the Dream Closet Makeover by Liz Dahmen
As a professional organizer I take pride in the way my house is organized. It is a reflection of the principles that I use to help my clients. Does that mean it looks like a CB2 catalogue? No way! Just like everyone else, areas of my home range from being extremely organized to verging on the chaotic. And some spaces work fine, but aren’t realizing their potential.
This closet is one of those areas. Hsiang and I decided it would be fun to focus our combined professional skills towards this particular area of my house and transform into a dream closet.
STEP 1: Assess
The process begins with answering some pretty standard organizing questions:
1) What is the closet used for? Shoes, luggage and handbags.
2) Is there anything in the closet that is no longer worn or used? Yes.
3) Is there anything in this closet that is easonal, and could be stored elsewhere and switched out as the weather changes? Yes.
4) Am I attached to (or unwilling to change) the current storage layout, furniture or supplies? No.
5) What is the budget for new supplies, if necessary? (~$100)
6) What do I love about this closet? The light bulb and the height.
7) What is most frustrating about this closet? Difficult to remove shoes and access bags. Visually, it is very unattractive and feels cluttered even though I can find everything easily.
The answers to these questions define our next steps. Clearly, STEP 2 is going to be a good, old-fashioned purging session!
STEP 2: Purge
1) Go through the contents of the closet and get rid of anything that is broken, out of style, doesn’t fit, and/or hasn’t been worn in over a year.
2) Take items to consignment store or donation center.
With STEP 2 complete, already a striking difference is visible in the closet.
STEP 3: Sort
I pulled out a few pairs of shoes and bags that I only use in the summer. I will store them with the rest of my summer clothes.
Now things are really starting to shape up. With so many items purged, and the summer clothes out of there, the cramped and cluttered feeling is starting to evaporate.
So what’s Next??
In the next Blog entry we’ll explore the next steps that include researching new storage options, brainstorming solutions and implementing new designs. Stay tuned!
Liz Dahmen is a professional organizer owner of Make Space LLC. She loves working on multi-use spaces and finds no greater joy than making order out of chaos. Her bicycle’s name is The Black Stallion and her favorite food is (currently) guacamole.