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No matter the size of our bedrooms, we’re often more concerned with the size of our closets. They’re never big enough. One reason is that our closets today are not just for hanging clothes. In many cases, they have replaced bedroom furniture and now have built-in drawers and cabinets. We have hooks to hang belts, ties, robes and hats; and pull-out hooks for when we bring dry cleaning home or need to organize for travel. We even have seating to put on our shoes and mirrors for checking to see how we look.
No matter the size of your closet, it has to function for you. It has to be organized so you can easily make your selections, particularly when you might still be too tired to think in the morning or be creative in clothing choices.
“Make sure each closet works for you,” says Penny Gimbel, a professional organizer and space designer with Classy Closets. “Remember, the only place to store hanging clothes is in the closet: Do not be lured into putting in shelving, drawers etc., until you have first made appropriate places for the hanging items.”
Before designing your closet, take inventory of what you have and need. This is a good time to clean out your closet. Now measure, according to general lengths, the linear feet of clothing you have to hang—long hanging, short hanging and three-quarter hanging. Make sure your clothes aren’t too close together so they will keep their shape and not create wrinkles.
Consider the following:
- Do you fold slacks or hang lengthwise? (There is no right or wrong here; personal preference should prevail.)
- It’s better to hang T-shirts. (This means less work, and they’re easier to see—which is particularly important for children’s clothing.)
- Shelves are easier and less expensive than drawers. (If you are concerned with dust or appearance, consider installing doors to create a type of armoire.)
- Place only smaller items, such as underwear, socks, stockings, bathing suits, and nightgowns, in drawers. Sweaters, sweats or shorts should be on 16” shelves, making them easier to see.
- If your closet is too small, you may have to separate summer and winter, or work and casual, or every day and dressy.
- Do not make the mistake of thinking deeper drawers are better. They only become collection bins instead of organizers.
You must also consider the height of the person who will use the closet. Measurements need to be customized for the individual’s size.
- Normal double rods for hanging are 84 inches and 42 inches. But if a person is 5 feet 11 inches or taller, you’ll need to go to 90 inches and 45 inches.
- Three-quarter lengths include long slacks, skirts, short- to medium- length dresses and three-quarter-length jackets.
Penny says the two most important things in a closet are being able to see and being able to access your belongings. Good design and generally standard materials will give you the best function. Upgraded colors and real woods add to the cost, so be sure you really need the special colors, handles, and gadgets.
Last, but not least, lighting must bring out the natural color of your clothing. Full-spectrum fluorescents are best because they give no heat and the best overall lighting.
How you feel in your closet may reflect how you look all day.
Remember, rooms (closets) have no feelings, you do!
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Centerpieces for Galas, Golf Tournaments, Etc. Centerpieces can lift your event to the next level and they can become part of the event. Even for fundraising! Decide if the centerpieces are to be given away or not. If yes, select a design with a simple container and stunning flowers. If not, ask for an upscale vase that you can rent for much less than the purchase price. You can still give the flowers away that you’re purchasing. Alternately, if you are wanting people to purchase the centerpieces for an additional donation, select a design that has a really cool vase that will be a lasting reminder of the event and select a few distinctive blooms in the colors of the event. Reach out to God’s Garden Treasures when you are still deciding how you want to do the centerpieces and we’ll brainstorm some ideas with you. MORE!
You may have heard the expression “the fabric of life.” This refers to the human threads woven together from life’s experience, which in turn define our personal style. Understanding this leads to designing environments that express and reflect who we are.
How do you begin selecting fabrics to live with every day? How do you know what you want to live with? What mood do you want to create? What energizes you and gives you comfort? You need to answer all these questions before selecting fabrics for your furniture and windows. Your decisions set the tone for the rest of your project. Your floors, your walls, and fabrics all live together in the same space. So select the balance between them carefully.
Next, your senses come into play. Do you want texture? How does it feel to the touch when you’re sitting on it? Does it feel inviting and cozy? How does it look? Fabrics even make sounds when you move them. What about a pattern? Do you like looking at floral or geometric or stripes or solids? Do you have a favorite style? Do you like traditional, contemporary, eclectic or Southwestern? Do the fabrics stimulate your sense of smell and taste?
Color may be the most important decision you make. Many of us have a fairly clear picture of color because we think about it when we buy clothes. The colors we look good in are also the colors we feel good in. So why not surround yourself with those colors that make you look AND feel good?
