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How to Increase The Storage Space Within Your Small Closet

What’s the best way to manage the limited space without having to do renovation work on the house?


Clients frequently ask me this questions and I solve this challenge with a few different organizing tricks.


One of the most common tips I recommend  is to convert your single rod into a double rod by adding a drop down hanging rod.


These are available at most department stores, are super cost effective and do not require tools to assemble.

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Once you have doubled your hanging space, make sure to look up and see what type of extra space you have above your shelf. You can easily add another free-standing shelf on top of your shelf for more storage area. I have used the inexpensive shoe shelves to add more shelf space above the traditional single shelf.

If you don’t want to install another shelf, use containers that are more tall than wide to use as much space above as possible.

If you have a two sliding door closet with pockets of unused space on either side, purchase a shoe carousel that secures itself floor to ceiling on a rod.

The seemingly useless pocket of space to the right or left of your sliding door can then be used for shoe storage.


If you don’t have space in the corner for this solution, use hanging shoe bags which will drop down off your hanging rod to hold 10 pairs of shoes in a 4-5 inch area. I once used 4 of these to organize 40 pairs of shoes. The hanging rod space required was less than 20 inches!


If these tips don’t quite finish your organizing closet project, leave a comment or question below and I will offer you even more solutions based on what you are up against.


Thanks for reading!


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Dirty or Clean? That is the Question

Here is an organizing challenge that many of my clients create for themselves over and over again: what to do with the clothes that have been worn once and are not quite dirty.

I find many people create holding zones for clothes that are not quite dirty and yet not quite clean. In my opinion, similar to being pregnant, clothes can’t be halfway anything. They are either dirty and in need of a wash or clean enough to wear again. Do not put them into a half way zone. Make your decision when you take them off and do what needs to be done. If they are not dirty enough to be put into the hamper, then they can be worn again. Do not hang them on your exercise bike!

When clothes are piled up, they are forgotten about. Even if you want to wear something again, will you know where to look for it? And will you still want to wear it once you realize it’s wrinkled from sitting in a pile? By hanging clothes that have been worn, you’re also allowing the fabric to air out, making it much more likely they will be fresh enough to wear again when the time comes.

If you find yourself hyperventilating as you read this, here is a possible solution. Hang the ones that are gently worn backwards on the rod in your closet, or hang them together in one section. For folded clothes, keep them at the top of the pile. When you do your laundry, you can always double check these areas and decide whether or not they need to be washed after all.

Whatever you need to do, do not pass go and do not create a separate holding zone for these items. It will only cause complete confusion, take up unnecessary space and cost you more time later.

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How to Organize your Closet with an App- Is your iPhone Really that Smart?

It’s almost time for work and you don’t have a clue what to wear. You’ve plowed through heaps of sweaters, knocked several blouses off their hangers, and have a pile of pants accumulating on your bed. And the clock is ticking.

We’ve all been there—buried in a monstrous mountain of clothing, but unable to find a single thing to wear. Don’t worry. Your days of wardrobe frustrations are over because—there’s an app for that. In fact, there are several.

Can’t see your headscarf for the trees? There’s an app for that.

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  1. Netrobe

If your walk-in closet bears a resemblance to a large department store, this may be the app for you. Equipped with the ability to manage a behemoth amount of garments, Netrobe not only allows you to store photos of everything you own, but it also divides said belongings in to nifty categories.

Unlike your bursting closet, Netrobe has seemingly unlimited room for every one of your fashion must-haves. It allows you to create and save outfits galore and it keeps track of what you’ve worn—enabling you to avoid dreaded reruns.

It even allows you to pack a virtual suitcase for trips and provides you with a checklist to ensure that these actual items make it into your real-life luggage.

Another nifty feature is that it allows you to remove the background from photo shots—creating a more magazine-like image.

* This app is only available right now for iPhone but you can get on a waiting list to get notified when the android version is released.

Tired of wrestling with an overstuffed suitcase? These apps can take the “ack” out of packing. 

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  1. Stylebook

This handy organizational tool enables you to snap photos of and catalogue every solitary item in your wardrobe. Once your inventory is complete, selecting outfits is as simple as that guy down the road with no branches in his family tree.

Can’t remember what tops match those hot pink skinny jeans? No problem. This app has a feature that allows you to view every single look that you’ve ever fashioned with those very jeans.

You’d like a nice pair of boots to wear with them? Stylebook offers a cool shopping feature too. Search out the styles that you’re after and where you want to get them from and add them to your closet. Now you can pair them with your pants and see how they look. Once you find the boots of your dreams, e-mail yourself the link so you can buy them later.

This app even lets you keep track of what pieces are in the laundry, so you’ll never be caught off guard again.

