closet

Organizing tips…shoes and shoe boxes

My Oakland client has a bit a of an issue with her shoes…too many and not enough closet space to store them all.  If you’re a woman with more shoes than space, here are some organizing tips: 1. Find common ground by sorting into categories by:  season, style, color, dress, casual, flat, heels, boots, athletic, […]


The linen closet…

      One of my Facebook readers recently asked me about linens…how many to have and how to organize them in a linen closet.   Personally, I love linens.  When I was looking for a professional photo to represent my work, I chose a linen closet…to me it says “this is what home organization […]


Choosing a custom closet builder

Watch an episode of House Hunters on HGTV, and you’ll see how much we Americans love closets. We simply can not get enough closet space. It’s not just how many closets you have, it’s how efficiently organized they are that makes them highly usable and functional. The first thing to look at is how well […]


Spring cleaning…part one

It started with a leak from the upstairs neighbor’s bathroom into mine…I pondered having to fix this for a couple of weeks. When an opening in my calendar appeared, I decided the only way to handle this was to repair the damage from the leak and combine that with a good old fashioned “spring cleaning”. So I […]


Slimline hangers…

At last, the lowly clothes hanger is now new and improved. Slimline hangers are made of a stable, flexible plastic and coated with a soft flocking, to give your clothes support, but yet take up less space in the closet.  The flocked surface grips even the slipperiest fabrics, so tops don’t tumble off the hanger […]


Organizing a laundry room…

My client was tired of tripping over pails, mops and miscellaneous stuff which had gathered in her tiny laundry area over the years.  So, I went about designing an Elfa closet from The Container Store. We took everything out of the space and had the handyman remove the shelving system that had been installed years […]


Closet organizing…

Here’s a quick way to organize your clothes closet: 1. Separate your dress/work clothes from your casual/exercise clothes. 2. Separate by type of garment – pants/skirts/dresses/blouses/shirts/tops 3. Separate darks from lights, heavy to lightweight, long sleeve from short.


Can there ever be enough closets…

I love to watch House Hunters International on HGTV. It is really interesting to see how the rest of the world lives. One thing is for sure, no where else on the planet do people use/need more closet space than we do in the US. In fact, in most of the shows I see, there […]


Elfa closet installation…

Last month I had the fun of designing and installing an Elfa closet system (The Container Store‘s product) for my recently married clients. They are in the process of blending their households, and this wonderfully huge walk in closet, which had only belonged to her, now has to be shared by the two of them. […]


Organizing a utility closet…

Our homeowner couldn’t understand why the housekeepers were constantly asking for more cleaning supplies. Maybe because they couldn’t find the ones that were already there amid this mess. We pulled everything out, discarded the old stuff and then sorted what was left. We lined the shelves with plastic liner and used plastic containers to group […]