When you do a dictionary lookup of ‘cloffice’ on Meriam-Webster, the result is, “The word you’ve entered isn’t in the dictionary.”
Dictionary editors spend their time reading and looking for changes in language. They look at publications and sites (like this one) and identify vocabulary that has entered mainstream life – terms like bucket list, sexting, and unfriend. A word gets into the dictionary when it becomes commonly used by many people who all agree that it means the same thing.
Is cloffice the right word?
Cloffice? Offclo? Closeoff? Offset? Maybe we just call it what it is – a closet that has been transformed into a home office. Now everyone has to agree on the right term to get it into the dictionary.
A bit of closet history
The closet, itself, has underlying connotations and hasn’t always been viewed in the best possible light. The word has been around since the 17th century, and is derived from the Latin word ‘clausum’, which means ‘closed’. Closets were originally associated with an upper-class status and were often small rooms that were adjacent to the bedroom where people would spend their leisure time.
Back then, closets were seldom a consideration in the construction of homes for the lower class. Wardrobes and bureaus were used to store one’s possessions.
As housing styles changed and storage became a part of the design, closets were added, but only accommodated a limited number of garments. A single shelf that was placed above a rod for hanging might hold a precarious pile of sweaters and boxes that threatened to tip every time the door was opened. The floor was a dark, secret cave of abandoned shoes and misplaced items that had nowhere else to go.
So, maybe it’s time that the closet has regained a prominent position in the house – one that can also house a leisure-like getaway or a workspace.
Working from home out of necessity
Being aware of trends and demographics is imperative for designer Jane Lockhart. As she points out, condo dwellers were already moving to the suburbs in order to get more space, boomers were already moving out of the city or procuring a second residence, and 2.1 million Canadians were already working from home. “The pandemic was like throwing gas on a fire,” says Lockhart. “It accelerated these trends that were already underway.”
As of June 2020, Statistics Canada reported that 40 per cent of Canada’s workers are working from home. In 2018 it was less than 10 per cent. Everyone in the family were trying to eke out their space for office work and homework. Zoom calls were now a thing, and private areas were difficult to find.
While the general public is now used to seeing a presenter’s dog or toddler enter the screen while watching the news, there are times when you need to focus and get away from the surrounding chaos of the home environment.
10 great reasons for having a cloffice
Closets have doors, which can be closed – whether it’s bifold doors on a small closet or a more-substantial door on a large, walk-in closet.
Shutting the doors serves two purposes. It provides privacy and it also hides work that is in progress, so that you don’t have to tidy up every time that dinner is served or a visitor arrives.
While there are pantries, broom closets, and front hall closets, bedroom closets provide an extra layer of privacy.
Guest rooms were the first area to be repurposed as home office space. Without overnight visitors, it made sense to take over a room that could have more than one function.
The closet in the spare room is a natural alternative to work space, as it’s more likely to be unused.
At the end of a workday, you can literally turn it off. This is very important on a psychological level in order to define when you are working – and when you are not.
If working in the kitchen, noise is echoed off of tiled floors and walls. Carpets, drapery, and furniture help to deaden sound. If your office is in a closet, you have an increased sound barrier.
Closets make excellent Zoom rooms for those all-important meetings.
Consider hanging fabric, or rearranging props for a suitable, studio-like backdrop during Zoom calls.
You’re less likely to be disturbed if you’re not visible to the rest of the family.
Short term or long term cloffice?
Even if students are scheduled to go back to school, they are going to continue to excel if they have a dedicated study/work area at home.
Many people will not be returning to an office environment. Working from home is going to become the norm for a high percentage of the population. So, again, you’re going to want a space that is devoted to your particular requirements, with a suitable surface, drawers, shelves, and storage.
Each work/office space should be individually designed to suit personal needs and wants. No one works or learns the same. Some kids are visual learners, while others or auditory. Some of us are messy and need extra room, and some of us are uber-organized. The designers at Organized Interiors take all of these requests and desires into consideration when re-purposing a space.
