Closet Works Blog: Closet Organization Tips & Tricks

Closet Organization Tips & Tricks Blog Posts From 2019

Dec. 21 2019

Closet Cabinet Doors

The Low Down on Closet Cabinet Doors

Using cabinet doors inside your closet has many advantages. Most closets are already concealed by some sort of door. So why add more? Cabinet doors elevate the closet experience. They transform a ho-hum storage area into an elegant dressing room you will gravitate towards at the beginning and end of each day while adding practical protection for your clothing.

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Dec. 16 2019

Guest rooms with Murphy Beds

Guest Rooms with Murphy Beds

With the holiday season upon us, many homeowners will see a surge in their need for guest rooms. Unless you have a very large home, however, dedicated guest bedrooms that are only used one week per year pose a problem. The solution is to create versatile spaces that gets used all year round. The best way to achieve this is with a Murphy bed.

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Dec. 9 2019

Shoe organizer

Best Shoe Organizers

Do you love shoes? Do you have a lot of them? If your answer to either of these questions is yes, you could probably benefit from some type of shoe storage system. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of various shoe organizers.

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Nov. 25 2019

Closet cubby organizer

Design Tip: Use Closet Cubby Organizers

How and why you should use a closet cubby organizer for storage of papers, shoes, purses, towels, wine bottles and more.

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Nov. 18 2019

Custom wine storage and wine cellar in basement

Custom Wine Storage

Create your own custom wine storage center! Wine cellar construction is a home improvement that can increase value as well as daily enjoyment.

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Nov. 12 2019

Rock the Block Master Suite closet contest with Alison Victoria

Master Suite Masters

Closet Works' handiwork was featured on cable TV's Home and Garden channel as part of interior designer Alison Victoria's master suite renovation.

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Nov. 11 2019

Best hangers for clothes are wood hangers

Best Hangers for Clothes

Wooden Hangers vs. Flocked Hangers: Which is Best? Compare the best hangers for clothes, including wooden hangers, flocked or velvet hangers, tubular, and wire hangers.

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Nov. 4 2019

Holiday organizing at Closet Works

How to Stay Organized this Holiday Season

The holidays can be especially stressful. Keep calm with these easy-to-follow tips on how to stay organized during the hectic time between Halloween and New year's Day.

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Oct. 28 2019

Closet Sizes and Shelves

Closet Size Standards

Minimum sizes for walk-in and reach-in closets, including space requirements for shoes, hanging clothing, drawers and closet islands.

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Oct. 21 2019

dovetail drawers

The Importance of Dovetail Drawers

An explanation of what dovetail drawers are, and why you should choose closet drawers with this feature.

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Oct. 14 2019

Scarves hanging on rod

How to Organize Scarves

Eight great ideas on ways to organize scarves in closets and mud rooms.

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Oct. 7 2019

Putting towels in a linen closet

Small Linen Closet Organization

The basis of any good linen closet organization is a lot of shelves. For maximum storage, make sure yours has both static shelves and pull-out shelves to ensure small items don't get lost in the back.

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Sep. 23 2019

Slate gray hardware trend for closets and kitchens

New Trends in Hardware for Closets

In late 2018 and 2019 we saw the rise of flat black and matte gold hardware finishes. These colors complement the rise in white cabinetry and warmer neutrals trending throughout the design industry. Joining this trend is a hot finish expected to dominate home décor and closets for 2020 — metallic Slate Gray.

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Sep. 16 2019

Cedar closet benefits

Cedar Closet Benefits

Along with recent trends towards organic produce and other natural solutions, cedar closets are growing in demand. They are one of those home improvements that can add value at resale, especially among environmentally conscious consumers.

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Sep. 9 2019

best organizers for small closets

5 Best Closet Organizers for Small Closets

When it comes to storage, small closets are frequently the most in need of good closet organizers that will maximize the space and increase the amount of "stuff" they can hold. Try these tricks to increasing closet storage capacity when space is limited.

