Organizing Cabinets & Shelves: Closet Space

Part Two in this Series, this week we look at how to make the most of an oft-crowded space: your closet. Whether you have a sprawling boudoir or a compact NYC apartment with “less-than adequate” space, here are some tips for you.

Being organized has its advantages, all throughout your home. How many of us have a not-quite-so-functional closet, either too small or too cluttered? Here are some great ideas on how to use a little bit of creativity and some cleverness to make the most out of your closet storage space.

Closet Storage:  Valet Rods (sliding & pull out)

Ever need an extra hand? Valet rods to the rescue. Standard or collapsible rods can be installed in a variety of places. Now you can keep that freshly ironed shirt ready for an upcoming event, or remind yourself what needs to go to the dry cleaners. Continue reading “Organizing Cabinets & Shelves: Closet Space”

Organizing Cabinets & Shelves: In The Kitchen

With the holiday cooking season upon us, it’s time to make the most of the space we have available. This week we focus on kitchen cabinets and shelving, next week closet storage space.

Being organized has its advantages, all throughout your home.

“Finally, all done with cooking – now where is that glass container? What about the cinnamon — there it is, oh wait, it’s cumin!” Sound familiar? Then it’s time to get organized.

Remodeling or upgrading kitchen cabinets is a great step towards perfecting your home’s kitchen, but having a functional workspace to craft your culinary concoctions is indispensable. This week we want to feature some great ways to streamline your kitchen cabinets and shelving – the more focus is on the joy of cooking, and the less on where the utensils are, the better. Especially if you’ve got a house full of family – or will be cooking for one!


Cabinet Door Storage Trays / Bins

With a little bit of effort, cabinet space can be maximized – using both the interior as well as the door. These white storage trays are an example of either direct mounting or using convenient accessory brackets.

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Shoe Storage Ideas

In every home, storage is a large concern. This concern becomes even larger in terms of bedrooms and closets, where the items typically outweigh the amount of space designed to store them. In addition to clothes, shoes take up a large area of space in homes. In order to make the most of the space you have, you must learn how to organize and store your shoes in the most effective way.

First, you should go through your shoe collection and decide which items should be saved. Try to get rid of anything you don't wear at least a few times a year, things that don't fit anymore, and anything that is starting to look discolored or has tears or holes. After this, your inventory should be a little smaller and it will be easier to work with.

After you've gotten rid of unwanted shoes, try to organize the rest of your space (whether it be your closet, bedroom area or mudroom) to make room for the shoes. You'd be amazed at how moving around furniture or locating your T-shirts to a new dresser can make a huge difference. Then it's time to find the best types of shoe storage for your space. Here are some great ideas for how to store your shoes.

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Floating shelves– These attractive shelves are great for showing off shoes that are interesting to look at or a designer brand. Displaying them higher up on a shelf not only makes them the focal point of the room, but it also prevents them from getting dirty or marked up from being next to other shoes.

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Over-the-door organizers- Make use of every inch of your home by hanging your shoe collection on the back of your door with one of these organizers. This not only hides the shoes when the door is open, but keeps them protected and organized in their own separate pockets.

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Bookcase– Instead of displaying your favorite reads, why not display your favorite shoes? Bookcases are usually the perfect height and width to store your typical heels, flats, sneakers and sandals. You can also group them by shoe type, season or color to create an organized area and make choosing a pair easier. Make your shoe collection look like a prized piece of art!

Regular shelves– Organize your closet so that the old sweaters or purses that took up your shelf space reside in a new home, like a dresser or hanging racks. Then use the new shelf space to store your shoes. Since shoes are shaped differently than clothing that can be laid flat, it's best to store oddly-shaped items where they will fit. The sweaters and tees can fit just about anywhere, so simply rearrange where each item goes to make more room for your shoes.

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Wire railsWire shoe rails can be installed to any existing drawer or shelf to keep shoes organized and stay in place.

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Pullout organizers– Drawers or shelves that pull out from a cabinet or closet help save a ton of space. They also make your closet look much less cluttered, since the shoes are hidden away when not in use. Pullout organizers and their hardware are available at many hardware stores and are fairly easy to install yourself.

shoe lazy susan (source)

Lazy Susan- Much like the version you'd see in your kitchen cabinets or pantries, a shoe lazy Susan holds your favorite footwear on all areas of the product. Simply spin the organizer to see all the pairs- it's quick, easy and fun.

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Re-use old shoe boxes– Most of us probably throw away the cardboard boxes that our shoes come in, but you can reuse them to store some of your favorite pairs. Stack them up in a bare section of your closet or room. To keep track of which shoes are in which box, photograph each pair of shoes and tape the photograph to the side of the box. There's no need to rummage through your closet trying to find your favorite pair- you can just find the picture and open the box. If the old boxes seem too ugly, you can always wrap them in attractive paper to match your home.

shoe ladder(source)

Ladder- Storing shoes is probably one of the last things you would think of when it comes to rolling library ladders. However, you'd be surprised how easily your high heels hang over the rails. The vertical height of the ladder allows it to easily fit in a room without taking up too much space. Try fitting a few pairs of your favorite heels on an old ladder for a chic way to keep them organized.

