5 Hot Closet Trends You Need Right Now

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

Closets, we all have them and we all most certainly wish they could be better. Whether it’s storing more clothes or doing double-duty as a dressing room, we all want and expect more from the space. Thankfully, Organized Living is here to help with the five closet trends that are all about making life easier.


1. Adjustability. Moving your closet around to fit your needs is the latest craze. People love to change their closet to fit their needs – whether it’s adjusting a shelf to accommodate thick, folded sweaters for fall or lower your hanging to be able to grab clothes easily – homeowners are about it. And not only do homeowners want to adjust their closet system, they want to keep adding accessories to it.




2. His and Her Closets. Create perfect harmony with your significant other with his and her closets and never worry about invading each other’s space again. Personalize your space to be uniquely you. We’re seeing men deck out their space with sports memorabilia, transforming their closet into a ‘man cave’. Women are adding touches of serious glamour with chandeliers and wallpaper accents. If you don’t have two closets, divide the sides in your closet for a his side and a her side.


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3. Matching Finishes. Homeowners want a finish in their closet and storage areas that reflect the aesthetic of the home. If you’re looking to brighten up your closet, we recommend a white finish or something with a fun texture. If you want to go classic, a dark finish will bring an effortless elegance to your closet. We don’t like to play favorites… but we can’t get enough of our freedomRail’s Snowdrift Live and Driftwood Live finishes.




4. Ditch the Dresser! Bedroom furniture sets with multiple dressers are so last year. Homeowners everywhere are nixing their dressers and opting for drawers and open shelving in the closet to store their wardrobe. Say goodbye to wasted space and hello to a minimalistic bedroom. Gone are the days you have to run around the room trying to find the perfect outfit and here to stay is the one-stop-shop your closet has become.




5. Maximizing Every Inch of Space. Homeowners are no longer messing around with wasted space. They want to take advantage of every available space; after all, storage is a premium! Closets have nooks and crannies that were going to waste, but not anymore. Homeowners want shelving that maximizes space by going wall-to-wall. No wasted space!



Home trends may come and go, but adjustable storage is here to stay. Finding the right storage system to accommodate your needs can be quite the task. Organized Living’s adjustable freedomRail closet system is up to the challenge. With unwavering strength and complete adjustability, you can count on freedomRail to withstand active daily use for years to come. Learn more about how freedomRail can meet all of your needs and exceed your expectations by visiting OrganizedLiving.com today.

*this is a sponsored post from our good friends at Organized Living, the preferred closet solution for Simply B Organized.

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!