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"Not So Big House" Does Closets


We've always understood the value of space.

Using it effectively is one of our most important roles as closet designers.

So, an opportunity to work with a reknowned architect and a local developer on a "Not So Big House" is a project whose vision we see eye-to-eye on.

What's a "Not So Big House"? http://www.notsobighouse.com/

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The concept of a "Not So Big House" is one of "combining the beauty of the big house with the effeciency of a small one," accordig to the creator of the concept, architect and author Sarah Susanka.

And it's a concept whose time has arrived!

Rather than spend your budget on square footage that rarely gets used, Susanka encourages people to put money toward making the house an expression of their personalities.

At Closet Works, we've always been interested in how people linve in their space. In the case of their closets, that means determining if they are "folders" or "hangers", or want drawers versus baskets, shallow versus deep.  It's intimate space within the intimate space of your home.

The "Not So Big" concept addresses all areas of your home. And that's what we're going to be talking about over the coming weeks - how to make the space you live in do its' best work FOR you - sharing Susanka's thoughts on the best and most beautiful ways to utilize the space that you call home.

So if you'd like to learn more about how to maximize the space in your home, come check out the "Not So Big House" in Libertyville, Illinois in conjuction with School Street Development http://www.schoolstreetlibertyville.com/index.shtml.

We ca't wait to share what we've all come with that will inspire you!

Can An Organized Closet Get You A Marriage Proposal?


Or better yet - three????

According to Bill Healy of Chicago it can.

And with Bill's closet makeover posted on HGTV http://tinyurl.com/3voffda - the marriage proposals started flowing in. (So you see, the lyrics to the old ZZ Top song - "Every Girls Crazy About A Sharp Dressed Man" ring true).

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Bill considers himself "naturally a bit messy so I wanted to create a closet that was highly organized and worked based on how I used things on an every day basis." And you can see from the before shot of his closet that he speaks the truth.


 And he feels that the absolute best thing he did in this closet was "put in two hampers behind doors like these (stacked on top of each other. One for whites, one for darks, and no excuses for throwing clothes on the floor any more!!)healy two hampers"

We might even suggest a hamper for the items that need to go to the dry cleaner - as they often end up on the floor or piled behind a door. Having a designated space for them makes things so much more effecient.

And one more thing that made Bill really happy with his closet -

"I always wanted my shirts to look like this!!! These are all work shirts and are not mixed up with my casual shirts which are placed at the back of the closet. I am not a morning person so I was trying to make my morning a little easier by arranging my shirts this way!"healy shirts resized 600

So - what do you think?  Wouldn't your shirts look better organized this way? And wouldn't both you be happier if they were?
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