Dream closet inspiration

Check out these stylish closets. Love the organization (of course!) and pops of color.   After you refresh an area of your home, you gaze adoringly at the space when you walk by, right?  You can (and should!)  feel that way about your closet.   I can help style and organize your existing closet or we can start fresh and create a new closet with a definitive organizational plan.

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Top Organizing Tips for Closets

Check out these tips for organizing your closet.  Just in time for swapping out your fall/winter wardrobe for spring/summer clothes!   Our best-selling elfa storage solutions are featured in #4, #8, #10, our drawer storage units in #22 and our clear stackable shoe drawers are featured in #23.  [Note how the shoes are stored heel to toe.  This maximizes the use of space and you can see the front of the shoe plus the heel style at a glance.]

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102 Best Tips to Get Your Home Super Organized

Lots of great tips to inspire you to get organized!  My favs: #2 organizing plastic food container lids, #3, organizing hot hair tools (that file box is ours!) and #23 store your shoes heel to toe for maximum use of shelf space.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/tips/g2610/best-organizing-tips/?slide=102

Organizing tip | Folded clothes

I recommend hanging as much clothing as possible but if you lack sufficient hanging space or just prefer to fold your clothes, here’s a tip.  If you fold your sweaters, t-shirts or jeans and stand them up in your drawer, you can more easily see what you have and find what you want.  If you stack clothes on a shelf or in a drawer, selecting the bottom item or one from the middle often results in a messy stack.  This tip works for storing and organizing scarves, too.


file organized sweaters in drawer

Free Elfa installation!!

Receive FREE elfa installation when you spend $750 or more on your elfa design – but only through June 30th! Contact me to get started!

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Two year anniversary with The Container Store!!

Can’t believe it’s already been two years! I love meeting new clients and helping them create storage solutions that look beautiful and are easy to maintain. 
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Springtime Garage organization

It’s spring and finally starting to feel like it.  Time to put away the shovels and sleds and get your garage organized.  Afterall, kids will be playing outside more and I’d rather be playing with them than searching for balls, bike helmets and other outdoor gear.

First things first. Sort like items together and purge.  I always start an organizing project with a few contractor bags.  It’s usually easiest to sort through the stuff you can do without.  Put trash into one bag and items to donate into another contractor bag or other heavy duty bag or box.

Properly dispose of old paint and oil cans and empty cleaning supply bottles.  Check with your town’s disposal facility to find out when they accept hazardous waste.

Once you have like items grouped together (i.e. gardening, car care, outdoor games, bikes and other ride on toys, helmets, other pads- like street hockey and skateboarding kneepads, chalk, bubbles, etc) think about where to store them.  I like to use plastic shelving like this InterMetro one from The Container Store.  Hard working shelves are 18″ deep (any deeper and items can get lost on the shelves)  and can hold up to 300 pounds per shelf!

intermetro

Frequently  used items used should be stored at eye level or below. Seasonal items should be kept on higher shelves. Choose ventilated shelves and drawers which allow visibility to what you’re storing — they also prevent dust and dirt from collecting. I use mesh handled bins like this one from The Container store to coral

  • baseballs and whiffleballs
  • chalk
  • bubble and bubble toys
  • street hockey balls and pucks
  • wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads
  • outdoor games

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Lacrosse sticks, baseball bats, hockey sticks, are oranized in a couple of tall mesh bins. Rollerblades sit on the shelf by themselves but get stored in clear bins during the winter.
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About 80% of items stored in a garage can be stored on shelving — the other 20% can be organized on hooks.  These items are usually handled tools including shovels, roof rake, and gardening tools.  Other large bulky items like garden hoses, ladders, strollers and backpack carriers can also be stored up off the ground on hooks.  To organize your entire garage, you’ll need a combination of shelving, drawers and hooks to keep everything organized.

I recommend kids’ bikes, sports equipment and toys to be closest to the garage door if possible and everything else deepest in the garage.  Create a “gardening station”, “car care station”, “winter station” to keep like items together. Once you’ve designated a spot to store everything you must be diligent and conscientious about returning everything to it’s proper place.

If your storage space is limited, consider storing items hanging from the ceiling, under a workbench, behind the door, and maximize vertical wall space. Utilizing The Container Store’s best-selling elfa shelving, everything from bikes to hedge clippers to screwdrivers can be in their own designated spot!

elfa Garage

The Container Store now makes house calls!!

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I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected to be one of The Container Store’s Contained Home exclusive professional organizers in the Boston market! My partnership with The Container Store is an extension of my neatspaces professional organizing business.  Here’s a preview of what The Container Store Contained Home service entails.

Contained Home organizers can:

  • Develop an organization plan for closets, home offices, pantries, kids’ rooms, craft spaces, garages and other storage areas in your home.
  • Organize all areas of your home & maintain your organized spaces through regular visits
  • Unpack and organize your new home
  • Repurpose a space after a student has left for college
  • Downsize for empty nesters
  • Transition spaces from toddlers to teenagers
  • Stage your home for sale
  • Prepare a baby’s nursery

For more info on how the Contained Home service works, click here.

