How to Organize Your Kids’ Closet

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Closet Organizing, Closets, Kids Organization

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Organizing any space can be overwhelming, but organizing kids’ clothes can be downright daunting. Rapid changes in size and style are enough to drive anyone mad.

One day your daughter loves dresses, the next day she refuses to wear them.  One day your kid is a wearing a size 8 pants, and within in a week they are floods!  Your sister and best friend just cleaned out their kids closet and dropped 3 bags of hand-me-down clothing on your doorstep.With scenarios like this, it’s easy to understand how clothing can quickly get out of control.

Today I’m going to share 5 simple steps to help you navigate through the abyss also known as your kids closet:

1. Be Strategic:  Before you decide to keep something for next season or future kids, ask yourself how often it will likely be worn.  For example: If you know that your older sibling has a different body type or style than the younger sibling, it’s probably best to donate rather than hold onto clothes that more than likely will never be worn again.

 

2. Five-Year Rule:  Hand-me-downs are a great way to save money, however, don’t feel inclined keep everything. If your child won’t grow into the clothes within 5 years, donate it!  By the time they will fit into it fashion styles will changes and let’s face it…who knows if you kid will even like it by then.

 

3. Store Smart: If you’ve ever stumbled across a bag of clothes only to realize that you missed the season, you know how frustrating that can be! Clear storage bins that are labeled with the appropriate size is the most efficient way to ensure you will remember you have clothes on hand when the time comes to use them.

 

4. Donate, Donate, Donate: Anything gently used, that will not be worn by anyone else in the house. It’s important to keep in mind that if you’re not using it, someone else will. There are lots of places that accept gently used children’s clothes including charities, a church/synagogue, or family and friends.

 

5. Walk Down Memory Lane: Remember that dress your daughter wanted to wear to school every day for 6 months? Or the Spiderman costume that your son wore whether he was in the house or not?  These are memories that deserve a place in your home, just not in your closet! Designate a memorabilia bin for each child to store keepsakes that you will want to pass on someday.  Like all bins, they should be clear (to easily identify the contents) and labeled for easy identification.

Happy Organizing!

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Start 2015 With A Closet Makeover

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Closet Organizing, Getting Organized, Organized Home

Like you, my world these days is consumed with holiday decorating, gift giving, wrapping, (not to mention baking 8 dozen cookies for my girlfriends infamous cookie throwdown!).  As I force myself to step away from the holiday madness for a few, I am re-directing my energy into something I find more rewarding…helping you become more organized.

For those of you who are new to the SBO community, last year I started a series called “The Clutter Clinic” which is a 90-minute workshop where you’ll learn practical strategies to organize a specific area of your life. Each clinic teaches techniques to reduce clutter, maintain an organized space, and master time management.  After each clinic (I’ve hosted 4 sold out events to date), I ask people for feedback on what topic they’d like to see for the next event.  Almost unanimously people always say”CLOSETS!”

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t look at an image like this without thinking “I wish!”

Whether you are rushing around in the morning trying to get dressed and out the door for work, scrambling for workout gear to make it to the gym before you change your mind, or just trying to find something clean to put on in the 5 minutes of peace you have before your little one calls “mommy” from the next room;  An organized closet is one of the top items on people’s wish list of organized spaces. 

You may never imagine having a closet that looks like the image above,  but thanks to my good friends at Organized Living, your dream closet may be closer to you than you think.  They have graciously offered to donate a closet system valued at $500 to a lucky attendee of my upcoming Clutter Clinic (talk about a motivator for getting organized!)

Grab a friend, and join me on Wednesday January 28, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST at Caleb’s American Kitchen. where I’ll share some of my favorite organizing tips, products and strategies for getting your closet organized, regardless of how large or small.

Space is filling up quickly and I don’t want you to miss out! I anticipate this to be the best Clutter Clinic to date!

Click here to reserve your spot and automatically have your name entered into a drawing for a closet makeover!

Happy Organizing!

Think Outside the Box

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Closet Organizing, Getting Organized, Organized Home, Organizing Services

Have you ever looked into an empty room and felt as though you had a big question mark over your head?  You find yourself standing in front of this blank canvas of a space and know you need to fill it with stuff, but you’re unsure of where everything should go.   Maybe it’s a closet with basic hanging rods and you think that there is no possible way that all of your clothes are going to fit inside. Perhaps your garage or basement has become a dumping ground for everything that doesn’t have a home and you can’t see the forest through the trees.

It’s not always easy to think outside the box. 

Many of  our clients aren’t necessarily overrun with clutter. Often it’s as simple as mapping out the best way for them to utilize their space.

Whether it’s your pantry, closet, basement or garage, our skilled team can help you maximize your space to the best of its potential. We will work with you to develop the best solution to your organizing challenges.

The result: a functional space designed with your style for you to enjoy.

Below are a few photos from one of our latest custom closet design projects:

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A custom jewelry station/dresser with granite countertop replaced a basic builder grade hanging bar.

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Wasted space in the lower half of the closet was replaced with a wall of double hang quadrants to help keep clothes organized.

 

 

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This empty side wall once held electrical components (that are now hidden inside a custom cubby). The vertical wall space was maximized with custom floor to ceiling shoe shelves.  Every woman’s envy!

 

Please contact us if you would like to have your room “sBo’d”!

Happy Organizing!

Do you have ESP?

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Closet Organizing, Getting Organized

Most people wish they had more closet space. If you are fortunate enough to have a large closet, that doesn’t guarantee you know the best way to organize it.

I’ve come up with a simple 3-step method for navigating through the daunting task of organizing your closet, whether large or small.  I call it my Organizing ESP – not mind reading, but rather Empty, Sort, and Purge.

  1. Empty. Don’t try and organize your closet while it’s filled. Instead empty your entire closet into piles in your bedroom.  Working with a clean slate allows you to see your space and determine the best layout moving forward
  2. Sort. As you empty, begin to group like items into 4 piles: Keep, Donate, Trash, and Relocate.  Identifying each item into their proper group will help to keep you from getting sidetracked along the way.
  3. Purge. Typically I apply the one-year rule.  If you haven’t worn something in a year you need to get rid of it: either donate it, or if it’s a keepsake, move it to your memorabilia bin.

Unless you have a large walk-in closet, the only items that should live in your closet are the ones currently in rotation. Out of season clothes are best stored elsewhere.  There is no reason your closet should be bursting at the seams with clothes you’re not wearing. Make a point to cycle seasonal clothes out bi-annually.

For additional closet organizing tips, you can download my closet-organizing checklist free by clicking here.

 

Empty-Sort-PurgeHappy Organizing!

Conquer 3 Common Clutter Areas

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Closet Organizing, Getting Organized, Kids Organization, Media, Organized Home, Organizing Services, Published Works, Quick Tips, Uncategorized

Last week I had the privilege of sharing some of my organizing tips on CBS 3 morning show with anchorwoman Erika Von Tiehl.  We sat down with my client (and friend) to discuss how a busy mom with 3 kids can manage to keep an organized home after some expert help from the team at simply B organized!

You can view the segment here:

We had so much fun after our shooting our segment, we decided to take some pics!

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selfie after a day of organizing!

ta-da!

ta-da!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope this inspires you to tackle some areas in your home:)

Happy Organizing!