Put your closet to work with a cloffice
Organized Interiors can transform any living space to adapt to your specific requirements. If you are considering a cloffice, contact us to schedule a free design consultation today.
From concept to completion, we can reconfigure your space for maximum efficiency.
Now more than ever, we look towards the home for stability and refuge and home improvement moves to the top of the to-do list.
Maybe dad or the man in your life is at home right now like so many others and doing his part to flatten the curve. Perhaps he’s on the front lines as an essential worker and helping to keep things operating.
With so many changes to our day-to-day lives, keeping a man’s closet effectively and stylishly organized is key to keeping his space – and him – calm and collected.
Every man needs a closet room design that is structured and organized to maximize order and efficiency. With the help of your Organized Interiors design consultant, you can take his closet to the ultimate level.
One of our design professionals provides ten men’s closet design tips to help you create the ultimate closet for him.
Declutter to make space for your men’s closet design
Improving his closet starts with decluttering so his new closet organizer and storage systems can provide maximum functionality.
Declutter his closet space and set aside old clothes, which will free up space for organizing what you really need. After all, there’s no point in creating organization systems for things that he never wears or uses.
Many businesses and services that ordinarily accept donations of old clothes aren’t currently available, but they will certainly need them eventually. Until you’re able to drop off your unwanted clothes for donation, set them aside for now.
Repurpose some of his other unwanted clothes for some practical uses. Unneeded sport socks and t-shirts make excellent rags and old t-shirts and dress shirts (specifically cotton and linen) are excellent sources of fabric for making your own face masks.
Below is an example of how decluttering and the perfect men’s closet design can combine to make his custom closet space super-organized and stylish.
Work with a pro for your men’s closet design
Connect with an Organized Interiors design consultant to discuss his closet needs and your designer will develop a custom solution that speaks to his requirements, his style, and his space.
Every custom Organized Interiors closet solution is as unique as every client and is tailored to make your life easier and better, whether you have a walk-in closet or reach-in closet.
The ultimate closet for him solves his organizational needs, is personalized for his lifestyle, and turns this challenging space into his own personal statement.
We provide an installation guarantee that ensures every project we work on is installed and completed with the highest standards and to our clients’ full satisfaction.
Get creative with the closet’s hanging space
The biggest piece of real estate in any custom closet is how much space you devote to hanging your clothes.
Double hanging his short clothes (such as shirts, jackets, and folded pants) leaves room for hanging more items, plus it reserves space for additional shelves and drawers.
Get creative with how things are divided: separate work attire from casual clothes, formal wear from holiday wear, etc. Does he hang his pants straight by the cuff? Specify an area for hanging items with a medium and long length.
Pro tip: folded pants require less vertical space than shirts and devoting an entire closet rod for folded pants allows you to position it so that additional space may be used for other purposes.
A tie and belt rack are must-haves
Whether his office has moved to casual dress or work-from-home, he still owns neckties as distinctive as he is.
Organized Interiors’ high-quality pullout tie rack tucks neatly alongside clothes hanging areas, features a whisper-quiet action, and holds up to 18 ties.
Hanging his belts helps to minimize the curve that can develop from keeping them looped in your pants. Our premium belt rack features enoughinsert hooks for formal and casual belts.
Customize your closet with decorative hardware and men’s closet accessories
An awesome men’s closet design isn’t complete without those all-important final touches and Organized Interiors offers the widest selection of men’s closet accessories and decorative hardware around.
A retractable valet rod is a perfect addition that allows for temporary clothes hanging. Use it for organizing your next day’s power suit, your weekend wear before your early drive to cottage country, or your gym bag for your pre-work fitness routine. When not in use, it tucks neatly away for safety.
Here are a few more men’s closet accessories you can add to tailor the storage space to his needs:
pullout laundry hampers
a pullout pant rack
four position hangers
a drawer safe
Upgrade his clothes hangers
Consider upgrading the clothes hangers within his ultimate closet. A consistent model of hanger in a closet not only adds visual appeal, it also helps maintain order.