Thank you for your support, encouragement and referrals over the last 9 years!  It means the world to me.  So excited to start on this journey with The Container Store…. stay tuned for more on elfa, The Container Store’s best-selling sleek shelving system and TCS Closets, The Container Store’s exclusive custom built luxurious closet.

 

Spring is in the air!

Spring is here. Really it is.  Hard to believe when you’re still sending your kids off to school in full winter regalia.  Days are bright and sunny and the air is crisp.  Perfect time to clean out and organize your closet and wardrobe.

Many clients have told me when they attempt to do this, they get overwhelmed and end up stuffing all the clothes back in the closet and shoving shoes and accessories into any nook they can find.  If you do a little bit at a time  you’ll be more successful.

Step one: Purge current season’s clothes. You know which pieces you love and feel good in.  Those obviously stay.  If there are any pieces that you didn’t wear or that you didn’t feel great in, put them in a donation pile. I often use shopping bags with handles or contractor bags so all the donation items are ready to go.  If there are pieces that need laundering/dry cleaning/repair set those in a separate pile.  Take care of them before you store them.

Step two: Purge and organize tops.  Go through spring and summer tops and remove any that are dingy or that you don’t love.  If you have 15 black t-shirts,  pare ’em down.  If you have hanging space in your closet, I recommend hanging as much as possible. It makes it easier to see what you have vs. going through a pile in a dresser drawer.  Hang them in majority color order: reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, browns, blacks, whites.  Within the color hang by sleeve length: tanks, short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, long sleeve. I like to use these low profile non-slip hangers from The Container Store.  Using only one type of hanger provides a uniform look making your closet neater.

Step three: Purge and organize bottoms.  Same process as for the tops, for shorts, skirts, capris, ankle length and long pants.  I keep shorts, capris and jeans on shelves in my closet and hang skirts, dressier pants and dresses.  I like these hangers from The Container Store to hang skirts because they save space.

Step four: Purge and organize shoes and accessories. I hang my scarves in color order on the back of my door with a rack like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. I have earrings on a jewelry stand like this available at the Container Store.  I don’t have a ton of earrings, so this sits on my dresser.  Again, I like to see what I have. It makes getting dressed easier.  Sterling silver jewlery is in a closed jewelry box on my dresser so they don’t tarnish.  If you have shoe shelves in your closet, you can use those or a shoe rack like this one.  Most of my frequently worn shoes for the season are in the hall closet on the main floor and not-so-frequently worn shoes are in my closet.  You can sort and hang belts on an organizer like this.  I like to stand purses on a shelf (in their dust bag if you have it).  These shelf dividers keep them separated and from falling down.

You don’t have to sort and organize your wardrobe in one go.  You could do it in four smaller chunks of time.  Once you’ve organized and sorted your wardrobe, it makes it easier to know what you need to shop for!

 

 

Less is more when Decluttering

Often times when thinking about areas in your home that need attention and organization, people become overwhelmed because they think of the big projects, like the basement, the attic or the playroom. If you take smaller “bites”, you’ll be less overwhelmed and more successful.

Here’s a list of 50 areas to declutter. Most should take 20-30 minutes. Print it out and get started. Decide if you are going to tackle one task per day or one task per week and get it done! Don’t forget to schedule donation pick up for those items that haven’t been used or worn in over a year. Find next available donation pick up in your area at www.GoodDonor.org. Happy organizing!

1. Kitchen silverware drawer
2. Kitchen utensils
3. Canned goods in the pantry
4.Tea/coffee/mugs
5. Pots and pans
6. Baking sheets/pans and ingredients
7.Tupperware or other like containers
8. Sports bottles/sippy cups
9. Kids’ lunchboxes
10. Food storage wraps/foils/bags
11. Kitchen towels, linens, placemats
12. Under the kitchen sink
13. Fridge
14. Freezer
15. Glassware
16. Vitamins/medicines in the kitchen
17. Coupons and gift cards
18. Stationary
19. Bills/mail area
20. Junk drawer
21. Batteries/light bulbs
22. Cookbooks and recipes
23. Dry storage
24. Trash/Recycling area
25. Mudroom or entry way shoes/boots
26. Hall closet
27. Catalogs, magazines and newspapers
28. Family room coffee table/end tables
29. DVDs and gaming console games
30. Laundry area
31. Guest bathroom linens
32. Bedroom nightstands
33. Scarves/purses/bags
34. Jewelry
35. Sock drawer
36. Athletic clothes
37. Pajamas
38. Bathroom beauty supplies
39. Bathroom shower/tub
40. Cough/cold/first aid supplies
41. Bed linens and towels
42. Craft supplies
43. Sports equipment
44. Holiday decor: Valentine’s
45. Holiday decor: Easter
46. Holiday decor: Halloween
47. Holiday decor: Thanksgiving
48. Holiday decor: Christmas/Hannukah
49. Cleaning supplies
50. Car

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