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4 Essential Steps to Plan the Ultimate Closet
Although often overlooked, closet spaces present an opportunity to apply smart design solutions that are both functional and beautiful. To maximize your home’s organization with a fully renovated closet, follow these four essential steps to plan the ultimate closet.
1. Declutter your belongings
Since closets can become a central storage area for a home, it is easy for the space to become a catch-all for miscellaneous belongings. It’s time to channel your inner Marie Kondo. Clear out the closet completely. Take inventory of stockpiles and duplicate items then downsize and declutter what you decide to keep. By developing a thorough awareness of all your essential items, you are properly able to decide on storage solutions.
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2. Evaluate the size of the space
Without the distractions of items, it is time to evaluate the general area. Measure the height, width and depth of the closet and keep these dimensions handy when considering closet organizer options. It may be helpful to draw a sketch of your dream closet.
While you observe the space, ask yourself if you can create a storage solution that fits your needs within the existing closet space.
If the answer is yes, you’re ready to move on to step 3.
If not, seek the advice of a trusted professional to truly understand the opportunities available for enhancing your existing closet. An expert will be able to determine the best solution and offer options to fit within your budget.
3. Re-imagine your organizational options
With the newfound understanding of the closet area and its possibilities, let your imagination wander as you consider the storage solutions of your dreams. These can include using the full height of the closet, creating new shelving sections, or installing a new closet organizer. To maintain budget considerations, look at choosing materials and systems that will save cost. Plastic options, although slightly less durable, will offer savings whereas long-lasting wood and metal choices come at more of a price.
Consider your belongings that are left after decluttering. Are they long or short items? Can they be folded, or should they be hung? With a new closet renovation, the sections can be tailored to your items, and the closet space can be utilized to its full potential.
Pre-made systems can be great for low-traffic closets while it may be worth investing in a custom-made solution for closets used on a daily basis. Contact our experts to learn more about the benefits of a locally crafted, custom-made closet.
4. Remember your lifestyle
A closet renovation is meant to make your daily life more comfortable but the reality is that life gets busy. When making decisions about your new closet space, make sure to be realistic about the level of organization that is sustainable. Choosing a closet system that provides too little or too much organization can lead to falling back into old habits (cue a return of “the chair”).
It doesn’t have to be perfect; it just needs to be easy to maintain and take care of. Moving through all four of these planning steps, you can create the perfect area that supports your daily lifestyle, organizational, and storage needs.
Whether you decide to DIY the project or work with a professional, visit our team of experts in Victoria or Nanaimo for tips, tools and advice to get the job done. With over 60 years’ experience in the home finishing industry, our team has extensive, unparalleled expertise to help you bring your dream space to life with tons of great product lines.
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