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Creating Clutter Free Closets

One of the first things buyers notice in a house is space. We’re talking about not only square footage, but closets and other storage. Remember how spacious everything looked at the model homes in your first assignment? You want to create the same feeling in your house because a buyer wants space. You may be wondering if the actual size of the closets is notated on the listing, what is the problem if you leave your stuff stuffed in there? Visualization – that’s the problem.

You need potential buyers to think you have the World’s Largest Closets. Of course, making the closets physically larger isn’t normally an option, but you can make them appear larger. Again, visualization is everything. The buyer has the dimensions, but the eye is the real measure. How does one accomplish this optical illusion? By making it appear as if your closets have plenty of space still available to be filled.

Your Assignment

Today you will be decluttering your closets. It may sound like a lot, but by approaching the decluttering with a plan, you can get it done. How? Well, as hard as this may seem at first, the plain fact is you will need to get rid of your stuff.

Of course, I’m not asking you to throw away anything. If you want to keep that old bowling ball, go right ahead. If your collection of old picture frames makes you happy, then by all means keep them. But you have to get it all out of sight while your house is on the market.

This may require some pre-planning on your part, depending on how much stuff you have to stash. Perhaps you will need to stock up on boxes or plastic bins. I’m not suggesting you spend a lot of money here, but you will need something to put your stuff in. A popular place to get good sturdy boxes that are the right size to handle easily is at a liquor store. They are free and small enough to lift and move around.

Once you have the boxes, you will need a place to put them. If you have storage that’s convenient, use that. A temporary storage unit may be worth the few dollars it costs in return for a successful sale. If you have one spare room, a pile of boxes hidden behind a decorative screen is less distracting than a pile of junk stuffed in a closet taking up precious space.

Now that you have something to store your stuff in and somewhere to put it, it’s time to get cracking. Start with the easiest closets first. How about the entryway closet? When you get done decluttering it, your entryway closet should have nothing more in it than a couple of seasonal coats, a pair of boots or two, some accessories, and a few nice looking hangers. Nothing else. Be sure the floor is practically bare and you can see all four walls and the ceiling.

The less stuff in your closets, the better. It’s all about s-p-a-c-e. If you have linen closets and utility closets, repeat the same process as you did with the entryway closet. Sort out anything that is not absolutely necessary and store it, leaving lots of room in the closet.

It’s time to move into the bedrooms. This will be a bit more difficult. Here you need to take everything out – everything. Reduce your clothing down to about a dozen outfits. Match them up and hang them up neatly on matching hangers. Yes, make your clothes sparse and match the hangers. Seem silly? It won’t to a buyer. Box up anything and everything that is not being worn currently. Extra clothes and shoes need to go away. The out-of-season wardrobe items and any of those clothes you won’t wear in the next several months need to be boxed up. The shelves can have a few boxes and the floor can have a few pairs of shoes, but when a potential buyer opens the door, they should be able to see all the surfaces, walls, and ceiling.

What you are trying to accomplish with this clean sweep is to give the buyer a good look at the size of your closets. Make sure each closet is no more than half full. You want to create the illusion of space. If the buyer sees how much MORE room you have to fill-up, they will instantly feel the closets are spacious. If the buyer opens a closet door and the contents are bulging right out into the room, they will know immediately that they will never get all their stuff in that space.

So, box it up and get it out of there. Your closets need to scream “Look at all the room in here!” Without that, a potential buyer will walk away and never look back. Get busy and get this very important decluttering chore done today so you can move on to the next step. See you tomorrow!

30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 15

Closet Design Tips

If you’re into redecorating your West Cobb home and want to get the most use out of your closet space, maybe its time to consider a new closet design.There are many ways to redesign your closet but here we will talk about the most practical designs for your closet, and how to best utilize their space in organizing your West Cobb home.

One of the easiest ways to improve the closet design is to incorporate some organizers. Organizers are the key to maintaining a neat and tidy looking closet. Besides, it will help you on those days when you crawl out of bed a little late and are forced to rush out the door with little time to think about where you left your shoes and such. Organizers come in all shapes and sizes and there are a number of companies that make custom organizers that will be specifically designed for your needs.

Skylights always add a nice touch to any room, and incorporating a skylight into your new closet design can not only make it very stylish, but provide you with a much better lighting environment to really match colors correctly. When you view clothing under florescent lighting or any type of electrical light source, the colors don’t always seem to look the same when you are actually out there walking in the sunlight. By adding a skylight to your closet, you can rest assured that what you see in your closet is exactly what you will see outside of your home.

If you have a very large closet you may even consider installing a center island in your closet design. Not only will this make your closet look quite unique, but will offer a nice place for you to fold clothing, iron, or even just lay out an outfit if you are having trouble deciding what to wear to that important meeting.

When you are considering a new closet design, it is important to consider the space that you are working with. Try to eliminate anything that you simply do not need in your closet. Remember, keep things practical so that your new closet design works with you and not against you.