Organize Your Office Space

Whether you work in a corporate office or have your own version in the comfort of your home, keeping your space organized can lead to increased productivity. Installing a few pieces of hardware or purchasing some storage items will give your office an entirely new look. Here are a few products to help you organize your office space or media center.

keyboard trayKeyboard trayKeyboard trays usually slide out from underneath the main desk and provide ergonomic support for your hands while you type.  Some versions, like this one, even feature a mouse tray and flip-up compartment to store pens, paper clips and other small office supplies.

laptop drawer with lock

Notebook drawer with lock. Keep your laptop safe and secure by storing it in a pull-out drawer that’s fully equipped with a lock. This not only saves space in your briefcase and on your desk, but it also hides your expensive computer from potential theft.

 cd holder

CD holder. These handy organizers will store your CDs- whether they are music CDS or computer programs- effectively and allow you to see the titles of each. Since they are rather thin and vertical, they easily fit into any office space or media area.

file folder kit

File folder kit. This kit allows you to organize your various folders in a logical way. Once you assemble the file folder kit, you simply place it in a cabinet or drawer for easy access. This will keep all of your important documents in one place and group similar items together.

cable grips

Cable grips. In any office setting, there are typically a large amount of wires, extension cords and plugs. Cable grips help keep the cables and cords organized by grouping and separating each one to your liking. This is great for shared office spaces where two or more employees share a desk area or outlet.

desk grommet

Grommets. Grommets will help to protect wires, cords and cables for your computer and electronic equipment. They protect the wires and cables from damage and debris and usually come in  a variety of colors and sizes to match the decor of your office or home.

power strip

Power strips. Since a typical 2-plug outlet usually won’t suffice, power strips come in handy in office settings. These allow you to plug in 5 or 6 different appliances or electronics at once, which is very useful when working with computers- since you’ll need a plug for the modem, monitor, printer, etc.

usb connector

USB connectors. It’s always helpful to have various USB connectors at hand for projects that may involve extra computers, monitors, or other audio needs.

4 Must-Have Items in Your Kitchen

The kitchen is used for a variety of purposes, including cooking meals, eating, entertaining and storage. Due to the multitude of uses and limited amount of space, you need to prioritize which items can fit and be stored in your kitchen. To save space, give your kitchen a nice appearance and increase functionality, there are a few items every kitchen should have.

cabinet pull outs

Cabinet pull-outs. Cabinet pull-outs can be used for a variety of purposes and can fit any size or shape of cabinet. For larger, under-the-sink cabinets, try installing a waste basket pull out. This saves space in a small kitchen and also helps conceal the smell of the garbage. You can also install pull-outs for your kitchen cleaning products under the sink (just make sure that these have a lock on them if you have small children or pets). Dish towels can be hung to dry in one of these slide and pull-outs as well. For taller cabinets or pantry spaces, installing a pull-out is a great way to organize your items. Smaller cabinets are great for spice racks, while larger ones can keep all your canned goods, condiments, and other food items organized and at an easy reach.

drawer organizer

Utensil drawer organizer. If you cook often, chances are you have more than just the standard forks, knives and spoons laying around. Drawer organizers and inserts are an easy and affordable way to keep track of all your cooking utensils. Separate them by material, frequency of usage, size or however you please. Choose one that is durable and easy to remove, which makes cleaning simple and quick.

Serving platters. When guests show up unexpectedly, chaos can ensue. Having a few lovely serving platters on hand makes preparing and serving appetizers quick and easy. Regular items look extra fancy when served on a lovely platter, so these are great investments for the future. Get the most use out of them by using the platters to serve food to your family as well. Who says you need a special occasion to use your serving platters?

stainless steel hood

An effective range hood and vent. Range hoods and vents are essential to a clean, healthy and attractive kitchen. Range hoods and vents exhaust the steam and heat away from the cooking area, which cools off your kitchen and cooking space. They also prevent your kitchen”s walls from forming mold and mildew from the water vapor caused through cooking. Any grease or grime that builds up on surfaces will also be lessened with a range hood and vent. Lastly, the hood and vent has a fan which can help get rid of bad kitchen smells from burning something or cooking something pungent. Range hoods come in a variety of materials and colors, so you are sure to find one that matches with your kitchen”s backsplash or decor. Popular options include copper, stainless steel and wood.

*some images are from Houzz

Hardware to Help Organize your Closet

The change in seasons is the perfect time to clean out your closets and make room for new items. Whether it’s a college dorm or a walk-in closet in your bedroom, there are a variety of storage solutions and hardware items that will allow you to make the most of your space.

pull out closet mirror

Add pullouts to your closet. Whether it’s a belt and tie pullout, a mirror pullout or basket pullouts, these hardware solutions provide easy organization. When the closet door is shut, your clothes and accessories are stored neatly away. These organizers then pull out a few inches or feet so you have more space to sift through your items and choose the right one.

shelf support

Install shelving. While some closet spaces may have a shelf already installed, customizing the location and size of your shelves can opt for easy organization and more storage space. Items that can easily be stacked (and don’t need to be hung up to prevent wrinkles) can be folded and placed on the shelves to save space. Grouping similar items on the same shelves makes getting dressed each morning a lot easier as well.

closet hook

Add hooks. Installing hooks to the walls or doors of your closet for optimal hanging space. Whether it’s for coats, jewelry or purses, these hooks can be scattered across your space to hang your items.

hamper in closet

Install a hamper. Eliminate the clutter that comes with laundry by installing a hamper in or near your closet. These tilt-out or pull-out hampers are available in a variety of sizes and will conceal your dirty laundry. You can easily mount them to a bottom hinged cabinet for quick access to the hamper.

pull down closet rod

Install functional closet rods. There are always items in our closets that need to be hung to stay looking good, so installing a proper rod is key. Lighted closet rods can help you see your options easier and pull-down closet rods are great for those hard-to-reach areas.