Closet Cleanout

Does your closet make you feel guilty?  Yes, I said your closet…I feel like my closet glares at me and says, “Seriously, are you just going to ignore this mess? Bet you’d like to know where that little black dress is hiding!?” I grab my clothes and run out. The latest blow came when my teenage daughter, home from college, actually complained she couldn’t find the clothes she wanted to “steal” from me!Yep, it’s time for a cleanout. (I swear I heard the closet cheer!) Needing some inspiration, I stumbled upon Ziploc’s 180 Fresh Feats.  “Closet Showdown” with a friend sounded like a fantastic idea, but instead of a critical gal pal, I called upon the two biggest critics who happened to be right under my own roof, my teen daughters, to help me purge and organize.Closet Clean Sweep
You would think that after taping an entire season of an organizational TV series, my closet would look like the “after” beauty shot. You’d think! In reality, my closet is a classic case of “the cobbler’s children have no shoes!” (Side bar: The story of the cobbler’s kids is a reference that one doesn’t always do for themselves or their family what they get paid to do by others.) I typically give away clothes when my closet gets cluttered to make room for the new. Problem is, the new stuff is just as cramped in my closet. Let’s face it: If there’s a sale, I’m bringing home some extra goodies.

Do It by Design
To get started, my daughters put me through the same question-and-answer session I would do with my clients (crazy, huh?). Question: “How does this closet function for you?” Answer: “Thanks for asking, Sophia: It DOESN’T! I often buy new clothing for taping shows or speaking engagements. I end up having to get rid of things I like just to make more room, silly!” Question: “How much time or money are you willing to spend on your org?” (That’s industry slang for “clean out.”) Answer: “I have three hours and a giant list of gifts to buy for the holidays (that includes you Alexa!), so let’s do this as inexpensively as possible!” After making a quick organizational must-have list and shopping trip, my “organizers” and I are ready to go.

Lying Around

I’ve learned via my two teenage daughters, who will be hitting their closets next, that anything laying on the floor will make the room look messy. A pile of cute stuffed animals and decorative pillows are no exception. A closet, no matter how large, will look unorganized with piles of clothing or shoes lying about. My shoe collection, although small, has outgrown my allotted number of cubbies. Problem: I need more cubbies. Answer: Get more cubbies. Since I do not feel like sawing, nailing or painting (or waiting for anyone else to do it). I will buy them. Problem: I need more rod space. Answer: Find more rod space using Ziploc® Space Bags® to store rarely used items. Add a scarf holder and voila! I even unearthed an ironing board and hat holder that I swore had been stolen. Not mention the little black dress my daughter was looking to steal!

 

Stand up Straight!
I love my boots…riding, cowboy, fashion, biker…I love them all! What I do not love about them is that I cannot see how they look because for years, they’ve sat in my closet flopped over on top of each other like puppies. A quick and inexpensive fix is to take rolled up magazines, and insert them into your boots to make them stand tall. TIP: Maximize space by placing one shoe or boot facing in and one facing out. Now you can see the design and detail on the heels and toes.

 

 

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Hooked on Organization: Back to School Edition

By Kelli Ellis

 

I am a proud mother of two beautiful, smart teenage daughters, and the frustrated mother of two totally messy teenage daughters! If your children (or anyone in your home for that matter) are like mine, you see something like the “before” picture every day.

So I took my own best organizational advice — go vertical and get hooked! Doing television home makeovers I have learned some important lessons. I try to use vertical space whenever available while using tools that will not damage homeowners’ walls, especially when working on designs that may not be permanent. The very best tool in my arsenal is the removable hook! Sold in many styles, finishes and strengths, you can hang almost anything easily and remove the hooks when you no longer need them. Especially the teen things that tend to get dropped on the floor! I chose a selection of hooks for my different items — big and small.Simply stick the adhesive tape on the back and hold the hook to the wall. My blood pressure was lowering with each hook I stuck to the wall!

TIP: Be sure you hold up each item you want to hang so you know exactly how much space you need in between each hook. Be mindful of what each hook will be holding and choose the hook size accordingly.

Once the hooks have set (meaning the adhesive has had time to stick) let the smiling begin! I was giddy with each item I hung up — organization feels good! Figure out what items need to be within reach in any room; the bathroom, the closets, the laundry room…and get hooked!

Photo credits: Kelli Ellis

 

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