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Aug. 26 2019

Children building an erupting volcanoe at home

Organize a Homework Space for Your Child

Good home organization goes a long way towards helping children with school. Try these tips for creating your own perfect homework space for children.

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Aug. 19 2019

Window treatments for bedrooms and closet dressing rooms

Window Treatments for Your Dressing Room & Bedroom

When it comes to dressing the window in a closet, it all comes down to protecting fabrics and furnishings while providing privacy.

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Aug. 12 2019

Small laundry room ideas

Ideas for Small Laundry Room Organization

Ideas for small laundry rooms including practical organizing accessories that maximize functionality in the tiniest laundry spaces.

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Aug. 1 2019

An organized mudroom aids back to school preparation for child

Get Ready for Back to School Through Better Organization!

3 Suggestions to Help Your Kids Get and Stay Organized for the Upcoming School Year.

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Jul. 22 2019

modern electric fireplace with fireplace surround, floating cabinets and lighting

Fireplace Surrounds

A fireplace adds a warm and cozy focal point to any room in which it is placed. And it doesn't have to require building a chimney or undertaking major remodeling. Get great tips on how to add a functional modern fireplace with fireplace surround to an empty wall in your home.

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Jul. 15 2019

organize with hooks for closets

Get Creative & Save Space with Hooks!

Hooks are not very glamorous and are thus sometimes overlooked by the average homeowner in the market for custom storage. But they are a very convenient and economical storage strategy. Learn strategies for organizing with hooks in closets and other home storage solutions.

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Jul. 01 2019

Maximizing storage in odd shaped closet spaces

Working with Odd Shaped Closet Spaces

How to Maximize Storage in Your Most Challenging Closet Spaces: Each of these five difficult closet spaces have had their storage potential maximized through closet organization and custom storage solutions.

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Jun. 24 2019

lighting for closets will help sell your home

Boost Drama and Home Value with Eco-Friendly LED Lighting for Closets

Closet lighting is an easy home improvement that increases a home's appeal and offers high return on investment.

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Jun. 17 2019

closet drawers

Closet Drawers

Everything you ever wanted to know about adding closet drawers to your home organization strategy.

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Jun. 10 2019

Reach-in closet ideas

Reach-In Closet Ideas

Eleven ways to increase style and functionality of a simple reach-in closet: Try implementing some of these reach-in closet ideas and watch your simple wall closet transform itself into a luxurious personal refuge that you can enjoy for many years to come.

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Jun. 3 2019

Simple Organizing Accessories

Organizing Ideas Using Simple and Inexpensive Accessories Everyone Should Own

Use these storage and organization tips that make use of items you already have around the home or can purchase easily and cheaply to get started on the path to decluttering and home organization.

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May 28 2019

The Principles of Successful Home Organization

Home Organization: A Place for Everything

Room by Room Organization Tips and Storage Solutions for the Home: No matter what size space you are working with, having a place for everything and everything in its place is the key to maintaining an organized home and life. To get your house in order, review every room/closet in your home and then apply these tried and true organizational tips/tricks for each space.

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May 20 2019

garage organizing

Organizing the Garage: Ideas for Garage Storage

Most homes could benefit from some sort of garage organizing system. This means storage. Whether the problem arises from an abundance of toys, bicycles, sports equipment, yard tools, or other clutter, a good garage storage system will make the most of this space.

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May 13 2019

shelving solutions

Never Enough Shelves: The Importance of Shelving Solutions

Shelving Solutions are an Important Part of Every Home Organization Strategy — Try these ideas to maximize your own home storage.

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May 6 2019

closet remodel

Client Closet Remodel: Step Inside the Closet of Fashion Photographer and Style Guru Helen Berkun

Chicago fashion photographer, beauty and style guru Helen Berkun talks about the closet remodel project she completed with Closet Works.

