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Weekend Makeover by the McKenry Team

In two days, two organizers gave this vacation home new life.  On a recent project we performed a 24 hour organizing blitz through a four bedroom vacation retreat.

Clothes in the master closet were sorted, hung on uniform hangers, and shoulder covers were added to coats.  This protects the shoulders from dust while making it easy to see the garments.

In the pantry, the room was emptied and we started from scratch.  Checking dates and discarding items no longer used.  Cleaning supplies were moved to the garage making more room for food storage.  Clear air tight containers dressed up the space while helping to keep foods fresh.
Guest suite baths were enhanced with acrylic drawer inserts.  Travel items were stocked giving a welcoming treat for visitors to enjoy.  Wicker type container were added under the vanities for paper supplies.
On your next vacation or weekend get away, think of the extra time you will have when your home has everything in place.

Changing Hangers and Dry Cleaners – Making Closets Stylish and Green

Since organizing my first closet, I have always encouraged using uniform hangers. Using the same style of hanger allows your wardrobe to hang at the same height.  Once clothes are sorted by “like with like” it is much easier to find the outfit you need each morning.

But you may be reluctant to make the hanger change because you do not want to have to re-hang the clean clothes upon returning from the cleaners.  Ask if they would use your hangers instead of the wire ones.  More and more I like to use the Huggable Hangers from Joy Mangano.  They are super thin, attractive, and the flocking keeps items from slipping off the hanger.

Many dry cleaners would be happy to save the cost of wire hangers and the ultra thin ones are easy for them to use.  Just offer to take the same amount of hangers into your cleaners with your dirty clothes.  If your dry cleaner is not able to accomodate, then try to return the wire hangers as you re-hang your clothes.  This will allow them to recycle, which is always a good thing to do.

Remember, it is Get Organized Month.  So see where clutter is keeping you from getting organized and tackle it one project at a time.

McKenry Closets are “Best In Show”

2008 Los Angeles Organizing Expo

Chris McKenry of Get it Together LA!

Get It Together LA! received “Best in Show” for outstanding booth design and product display at the 2008 Los Angeles Organizing Expo.  Professional organizers wondered the isles of the Olympic Collection viewing products and services that will help keep clients organized through the year.

Get It Together LA! displayed samples of our custom construction materials for closets, garages, and pantries.  Chris McKenry and Erin Haas enjoyed meeting many colleagues at the event.  Marble samples, hardware, door and drawer finishes were featured highlighting the style and design of the display.

With a record crowd of consumers, organizing professionals, home-building representatives and interior designers, the event drew participants from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and as far away as Ohio and Minnesota. The one-of-a-kind organizing Expo was the place to find time-saving products, solutions, tools and services for consumers wanting to get their lives in order and learn first-hand the secrets to an organized life.

John Trosko, President of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers said, “Busy Angelenos probably find the stress and strain of modern life demanding on both their time and space.  It is vital when trying to simplify one’s life to choose the right organizational tools. Lucky for us, there is now a wide variety of stylish, functional and affordable organizing options available and we have many of these products at the Expo.”

This year’s Expo hosted the first ever “Ask the Organizer” Panel. Home and business organizational experts offered guidance and expertise to a packed house of aspiring professional organizers and members of the general public. Questions ranged from residential to small business to corporate organizing concerns. The most anticipated question was how to successfully maintain an organizational system while balancing family, activities and work.

Get It Together LA’s award winning designs received “Best Closet Design” from the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.

Before You Unpack…Are the Closets Ready?

master-closet

Magnificent Master Closet

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Clothes Ready Closet

Not sure where all the clothes, shoes, and collectibles are going?  Today’s closets are more than just one shelf and rod.  Your storage areas should reflect your lifestyle and tastes.

When designing any storage space, take advantage of the vertical space.  If you see the wall, you may be wasting space.

Chris