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Spring cleaning: Closet organization ideas

Yes, it’s that time of the year again and your closet is probably screaming: Spring cleaning! Actually, it doesn’t have to be such an ordeal, just think of all that empty space you’ll get, waiting to be filled up with brand new clothing. You might even enjoy a bit of redecorating while at it, just to breathe some new life into your home.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you maximize your storage space.

First re-think and re-evaluate your closet space; if you have some dormant designer skills in you, now’s the time to let them loose. To have an organized closet, you need to keep things separated, each in their own spot. Knowing exactly where to look for a particular piece of clothing will make your mornings a lot easier.

Start by bringing in some acrylic boxes which can be used for storing anything from shoes and bags to belts, socks or shirts; drop-front boxes are great for storing shoes as you don’t have to unstack boxes to get the pair you want. In addition it’s an easy way to keep your shoes protected from dust while keeping them easy to access.

Drop-front shoe box courtesy of The Container Store

Wicker baskets and fabric containers can be successfully used to add some practical appeal to your closet. If you’re looking for clever way to store your accessories and want to do it yourself, take a look at this interesting post on how to fake built-in shelving.

The next step is going through your stuff, making sure you clean your closet of all the unwanted apparel you’ve collected over the years; anything you haven’t worn for about one year belongs to the “to go” pile, unless it’s got some emotional value attached to it; then you’re allowed to keep it. However, show no mercy to the prom dress you’ve been keeping hidden in the closet, deep down you know it’s just filling up space. Groups like the Princess Project will make sure your dress falls into the right hands; there are thousands of teens out there who would appreciate a fancy dress like yours but just can’t afford one. Do the same with all your belongings that you no longer need or wear. The Salvation Army or Goodwill will put them to a better use.

Now that you’ve got over the hardest part, the rest is pure fun. Prioritize your apparel; what you can’t see, you won’t wear so keep your favorites in the front rows, along with all your spring wear while all the winter sweaters, blouses and jackets go to the back of the closet. Then check for anything that needs repairs, like toppers, jeans and shoes, and get them fixed. And finally organize your stuff by category, casual, sports and elegant. Shirts, skirts and dresses are better kept on hangers, possibly all facing the same way. If you’re a neat freak you’ll have them organized by color, too. But then again, that’s not a closet anymore, it’s simply art.

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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Apartment living, Design ideas

 

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Jump start spring cleaning with these easy decorating tips

A home tells a lot about a person; as an extension of our personalities, interior design reflects our desires, expectations and perspectives on life. On the other hand, every piece of decor plays its part in our perception of the place. A well-decorated room can induce a state of happiness and serenity every time you walk in; but it can also ruin your disposition for the day if it’s all chaos and uninspired choices.

Minimalist design

Depending on what you wish to achieve, start by adopting a main theme or decide on a dominant piece and build the rest of the decor around it. A minimalist design could be the secret to a perky interior, perfect for a busy professional, yet what do we do with all our belongings? Because as much as we’d like to have only a few stylish pieces of furniture dressing up our walls, it’s hard to make them shelter all the items we collect along the years. One way to have a neat, cozy place while still keeping it trendy and cool is to remove all the clutter. Or better, learn how to keep your quarters organized and airy by finding smart storage solutions. This drawer bed is a sweet alternative to a loft bed or Murphy bed that will save you tons of space while making your bedroom look spotless.

The essential feature of a well-ordered kitchen is the presence of a generous pantry. A cooking mom for instance needs all the extra space she can get and a practical storeroom to deposit all the kitchenware would do the job perfectly.

The same goes for the bedroom. If you’re lucky enough, your apartment is already home to a nice walk-in closet so keeping it neat and tidy is entirely up to you. To make it even more practical, you could add a few extra shelves for keeping the various pieces of clothing separated, maybe add some basket drawers which can be easily fitted into small spaces, and a tie or belt rack for your significant other. These practical additions could really make hectic mornings a bit easier.

Every woman needs her makeup kit at hand, yet sometimes it’s rather hard to keep all the bits and pieces in one place. Think of some easy way to display your cosmetics, either purchase a storage cabinet and place it in your bedroom or get some pretty boxes which you can put on top of the bedroom dresser to hold your accessories.

Cool-Makeup-Storage-Ideas via interiordesigning

Don’t forget about the space under the stairs. It can be an excellent storage solution with plenty of room to hide just about anything. Just have a look at this ingenious apartment home designed by Jordan Parnass Digital Achitecture which combines functionality with modern features for a most terrific effect. The bedroom loft creates space for a roomy walk-in closet below, while stair risers conceal a series of built-in drawers.

Loft bedroom

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Apartment living, Design ideas, Urban living

 

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