Conquer that closet clutter once and for all.
Keep your bedroom closet organized and on track with these 6 helpful tips.
From reach-ins to walk-ins, almost every bedroom comes equipped with a closet. While no two are alike, keeping them in order is a hurdle for many. Wendy Hollick, professional organizer and owner of Neat Spaces, shares her tips for conquering your closet disaster through minimizing clutter and maximizing your space's potential. With solutions that save time and money and are stylish, here's how to get things back in order so you can keep track of what you own.
1 Create zones
The first step is to figure out what's going to live in your closet. "You look at your inventory and design around your needs," says Wendy. "Do you have many things that are long-hanging like dresses? How do you hang your pants? Do you share your closet with somebody?" By evaluating how you will use this space, you can create areas to figure out what type of storage you need ... from shoe racks to drawers.
"Purge, baby, purge," says Wendy. If you haven't used something in the past two years and it has no intrinsic value, get rid of it or donate it to charity. As a professional organizer, Wendy has seen dozens of closets over the years and believes over-consumption is to blame. "Eighty per cent of what we keep, we never use," she says. "And we wear 20% of what we own only 80% of the time and the rest just hangs there."
3 Use every inch of space
No square inch should go unnoticed. Many closets are designed poorly and often times the top and bottom spaces aren't used properly or at all. As a rule of thumb, most used items should be stored in plain sight, less-used below and rarely-used up high. To maximize your closet's potential, "you need to look for durability and flexibility," says Wendy. "Look for something that when you install it, can work with you and change with the trends." She suggests using products with epoxy-coated metal rather than plastic-coated metal because of its strength and durability. Wendy also suggests using floor space and high shelves for storing seasonal items and shoes because they can be stacked in clear plastic boxes free of dust and you can still see what's inside.
4 Take advantage of doors
"In a perfect world, all closets would be built with a pocket door," says Wendy. Unfortunately, getting one requires tearing out a wall and that's not always permissible. But this doesn't mean you can't put your swing door to good use without having it eat up your closet's floor space. By using a hanging organizer, you can turn your door into storage for shoes, belts, ties and other accessories.
5 Add a double or pull down rod
Adding another rod to your closet isn't as difficult as it sounds. There are hanging rods that you can put over existing rails for a quick addition to your hanging space. You can even take the alternate, though more expensive route, and use your high ceilings to install a pull down rod.
Either way, with an additional rod, you can organize your clothing into sections. Lower rods for hanging pants and higher-up rods for longer items like dresses and coats. Don't forget to coordinate your hangers and use the proper ones for a uniform, polished look.
"Velvet hangers are great to keep your clothes from slipping, wood hangers are durable but can take up space, while plastic takes up less space and is less finicky than velvet," says Wendy.
"When you look at something that gives you that editorial look, you are more likely to respect it," says Wendy. Treat your closet like a small room, taking into consideration lighting and wall colour. Recessed lighting doesn't obstruct your view and it disguises perfectly in a small space. Light paint colours like white, soft greys and beiges are sleek and reflect light. By adding a mirror to your closet, its reflection will automatically make the room appear larger.
To determine volume and prevent clutter build up, Wendy shares her trick for tracking overflow so you know what to get rid of next season: "Go into your closet and rearrange your hangers so the hook is facing you. When you wear something and put it back, the hook should face inwards. Over time you can actually see what you wear and what you don't from what's left facing outwards."
Godmorgon/Braviken Two-Drawer Vanity in White
Transform your lacklustre lavatory into a restful retreat with these affordable (and stylish!) vanities.
This grey-finished cabinet is an updated take on a country classic. I love the shaker-style doors with the inlaid beadboard panels. The simple turned legs enhance its farmhouse style, while the gleaming chrome hardware adds a hint of modern flair. Ove Amber 30 Vanity, Costco, $499.99.
Sleek, stylish and small – that pretty much sums up all there is to love about this modern vanity. Its compact 19" x 10" size makes it an ideal addition for any compact bathroom, and with its clean lines and simple design, it’s especially fitting for a pretty powder room. Foremost Mackenzie Vanity, Lowe's, $254.
Appropriately named Lakewood, this whitewashed wall-hung vanity is not only a great space-saving solution, it’s also a stylish option that will lend a casual coastal look to your space. The whitewashed look is all the rage these days for flooring – so why not take that trend into the bathroom, too? Lakewood Wall-Hung Vanity in Fresca, Rona, $415.20 (sale price).
This unique vanity, with its two faucets and single elongated bowl, is just as sleek as it is functional. In other words: it’s a storage haven! With two extra-wide solid wood drawers, this unit maximizes space and makes it easy to organize and access all of your toiletries. Godmorgon/Braviken Two-Drawer Vanity in White, IKEA, $499.
Bring the outdoors in with this nature-inspired red oak vanity. Whether you’re looking to update your elegant country home or want to introduce a warm rustic vibe to your modern abode, this piece will adapt to any design aesthetic. Greenbank Vanity, The Home Depot, $319.