 

30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 14

Closet Organization Made Easy

With all the hustle and bustle of every day living, closet organization is not usually on our to do list. Actually, very rarely is it even considered. However, taking just a little time out of your weekend can help you significantly cut down on all that closet clutter.

The reason why you want to keep your closet organized is simple; if you know where everything is located you will cut down on the time you spend in your closet getting ready for the day. Another reason comes up when you are preparing to sell your home. We have discussed staging your home for sale, and organizing your closets is a critical component of that process. When organizing your West Cobb home, you need to realize that potential buyers will open closet doors as they walk through your home. The more organized your closets are, the easier it will be for you as you live, and the better impression they will make on potential West Cobb home buyers.

There are a number of companies that create custom drawers that will help you out significantly. Some come with drawers for placing many pairs of shoes so that you can put them all in their own drawer, and tuck them away as to not clutter your closet. The early closet organizers came in plastic, but because of their growing popularity they are also being made in custom wood and wire baskets. No matter what style you are going for, there are many companies out there that can meet all your closet organization needs.

Closet organization is not only to make your closet look better, but it will also make your closet space a whole lot safer. Everyone hates to small, and falling in what sometimes is a small space can lead to big injuries. For this reason alone you should keep your closet organized and tidy. Besides, who doesn’t want to gain a few extra hours of sleep each morning because they know exactly where every item is located?

Whether you are concerned about conserving closet space or safety, closet organization is something that you should not take for granted. It will reduce the time you need to spend in your closet looking for items, and also make sure that you do not hurt yourself in such a small space.

West Cobb Closet Organizing Companies:

  • CLOSET MAID
    ClosetMaid offers closet organizing systems at Home Depot. You can use the DIY designer to design your closet before you start.
  • MARTHA STEWART
    Just like ClosetMaid, Martha Stewart closet organizing systems are available at Home Depot, and you can the DIY designer on your computer to design your closet before you shop.
  • RUBBERMAID
    After you create your closet with their online DIY system, you can purchase items at Walmart and Sams Club, including their closet kits.

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Closet organizing supplies:

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30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 13

Choosing A Closet Organizer System

When it comes to closets, the truth is that they could all use some sort of organization. An ordinary closet is just not designed to accommodate to each individual’s belongings, which is why a closet organizer system is the best solution, and why they can be helpful in organizing your West Cobb home.

Choosing a closet organizer system is as simple as making a list of what you would like to change about your storage space and then picking out a design that fits your needs.

If you shoes are all over the place and strewn randomly around your closet, you should look for a closet organizer system that has a space specifically for you accessories. Instead of just throwing all of your shoes and other items on the bottom of the closet, have some stackable closet floor shelves put in. They require no assembly and you can easily add other shelves if all of your shoes do not fit on one. This makes them easy to organize and find as you need them.

Depending on the closet organizer system that you choose, you have the option of adding exactly what you need. For those who have lots of hanging clothes, perhaps something with an extra hanging bar would be appropriate. You may find that you would get more use out of extra shelving to store the clothing items that you don’t want to throw out, but are not currently suitable for the season.

You could find everything that you need to improve the performance of your space with a closet organizer system. You may only need to add shelves or another bar to hang your clothes from, but you could also put in an entire one piece organizer to give your closet an entire space saving make over. It’s all up to you as these organizers are completely customizable and easy to install into any size space.

  • CLOSET MAID
    ClosetMaid offers closet organizing systems at Home Depot. You can use the DIY designer to design your closet before you start.
  • MARTHA STEWART
    Just like ClosetMaid, Martha Stewart closet organizing systems are available at Home Depot, and you can the DIY designer on your computer to design your closet before you shop.
  • RUBBERMAID
    After you create your closet with their online DIY system, you can purchase items at Walmart and Sams Club, including their closet kits.

Create Clutter Free Closets

One of the first things buyers notice in a house is space and real estate in Dallas GA typically comes with plenty of that. We’re talking about not only square footage, but closets and other storage. Remember how spacious everything looked at the homes you viewed in your first staging assignment? You want to create the same feeling in your house because a buyer wants space. You may be wondering if the actual size of the closets is notated on the listing, what is the problem if you leave your stuff stuffed in there? Visualization – that’s the problem.

You need potential buyers to think you have the World’s Largest Closets. Of course, making the closets physically larger isn’t normally an option, but you can make them appear larger. Again, visualization is everything. The buyer has the dimensions, but the eye is the real measure. How does one accomplish this optical illusion? By making it appear as if your closets have plenty of space still available to be filled.

Your Assignment

Today you will be decluttering your closets. It may sound like a lot, but by approaching the decluttering with a plan, you can get it done. How? Well, as hard as this may seem at first, the plain fact is you will need to get rid of your stuff.

Of course, I’m not asking you to throw away anything. If you want to keep that old bowling ball, go right ahead. If your collection of old picture frames makes you happy, then by all means keep them. But you have to get it all out of sight while your house is on the market.