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Apr 29 2019

closet remodel

5 Closet Remodeling Tips to Increase Livability and Home Value

Use these closet remodeling tips to make sure you get the best return on investment on your next home improvement project.

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Apr 22 2019

Kids closet organizing ideas

Kids Closet Organizing Ideas

7 Tips on organizing a kids closet including clothing and toy organization, plus other kids room storage ideas: Designing closet and other storage solutions for children has its own unique challenges. The needs are somewhat different than for an adult because they change so quickly. Flexibility is key to successful long term closet organization for kids. Possessions that need to be organized usually include both clothing, school materials and toys.

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Apr 15 2019

Small room storage ideas

Living Large in Cramped Quarters

10 Ideas to Increase Storage Space for Your Home, Making it Feel Bigger: When it comes to storage space in and around the home, it often seems that there is never enough. Staying organized is half the battle to successful living in a small home. It is so easy for stuff to pile up in corners. Purging items you don't need or use is essential. Keeping the rest under control can be achieved by maximizing the storage potential in and around the home.

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Apr 8 2019

Built In Bookcase Ideas

Personalize Your Space with These Built In Bookcase Ideas that Also Increase Home Value

5 Great Ways to Add a Wall of Bookshelves: Bookshelves offer the opportunity to create a highly personal space that is equally customizable for the next homeowner. Done right, built in bookcases will increase the resale value of the home.

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Apr 1 2019

murphy bed

All About Murphy Beds

What Exactly is a Murphy Bed and How Does it Work? A Murphy Bed is a hidden bed that is stored in an upright position within a cabinet or closet. The bed system can be divided into two main components — the mechanics and the cabinetry. Mechanics refer to the actual bed parts that go up and down, while the cabinetry refers to the box and wall unit that surround the mechanics of the bed.

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Mar 25 2019

mens closet

Men's Closet Organization Ideas

Tips to Ensure a Successful Men's Closet Design: Whether it's built for a business man with a lot of professional clothing or your "jeans and a sweater" kind of guy, the successful mens closet design is a well organized space that is optimized for the individual owner's attire. There are essential differences between organizing a closet for a man's wardrobe versus women's attire due to the type of clothing and accessories that need to be stored in the space.

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Mar 18 2019

purse storage

Five Essential Tips for Designer Purse Storage That Keep Your Luxury Handbags Secure, Yet Handy in Your Closet

Purse Storage: Designer purses or special occasions handbags should considered investment pieces, and understanding proper purse storage is essential to maintaining these items for future use or even resale.

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Mar 11 2019

attic closet

Maximize Your Space with an Attic Closet

Your Home's Last Frontier When You've Run Out of Room: Attics are some of the trickiest spaces to work with when installing a new closet. An attic closet will almost always include a sloped ceiling. Standard closet organizer systems are made for boxy spaces with eight foot high walls and floors that are at a right angle to the walls. They won't fit this type of space. There are solutions, however, that can maximize storage in these areas.

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Mar. 08 2019

closet works in the top shelf awards 2019

1st Place for Closet Works in 2019

Closet Works in the 2019 Top Shelf Awards: Closet Works designers walked away with not one, but two 1st Place wins in the 2019 Top Shelf Awards — a closet design contest recognizing the top storage professionals in the industry. Read more to see all 15 outstanding submissions and the winning designs.

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Mar 4 2019

pantry closet

3 Ways to Add a Pantry Closet to a Kitchen That Doesn't Have One

How to Add a Pantry Without Undergoing Major Remodeling: Nowadays, pantries are a highly coveted feature in kitchens. They rank alongside kitchen islands and high-end appliances as one of the most wanted features in the kitchen. A lot of older mid-century homes, however, don't have one. There are ways to add a pantry closet to an older home without undergoing major remodeling.

