Walk in closets can be designed in myriad different ways to fit your space, your wardrobe and your lifestyle. It is very important to to work with the flow of the room and your personal daily routine as you try to come up with the proper storage solutions for the room. As a designer with twenty years experience in closet design, I start my closet design utilizing the longest walls first and work my way around to the shorter ones. Of course, I always begin with an inventory of the clothes that need to fit in that closet. I usualy take care of the hanging clothes first, which I try to position around the perimeter of the closet, then I create storage for the shoes, and finally, for the folded items. In the example pictured above, I followed the rectangle shape of the room to position a shelving system in between two banks of drawers, allowing easy access to both the left and the right side of the island.

I will let you in on a secret of storage system design that you may not have thought of, and it will revolutionize the way you see your closets, home office, or garage organizers: utilize the vertical space to create more storage. There is almost always more wall space available, whereas it is the floor space that is at a premium in even a large home. We always look for ways to go up, using the wall space, while never forgetting your personal routine. Secondly, we look for ways to tuck more storage in potentially wasted space, for example the island with drawers. If you like, we can take the shelving all the way up to the ceiling, and use that space to store out-of-season or seldom used items.

In sum, whether it is a closet organizer, or any other type of storage system, you have to consider a) the shape of the room and b) the items you need to store and c) the routines of your life to be able to maximize the available storage space. Remember “good order is the foundation of all good things