This may require some pre-planning on your part, depending on how much stuff you have to stash. Perhaps you will need to stock up on boxes or plastic bins. I’m not suggesting you spend a lot of money here, but you will need something to put your stuff in. A popular place to get good sturdy boxes that are the right size to handle easily is at a liquor store. They are free and small enough to lift and move around. And as you box things up, make sure you label the boxes so you know what it is in them.

Once you have the boxes, you will need a place to put them. If you have storage that’s convenient, use that. A temporary storage unit may be worth the few dollars it costs in return for a successful sale. If you have one spare room, a pile of boxes hidden behind a decorative screen is less distracting than a pile of junk stuffed in a closet taking up precious space.

Now that you have something to store your stuff in and somewhere to put it, it’s time to get cracking. Start with the easiest closets first. How about the entryway closet? When you get done decluttering it, your entryway closet should have nothing more in it than a couple of seasonal coats, a pair of boots or two, some accessories, and a few nice looking hangers. Nothing else. Be sure the floor is practically bare and you can see all four walls and the ceiling.

The less stuff in your closets, the better. It’s all about s-p-a-c-e. If you have linen closets and utility closets, repeat the same process as you did with the entryway closet. Sort out anything that is not absolutely necessary and store it, leaving lots of room in the closet.

It’s time to move into the bedrooms. This will be a bit more difficult. Here you need to take everything out – everything. Reduce your clothing down to about a dozen outfits. Match them up and hang them up neatly on matching hangers. Yes, make your clothes sparse and match the hangers. Seem silly? It won’t to a buyer. Box up anything and everything that is not being worn currently. Extra clothes and shoes need to go away. The out-of-season wardrobe items and any of those clothes you won’t wear in the next several months need to be boxed up. The shelves can have a few boxes and the floor can have a few pairs of shoes, but when a potential buyer opens the door, they should be able to see all the surfaces, walls, and ceiling.

What you are trying to accomplish with this clean sweep is to give the buyer a good look at the size of your closets. Make sure each closet is no more than half full. You want to create the illusion of space. If the buyer sees how much MORE room you have to fill-up, they will instantly feel the closets are spacious. If the buyer opens a closet door and the contents are bulging right out into the room, they will know immediately that they will never get all their stuff in that space.

So, box it up and get it out of there. Your closets need to scream “Look at all the room in here!” Without that, a potential buyer will walk away and never look back. Get busy and get this very important decluttering chore done so you can move on to the next step. And if you want some tips, revisit our closet organization article.

The added benefit of doing this now, is that you won’t have to pack it all up later or move so much stuff when you sell your house!

 

Closet Organization

Over the years I have lived in homes with large closets and small closets. My wardrobe remained the same no matter what. Since the walls in the closets could not stretch, I needed to come up with creative solutions. And as someone who does not like to lose, I usually found them. When I became a professional organizer and member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers), I discovered more resources that could be used to organize closets. If you aren’t up to tackling your closets on your own, they can also suggest some professional organizers that are available to help you.

Closet Organization Tips

In the meantime, here are the things I discovered:

  1. Using the same hanger makes a closet look neater.
  2. Skinny velvet covered hangers take up less and offer you more hanging room.
  3. Organizing your like-items together, and light to dark, makes your closet look larger. (i.e., slacks together, light to dark).
  4. Add double hanging where you can to create more space and eliminate wasted space; but check to make sure your clothes will hang properly before you attempt this.
  5. Add shoe storage if you have space. Stores like Lowes or Home Depot usually offer these.
  6. Folding t-shirts and turtlenecks with paper keeps them neat and a consistent size.
  7. Using PVC pipe can help to organize scarves, socks and ties in a drawer. Just have PVC pipe cut to a little less than your drawer height and place them in your drawer. Roll scarves, socks and ties into the pipe to quickly organize.
  8. Have a space for empty hangers and place them there as you use items. This way you don’t need to search for them after you do laundry. 

Benefits of an organized closet:

Economical: even though you may need to invest in some new hangers and organizing items, you probably won’t need to buy new clothes since you will be surprised at what you find once everything is organized.

Peace of mind: as potential buyers visit your home, they will be able to see how much space your home offers, and won’t be turned off by a mess or even worse, what you might be hiding under that mess.

Space: you will probably be amazed at how much more room you have once your closet is organized.

More time: since you no longer have to spend so much time looking for things, you’ll have more time for things you actually enjoy.

More relaxed: you will no longer be changing your wardrobe at the last minute because you can’t find something, an organized closet is less chaotic.

Doesn’t that sound like something you could live with?

Design your new closet

There are websites that offer online closet organizing programs to help you see what is possible.

  • CLOSET MAID
    ClosetMaid offers closet organizing systems at Home Depot. You can use the DIY designer to design your closet before you start.
  • MARTHA STEWART
    Just like ClosetMaid, Martha Stewart closet organizing systems are available at Home Depot, and you can the DIY designer on your computer to design your closet before you shop.
  • RUBBERMAID
    After you create your closet with their online DIY system, you can purchase items at Walmart and Sams Club, including their closet kits.

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Closet organizing companies:

 

Closet organizing resources:

 

Closet organizing supplies:

HANGERS

CONTAINERS