Maximize Your Reach In Closet

Do you feel discouraged every time you open your closet? If belongings spill out when you open the door, you may find yourself wishing you had a larger space to store things. However, even if you don’t have a large walk-in closet, you can still use custom closet designs to maximize your small reach-in closet. Here are a few to get you started:

BUILD VERTICALLY

Every inch of space, all the way up to the ceiling, is valuable real estate you could be utilizing better. For instance, start by installing shelving at the top of the closet to store lesser-used items, such as seasonal clothing. Colorful bins add visual appeal while still being fully functional.

Then, look down toward the floor. Instead of piling your shoes haphazardly, install pull-out wire baskets near floor level. This allows you to easily access whatever you decide to store in the bins, from shoes to in-season outerwear.

Finally, if the ceiling is more than 9 feet high, install a third hanging rod. The ability to hang an extra row of clothes makes your small closet feel much larger.

DESIGN WITH VISIBILITY IN MIND

When you can see all of your accessories at a glance, it’s easier to get ready in the morning. Add a closet system that facilitates this small closet idea. For example:

  • Mini jewelry trays keep your earrings and necklaces organized yet visible
  • Pull-out belt and tie racks tuck away when they’re not needed, but allow you to easily sort through your options and choose the best accessories for your outfit
  • Sliding wire baskets give you a preview before you open them, saving you time in the morning
  • Open shelving is the perfect place to display purses and shoes with pride

INSTALL AN IN-CLOSET DRESSER

Small closets tend to be limited to shelves and hanging rods, but the addition of drawers lets you store folded sweaters, pajamas, undergarments and pants. Custom cabinets also provide a place to store items you want out of sight, yet close at hand.

USE A SLIDING DOOR

If your closet currently has a traditional swinging or bi-fold door, this could be a good time to change it out for a sliding door. This alternative is a great space saver, since it doesn’t swing outward into the room. You also have versatile design options, such as using mirrored doors to make the room seem more spacious.

CONSULT A CLOSET DESIGNER

If you’re seeking a professional to help you implement these small closet ideas, please request a free quote from CornerStone Closets. Our closet designers can help make your vision a reality.

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4 Easy Laundry Room Organization Tips

Do you find yourself putting off doing the laundry because messy piles of unwashed clothes seem too overwhelming? Do you tear around the house looking for a favorite sweater only to find (thirty minutes later) that you left it in the laundry room? By investing in smart laundry room organization, you can reduce wasted time and stress. Start with these easy-to-implement laundry room organization tips.

  1. GET SEPARATE HAMPERS FOR WHITES AND COLORS

The first step is to use for white and colored clothing. Then, get all family members into the habit of sorting their dirty laundry by color and placing it inside the appropriate hamper. This will immediately neaten up your laundry room and reduce time spent sorting later. If space allows, you may also want to get a separate hamper for sheets and towels.

  1. SET UP A LOST SOCK JAR

Few things are ore frustrating than finding a lone sock in the dryer. Try setting up a lost sock jar to place all loose socks in one accessible place. Next time you do a load of laundry, you may find the missing sock. If you don’t find lost sock mates after a month or so, throw away the lone sock or use it for home cleaning.

  1. LAUNDRY ROOM DRYING BAR

Maryland winter weather doesn’t allow you to hang delicates outside to dry. Yet these clothes can shrink if you place them in the dryer, ruining your valuable clothes. Add a wall-mounted laundry room drying bar that allows you to easily hang items to dry without occupying valuable laundry room floor space. Or consider installing a double drying bar so you can store twice the amount of clothing. This way, you can maximize space in a small laundry room and still dry your clothing all year round.

  1. PLACE SUPPLY SHELVES ABOVE WASHING MACHINE

Reduce clutter and improve your home by installing a supply shelf, or shelves, over the washing machine. These shelves are a timely trend in home decor, and will increase your home’s value and attractiveness. You will love storing detergent, dryer sheets, bleach, and more over the washing machine – within easy reach. This will also help keep your laundry room floor clutter-free.

While these laundry room tips can get you started cleaning out clutter in the laundry room, we still know that home organization can be overwhelming. For more tips on implementing simple yet effective organization strategies in all the rooms of our house, contact CornerStone Closets today!

Three Styles of Garage Storage Systems

Hobbyists, gardeners, do-it-yourselfers, and tool junkies know how the right tool for the job always seems to get lost at the exact moment that you need it most. With these three custom garage storage systems, you never have to search for the perfect tool again – as long as you remember to put every tool back in its place when you finish using it!

SLATWALL

Commonly used in retail stores, slatwall panels accommodate hooks, baskets, and other elements that can help you get organized. These wall panels sit flush with the garage wall and allow you to hang pre-fabricated storage elements from the slats.

Slatwall easily accommodates those long-handled yard tools that clutter the corner of your garage, bicycles that take up too much floor space, and coils of rope, extension cords, and many other items. It’s clean, elegant, and attractive looking. If you want the garage to look nice and still be functional and organized, this is a great organizational choice.

PEGBOARD WALL

Another popular option for garage storage systems, pegboard is inexpensive and can be used to hang nearly anything. Similar to slatwall, It works well over a garage workbench for handheld tools, and can also accommodate long-handled tools like rakes or shovels. Pegboard comes in a full range of colors, so you don’t have to get stuck with boring brown.

Once the pegboard is installed, you can simply slip hooks through the holes in the pegboard and hang your items from these hooks. The weight-bearing capacity of pegboard is lower than that of slatwall, so plan accordingly when determining where to place different garage tools.

 CUSTOM GARAGE SHELVING

For those heavy or bulky items that can’t go on the wall, custom garage shelving is a nice option. Overhead racks allow you to store items out of the way, and work well for bins of seasonal items that you only need to access on occasion. Lower custom garage shelving is the perfect place to store leftover paint, old jars of nuts and bolts, and other little things that you want to have easy access to and cannot hang on the wall. The best shelving arrangements work with slatwall and pegboard to open up your access to tools, reduce clutter, and keep the garage floor free.

Mix and match these three styles of garage storage systems to create the perfect place for all of your items. Consider working with a professional garage storage company who can plan, design, and implement the project from start to finish. When it’s all done, you’ll love how everything is clean, organized and easy to reach – and how much more floor space you have in the garage.