* This app is only available right now for iPhone


 Avoid unnecessary purchases like those banana-colored shoes that don’t match a thing in your closet. 

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  1. Cloth

Like similar apps, Cloth allows users to catalog their plethora of fashion must-haves and organize them into handy categories. It enables you to mix and match items, creating outfits for every occasion.

Cloth also enables fashionistas with mad photography skills to crop pictures, add stickers, and enhance their photos in loads of novel ways.

What truly differentiates Cloth from other apps is that it is designed for sharing your favorite looks with others. This is the perfect way to get your friends’ opinions before you showcase an outfit in the flesh. Are you going to an event that requires you to dress semi-casual and you’re not sure what this means? No sweat. You and your friends can share your outfits with Cloth and make sure you’re all on the same page.

Cloth even rewards avid “sharers” with badges and points—and if the company is impressed with your fashion know-how, you could land a spot on their blog.


Is confusion over the term “semi casual” hurting your head? No worries. There’s an app for that too. 

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With these new closet-organizing iPhone apps, you will never find yourself at the bottom of an avalanche of clothing again. And, in no time, you will become the mighty fashion guru that you always wanted to be.


Contributor Kimberley Laws is a freelance writer, avid blogger and illustrator. As a Manhattan-trained makeup artist and former fashion student, she knows how important it is to achieve the right look. Kimberley also how important it is to protect her on-line reputation. 

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How to Get Your Teenager to Organize Their Bedroom

How to Get Your Teenager to Organize Their Bedroom

This is a transcription of an interview that I had with a client part way through our organizing process. This was recorded during a shining moment when her teenage daughter had also decided to get help getting her room organized after watching the progress we were making in her mom’s closet. I always say, “be the change you want to see” and this time (more…)

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Expediting Your Morning Routine When You Have Children

Expediting Your Morning Routine When You Have Children

One of the most difficult aspects of raising children that parents often struggle with is the morning routine of getting kids up and ready for the day. If you have kids that are of school-age then you are aware of how hectic and maddening the morning routine can be. Things become even more stressful when you work outside the home and must get ready yourself and make it to work on time as well.

However, there are a number of ways to simplify your morning routine to reduce stress and preserve your sanity. Getting everyone up and out the door successfully can be made easier by following some of these helpful tips:

  • Stagger kids’ wake-up times
  • Organize clothes and outfits the night before
  • Pack children’s lunches the previous night
  • Provide a grab-and-go style breakfast
  • Offer weekend rewards

Let’s look at each one individually.

Stagger Kids’ Wake-Up Times

First, you should consider staggering your children’s wake-up times.

If you have more than one kid, staggering wake-up times can be a great way to expedite your morning routine. Start by waking up the child who requires the most assistance first as they will take the longest to get up. As you continue to help them, you can start to wake up other children who don’t take as long or need as much help to get up.

You can further speed up this process by providing kids with their own alarm clocks. Often, children will view having their own alarm clock as a privilege and you can remove that privilege if they continuously ignore their alarm clock. Either way, if you do give your kids alarm clocks it is still a good idea to still check on them and provide yourself as a backup alarm.

Also, keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to get up and get ready yourself before waking up any of your kids. This way you are already prepared in case anything falls behind schedule and you can give yourself some extra time if everything runs smoothly!

Organize Clothes and Outfits the Night Before

Another way to reduce some of the madness during the morning is to organize clothes and outfits the night before.

One option is to put a hanging hook on your child’s bedroom or closet door where they can hang up their clothes for the next day. This makes it easy for each kid to wake up, grab the clothes already hanging on their door and get dressed quickly.

You can include your kids in the decision process so they feel like they get to wear what they want, but just enforce a rule that outfits must be finalized before bedtime. It’s possible to plan outfits for the entire week, but due to weather and other fluctuating circumstances it is typically best to just plan day-by-day.

Pack Children’s Lunches the Previous Night

Another way to save some time in the morning is by packing lunches the previous night.

Just like with outfits, lunches can be planned ahead of time and packed the night before. However, unlike outfit decisions, lunch plans can be made for the entire week quite easily. Again, you can include your kids in the decision process and have them help pick out what they want to eat throughout the week. However, make sure to guide them towards more healthy choices and offset any snack food with nutritious options.

Provide a Grab-and-Go Style Breakfast

Another great way to increase your efficiency in the morning is to provide a grab-and-go style breakfast for everyone.

Breakfast can often be one of the most stressful and time-consuming portions of the whole morning routine. Take some of the stress out of breakfast by setting creating a grab-and-go style setting.

Offer various options such as – yogurt, oatmeal cups, cold cereals, etc. so people can simply help themselves. You can even try out a more DIY type of breakfast where kids can make their own breakfasts by using the various options you provide. Of course, the DIY option certainly works better for older children that are more independent.

