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How to Plan A Closet Organizer

by Matt Allan

Every house has closets, in one form or another. Most are built-in, although some are free-standing if there were no built-in closets if it is an older home. In order to make your closets as functional as possible, many of you think about getting a closet organizer to store your belongings. This is a great idea, since a closet organizer can help you efficiently store more items in less space, but more importantly they give you the ability to keep things organized.

So when it comes time to figure out an organization system for your closet, what do you need to think about? In order to make sure you end up with a functional space that lets you quickly find things, as well as quickly store things, there are a number of things you will have to consider.

Use of the Closet – how are you going to use this closet? You should try to match the function to the general area of the house that the closet is located in. For example, don’t store your jackets and boots in the upstairs hall, you will probably want them closer to the door where you actually use them.

Available space – some closets will be the reach-in type, while others have the space to be classified as a true walk-in type. Depending on the space avaialable, you may have to tone down your expectations for a fabulous designer closet, or perhaps you will actually have the space for a closet fit to be featured on home and garden tv.

Budget – realistically look at your budget and figure out if you can splurge on a custom design that is perfectly suited to store all the items you have in mind, or whether you might have to downgrade and choose a more generic modular closet organizer that you assemble yourself.

Style – the actual look of the final closet is going to depend quite a bit on the answers that you’ve come up with for the previous three planning points. Look at your price, closet space, and intended function, and the style will often follow quite easily. What I find helpful to finalize your thoughts at this point is to look through some storage magazines with pictures of storage ideas (the Ikea catalogue is great for this), and figure out exactly what you will end up aiming for.

So now that you have an idea of what you should be thinking about before starting on a closet organizer project, I’m sure you will be a little less lost when it comes time to make a decision about the final design. Perhaps you’ll even feel brave enough to venture out to the building stores and try to pick up a modular system that once assembled looks like a much more expensive custom designed model. All the best in your closet organizer adventures.

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