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Get Inspired to Redesign Your Closet and Pantry To Work For You

This month get inspired to redesign your closet and pantry to work for you.

Just because a space has an organizing system in place, doesn’t mean that it’s the right one for you. If you’ve struggled to cram your wardrobe into the closet or dealt with an overflowing pantry, you’ve experienced the challenges of an ineffective organizing system.

Redesign Your Closet and Pantry

Do you ever find yourself thinking the best feature of your closet is the door? As in, you’re glad you get to close the door and hide the contents inside?

If it’s impossible to find what you want, or it just doesn’t feel like there’s enough space, it might be time to reorganize and update your closet system. A lot of times a standard closet includes a single 1-inch rod and lone shelf. That only works if you don’t have many clothes. A double hanging rod is a more practical option for those of us with full wardrobes. It doubles the amount of space for clothing and maximizes the height of the closet. It’s also easier to see what’s in your closet, saving you time on finding the right outfit for your day.


If it’s impossible to find what you want in your closet and it doesn’t feel like there’s enough space, it might be time to reorganize and update your closet system. Click To Tweet


If you want to take closet organization one step further, invest in an adjustable system that allows you to create a functional space for shoes, purses, or create sections for different types of clothing. Consider how you wear your clothes before you decided on the system or organizing tools that are right for you. Do you prefer to group your clothes by color or function? If you spend time sorting through or purging your wardrobe before you redesign your closet, you’ll know exactly how much space you need. You might even be able to free up enough space to move things out of the bedroom and behind closed doors. https://unclutterednw.com/blog/organizethebedroom/

Closets aren’t only found in the bedroom. Linen closets and pantries can benefit from a makeover as well. Clear organizing drawers and a Lazy Susan are great ways to corral extra bathroom supplies or make an odd space more functional. Group like with like and containerize items to make storage and retrieval easier. First aid kits, cough and cold medicines, for example, can be grouped in containers and placed in a central spot so everyone in the family knows where to locate those items.

The same concepts apply in a pantry. I like to use clear containers, called “refrigerator bins” in the pantry, as well as, the fridge. You could also label containers for dry goods so family members know what’s inside and where it belongs in the pantry. Making lunches becomes less of a hassle when you dedicate clear containers for snacks, making it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. Adding a Lazy Susan to a corner transforms it from a dead space to a functional storage space for condiments and other small items.

The goal this month is to make your closet spaces work for you and appreciate more than just the doors.

Inspired action

Start with one closet. Familiarize yourself with its contents. Purge unnecessary items and determine which organizing tools or system works best in the space. Purchase the tools needed to complete the one closet you started with and avoid creating clutter with unused products.

Inspired idea

Opening doors in your home should fill you with optimism, not dread. Look at the possibilities of the space and its contents as an opportunity that you get to make the most of.

Linda Deppa

Linda Deppa has seen more clutter than you could make in your lifetime - and found a place for all of it.

As a Certified Professional Organizer, Linda has helped hundreds of clients experience the joy that comes from reclaiming their space, and the relief of bringing their shoulders down from their ears when they realize they no longer feel stressed walking into a cluttered home or office.

Linda’s success in working with clients goes beyond her ability to organize their possessions. Her own life experiences, including a life-altering car accident, gives her a deep desire to help each of her client’s live life to the fullest. What starts as an organizing project with Linda often leads to mindset shifts that impact other areas of their lives.

Linda is a member of the National Associate of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and current President, past Vice President, Treasurer and Membership Director of the Seattle-based NAPO chapter.

A skilled presenter and motivational speaker, consider hiring Linda to speak at your next conference or event. Contact Linda via email: linda@unclutterednw.com

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