In almost 6 years of being in business I've been asked several times if I would ever consider “remote organizing” via email for my out of area fans. Well, the time has come to do just that! Organized To A T is excited to announce the Remote Organizing Program. This is a great option for clients who aren't in the Charlotte area or who are ready to tackle an organizational project themselves with some suggestions from me. It can be extremely overwhelming to tackle a project based simply on the vast amount of products out there! With my expertise, I can guide you on steps to get your space organized and the products that will help get you there!
My first client was Stephanie and her husband, Tim. Stephanie was ready to get their Master Closet whipped into shape. She sent a plethora of pictures to really allow me to see the size, space and issues that were plaguing them. There were some organizational products already in place (shoe boxes, hanging shelves, etc.) but Stephanie felt like could stay or go. This made me think that she needed some different solutions to the closets’ problems. If she wasn’t utilizing those items, they were only taking up space! Stephanie also wanted to move her husband’s socks, t-shirts and underwear out of the dresser and into the closet, find a place for a belt and scarf hanger and maybe use an over-the-door shoe organizer. Given the chance that this couple may move to a new home in the future, I wanted to find items that could eventually be used in other spaces. With a budget of $250 and a list of Stephanie’s go-to stores, I was off and running! Below you will see the email I sent to Stephanie. All the pictures are hyper-linked so clicking on them will quickly take right to the product description page!
You and I had discussed the location of Tim's clothing versus yours. I generally recommend to clients that they keep their items as separated from their spouses as possible. I also highly recommend seasonal storage unless you have a massive closet (Tim, I'm talking to you!). I'd much rather have extra space in a closet then be having to shove a winter sweater out of the way to find a tank top.
This was something that you and I didn't discuss but it's a recommendation I make to EVERY client, before I see their closest. I always tell clients not to buy any products until I can see in person what I am dealing with but this is the one exception. Flat sided hangers (as opposed to round ones) save a tremendous amount of space in a closet. You would be shocked. The only downside is that they aren't inexpensive. However, I came across plastic ones at Wal Mart that are more cost effective then the velvet or felt ones.
If you want to upgrade and spend a bit more money, you can find the "flocked" ones almost anywhere. They always have them at Bed, Bath and Beyond where you can use coupons!
You had mentioned that you wanted some way to organize your belts and scarfs. I would recommend this on the back of your door as opposed to the shoe organizer. Back of the door shoe organizers take up A LOT of room and unless you have a very large closet with a lot of clearance by the door, they are more of a problem then a help. I would recommend the wire hanger for over the door (that way you don't need to move the mirror) to use for your belts and then the Umbra scarf holder hanging in the closet. I would suggest not using a belt organizer you have to hang on the closet rod. They are bulky and take up a lot of room. You may not need both depending on the amount of belts and scarfs you have but I wanted to give you options
Shoe Storage/Storage for Tim's Socks and Underwear (we will get to his t-shirts later)
I would suggest moving your shoes from the shelf to the floor of the closet. The shelf is a high value storage area that can be used (don't worry, we will get to that!) in more efficient ways then shoe storage. However, the closet floor is a GREAT area for shoe storage. Here are two suggestions. The most important thing is that you find something with a flat shelf on top. This would be a great place for baskets for Tim's socks and underwear. I didn't give you suggestions for these as you can find them anywhere and with any design on them (or use ones you might already have). I would also suggest baskets for bathing suits, tanks or camisoles or lingerie. You could certainly fit a couple of these on the right and left side of the closet. One is stack-able if you wanted more shelves. As I know you probably have more shoes then the space allocated on either of these, I would suggest either adding another shelf at the back of the closet (as you look straight ahead) or, using the 3-tier bamboo shelf I also linked to.
Tim's T-Shirts/Your Jeans
Let's put that upper shelf to good use! I would take down the hanging shelf you currently have...I feel like these take up more room than they actually save. From the picture it looks like most of what you have in there are fold-able items. I would invest in some shelf-dividers. I've provided two suggestions at two different price points. These are great...they keep clothes in an actual stack and keep them from dropping onto your head. The upper shelves would be a great place for Tim's t-shirts so they aren't taking up hanging space. You are on the right track with not hanging up your jeans...they are space hogs and are much better suited to being folded!
These are just a couple of cool items that you may not need but I thought I would suggest as an extra bonus. I LOVE a corner hamper...they utilize that awkward corner space in a closet! You could even get two and put them in both back corners.
You may or may not need more hanging space but if you think that might be appropriate, they make these cool hanging rods that add another rod to hang things! These can only be used for shorter items so the clothes don't hang on the ground. You wouldn't be able to use them if you have the shoe organizers on the ground.
Not including any of the extras , I came to $255. This number included 2 of the ClosetMaid organizers, 1 of the bamboo shoe racks, 4 shelf dividers (the wire ones), 5 packs of hangers, the scarf holder and the over the door belt hanger! I really think these simple items will make a big difference in the closet. I also wanted to make sure that the suggestions are things you could take to a potential new house, even if they weren't used in the master closet.
Please let me know your thoughts of my ideas and if I missed the mark on anything! I am really excited to hear your feedback!
Stephanie was really excited to read all of my suggestions and to get started on this project. I’d really like to thank her and Tim for allowing me to use her as a test case for the launch of this program!
Want more details about the program? Click here!