Practicality enters into your decision, too. You must evaluate the use of the fabric. Will it be used for sitting upon or will it be seen on a window covering? Will the sunlight beat on it or will it be in shade? Always think about where the fabric is being used and the function of the upholstered piece or the window it’s going to cover.
There are a variety of considerations when choosing fabrics. Different types of prints and textures can make a personal statement. If what you like is diverse, find a common thread to bring it all together, such as repeating a color that runs throughout. Color so often is used as the magic wand to create many things in a room, especially continuity and mood. It can make or break a design project. Along with the color on walls and flooring, the color you choose for your fabrics is the most powerful signature in a room.
When I start a new project, I usually begin with the selection of fabric. This is a wonderful way to learn about my client’s taste. As we choose fabrics, I begin to understand the colors, shapes, and textures that please my clients. This sets the tone for the colors and style of the room. It’s important to always see a large sample of the fabric before making a selection. Then picture it as it relates to the entire room – not just the piece on which it is going. Any fabric can be made to work as long as you love looking at it and it makes you feel good.
Don’t be afraid to take a chance if something special appeals to you. Nothing is permanent, and should you tire of a choice, it can be changed. You and your feelings are the main consideration. Remember, rooms have no feelings – you do!
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Thank you, Bridges Conner, founder of Get Organized with Bridges + Co for this excellent article from HGTV on how to organize a kid’s closet. Now if she would just send an article about MY closet!! Click here to read “10 Ways to Organize Your Kid’s Closet”
Why are women expected to know how to decorate a home? Traditionally, when a woman gets married, she is expected to be the one to decorate the home. Even before she is married, she may feel the responsibility to be the homemaker and therefore the family decorator. Bachelors, on the other hand, are considered inept in this area and always seeking help with buying and making furnishings decisions.
Well, these stereotypes just aren’t true! This certainly has not been my experience in my design practice. In most cases, the husband has been very involved and in several cases taken over the project and been my primary contact. I am not sure why but one answer may be that I always engage the husband and actually insist he be part of the first and second meeting. Once this happens, he becomes more comfortable and the mystery of decorating is dissolved and the fear becomes minimized or completely removed. He is now experiencing the process and therefore appreciates his wife’s efforts and feels important to her and to the process.
I have seen it many times: connecting in this way strengthens relationships and brings couples closer. Contrary to what sometimes is said – that building a home or decorating can be stressful – when everyone feels important to the project and that their input is valued, the project improves and so does the relationship.
There is another benefit. This collaboration has also proven to result in a distinctive design outcome because both people bring their taste and style to the project resulting in a one-of-a-kind blend that is unique to the couple. I like to call this 1 + 1 = 3. They have now created a “look” that is solely theirs. We don’t want to live in someone else’s taste and style, particularly if we really don’t like it, but when there is discussion and we bring in the three elements of The Bajaro Method (understanding, accepting, allowing) then there is harmony and the project can move forward. It also results in a happy outcome when the project is completed. It will eliminate mistakes and needless expenditures.
On the other hand, the single person has the opportunity to totally express themselves in their most personal environment – the home. It’s important before beginning to make decorating changes or choices to explore their taste, separate from what they grew up with or have been influenced by through friends or media. Then the individual can create an environment that is truly theirs and in which they feel connected and comfortable.
The most important thing to remember, when decorating for yourself or with someone else is that it has to “feel right” and to recognize when it doesn’t. You may not know why but your feeling is real and you must listen to it. If it feels right, you will love your design choices and feel happy living in the space you created.
Always remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Brene Brown What an appropriate quote for Connections Home Care! Here is an example. This client and her caregiver have been together for well over a year. They enjoy each other’s company and Rae Anna loves listening to her client’s stories because she is a true hero. She survived the Holocaust. Now they spend their days loving, laughing and living! Click for MORE about Connections.
God’s Garden Treasures is always open to special requests and eager to learn about your goals, expectations and what is most important to you. Want to change up the color in the bouquet you ordered or swap out one flower to add their favorite flower? Interested in special-ordering a specific flower for a future delivery date? Let us know! We’ve even picked up hot soup to deliver with flowers to someone who’s sick; and opened and read the card message to a woman who is elderly at the request of her family out of state; and faithfully deliver flowers every other week to one client’s Mom. MORE on God’s Garden Treasures.