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Closet Organizing Can Be Creative & Fun

A very interesting guest room closet.

A very interesting guest room closet.

Who says closets have to be overwhelming and boring? You can make your
closets interesting with a little thought and creativity.  One of my clients did just that when she decided to gather all her Williamsburg memorabilia and mementos together and displayed them in her guest room closet. How creative and lovely!

Apparently this client was in the habit of leaving her guest room closet empty for use by guests. When she was moving into her house she noticed how many Williamsburg mementoes she had and considered her options for displaying them. The empty shelves in the guest room closet seemed like a perfect place to store and display her treasures.

What a lovely greeting!

What a lovely greeting!

Can you imagine being a guest and opening that closet? How wonderful it would be to be greeted by such historic and interesting items? It sure beats the heck out of unsightly bags, boxes and other miscellaneous stuff!

Make organizing interesting and fun to get it done!

Custom Closet Design: Is It Worth the Cost?

Closet Factory, California Closets, Closet Tailors — should you pay the big 103820849_PZpaFgdN_cbucks for a closet designed to your needs? Is it worth the cost? Is it worth the effort it will take to empty the closet and put everything back?

I’ve worked with a number of clients who bit the bullet and hired a company to do a custom design and install of their personal closet or the closets of their children. Without exception, the custom closet arrangement was far superior to what had existed before.

Following are some of the benefits my clients experienced.

  1. There was more usable storage space.
  2. There was more structure within the “black hole” of the closet, so fewer items tended to float without a home.
  3. The process of emptying and refilling their closet provided two clearing opportunities, when the clothes, shoes, etc. came out and when they went back in.
  4. The energy of the new closet felt really good and seemed to urge clients to respect the space by keeping it neat and organized.
  5. Custom closets are considered to be an asset when you sell your home.

That being said, if you do decide to invest in custom closets, I do have a few suggestions:

  1. Make sure you use a company with a good reputation. Not all companies produce and stand behind their products. Ask for references for any company you are considering or go with a company recommended by discerning friends.
  2. Make sure you have a good designer. Designers are not equally skilled. I learned that lesson when I had the opportunity to review the plans of two different designers from two different companies for a client. The difference in the quality of the two designs was startling.
  3. For your personal closet, work with a same sex designer because they’re likely to have a better grasp of the complexities of your storage needs.
  4. Make sure the company has some kind of guarantee for satisfaction. It is quite common to think that a design is perfect until you begin putting clothing back into it. It’s not uncommon to need to make adjustments to the original design.

So, should you get custom designed closets? When your budget allows, I highly recommend it. If you can only do one closet at a time, start with your personal closet and that of your spouse if you are married or in a committed relationship. Having that closet function work well for you will ground you and reduce your stress. 

Your Personal Closet Is a Reflection of You!

Your personal closet is the most important closet in the house. Well, from a DSCN1100feng shui perspective it is! Your closet is an outward extension of you. Your clothes hold your energy. Take a look at your closet. How are you doing right now? Are you calm, spacious and organized? Or, are you a chaotic jumble of stuff?

How can I be so certain of the significance of your closet?

For thirteen years I’ve helped people clear and organize their closets. I have helped clients make decisions about what to keep and what to toss using the “Love It, Use It or Lose It Method” of clutter clearing. Clothing items that were loved or used have the best energy and were kept. Those that were not loved or used at least once a year were tossed. By going through that process over and over again with clients, it was very apparent that clothing held important associations with the different aspects of their lives, some of which were current and some that were outdated.

During the clearing process clients had the chance to “get current” about who they’d become by identifying those clothes they still loved, that still fit, that made them look attractive, that were comfortable, and that were useful given their current activities. In the process they let go of volumes of clothing that was too small, suited to a former occupation only, that felt uncomfortable, that fit poorly, that was of poor quality, that held  negative associations, and that was permanently stained.

When we finished our clearing sessions each client had more clarity about their current self, who they were the day of our clearing session–their current values, lifestyle, and preferences in terms of comfort, color and styles. Clients went from overwhelmed and scattered to clear and empowered within the space of two hours!

Go into your closet and set your intention to create a space that is an accurate reflection of who you are today. With each clothing item ask yourself, “Does this item accurately reflect who I am today? Does it reflect who I want to be today?” If the answer to either question is no, let it go! Get clear. Get current. And, get empowered!

Feng Shui Closet Clutter Clearing

Do you love them or use them?

Do you love them or use them?

Picture this. . .you desperately need to find one item in a closet jam packed with coats, games, gloves, hats, a vacuum cleaner, and yard flags. Would you be inclined to shut the door and forget the urgency of your quest? If you answered “yes,” you are not alone! Closets become physical nightmares when they’re arranged with the “just throw it in the closet” technique. Is it any wonder that many closets are a variant of the one described above?

