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Contain and Label

It sounds so simple and easy, keep things together and where they are most convenient for use.  Often though our treasures are spread throughout the house.  Using containers that are the same size help maximize space.  Then the most important step is labeling the contents. Organized storage in basements, garages and attics will save you time and help you enjoy the activities they represent.

The Need to Organize for SNOW

Snow 4Snow is beautiful, but this week the east coast was reminded how treacherous the weather can be. Knoxville was lucky and missed the blizzard this time.  If you are not prepared, spend some time NOW and get organized for the next weather wave.

 

Organize the Car:

Have small bag stocked with blanket, extra shoes, flashlight, and snacks.

 

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Organize the Pantry:

This is one area that should always be organized.  Clear out-of-date foods, and buy only what you like and have room for.  Don’t let “bulk” buying clutter your space.

 

Create an Emergency Supply Area:

Have dedicated space for emergency supplies.  Light bulbs, batteries, flash lights, radio, and phone chargers.  Even have games ready should kids be without cable tv.

 

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Organize Toiletries & Linens:

Have blankets and towels clean and organized.  Stock toiletries and first aid supplies.  You never know when the neighbors heat may go out and you have company.

 

If your storage is limited and you need ideas for create organizing solutions, contact Closets by McKenry for custom closet design.  Be ready, and the next blizzard the only thing on the floor will be family gathering around the fire.

 

 

Organizer’s Dream comes to Farmer’s Market
The Container Store
Opens New Location August 9th

ContainerStoreNewWhile professional organizers never encourage buying for the sake of buying, I would like to share some exciting news. For our friends in the west Los Angeles area, if you need innovative, stylish, fun containers for your home or office organizing needs The Container Store is coming your way in the historic Los Angeles Farmer’s Market, adjacent to The Grove.

During the opening weekend, August 9 and 10th, this retail giant will donate 10% of the all that locations sales to Step UP – inspiring women to inspire girls. Since the company began in Dallas in 1978 they not only created the storage and organization category for retail, but have nurtured an employee-first culture along with high level of customer service. It is listed in FORTUNE magazine’s top 100 companies to work for. Many of my colleagues would call the store the Neiman Marcus of containers.

Now about the Farmer’s Market location…
-20,000 square feet of shopping with more than 10,000 mulit-functional and innovative products.
-Products organized in 16 signature lifestyle departments
-Employee knowledge, each full-time sales person receives more than 263 hours of training (part-time employees receive 177 hours) in their first year.

Join the Los Angeles design and organizing industry in welcoming this newest location.

Finding New Uses for Storage

An antique pie safe, a family heirloom, once cooled great-grandma's pies.

An antique pie safe, a family heirloom, once cooled great-grandma’s pies.

Now serves as china storage in Tennessee condo.

Now serves as china storage in Tennessee condo.

Urban small spaces and even suburban larger homes, often need to find unique storage solutions. At this vacation condo, we kept family history and give it new life. With no room for more cabinets or china display, we used this unique pie safe that was used by client’s great grandmother as early at 1890 to cool delicious deserts. Seems only natural that a piece of furniture that once kept foods the family devoured, now holds the most treasured china that is used for special occasions.

Think outside the box for your storage needs.

A Different Look for Today’s Condo Hall Closet Design

web hall closet 2Luxury condos may have big style but sometimes space is limited. That is where a closet designer who has over a decade of professional organizing experience will create new ideas for your storage needs.

A hall closet design isn’t just for coats anymore…especially in Los Angeles. Here we created custom storage for the kitchen pantry on one side and the other is for the home office supplies and work samples. web office supply storageNow the kitchen, which is across the hall, has become larger for culinary needs and the dry foods have more space.

web Dog supplies 1Dog supplies have their own section and containerize for easy access. Entertainment needs that are infrequently used now are safely stashed ready for the next party.

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Compartments are designed for the vacuum and ironing board. The custom closet may be utilitarian, it also meets the need for stylish organizing as materials used match the finish of the cabinetry in the rest of the home.

Get It Together LA! is has received Best Closet Design in the Los Angeles Organizing Awards. Are you ready to Make Your Life Easier?

NOTE: All images in this blog are used with client’s permission.

Just for Men – Wardrobe Organizing Ideas for Condo Living

Does your apartment or condominium fall short on storage?  Be creative and find spaces not being used.  When the wall is showing in a closet, that is a space to claim.  Make room for your Armani by double hanging rods and adding shelves to empty walls.

Turn empty walls...

Into room for shoes, shirts, suits and ties.

Never double stack ties on racks, they get lost. Pull out systems are so convenient.

If clothes are important to you, they deserve respect.  Make room for ties and they will brighten up your closet.

A shallow linen closet could be converted to just the right depth for showcasing your haberdashery.

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Add Shelves for your Shoes

And the ironing board can rest behind the closet door.

Keep things in your home where they are used.  If you press your wardrobe daily, find a home for the iron or steamer in the master closet.

Hooks are easy additions for belts and bath robes.  By making good decisions and thinking “outside the box” or “container”, you might be surprised how much room you are missing!

Clutter Awareness Week – March 17

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Tips for Reducing Office Clutter

Does your office stimulate productivity?  No question we get more done in an organized environment.  But how do we get from cluttered to organized in our office?  Try these tips to reduce the clutter in your office:

The Desk

  1. If you are not using items on the desk daily, store them some where else.
  2. Create active file system to get papers off the desk.
  3. Utilize two monitors for your computer to make online work more efficient.
  4. Spend five minutes at the end of each day clearing off your desk.

Work Area

  1. Reduce your equipment by replacing old fax and printers with new all in one systems that also scan.
  2. Copy paper and letterhead should be stored close to printers.
  3. Office supplies are easily accessed in labeled bins.
  4. Keep inventory list in supply area to keep items on hand.
  5. Once a month review supply area and purge items not used.
  6. If boxes are recycled, break them down to save space.

Pantry Planning for the Culinary Hobbyist

 What do you desire for your new pantry?

  • food storage
  • an oasis to enhance your culinary skills
  • a place for extra cooking utensils

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This project was designed as an old fashion, yet elegant, pantry.  In consulting with the interior designer wicker baskets, once used for vegetable storage, are now used for bagged chips and snacks.  The wrap around pantry features glass inserted into wood shelves which give more light.  One lower corner features a rotating Lazy Suzan for easy access to the rear.

Organize food by categories.  Modular POP Canisters from The Container Store keep baking items and pastas fresh and make it easy to see when supplies are low.  Quattro Stagioni Jars  provide the “old fashion” look for nuts, candies, and beans.

Your pantry can have a complete new look by cleaning out all unused and out of date food.  Keep most needed items at eye level.  New containers will not only provide a “fresh” look, but keep foods fresh for your family.

Bon Appetit

Chris