Geralin Thomas

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Tips from an expert on remodeling your closet to maximize organization.

Closet Remodeling

Need a closet that suits you? As a closet pro, in the know, I've helped hundreds of people remodel their closets. Regardless of how many closets you have and how big they are, chances are that you'd like to get the max for the minimum when it comes to using space wisely. Using closets efficiently helps turn chaos into calm and is usually more affordable and less time consuming than hiring a crew to construct a new "custom fit" closet tailored specifically to your needs.

Raising the Bar
  • Install the lower closet rod about 40 inches above the floor and the 2nd rod about 40 inches above the bottom rod. Obviously if you are shorter the rods can be lowered so you can reach them easily and if you are taller, raise both bars so your clothes don't hang on the floor.

  • When installing the hanging rods there should be about 3 or 4 inches at the back, beyond the ends of the hangers so the hangers have room to "hang" without touching the back wall. For most people this means about 13 inches from the wall.

  • Hanging rods are available in wood and metal. I suggest metal because they don't bend or warp. Rub the rods with wax paper to help the hangers glide smoothly along the rod.
Hanging Around
  • Wooden, plastic and padded hangers are best for maintaining the shape of a garment. Make sure you shop for hangers with a nice, elongated hook and contoured shoulders. The longer hooks will help keep your collars in shape. The contoured shoulders resemble a human's and will keep the garment "in shape."

  • Clip or clamp hangers, used for skirts and pants should have cushioning fabric, like felt or foam to protect the "crushable" fabrics like corduroy or velour. This is true for "tube" style hangers also known as open ended hangers.

  • Finally, when putting garments into the closet group like things together: long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, sleeveless shirts belong in the "shirt section".

  • Next, group all bottoms together: skirts, pants, and skorts in "bottoms" section. This is known as organizing by type. You may also want to organize by color or function (work clothes, resort wear, social event clothing.)

Neat Feat
To keep your stacks of sweaters neatly stacked you need shelves. If you plan on installing shelves above the top hanging rod, make them no deeper than 12 inches so that you can see and retrieve items stored.

If you plan on installing shelves below eye level (like in a walk in closet) the shelves should be no more than 16 inches deep for easy access to things being stored.

How Illuminating
Brightening your closet will help you sort the blacks from the blues. While other lighting in your home can be softer, the closet is one area where a light touch isn't the brightest idea. It's best to be practical when it comes to lighting a closet.

Geralin Thomas of METROPOLITAN Organizing is experienced in both residential and home office organizing. She always considers the lifestyle, budget, and personality of each client. Geralin works with homeowners, designers, builders, architects, and businesses creating organized environments and enhancing client's lives. Metropolitan Organizing is located in Cary, NC and can be reached at (919) 380-7718 or via website at: Metropolitan

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