What many people don’t know is that a packed closet adds stress to their life. Feng shui teaches that everything in a space is alive with energy, positive or negative. Everything! Individual items in a closet may have good energy because of their quality, their usefulness, or their associations, but when many items are packed in so tight that it’s hard to access any one particular item, the closet as a whole takes on a stressful negative energy. It’s hard to get anything in or out of the closet without creating a mess. Just opening the door is stressful!

What’s the best way to organize a closet? First, decide the categories of items that belong in the closet. For example, a closet near the front door usually holds coats and other clothing to protect against the whether. It may hold decorative items for the front door, like flags. It could also house the vacuum cleaner. Three categories: outdoor clothing, outdoor decorative items and the vacuum cleaner.

Second, pull things out of the closet that don’t fit the categories you’ve identified. Put them to the side to be addressed when the closet is done. Notice that it’s not recommended that you immediately put those things somewhere else. If you leave you run the risk of getting sidetracked and not returning to finish organizing the closet. Also, it is not necessary to completely empty a closet in order to organize it. You will save significant time if you take items out one at a time, starting with the biggest items.

Next, evaluate the items that do fit the identified categories to see if they are all of high value, worthy of taking up space in the limited confines of the closet. Ask yourself, “Do I love it? Do I use it?” Items that you love for their usefulness, their aesthetics, or their association, are keepers. So are items you use at least once a year. When you love an item or use it once a year, there’s a good chance that it has positive energy. Items that aren’t either loved or used are good candidates for pitching. They are taking up prime real estate and are likely to have a stressful negative energy.

And finally, devise ways to keep the different categories of items separate and clearly visible. This usually involves using containers or building in shelves and compartments with a company like California Closets. In the closet described above, adding separate bins for hats, gloves, scarves and flags is helpful. The idea is to keep items in one category together yet separated from other categories of items. You create closet chaos when different types of items are thrown together with no clumping into categories and no visible boundaries between categories.

Clearing closet clutter is a four step process:

  1. Decide the categories.
  2. Remove items that don’t fit the categories.
  3. Evaluate and keep only the best items that do fit the categories.
  4. Use containers to keep categories separate.

Is Your Closet Functional or Dysfunctional?

Closets! I’ll bet you’re all VERY excited about clearing out and reorganizing your closets.! Not! 

Why not? Could it be that most closets are behind closed doors and therefore prime dump spots for people looking for a quick fix to visible clutter? Or, perhaps you never clearly identified the function of a closet, so all kinds of undifferentiated things landed there? But, I’ll bet we could all agree that we dread dealing with closets because we never seem to have enough of them, and most of the ones we do have contain a jumbled collection of things  that just make us groan when we open the door!

Whatever the reason, closets are essential storage areas that regularly need attention and clearing if they are to be fully functional. Let’s compare a functional closet with a dysfunctional closet.

Functional closets

  • have a primary identifiable function, like holding coats, clothing or linens,100_0599
  • have secondary identifiable functions arranged by category, like gift and gift wrap repository, storage for off season decorations, framed photos,
  • are orderly, organized spaces with containers that conveniently hold identifiable categories of items for easy access,
  • are arranged so it’s easy to get items or containers in and out, and
  • have a majority of the most important items visible with no surprises lurking in the corners.

Dysfunctional closets, by comparison,

  • have no identifiable function, instead they house a collection of miscellaneous items,
  • contain many items that belong in other parts of the house,
  • are packed full of things, making it a logistical endeavor to get anything in and out,
  • are full of items that have completely gone out of conscious awareness,
  • are disorganized, messy spaces,
  • have few containers separating categories of items or have containers that are not well suited for the items contained in the closet, and
  • have items that fall out when the door is open. 

Now, it’s completely possible that some of your closets are quite functional while others are not. Some closets are more difficult to set up in an organized fashion and even more difficult to keep organized.

Why does it matter that closets be functional and clear of clutter? Cluttered, disorganized closets are pockets of negative energy. Think of the last time you went looking for something in a packed closet and came away feeling frustrated and annoyed because of the mess it had become. Not only does the disorder have a negative energy,  but it talks to you and says things like, “What’s wrong with you (or your son, daughter, husband) that you can’t keep this space organized, that you haven’t fixed this annoying space. . . “ That’s negative energy. Negative energy affects your energy and ultimately your health, wealth, relationships and more. And, it also blocks new, good things coming to you.

Tackle one closet at a time with goal of transforming your dysfunctional closets into  functional closets. It can be done!