Consider our beautiful soft-touch hangers, which feature a slip and crease-resistant bar for hanging folded pants and smooth shoulders for hanging shirts and jackets alike.
Keep his shoes organized
Whether he has four pairs of shoes or 24 pairs, Organized Interiors will ensure he has them organized and at-the-ready for work, play, and travel.
Larger shoe collections can benefit from a tower of pullout shelves adorned with shoe fences to keep things tidy and to lend that elegant touch.
Smaller collections can take advantage of space below clothes hanging areas, either at the floor level or by adding a shelf or two. Even if he keeps his everyday shoes in the front closet or mudroom, designate a place in his closet for special occasion and vacation footwear.
Add drawers for more storage flexibility
Drawer space in any closet is essential for organizing socks, boxers, folded shirts, and pants, but it can be so much more.
Add a convenient tilt-out laundry hamper to a drawer tower, so as he goes from work mode to workout mode that transition happens in a flash.
Velvet-lined dividers help his cufflinks and tie clasps stay organized. If he wears bracelets or chains, a jewellery divider is perfect for those, too. Consider larger acrylic drawer dividers for his watches and fitness trackers so he always knows what time it is, where he’s been, and where he’s going.
The supreme watch accessory for his ultimate closet is the Orbita watch winder, which can be fitted to a custom drawer or even as a standalone countertop feature.
Create a comfortable dressing space
The ultimate closet for him can include a dressing area. Take advantage of the wall space on the side walls, behind doors, and above the lower storage for custom mirror boards.
Need a space for grab-and-go things like his favourite hoodie, his sport jacket, or his camera bag? Add a custom hook board.
Need both? Consider a custom mirror-and-hook board, with beautiful melamine finishes to match and hardware finishes to complement his closet space.
Add custom cabinetry to your men’s closet
Not every closet (particularly a reach-in closet) has space for enclosed cabinetry, but consider adding cabinet storage in his closet if possible. Keeping things behind doors and out of sight not only reduces visual clutter, but provides him peace of mind.
Interior shelves can be a supplementary dressing station for him or where he plans his “go bag” for last-minute trips to the cottage.
Add a safe to a custom cabinet either behind the doors or within a drawer to protect valuables, papers, travel documents, and more. He doesn’t have to be a secret agent to appreciate hidden storage and added security, but you can make him feel like one!
Upgrade your men’s closet space
Our designers can work wonders with your men’s closet space or configure a shared closet space so you and your significant other can manage your wardrobes more efficiently.
Once your Organized Interiors design consultant has prepared your design layout, we can produce and install his ultimate closet in as little as a few weeks. Give the man in your life the space and the storage he deserves in his closet.
Cleaning up that junk drawer in an entryway, home office, or kitchen is one of those unpleasant home organization tasks we usually put off for as long as possible.
Year after year of tossing all sorts of odds and ends into that drawer will eventually result in an overstuffed storage space that will need a good cleaning out.
As easy as it is to procrastinate on tidying up a cluttered drawer, the prospect of decluttering a larger space like a closet or a whole room can feel even more daunting.
A junk closet organization project isn’t nearly as formidable a cleanup task as you might think, however.
Use these tips to turn that messy closet into a tidy storage space that serves your home’s storage needs more effectively.
5 reasons to start that junk closet organization project
As with most decluttering projects, one of the hardest parts of the job is simply getting it started.
Don’t focus on how tedious the job might be or how you’d rather be doing something else that is…well, a lot less “decluttery”.
Instead, visualize the positive outcomes that lay ahead once this junk closet organization project is completed:
You’ll save time by having an organized closet. Think of how much time you’ve wasted looking for a specific item in that junk closet over the years. In some cases you might find it, but there have surely been many times where that needed item is nowhere to be found. An organized closet where everything has a home and is visible eliminates this problem.
Any space that is cluttered causes stress. Merely opening the door to a junk closet and laying eyes on the calamity inside is enough to cause you some degree of stress. Who wants to keep experiencing that? An organized closet is a stress-free zone in your home.