This miniature vanity (appropriately named “Bliss”) will let you mix-and-match colours with ease all thanks to its elegant black and white palette. If you’re drawn to softer hues, the piece is also available in white, grey and walnut. Its door also swings open so you conceal the essentials, from makeup products to toilet paper. The perfect solution when dealing with a small space. Bliss 18" Vanity in Black, The Vanity Store, $449.99.
Sometimes it makes sense to keep it classic. You can’t go wrong with this elegant white vanity, which offers an abundance of storage – not to mention the added bonus of extra counter space! Make the most of the additional room and style the counter with a cute glass soap pump and small vase of flowers. Lancaster 36-inch Vanity, The Home Depot, $395.
Calling all dark wood aficionados! If you’re tired of the all-white bathroom, make a bold statement with this two-drawer single faucet walnut vanity. This option would look even better if combined with trendy black hexagon floor tiles and a beautiful white soaker tub. Wall-Mounted Vanity, Bath Depot, $479.20 (sale price).
Help keep your home clutter-free with these stylish organizing tools.
If clutter is closing in on you and you can’t seem to climb out from underneath it, the organizing mantra, ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’ can help. It underscores the notion that every single thing in your home should have a place where it belongs. If it doesn’t have a home, then find one or consider whether you need the item at all. These 8 organizing tools will help you to keep everything in its rightful place.
A catchall is perfect for keeping items that easily go astray all in one place. Perfect for the front hallway to keep coins and keys corralled or use it on your nightstand to keep jewelry and other accessories in one spot where you can easily find them in the morning. Made from luxurious French calfskin leather, this piece is as practical as it is pretty. Medium Leather Catchall, Gigi New York, $98.
If your home seems to have an infinite number of cords and cables and chargers lying around, try to eliminate the chaos with tools that’ll streamline things. This charging dock, for instance, hides unsightly wires for at least two devices and allows you to charge an iPhone and an Apple Watch in one place, using a charging station that is neat, organized and design-friendly. Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone, Belkin, $129.99.
A house only has so much storage space so sometimes, you have to create more using creative ideas. This woodblock wall shelf is beautifully handcrafted from carved wood and has three sliding drawers and two hooks for hanging coats, umbrellas or other things that need somewhere to go. This piece is as much an organizing tool as it is a decorative piece of wall art. Painted Woodblock Wall Shelf, Urban Outfitters, $49.
Need to eliminate all the ‘stuff’ in your home? Find multifunctional pieces that serve more than one purpose. This ottoman, for instance, can serve as an extra seat for a guest, a side table and a footstool and also provides storage space for things like blankets, throw cushions, magazines and anything else you need to store somewhere. Burlap Seat Storage Ottoman, Ballard Designs, $279.
Bye-bye junk drawers, hello organized haven! For less than the price of a fancy cup of coffee, you can create order out of disorder in any drawer in your home. Whether it’s the junk drawer in the kitchen, the sock drawer in your bedroom or the toiletry drawer in the bathroom, these drawer dividers will make it easy for you to find exactly what you’re looking for. HÖFTA drawer dividers, IKEA, $3.99/3-pack.
We don’t mean to overstate things but: A label maker will change your life. Fine. We said it. You’ll never not know where things are once everything is neatly organized and labelled. This next-gen label maker will create professional looking labels for files, storage bins, clothing and pretty much anything else that easily gets lost in the shuffle. But, it’s easy to get carried away so if you start labelling the kids, you know it’s time to put the label maker down and step away. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Epson Labelworks Lw-300 Label Printer, Amazon, $38.75.
Admittedly, they had us at the name ‘cord taco’. But beyond that, these little leather organizing tools are just adorable and practical. Keep rogue cords around the house like charger cables, USB cords and earphones neat and tidy with these leather holders that shut with a metal snap. Cord Tacos, This is Ground, $29.
In the kitchen, craft room, garage or front hallway, this customizable metal pegboard will help you to keep odds and ends visible and easily accessible. We love that it comes in a variety of fun colours and includes six hooks so that you can design the board to best suit your needs. Metal Pegboard Organizer, Einadesign on Etsy, $59.
Refresh your living quarters by incorporating 2017's hottest colours into any room in your home.
This year’s interior design trends are fun and edgy — and that includes 2017's most covetable hues. The four colours topping the charts? An enchanting purple, a lush green, a smooth caramel and a lavish navy. These fantastic four possess a cocooning quality, whether you opt to paint a whole room or accent it with a piece of furniture or an accessory. Seek decor inspiration from 2017's top colours below.
Editor's Note: A saturated purple makes a bewitching backdrop.
Image by: Benjamin Moore
Our favourite purple paints:
Shadow 2117-30, Benjamin Moore.
Starry Sky 70BB 21/147, Dulux Paints.
Premier Infinity Lilac Feather PR16T38, Canadian Tire.
Beauti-Tone You Look Mauve-lous SC169-0, Home Hardware.
Editor's Note: Call it forest or hunter, this green packs a punch.
Image by: Farrow & Ball
Editor's Note: This soothing tan is a balm for sore eyes.
Image by: Canadian Tire
Editor's Note: A perfectly inky blue is sure to bring the drama.
Image by: The Home Depot