Remodel Series #2: Convert Cluttered Closets to Convenient Storage

How many types of closets do you have in your home? At the mention of “closet,” people immediately think of bedroom closets. But homes also have linen closets, utility closets, hall closets, and awkward under-the-stairs closets. When you think about it, that’s a lot of opportunity for clutter. You know the clutter and mess is there, lurking, and “out-of-sight/out-of-mind” only works until you open the closet door. Then the frustration hits!

Following up on National Home Improvement Month, Tailored Living® wants to help you realize the undiscovered storage space and blissful organization that is available in your home … hiding in your closets.

De-clutter and customize your closet space

The first step in getting any closet or cabinet under control is to sort and purge the clutter. It’s not uncommon for closets to be stuffed beyond reason. Once you’ve eliminated everything from the closet that should not be there, you and your Tailored Living designer can focus on creating a custom closet organizer system that meets your specific needs.

  • Bedroom closet systems organize wardrobes and accessories, designed for the individual user
  • Linen closets safely store kitchen linens, bedding and bath essentials
  • Hall closets usually share space for hanging garments and general storage
  • Utility closets with vacuum cleaners, brooms and cleaning supplies should be highly functional

The secret to maximizing any closet is capturing vertical storage space and implementing custom storage solutions for exactly what will be stored. Customization options include enclosed cabinets with adjustable shelves, open shelves and dividers, drawers, pull-out bins and baskets, specialty racks, decorative hooks and hanging rods. Combinations of these design options will revolutionize all your closets with custom organization, taking you from chaos to calm.

Custom bedroom closet design

Specialty closet accessories and stylish design features can customize any bedroom closet for any user’s needs. Considerations include whether the closet is for kids or adults, someone with limited mobility, a shared closet, or a walk-in or reach-in closet.

  • Kids’ closets require low-level storage options so they can do things for themselves. Closet design for a child’s room should consider how the closet and storage needs will change as your child grows. (Read more: A Custom Kid’s Closet That Can Go From Toddler to Teen)
  • A man’s closet should cater to convenience so wardrobe maintenance is quick and easy. The less time a man has to spend getting dressed and organizing his stuff, the better he likes it. (Read more: Custom Closet Design For a Man’s Closet)
  • Women especially seem to enjoy an organized closet, with clothes and accessories ready to wear at a moment’s notice. Storage for shoes, purses, hats and jewelry adds to the joy of a custom closet design and makes getting dressed a pleasurable experience. (Read more: Create Your Own Celebrity-style Closet With Custom Accessories)

Here are just some of the options for customizing wardrobe closets for the whole family.

  • Floor-to-ceiling cabinet and drawer combinations capture all available storage space
  • Open shelves keep folded items like jeans and sweaters neat and tidy
  • Tiered rods can double hanging space and valet rods offer an “extra hand”
  • Shoe racks can display all your shoes, grouped by style or color
  • Pull-out pants racks can keep trousers wrinkle-free
  • Stationary or retractable tie and belt holders can also hold necklaces or scarves
  • Velvet-lined jewelry drawers separate pieces, avoiding tangled necklaces or chipped gemstones
  • Drawer divider inserts can organize ties, scarves and lingerie
  • Pull-out baskets allow kids to manage their own clothes and shoes
  • Adjustable shelves accommodate tall boots, large purses, or briefcases

Linen closet design tips

Whether you have one large linen closet for everything or smaller ones at points of use (like one for the bedrooms and one for kitchen), custom storage solutions for all your linens will keep everything neat and save you time and stress. You’ll be able to find what you need and items will stay clean and ready to use. Customary items found in linen closets include:

  • Kitchen/Dining: Tablecloths, napkins, placemats, kitchen towels, potholders, aprons
  • Bedding: Sheet sets, pillows and pillow shams, blankets, comforters, duvets, dust ruffles
  • Bath: Bath and hand towels, wash cloths, beach towels, rugs, toilet paper, tissues and toiletries

After you’ve purged all unnecessary items like worn out bedding, frayed towels, stained tablecloths and outdated colors, install shelves, drawers and hanging rods to accommodate the linens you need and use every day. If you don’t have a formal linen closet, a chest of drawers or built-in cabinet at the end of a hallway would be ideal, or convert a hallway closet to a linen closet by adding shelving. Keep your linen closet fresh and organized by following these tips:

  • Line shelves, baskets and drawers with acid-free tissue paper to protect linens from surfaces that may stain or cause yellowing
  • Be sure all items are clean and completely dry before you store them; even a little moisture can cause mildew
  • Use scented dryer sheets or sachets in the closet; lavender, rosemary, scented geranium, lemon balm and mint are good for repelling bugs
  • Place fresh laundered items on bottom of stacks and pull from the top to rotate use
  • Label shelves and baskets to indicate where everything belongs
  • A hanging rod above shelves or drawers can hold folded items, such as tablecloths, on clothes hangers

Hallway and utility closets

Multi-use closets can easily become a jumble of unrelated things. Hallway closets are often a catch-all, with boots, sports equipment and coats all piled together, on hangers and on the floor. Gain control of a hallway closet with a combination of shelves, drawers and hanging, defining what goes where. Central to its design may be a hanging rod for coats, so utilize the floor beneath with shelves or cubbies to organize shoes and other items. Place shelves or even an enclosed cabinet above the rod to hide clutter, and be realistic about how much the closet can actually hold.

Utility closets can stay organized with hooks to hang brooms, mops, dusting tools and pet leashes. Floor-to-ceiling shelves can hold cleaning supplies, spare batteries, light bulbs and a toolbox. Install locking cabinets to secure toxic or potentially hazardous products up high and out of reach of children. Enough floor space needs to be freed up for easy access to the vacuum or carpet cleaner, both for safety and so there’s no excuse not to clean the floors.

You owe it to yourself to get your closets and cabinets under control. Wherever you need closet help, Tailored Living offers numerous styles and finishes, including laminates, wood stains and glazes in a range of colors, with decorative molding and hardware to personalize your closet so it matches your existing décor.

Closet organization systems and built-in closets and cabinets will keep your whole home organized and orderly, making life more stress-free. Call 866-712-3404 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation. As whole home organization specialists, Tailored Living designers can help with garage storage, home office design, pantry and laundry room organization, media and entertainment centers and more.

Next in our home remodel series:  Garage flooring