A catch-all closet wastes space in your home by lacking functionality. Although we’re calling it a junk closet, there are undoubtedly plenty of useful things hiding in there that could be useful to you. But if they’re too hard to find or access, they won’t get used and that closet’s lack of functionality isn’t serving your needs.
You won’t waste money on duplicate purchases. Whether it’s clothing, tools, or anything else that’s easy to misplace, an untidy storage area inevitably leads to a few unnecessary purchases of items you already own. We’ve all experienced that deflating moment when you eventually find an item that “fell through the cracks” ages ago that you bought again.
You can stop being embarrassed by your “shame closet”. A closet’s messy contents may have a door that can keep everything hidden, but you’re probably not proud that such a messy space exists in your home. Tidying it up can liberate you from the feelings of embarrassment you might feel if a visitor happened to peek inside the space, too.
Tips for clearing out a junk closet
Depending on the size of the closet and how full it is, a junk closet organization task shouldn’t take more than a few hours to sort out.
You could spend an hour or two on a few days throughout the week to work on the task or get it over with quickly by devoting a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday to overhaul the closet space.
We would recommend the latter approach, as it would allow you to completely empty the closet all at once. This ensures nothing gets missed in the decluttering process.
It also means you can give the closet something most closets rarely get – a good cleaning. Get the vacuum in there to clean up that dusty floor and give every surface (including the ceiling, walls, hanging rod, and any closet organization systems) a good wipe down with a damp cloth.
Another good reason for emptying out the closet is you don’t want to just move around all of that stuff inside the area and reorganize it. To get the best results, some heavy-duty editing of the closet’s contents are in order.
When it comes to deciding what stays and what goes, a number of items will be no-brainers. That big box filled with old cables, wires, ancient computer peripherals, and chargers for devices you replaced years ago is a good example. Non-essential papers and documents can be recycled. Get rid of any boxes or bags with damaged things you meant to fix, but never did. And donate any clothes that no longer fit.
The number one enemy of decluttering is sentimentality. Check your sentimental feelings at the (closet) door and be practical about what you keep.
6 ideas for a decluttered closet space
Once you’ve gotten rid of enough of the clutter that clogged the closet, how do you envision using that storage space?
Here are six ideas for how to use a rehabilitated junk closet:
Linen closet: a dedicated storage space for all of your home’s many types of linens is a great way to use a spare closet. Storing all of your bath towels, face cloths, bedding essentials, and other linens in one area makes them easy to find and keep organized. You’ll also free up space in dressers, bedroom closets, or wherever else your linens were being stored.
A mini mudroom: if that closet is in a hallway near an entrance, convert it into a mini mudroom. Remove the doors, add a bench with hidden storage, and incorporate some dividers on the upper shelf to keep things organized. Add decorative hooks for coats, hats, purses, and backpacks.
Utility/cleaning closet: like your linens, cleaning supplies and tools tend to get scattered around the home. Store them all in one closet that’s outfitted with enough hooks for all of your brooms, dust pans, mops, and dusters. Add a few extra shelves to the lone top shelf in the closet for your cleaning product containers, cleaning cloths and rags, scrubbing brushes, and spray bottles. If space allows, stash your vacuum in there.
A storage space for guest linens and seasonal clothing: your guest linens and off-season clothing might not fill a whole closet space on their own. You could use a repurposed closet to store both things.
Reach-in wine closet: just about any spare closet (even a very small one) can be used for wine storage. The only factor that would make a closet a bad choice as a wine storage area would be if the space was too warm, as the idea temperature range for storing wine is 10-18°C (50-65°F).
A home office or reading nook: like the wine closet, another unconventional way to use a closet is as a home office. Considering its tiny size, calling it a “home workspace” might be a little more accurate, but plenty of homes have made this idea work. A closet could even be converted into a cozy reading nook.
Important design considerations for your new closet
However you plan to use your closet, there are a few important considerations to make involving its layout and design.
Think about repainting the closet with a lighter shade and adding overhead lighting to brighten up the space. Incorporating lighting in storage areas that get the most use will also help you get more enjoyment out of the closet.
