Organizing Tips to Transform Your Clothes Closets

When spring energy hits we feel compelled to clean out & organize!

One of the most needed and popular areas to organize is the clothes closet. Today I will share my top tips for making this area fun & functional.

TIP 1– Hanger Hell or Hanger Heaven

The easiest and cheapest closest transformation is getting the same color and type of hanger. Our brains and bodies go to color first. If you have hangers in all the colors of the rainbow, your brain can’t focus on the clothes. Then, along with the same color, choose the same type – all plastic or all wood. The best place to get the hanger you love is The Container Store. They have the largest selection.

TIP 2Sort by colors and types

To make it easy to find the piece of clothing you want, sort them first by color (refer to the tip above) and then by type.

TIP 3 – Clear the floor

The floor is not the place to store your shoes or homeless items. Get them all contained. Put the shoes on shoe shelves. Put the dirty laundry into a hamper. Do not store other stuff in the clothes closet.

TIP 4– Use cool containers for the small stuff

Containers make the difference between a cluttered closet and a gorgeous closet. Put accessories such as scarves, bags, jewelry and such into their own containers. Remember to label the containers and the shelves so it is easy to find what you need.

Invitation:Have fun clearing out your clothes closet and share before and after pictures with me at www.facebook.com/clearsimple/

I want you to get organized and have fun doing it!
Marla Dee

Clear & Simple, Marla Dee, Organizing Tips to Transform Your Clothes Closets

4 Powerhouse TIPS for Traveling!

Want to take the STRESS out of packing? Wouldn’t it feel great to be all ready the day it is time to leave?

Get Ruth Hadlock’s 4 simple, yet powerful Tips for Travel. We are here to tell you they work!! Ruth is the owner of Streamlined Space and has a gift for making everything SIMPLER!  Use these travel tips and ENJOY!

Watch the VIDEO below along with reading the TIPS!

My clients tell me they spend the day before their vacation running around in circle, frantically trying to pack for their trip! How can you make this process stress-free? Here are 4 suggestions.

Clear & SIMPLE, Ruth Hadlock, Travel

  • Create a packing list. This sounds so remedial, but do you actually do it? It’s easy nowadays to keep a checklist in an app on your phone. It’s not that I’m trying to convince you to pack lighter; I’m simply encouraging people to pack the appropriate items for the trip you will be experiencing!
  • Staging. As with so many organizing projects, you need a place to lay out all your clothes and items. Do this at least 48 hours in advance. I’ve found that my clients pack too little or too much or not the right items because they do it last minute without thinking clearly.
  • Pack Correctly. Pack shoes against the edges of the suitcase. Roll your clothes rightly, placing larger, bulkier items at the bottom and ending with smaller, lighter ones. Put your toiletry kit and accessories on top. This way, you won’t have to sit on your suitcase anymore to be able to zip it! if you have dress clothes you don’t want wrinkled, lay them a the bottom of the suitcase, with the ends hanging out over the suitcase edge. Then fill the space with your rolled items and carefully fold the dress clothes ends on top. You can even use dry-cleaning bags to decrease wrinkles. Because the bag is slippery, creases won’t set in as much.
  • Get the right luggage and accessories. Here are some of my favorite items, in no particular order:

Compression Bag | Bag Bungee | Toiletry Kit

VIEWER HOMEWORK: On your next upcoming trip, commit to using a packing list and staging your items ahead of time. You can view my favorite items on the Resource Page of my website streamlinedspace.com.

Ruth is a Clear & SIMPLE Certified Organizer™ (CSCO). Read about our 3-tiered training program.

We are all having adventures this summer and embracing tips that make traveling simpler. Let us know if these helped and what you are up to.

Marla, Kate & Team

The Clear & SIMPLE Way Video

Organizing The Clear & SIMPLE Way is easy and fun!
When your piles become big problems
and you feel yourself get stuck
in the mire of decisions
’cause your systems run amuck
and the clutter grows around you
till there’s no place left to sit
you need a simple system
that will help you bit by bit
STACKS will get you through it
These are clear & simple rules
that are priceless little jewels
STACKS will get you through it
on the road you soon will be
to freedom, order, clarity

Poem by Kris Pond Burtis 2004, All rights reserved

Get the step by step C&S SYSTEMS Card by clicking here

In this short and sweet video Marla Dee takes you on a visual journey and teaches the Clear & SIMPLE Systems.  Let her you teach the skill of organizing. Most people are not born with the “organizing gene” so they need to learn how. The systems teach you where to start, what to do and how to keep it up. 

Let Marla bring the Clear & Simple Systems to life for you!

Marla on TV showcasing cool containers!

Transform your paper piles with these pretty & practical tools!  See our New Year Favorites

We have put a lot of thought into helping you this year with the chronic clutter areas!  Our tip here is to choose a cool and practical container for the incoming information and paper. If you have piles of paper and written notes covering your kitchen counter or desktop, check out the two containers below.  We hope you will love them and use them as much as we do.

Tip & Tool – Choose ONE NOTEBOOK for all the incoming information, notes, ideas and actions.  Check out our favorite – the ARC Notebook by Staples 

Cool Tool – Make it Pretty, Practical & Portable!  To transform your paper piles check out  The Acrylic Desktop File from the Container Store.

Earlier this month, Marla was invited to Good Things Utah to share all about it, plus some other great paper containers we love! Click on the picture below to watch it.


Clear & SIMPLE, Marla Dee on Good Things Utah