Offer weekend Rewards

Finally, consider offering some sort of weekend rewards.

Offer some incentives to your kids for successfully following your morning routine during the week. For example, they can have more TV time on the weekend if they effectively follow your routine and are on-time throughout the week.

Not only will this encourage your children to stick to the routine during the week, it will also further impart in them the values of establishing an efficient morning routine.

The mornings before school and work can often be the most hectic and stressful times for parents. Getting yourself up and ready can be hard enough, let alone with multiple kids. However, by following the tips and techniques outlined within this article you can relieve some of the stress and reduce the madness of the morning routine.


Bio: Roxy Barnes is a budding professional organizer with a knack for organizing other’s lives stemming from an ongoing battle in coordinating her own. She has a weakness for the latest fashion trends that manifests itself in a closet containing far too many shoes. Oh, by the way, has anyone seen her keys?

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Every Woman Deserves a Little Black Dress Regardless of Her Size!

My phone rang one day and the lady on the line waged a challenge to me. She had recently found my article online about the little black dress and desperately needed a to find a new one for her formal affairs. She was frequently invited and often  celebrated for her work at black tie affairs and with her physical challenges had nothing to wear. She said that finding a little black dress for her shape and size was impossible! I knew with enough searching, I could find the perfect little black dress for anyone. I have never been foiled yet!

This was her current day wear:

Her challenges were that she was a plus size woman and had back and foot problems which normally prevented her from wearing off the rack clothes. I decided that the best route was to find her separates so that we could acomodate her back and still provide coverage for her arms. The black dress that I found was perfect because it fit her in all of the right places and had see-through sleeves and back so it did not appear overly heavy on her frame.

The fabric was light so she was not uncomfortably hot throughout the evening. I found a silver pashmina to keep her warm and  add a bit of glam to her outfit during the holiday months.

Here is another outfit that we found that day for every day wear:

Once the wider leg on the trousers are hemmed properly, they will help to balance her top half. BTW – the v-neck is good for almost every body!

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Choosing the Perfect Clothes For Your Job Interview ~ A guide to savvy style for men

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With the economy still struggling to get back to normal, many people are redefining their careers. Many because they have been let go by their employers and don’t have a choice, but many others because the time simply feels right to make a change.

As a professional change agent, I feel that this is the perfect time to make significant changes in your life. When there is chaos and disorder, change (more…)

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Some Simple Guidelines For Men’s Fashion


Looking your best isn’t hard if you follow a few simple guidelines. The man of today is concerned about his appearance – many people judge you by the image you present to the world. (more…)

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Image makeovers


So you invested in a personal trainer to get your body in top condition. Now it’s time for the next step. Once your body has been given a makeover, it’s time to do the same for your image, and the person who can do that for you is a professional image consultant.

A top-flight image consultant can work her magic to make you look and feel your very best. She’ll upgrade your wardrobe and make sure that your clothes, hair and make-up all work together to create an image that will stop people in their tracks. When it comes to your wardrobe, the key is to find what clothes best fit your body size, shape and coloring. Everybody has some aspects of their body that they’re in love with, and others that they’re not on speaking terms with. A good image consultant will help you find ways to show off the things you love about your body and hide those things that you’re not so crazy about.

Did you know that most people only wear 20% of the clothes in their closet? That’s a pretty big waste of money. Your consultant will start by going through your closet and selecting those items that will make the folks at the Goodwill store very happy. She’ll also help you rehabilitate those clothes in your closet that will fit your new image, but have been neglected because they are in disrepair. It’s amazing what a good tailor or dry cleaner can do to bring your clothes back to life!

Then, after meeting with you and evaluating what kind of clothes are needed to create your new image, she’ll design a color palette best suited to you. Then it’s time for the fun part. It’s time to go shopping! She’ll help you choose pieces that you can mix-and-match to make an endless variety of stunning outfits for the new you. Once you’ve got the new wardrobe, she’ll guide you to other specialists who will make sure that your hair and make-up complete your new image. If need be, she’ll even help you with your optical needs.

Once armed with all your new knowledge, you’ll be ready to make much better decisions when shopping in the future. You’ll actually save money in the long run by getting your money’s worth out of each article of clothing, each accessory, and your make-up collection. An image consultant will not only help create a new stunning version of you, but she’ll prove to be one of the best investments you ever made in yourself.
by Kathi Burns – addSpace To Your Life!TM,
a Professional Organizing and Image Consulting Agency
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How to Organize ANY Closet

Would you like to get inspired to clean out your closets and get organized? Watch these amazing before and after photos to get started!

You will see real life before and after photos and examples of master closets, garage storage systems, pantry organizing systems and even craft and gift closets get organized and orderly!

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