To maximize the closet’s vertical storage space, add an extra shelf above the standard single shelf in the closet. Extra hanging rods, hooks, hangers, pullout racks, and baskets or bins to store small items can be used as well.
Organized Interiors can design a shelf tower with drawers that fits perfectly within your closet and matches the surrounding décor. A custom storage solution like this will look much nicer than using cheap plastic storage containers with drawers or build-it-yourself cube storage units.
Although you want to optimize your closet’s available storage space, don’t overload it with storage systems that make your closet feel overstuffed again.
This linen closet keeps all of a home’s linens in one centralized area, which makes them easy to find and keep organized.
How to avoid future junk closet organization projects
The goal is to create a tidy, manageable storage space so you won’t need to undertake future junk closet organization projects.
To ensure success for that goal, a big key is to make sure everything in the closet is given a proper home. That way you’ll always know where to find things and where they should be returned to.
Make your closet as easy to use as possible. Group like items together and prioritize how your things are stored. That means keeping the most frequently used items in the closet easily accessible and stored from waist level to eye level. Items that are infrequently used should be stored up high or on the floor.
Conquer the “I might need it someday” mindset to keep your closet stocked only with things that serve a purpose to you right now. They don’t necessarily have to “spark joy” for you (can a broom really do that?), but they should be useful to you in some way if they’re staying in the closet.
Finally, make an effort to keep as much of your closet’s contents as visible as you can. Even items stored in drawers should be easy to locate when the drawer is opened. It’s a simple philosophy, but it’s true: if you can see something, you’re far more likely to actually use it.
Replace that junk closet with a more useful closet space
If you have a junk closet organization project in the works, give it an upgrade before restocking it.
Organized Interiors can help you create a closet space with a modern look and a high level of functionality that is easier to keep meticulously organized.
Where is the messiest closet in your home? Chances are, it’s located in one of your bedrooms.
But linen closets are another of your home’s closet spaces that never seem to stay organized for very long. It’s no wonder, considering they’re used on such a regular basis.
Get organized with these linen closet ideas
Most family members prioritize the quick acquisition of whatever item they need from the linen closet over concerning themselves with how tidy they’re leaving things before closing the door.
Linen closets are also an organizational challenge because their contents are rarely curated, causing them to become overstuffed.
If any of this sounds all too relatable to the messy linen closet situation in your own home, we’ve got some useful linen closet ideas and tips to help you get things more organized.
Why every home needs a linen closet
If your home doesn’t have a linen closet, you might be wondering if it’s something that you really need.
You might be surprised to learn that according to the 2018 Canadian Home Builders’ Association Homebuyer Preference Study, linen closets were a must-have feature for 89% of surveyed buyers.
Most of today’s homebuyers and anyone with a linen closet knows the benefits of having a dedicated closet space to store all of their towels, sheets, and other linens.
Think about how many types of linens and related items are used in the average home. In addition to the linens that were previously mentioned (and consider that they each come in a wide variety of types and sizes), the following things require storage space, too:
duvet covers and inserts, comforters, and blankets
pillows, pillowcases, and mattress covers
sheets, pillows, and towels for guests
regular and holiday-themed tablecloths, placemats, and cloth napkins
toiletries and other bathroom supplies
For those without a linen closet, having to share some of these things with your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and front entryway closet spaces causes a couple of issues.
First, it scatters your stored linens around the home, which makes things harder to find. Second, your closet spaces, dresser drawers, or wherever else linens are being stored become even more overburdened and difficult to manage.
Having a single closet storage space with dedicated homes for all of your linens will save you from wasting time looking for things.
And a makeover to this closet space creates a tidy and uniform look to your linen closet’s storage that’s as clean as your fresh linens.
Storing linens in the bathroom? Here’s why you shouldn’t.
Many homeowners keep their spare bathroom linens stored in their bathrooms, whether it’s on open shelves, in drawers, or tucked away behind cabinetry doors.
While it might seem practical and convenient having these items right where they’ll be needed, there are several reasons to avoid doing this.
