It's time for a closet makeover!


Want or need a closet makeover? Whether you want yours to be worthy of a design magazine or the never-open-in-front-of-guests variety, it must satisfy your needs.

Yep, another change in season is upon us! It's time to get out the boots, raincoats and umbrellas, and face the headache of organizing your living space. Will it be a small front hall closet and dream bedroom walk-in? Your choice of storage spaces to meet your household needs is limited.

Want or need a closet makeover? Whether you want yours to be worthy of a design magazine or the never-open-in-front-of-guests variety, it must satisfy your needs.

If, for you, the look is important, don't hesitate to go for a Hollywood-style dressing room. There's only one law to obey: the law of good organization. It must be useful. For you.

To each his own project line of attack. To help you, here's a snapshot of the options available to you.

You can hire an interior designer who will take a close look at your budget and storage requirements with you and develop a plan, before helping you purchase exactly what you need.

You can also turn to specialty storage stores. That's their expertise, after all. Really. They can provide you with a solution tailored to your specific needs. At these locations, they offer a turnkey, all-in-one construction, delivery and installation service. This kind of service can be indispensable when you want to keep your hassles to a minimum.

If, however, you like brainstorming and tinkering, you may prefer to give do-it-yourself retail chains or big box furniture stores a try. You will find everything you need to make your "DIY" closet. But if you want to be involved in the design, a plan is a must before you start your project.

But first, here are key questions to ask yourself and valuable tips to make your project a success.

1.    Who uses this space? Not just you? If you use three-quarters of the closet, be honest with yourself and keep this fact in mind. Why don't you use a closet divider, so everybody wins...and it's what your closet mate wants?

2.    Think long and short. Use hanging closet rods for short clothing.

3.    Planning to fold your clothes? Install shelves with enough room height-wise.

4.    Need extra space for your shoes, handbags, gym bags and belts? Measure, calculate and be realistic.

5.    Smaller items also deserve a spot in your closet: your jewellery, belts, ties, underwear and other accessories should have their very own drawers. Be sure to adjust the width and height to the right dimensions.

6.    Need a mirror, more lighting or other accessories? Take a look at what's out there. Seeing yourself and seeing everything clearly just makes your closet experience all the more enjoyable.

7.    Last but not least, use all the space up to the ceiling. In the land of good organization, every inch counts. Hang your clothes for special occasions or another season higher up.

Remember that it's never too late to get the job done (and done well). Just because your closet has been in complete disarray for 20 years doesn't mean you shouldn't change anything.
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Caroline Larocque began her career as a kitchen designer right after she completed her studies.

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