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Feb 25 2019

velvet drawer organizer for jewelry

Drawer Organizers for Jewelry

Use Velvet Drawer Inserts for Jewelry, Watches, Sunglasses and More! Drawer organizers for jewelry will feature compartments that are usually made of either acrylic or velvet. Acrylic is okay for costume jewelry, and most everyday wear. However, for your fine pieces of jewelry, watches and eyewear, velvet drawer inserts are best.

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Feb 18 2019

bathroom with walk in closet

Bathroom with Walk In Closet or Walk Through Closet to Bathroom?

Which is Better When You Must Have a Tandem Bathroom & Closet Arrangement? Master bedroom floor plans where the closet and bathroom are arranged so that you must walk through one to get to the other are on the rise. Whether it is better to walk through the master closet to get to the bathroom, or place the closet first and walk through it to get to the bathroom is a hotly debated topic among new home buyers.

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Feb 11 2019

basement laundry room ideas

Basement Laundry Rooms

Storage Ideas for Laundry Rooms: Even if your laundry room is located in a basement, a well thought out design of the space can make the time spent doing wash pleasant, if not downright enjoyable. Closet Works recently completed makeovers for two basement laundry rooms. Each presented it's own unique challenges, but there were also similarities. There are specific design principles that can overcome the typical basement obstacles. Problems such as uneven floors and walls, pipes and ductwork that obstruct access, lack of light, and excess moisture can be overcome through good storage design — leading to bright and cheery basement laundry room spaces.

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Feb 4 2019

working from home office ideas

How to Design a Home Office to Maximize Productivity

Working from Home Office Ideas: Technologies such as more powerful laptop computers and cloud computing have allowed many companies to offer employees the convenience of working from home at least on occasion. This doesn't mean they want you to return a few work related phone calls while doing your laundry. Employees with a work-from-home benefit are expected to perform with the same level of productivity as though they were in the office. One key to maximizing your productivity involves optimizing the physical space where you will perform the work.

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Jan 28 2019

open closets ideas

Trends in Home Storage Design for 2019 Include Open Closets Without Doors

Open Closets Ideas: Homeowners throughout the United States are embracing the idea of a closet space without doors. Open closets banish doors (and often the walls themselves) in favor of a highly organized system of built-in shelves, doors, baskets and drawers. Open closets tie in with the current trend towards open floor plans throughout the home. To pull off this look, however, you must have a very organized closet.

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Jan 21 2019

basement closet remodel idea

Small House Closet Renovation Idea: Create a New Basement Closet as an Inexpensive Master Bedroom Addition

New Master Closet in the Basement — Case Study: Many homeowners would love to have a giant bonus-room style closet for their master bedroom. Unfortunately, most small or older homes simply don't offer closets in this size. You could add on. However, a lower cost alternative to a home addition is building a new, extra large, dressing room style closet in the basement of the house.

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Jan 17 2019

basement pantry/root cellar

Closet Works Wins Super Service Award for 2018!

Angie's List Award Speaks for Great Customer Service: Thanks to excellent customer reviews and top ratings on Angie's List, Closet Works has won its 11th consecutive Super Service Award — an honorable badge to ensure customers that they are working with a top-notch company that puts customer satisfaction first.

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Jan 14 2019

basement pantry/root cellar

Redefining the Root Cellar: All Purpose Pantry Underground

A Pantry Solution for Small Kitchens — Case Study: Many homeowners would like to have a walk-in pantry, but their kitchens simply don't have enough space to build one. However, owning a modest home with a tight kitchen does not have to end any hope of having a dream pantry. A little creative thinking can target other places in the home where a pantry might fit. A back hall, mudroom, or laundry room are all places that might be able to handle a bit of additional storage. If none of those spaces will work, think about utilizing the the basement as in this example from one of our recent customers.

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Jan 7 2019

built in closet desks

Desks in Closets Can Make a Perfect & Private Home Office

Create a Quiet Office Nook Away From Houshold Chaos in Your Closet: Whether you are planning a closet to office conversion or giving your space dual functionality with a built in closet desk, desks in closets offer surprising advantages.

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