The biggest problem is the damp, humid environment. Even with good room ventilation and regular bathroom cleaning, storing fabrics on a long-term basis in the bathroom makes them susceptible to mould and mildew issues.
Adding shelving to your bathroom walls, over the door, or buying a freestanding bathroom organizer to store linens has drawbacks as well. All those extra storage systems, in addition to the visual clutter all of those stacked linens, add to the room, can make a bathroom look messy and overcrowded.
If you’re not regularly rotating the towels and cloths stored on open shelves in the bathroom, the very thing you’re using to dry off after getting clean could be covered in months of dust.
And here’s one rather unpleasant fact that’s sure to make you hasten your effort to eliminate the storage of linens in your bathroom – the toilet plume.
Several studies have found that when some toilets are flushed, the force causes a spray that contains microscopic particles of bacteria from the bowl to get released into the air. That spray (or plume) comes down on anything within approximately six feet of the toilet. Yuck.
Just a little food for thought if your spare towels (or, even worse, your toothbrushes) are stored anywhere close to your toilet bowl.
Step 1: talk to a closet design professional
Whether you’re adding a closet space or redoing an existing linen closet, the simplest way to ensure success with the project is to entrust it to a professional.
Organized Interiors are experts in designing closets for any room in your home. From your initial free in-home consultation with one of our design consultants right through to the closet’s installation by our professional installers, we’ll ensure every aspect of the project meets your expectations.
Compared to a large walk-in closet makeover which is obviously much bigger in scope, a linen closet remodel represents the type of simpler closet design we also specialize in.
This type of closet remodel can fit most budgets and typically involves less turnaround time for your order. That means you can get your linen closet storage needs addressed that much faster.
“Edit” your linen closet’s contents
Before your reconfigured closet is designed and installed, a thorough “editing” of your closet’s contents will make life significantly easier when it comes to keeping your closet tidy in the future. Like most linen closets, it’s probably overdue for a good purging.
As with any thorough curating of your closet’s clothing, the best method is to completely empty the closet entirely so nothing gets missed. Closets with deep shelves that can hide things at the back of the closet will especially benefit from this process.
Take stock of what’s in there and determine when it was last used. Check each linen to see what’s worn, faded, damaged, or just outlived its usefulness.
If they’re being used and washed regularly, bath towels generally have a lifespan of a couple of years. When they start getting stiff and rough, they’ll become less absorbent and should be replaced.
Pillows should also be replaced after about a year or two of regular use. Consult this link to find out the lifespans of various pillow types.
Remove linen sets with missing or mismatched items, or old sheets for a bed size you no longer own. Now is also a good opportunity to get rid of linens that no longer align with your current design tastes.
Lots of linen closets have a bulky complete bedding set that was bought on sale years ago and has never been opened. Decide if you’ll realistically get any use out of it and if not, add it to your “donate” pile.
Here’s one more reason to create as much space in your linen closet as you can – in a larger family, the space needed for storing bath towels alone can take up a fair bit of space.
Experts recommend washing your bath towels a minimum of once a week and ideally every three or four days. That adds up to a whole lot of towels entering and exiting your closet every week!
Create closet storage zones
When discussing your linen closet’s design, your design consultant will want to know how you’d like it to be set up.
You’ll want to establish storage zones within the closet that make it easier to distinguish different linens and keep them organized.
Try to create zones that are categorically organized, with extra toiletries and all linens for bedrooms, the dining room, kitchen, and so on being kept together. If your closet space allows for it, separate the linens for each bedroom in their own zone.
Keep your most often-used linens such as bath towels and washcloths at a comfortable, easy to access height. Less frequently needed items like pillows and linens used during holidays and special occasions can be stored on the top shelves. Off-season clothing, which is ideal for linen closet storage, could also be stashed in the closet’s upper or lower areas.
Labelling each zone is a smart way to help ensure your closet’s zones stay more organized.
Use an organization system that works for you
Once you have an idea of what zones will comprise your closet space, establish an organization system that will make your linen closet as convenient and easy to use as possible.
