I Can See Clearly Now
January 8, 2014,
Vipp shelves have hidden brackets that create a fl oating look.
New storage products from suppliers add visibility and accessibility to the closet, addressing issues that tend to thwart consumers.
"January is a time of starting fresh and getting our lives organized. You feel more in control when you're organized," said Marcia Butler, New York City-based interior designer. "When we dress, put on our make-up. We want to look put together, and that should reverberate into our home. We need to pay attention our home environment and how it supports us. We need to ask ourselves if our closets are accessible or not."
Rubbermaid All Access Organizers have clear, drop-down doors.
While Butler typically works with closet companies to do custom jobs, she said there are other options for consumers on a tighter budget. She likes the Elfa system from the Container Store. "It's well-priced and can be customized. The mesh drawers mean you can see inside," she said.
She also recommends Rubbermaid bins for organizing closets, particularly bins that can slide out for easy access. And she likes bins that can be labeled and stacked. Rubbermaid has a new product called All Access Organizers, which have clear, drop-down doors so the contents are visible and easily retrievable, even when the organizers are stacked.
Sterilite Closet Drawers are transparent, so clothing inside can be seen.
A surprising trend for closet organization comes from Dave Angers, senior vp of business development for Tailored Living, headquartered in Orange, Calif. Its franchises offer storage solutions for the home.
"Closets used to be a place to hide the clothes," Angers said, "But now many people are proud of their closets and are taking the doors off to show what's inside. They're using real wood, crown molding and integrated lighting that's energy efficient and less harmful to clothing."
If taking the door off a closet sounds scary - consider this: Angers said it doesn't necessarily have to be more work to keep a closet neat, if there's a place for everything. "Having enough storage solutions forces you to be organized," he said.
His company uses an interview process and makes a plan that accounts for the entire wardrobe with compartments for every item. Consumers can do this themselves by shopping stores like the Container Store and big box stores for closet systems. He said to look for double, not single hung closet rods and to think vertically.