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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.

 

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

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

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

if the depth is not enough for linens...

Add shelves for your shoes

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.

And the ironing board can rest behind the closet door.

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!

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In a recent interview at the Los Angeles Organizing Awards, I was asked by Carlos Amezuca if being emotionally attached to our possessions makes it difficult to get organized?  Often we feel that by giving up an unwanted gift, or keepsakes no longer used, the memories of treasured times will disappear.

When we have more than we can manage the things that really matter get lost.  Professional Organizers gently encourage clients to release what is holding the future at bay. 

It can be difficult to let go when memories are attached to clutter.  But letting go of unwanted things, does not cause the people whose memories are associated will leave our lives.  In fact too much “stuff” in our home and life can cause the people and things we really love to be lost.

Is clutter holding you back from starting your organizing journey?  Traveling does not require speed.  Set your own pace.  Begin reviewing your clutter a little at a time, one space at a time.  By recognizing your emotional attachment it will be easier to appreciate the joy of letting go and moving forward to an organized life.

The 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards were held January 29 at the Universal Sheraton.  This one of a kind event recognized the people, products, and services around the country that help us live better at home and work more efficiently.  The Los Angeles chapter of the National association of Professional Organizers is the host of the annual gala.  Get It Together LA! was a finalist in the Best Closet Design Firm category.

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Your dressing room has Valentino, Jimmy Choo, Prada – all names that deserve to be seen.  When designing your new closet use your couture as part of the decor.  Displayed in glass front cabinets, your handbags will never be hidden or lost in their protective cloth bags.

Small evening bags can have a tendency to not stand on shelves as larger handbags.  Adding vertical support will keep them at attention.

Another consideration is adding lighting to cabinets.  LED lights are efficient solutions for spotlighting your accessories.  When adding lights to your design, glass shelves will allow the light through the entire cabinet.

Showcasing your collection will give enjoyment of every piece, every day.

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If you love organized style in closets, cast your vote for Get It Together LA!  in the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.   We have been nominated for the fifth year in a row for Best Closet Design in the premiere event for the organizing industry.

Voting takes place online through December 24.  Over twenty awards will be presented on January 29, 2011 at the Sheraton Universal.  All awards are chosen by the public by voting at www.napola.org.  Get It together LA! would love your support.

Our custom designs match the personality of our clients.  Contemporary or traditional, wood or melamine we provide couture a place to call home.

When you think about making a change to your closet or dressing area, bring the elements from the adjoining bath or bedroom into the design.  For large spaces consider adding a chandelier.  Don’t forget to include your favorite colors and add personal elements like pictures or works of art. 

Locked, velvet lined, jewelry drawers are a must to make a night on the town with your best diamonds easy to find to make the opening curtain.  Garment rods for tomorrow’s wardrobe are a necessary convenience.  And don’t forget the laundry hamper to keep clutter off the floor in the evening.

Your new closet can be award-winning and still meet your budget with proper planning.  Please cast your vote for Get It Together LA! as the Best Closet Design Firm for 2011.

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If you have more couture than you have closet space, Garde Robe is at your service.  This luxury service started in New York and is now in southern California.    Not only do they provide storage for your garments in climate controlled facilities, a photographic inventory is created which is available online for clients making easy retrieval for what is needed.

Heading to your Sun Valley residence and don’t want to pack?  Let Garde Robe know what you need and the items will arrive to meet you cleaned and ready for a night on the town.

Check out their portfolio and visit their website at www.GardeRobeOnline.com.   This “white glove” service will give you more space by storing your out of season clothes, footwear and accessories.  While in their possession your garments will be inspected and even repaired if needed.

Frequent travelers, multiple home owners, and those who want their wardrobe to be in the best condition should check this service out.

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Often a new space is recreated by making modifications to existing structures.  This project is a prime example of how to make an elegant home for your wardrobe without having to start from scratch.  The master closet was redesigned by Chris McKenry and organized by our Get It Together LA! team. 

An obtrusive full length tailor’s mirror was removed from the island allowing the feeling of more space.  Then, the white-painted surface of the island was replaced with a stained Burch top to match the woodwork in the adjoining hall.

More hanging space was created on the back wall and a lovely framed glass cabinet was added for extra storage and display.  The existing handbag cabinet was updated with the same matching framed glass doors giving a beautiful display of Prada, Rodo, St. John’s, Tod’s and Louis Vuitton evening and handbags.

And there is never enough room for designer footwear.  Not true now.  We made room for Micheal Kors, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta and Salvatore Ferragmo by adding shelves perpendicular to the existing shoe display. 

The chandelier and wall coverings were by Preston Lee Design.  Now this dressing room has form, function and finesse.  Organizing does just make life easy, it makes it spectacular.

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Moving Into Assisted Living

 

 If you remember Shady Pines from the Golden Girls the thought of assisted living for a loved one might seem unthinkable.  But care for the growing elder population has changed over the years.  Now our seniors have the choice of Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Nursing Homes as the need for the extra care arrises.   

Visit different facilities in your area and see what services are offered as your search begins.  You will want to know how and when transportation and if the community serves the area where current doctors are located.  Moving from one’s home is traumatic enough without asking parents to also change doctors because the residence does not provide transportation to physicians.  

Added Shelves Creates Extra Storage in Closets

 

Have lunch in the dining room and meet other residents.  This is going to be home and it helps choosing the right location by meeting the neighbors and tasking the food.   

Decisions will have to be made before the move on what clothes will be needed as closet space is probably much less than at home.  On a recent project we added extra shelving from Home Depot in the walk-in closet.  Hooks are great to keep canes and reach grabbers off the floor and convenient.     

  

Flat Screen Television on Chest Allows More Space In Living Room

 

Bring furniture and family heirlooms to the new residence.  Adding curtains also provides warmth to interiors.  Flat screen televisions gives a larger picture when vision is poor and allows more room in tight spaces.  But remember new electronics will mean remotes may operate differently than what the senior is accustomed to working and could be confusing.  

Small Dining Table Also Serves as End Table in Small Spaces

 

Plan a outing with a friend or family member for your parent on the day of the move.  It is hard enough to leave home for the last time without seeing the movers carrying items out and being around for the chaos of unpacking and setting up the new digs.  

Furniture from Home

 

If at all possible, keep the bedroom as it was in their home.  This will go a long way to help from feeling disoriented.   Plan on being available for the next few days to show where everything is in the new place.  But no matter how much planning is involved, there is going to be an adjustment period.  New surrounding, new people, new location…rely on the facility staff to do their job during the first few weeks.

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