To evenly distribute the usage of your linens and to keep then fresh, regularly rotating them is essential. Some people like to put their folded linens on top of the pile and pull from the bottom, while others prefer the opposite method.
Maybe you prefer to keep your bath towels rolled up. If so, shelf dividers can help to keep them tidy and organized. Whatever works for you.
Depending on how much closet space is at your disposal, give your linens as much space to breathe as you can.
Another tip that makes linen storage simpler is to fold your bedsheets into their matching pillowcase, which saves time searching for linen sets that match.
Maximize your linen closet’s storage space
No list of linen closet ideas would be complete without a few tips on how to maximize your storage space.
The beauty of a custom closet design is that your closet space can be precisely configured to provide you with the optimal amount of storage space the closet allows for.
The linen closet is typically a narrow vertical space that’s the smallest closet in the home, which makes getting the most out of it so important. You also want to maximize the storage space without the closet’s contents feeling overstuffed.
Adjustable shelves are important to not just aid you in making sure space isn’t wasted, they’re also valuable when your storage needs change and you need to reconfigure how your closet is set up.
Using more shelves is better than having things spaced out too much with linen stacks that are too high. Higher stacks of linens creates two issues that contributes to a messy closet space:
the linens will start leaning and be more likely to topple over
when someone wants an item from the bottom of a stack, there’s more linens to contend with
You may wish to have some pullout shelves added your linen closet, which lets you take advantage of a deep closet space by making items at the back of shelves easier to access. Drawers are another option that provides additional storage versatility if your closet is big enough.
Don’t forget the small extras
To conclude our list of linen closet ideas, don’t forget about those small extras that will make your closet space more functional.
Some new closet lighting and a fresh coat of lighter coloured paint to reflect the light better will make things easier to find and update the closet’s décor.
Using shelf risers, small bins, and baskets will help your small linens, toiletries, and miscellaneous items in the linen closet stay tidy.
We’re the leader in smart linen closet ideas and solutions
For anyone who can’t seem to keep their linen closets effectively maintained and tidy, we have creative linen closet ideas and solutions to keep your home organized.
Organized Interiors is renowned for our showpiece closets but that’s not the only type of closet design we specialize in.
Not every home has the space for a large walk-in closet with features like an island and decorative add-ons such as crown moulding, baseboard, sculpted edges, and glass cabinet doors.
And naturally, a more elaborate closet project doesn’t fit into every homeowner’s budget.
A custom reach-in closet or smaller walk-in closet with a simpler design can still work wonders for your bedroom’s storage functionality, while still providing high quality and stylish looks.
Advantages of choosing simple closet ideas
Transforming a closet space of any size with a smarter layout and features to maximize storage space is a great investment and comes with undeniable benefits.
Most importantly, you’ll streamline your daily routine by having a home for everything, which makes the closet easier to keep tidy.
Your closet’s old interior may have consisted of little more than a well-worn hanging rod, sagging top shelf, and poor lighting. A closet makeover will refresh the appearance of your wardrobe storage space.
There are also some specific benefits to using more simple closet ideas when you’re having a closet’s design put together by a professional:
they’re obviously more affordable, allowing homeowners with more modest budgets to still have a closet designed that fits their needs
your order will usually be able to be turned around in less time, so you can get your closet storage needs addressed quickly
Get inspired with these simple closet ideas
We wanted to show you some simple closet ideas that we’ve incorporated into some of our completed projects.
The photos show that a less elaborate and modestly priced reach-in or walk-in closet makeover still projects a stylish, elegant, and very tidy look.
Take a look and maybe you’ll see a concept that based on some simple closet ideas that are right for your home.
Double reach-in closet with Chocolate Pear finish
Here is a double reach-in closet in a master bedroom. For this space, we used a melamine finish called Chocolate Pear that’s one of our most popular dark finishes.
Chocolate Pear’s rich, appealing look is one reason for the finish’s popularity. Another reason is it tends to be available in all the various materials (like thermo and formica/arborite in addition to melamine) we use when making our cabinetry on-site at Organized Interiors’ manufacturing facility.
