Saturday, 5 June 2010

Using Custom Closets to Organize Your Closets Fast and Easy

Living in an old house, you may find yourself frustrated with the closet arrangements. Usually there is only one rod, maybe a few hooks and the closet space itself is often small and shallow. Trying to organize all your clothes, coats, shoes and more can be a harrowing and frustrating experience. That’s why custom closets are such a huge phenomenon. If you’re willing to do a little planning and invest a little cash, you can get rid of your cramped little closet space and say hello to a whole new organized way to use your closets comfortably and efficiently.

Custom organized closets first became popular in the early eighties. Several companies were started with their sole purpose being to help homeowners organize their closets. The idea was to show people how using a different approach to how they stored the items in their closet could make their closets much more user friendly. Since the success of those companies, many other businesses from national enterprises, and franchise owners to independent local stores have hopped on the bandwagon offering a wide array of service options for organizing your closet. Other companies offer ideas, tools and accessories for the do-it-yourself homeowner looking to transform their closet from a cluttered mess to an organized user friendly space.

Most Companies specializing in closet organization offer what is called closet system design. Basically they schedule an appointment with you for an in home visit. During their visit they will discuss your closet needs, measure the existing space and inventory the items you wish to store. After the meeting they will analysis your needs and recommend the appropriate system for your needs.

To get the most out of your free custom closets consult, you should take a few steps to prepare for the meeting first. Most of us have items in our closet we never use; it would be a waste of money to pay for their continued storage. So the first thing you want to do before your appointment is to get rid of all that stuff you’ve got piled in the closet unnecessarily taking up space. A good rule of thumb that can help you with this is to remove items you haven’t worn or used in over a year, or don’t really love. Of course, there will be some things that fit into that category that have sentimental value that you have to keep – like your wedding dress from twenty years ago. The question is, does it need to be in the closet? Perhaps it could easily be boxed up and stored somewhere else like the attic. Once you’ve gotten rid of all the unnecessary stuff, take an inventory of the items you will actually being storing. Custom closet organizers offer a great service; however, there are also a lot of great do-it-yourself products available as well. If you are working with a very small closet or do need to store a lot of items it may be wiser to purchase organizers for closet on your own. With a little time and effort you can easily complete a closet renovation project on your own with little cost.

If you are working on a large closet space you might be better off calling in a professional who can do the job done correctly. These professionals provide a turn-key solution, delivering the well organized, uncluttered closet you’ve been dreaming of with only minor effort on your part. Their job will include overhauling your entire closet from the bifold closet doors down to the smallest detail, like the hooks on the wall. Some of the improvements that can be added are drawers for socks and sweaters, shelves, shoe racks and multitier clothes hangers.

Custom closets vary widely in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. The price you pay will depend on the size of your closet and of course, the features you want installed. Because you are making a real investment, there are some important questions you should ask before signing any contract for a company to start work.

•Does your company provide a warranty?

•What type of hardware will you use: metal or plastic?

•How deep will the shelves be?

•Does the price of installation include removal of the old closet?

•Will you be responsible for paint touch ups and dry wall if needed?

After you select the design system and features that you want, you need to take action and get started. If you plan on completing the project yourself, you should plan on a full weekend to do the job done properly. If you are hiring a professional service provider, you will need schedule the delivery and installation date. You should set the date during a period when you can be home to answer any questions the installer might have.

Once the project is complete, you can stop, and take a moment to admire your new closet and the fact that there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Memories In Wood: Knowing Closets

You might have it in your kitchen, to hold the best china and silver. Or you could have it in your bathroom, keeping medicines way out of reach of children. And you could have at least one in your bedroom, where everything from clothes to shoes, yearbooks to photos are stored.

Taken for granted and often abused, closets make up a great part of our every day lives. They are called by many other names; the word “closet” is, in fact, native to North America, and is associated with cabinets, cupboards, or pantries. The British call it a “wardrobe,” or even an “armoire.”

Way before C.S. Lewis introduced the world to a magical universe past the furs hanging in a closet, the Elizabethans closeted themselves and referred to any room as a “closet,” as long as someone could read in it and have privacy. In the modern age, even the bathroom is referred to as a “water closet,” or W.C.

Closets can be made in a variety of materials. The traditional wood allows a closet to be decorated with carvings and mirrors. The more modern closets are made of less insect-prone materials, and are more lightweight.

Whatever they are made of, and whichever name they are called, closets come in many types depending on their use.

• A broom closet is a closet narrower than wide, often stretching in space from the floor to the ceiling. It is made to store length objects such as mops, brooms, or hockey sticks

• A coat closet is a storage space in which to store jackets, hoods, and coats. Such a closet will often have no shelves, and only rails on which to hang clothes on. In a house, it is located near the front door, so that anyone entering the house can place their jackets in a safe place, then take it out again and wear it when they leave the house.

Some restaurants also have coat closets, and these are usually located in an isolated space farther from the entryway.

• A linen closet is typically built with shelves instead of rods on which to hang clothes on. It is located near bedrooms or bathrooms, and is used to keep washcloths, towels, blankets, sheets, toiletries, and curtains.

• Wall closets are shallow closets separated from a room with folding doors, curtains, or strings of beads. They have just enough space to store folded clothes or to hang them.

• A walk-in closet is a large closet large enough for a user to walk inside, and wide enough to keep a greater number of clothes, shoes, books, and other paraphernalia. Some walk-in closets have lights and mirrors, and will often have unique flooring.

• California closets are larger versions of walk-in closets. They will contain more shelves, shoe drawers, rails on which to hang clothes, racks in which to keep books, and even netting on which to hang earrings! The more luxurious California closets will even have safes, secret compartments, and drawers in which to store money or precious jewelry.

They are often ignored in favor of their contents, but closets do perform a good number of duties their users take for granted. They store shoes and clothing in an organized manner, and keep them clean. They keep out humidity, preserving precious books and photographs. If made skillfully, they can serve as accents to rooms, even as conversation pieces.

Closets, most of all, store memories, no matter what they are for.

By: Khieng Chho

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