies list super service awards multi-functional mudroom design multi-functional office and storage beautiful custom storage solutions create a wood texture look with melamine designing around obstacles task lighting craft storage room gift wrapped storage station closet organizing systems video custom closets incandescent and compact fluorescent dressing room closet mirrors custom cabinets closet mirror with storage behind led mirror placement in design organized closet shoe closet design tips pantry storage options Closets: ways to eliminate clutter in kitchen cabinets utilize space under staircase build in storage attic closet solutions reach in closets creative custom closet design cover up computer and lighting wires master closet design LIT from Keeler hiding wires with design custom storage solutions closetos new website design challenging home organization solutions organizing tips multifaceted office design home office design pullout media cabinets closet os video spring closet cleaning shelving and storage under the stairs pull out mirror closet organization tips Chicago closets comtemporary closet design closet remodeling Best Of Houzz 2015 Customer Service Award melamine textures family activity area mudroom ribbon storage ideas Old World Charm Closet new website layout brass hardware bathroom under stairs Hafele LED drawer lighting multifaceted office space office wall unit vintage garage design pantry de-clutter tricks to make small spaces feel bigger reach-in closets Home Organzing System 2014 home decorating ideas closet lighting award winning garage under stairs bike storage reduce clutter in home boutique size walk in closet attic storage ideas master bedroom closet utilize pantry space contemporary closets grouping together food storage items ultimate garage pre-built cabinets customer service Home Organizing Tips furniture for small spaces organize shared closet space vanities cedar backed closet garage organization walnut and burl inlay remote controlled lighting closet master closet
closetos best of houzz design award 2015
closetos best of houzz service award 2015
closetos angies list award
closetos top shelf awards