We created a space within the closet that has useful access from both doorways. As you’ll see in the next image, this closet is completely open inside and there’s no dividing wall between the door openings.
The name “reach-in”, of course, is derived from the fact that the closet’s shallow depth typically doesn’t allow you to step inside of it. With this particular closet, you could technically walk between the interior space between the closets but for all intents and purposes, it’s a reach-in.
Double reach-in closet with a Chocolate Pear finish.
Utilizing a smart closet layout design is crucial
Two separate closet spaces with identical dimensions can deliver drastically different levels of functionality and storage space, purely because of how the layout was conceived.
Our design consultants always strive to devise creative and practical designs that enable each of our clients to get the most out of their remodelled closet.
With this closet, the absence of a dividing barrier between the closets allows for flexibility with the closet’s layout.
We set up the left side of the closet with double hanging rods for short clothes. The biggest part of any closet renovation is freeing up the “real estate” by doubling up closet rods and opening up the length of the space.
The right-hand side of the closet is split. On the left is a tower of shelves for folded clothes, handbags, shoes, etc. To its right is space for hanging long clothes.
Remember that long hanging does not mean just dresses. Oversized shirts and suit jackets typically need more vertical space than other short items. And if you prefer to hang your pants long by the pant cuff, they too will need more vertical clearance than shirts and blouses.
More simple reach-in closet ideas
This closet features a very common setup for a small reach-in closet design.
Trying to shoehorn drawers into a narrow closet such as this one isn’t always practical. Instead, a narrow bank of shelves can still accommodate plenty, whether it’s folded shirts, pants, sweaters, or even smaller items like socks in baskets on shelves.
Although it’s difficult to tell from the photo, the upper shelf in this closet is recessed. The shelf tower itself is a good depth (around 16″) for storing folded adults’ clothes. The top shelf is shallower at 12″. This choice was made to provide better access to the shelf, considering it’s at the same height as the doorway.
Once again, we’re showing a combination of double and long hanging for clothes – how that is split or not is entirely up to you.
If you don’t need to hang many items in the closet (such as with a guest closet), we can simply install a single rod. Don’t have anything long to hang? We can set your entire closet space up with double hanging rods.
A standard white closet never goes out of style.
Simple closet ideas for walk-ins
Here’s an example of a straightforward walk-in closet. Clothes on the left side of the photo below combine double short hanging with long hanging on the right for a bathrobe.
A shelf tower uses the wall as the back for the shelves. The closet rods are suspended between walls and gables.
You may prefer to use some of the space on the closet’s side for a full-length mirror. Perhaps you’d favour moving the placement of the shelf and drawer tower to another location in the closet’s design. Whatever your space allows for, Organized Interiors is all about meeting your specific storage needs.
Luxury walk-in closets feature lots of decorative detail that certainly enhances the appearance of the closet space. These additions don’t always serve a functional purpose.
Every inch counts when you’re striving to boost the functionality of your closet storage. Unless you have a particular look in mind for your closet, you don’t need to add extra decorative touches and features.
Don’t forget the linen closet!
The linen closet tends to get overlooked as a home storage space worthy of an upgrade.
Yes, it’s a utilitarian storage area but that doesn’t mean it can’t function better and look nicer. Simple closet ideas apply perfectly to a linen closet, which doesn’t require quite the same level of design detail as a bedroom closet.
This catch-all space for towels, bed sheets, blankets, and other linens can easily become overwhelmed and untidy.
Adding custom cabinetry with adjustable shelving will make the space function more efficiently. You can space your shelves close together to store soaps and other bath essentials or open up the spacing for thick blankets and pillows.
A linen closet in a Toronto condo.
Simple closet ideas for a unique closet space
“Simple” definitely doesn’t need to mean inferior or low quality when it comes to your closets. The simple closet ideas and designs featured here are unique projects that, we think you’ll agree, look great.
Organized Interiors specializes in closet makeover projects of all sizes that can accommodate any budget.
Whether you’re searching for an affordable simple closet design that you can have installed quicker or are looking to splurge on a dream closet, we have a solution for you.