“Square peg in a round hole” is often how homeowners describe the relationship between their clothes and their closet. A mismatch that leads to frustration. If a closet renovation is what you want, but you’re not sure where to start and are slightly afraid of making a closet remodel mistake that you’ll live with for years, we get it. Like anything in life, knowledge is power and knowing more about how to get the closet redesign you want will help you confidently take that all-important first step. Below are the three most important factors to consider when remodeling your closet.
What does it mean to “get grounded” and why is it such an important step? When your external world, which includes your closet, causes you stress, that stress is felt in your body, and when that constant frustration gets to be too much, it can “boil over”, something each of us has felt at some point in our lives. To neutralize the stress you are feeling before starting your closet remodel, ground yourself in the facts of your closet renovation project. Think about the below questions and write down any thoughts or ideas you have relative to the question and share this insight with your closet designer early in your closet remodel process, ideally during the initial closet redesign consultation.
Is it a reach-in, walk-in, or room-size closet? Knowing this helps focus your attention when looking for closet renovation ideas and inspiration online. Is it simply too small? Is there room in the bedroom to move a wall to make the closet bigger? Could your budget accommodate moving a wall? Is the closet big enough but lacking organizational structure?
For example, you may have one of the simplest, most common closet organization structures in place – a single rod and top shelf. This solution, while simple, only uses a fraction of your closet’s available space and leads to piles – on the top shelf toppling over and on the floor – and piles lead to frustration. If this is your situation, make note of it. More optimization of the vertical space in your closet remodel will transform the space and how you feel when you’re in the space.
Thinking through these questions will help ground you before starting your closet redesign and keep you grounded as you move through the project. In addition to functional questions, neutralizing your frustration also means thinking about how you want to feel once your closet renovation is complete. For example, this might be something like “I want to feel a sense of peace walking into my closet, not tension.” or “I want to be excited about getting ready in the morning instead of feeling stressed and anxious about the disorder.” Make note of these feelings. Sharing them with your closet designer will help guide the closet redesign toward a look and feel that prompts those feelings. At Inspired Closets, we specialize in remodeling closets, which means we know how to take the insights you share and turn them into a closet you will love.
When you’re dealing with a frustrating situation like an unorganized closet, getting some distance from it and consulting a trusted resource, like a closet designer, gives you that much-needed distance because you’re transferring the problem-solving to an expert resulting in near-immediate feelings of relief.
The right designer, with experience remodeling closets, can also help you get a bird’s eye view of the situation, which will relieve a portion of your frustration. At Inspired Closets, we understand that taking the first step is the hardest, which is why we strive to make the process simple and stress-free. Remember, too, that you don’t have to have it all figured out and you certainly don’t have to tackle a closet renovation alone. That’s what we’re here for. Our in-home design consultations are free so make it a goal this week to act. You can call us to schedule the initial design consultation or fill out the form that’s on our website and we’ll reach out to you. You can also visit one of our showrooms. We want you to feel confident in your closet redesign from start to finish, which is why we welcome your visit to a showroom where you’ll see our work, walk through several different displays, and talk with our team about features, colors, hardware, and much more. We’re confident you’re going to see closet features you didn’t even know existed!
Seeing our work and talking with our team builds confidence and confidence leads to trust. A common dictionary definition of trust is “feeling safe when vulnerable” and when you feel high levels of frustration, you’re vulnerable. Essential to trust are reliability, dependability, transparency, competency, sincerity, authenticity, congruency, fairness, and openness, all of which are characteristics of our team, intentionally woven throughout our process, and a part of our company culture. As experts in the organization, space utilization, and design, our closet redesign process is tried and true and trustworthy from the initial consultation through to final installation and post-sale service and below are the steps we take to get there:
We know that the best closet redesign is the one that works for your specific needs. That’s why we begin each closet renovation project with a free in-home consultation. We take the time to learn about your closet goals, what works and doesn’t work in your current space, and what interior design concepts inspire you. We inventory your items, counting your shoes, shirts, dresses, pants, jewelry, and more so that we know how much space and what design solution is best for what you own given the space you have. We also eliminate the stress of measuring by doing all the measurements for you, which ensures that installation goes smoothly. A thorough consultation results in a custom closet solution tailored to your needs, wants, and budget.
We want you to feel confident in your decision to renovate your closet into a space you love, which is why our design approach is collaborative and iterative. Home improvement projects can feel daunting, but our proprietary software makes it easy to see your closet remodel project in 3D before you even begin. Our software makes it easy to add features, move things around, and compare designs in only a few seconds, which builds confidence in the design decisions you’re making. We’ll work together to create a closet you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Preparing for installation means removing all your belongings from the closet, which can feel both exciting and overwhelming depending on the size of your closet and how much you own. Take this time to sort through what you have and donate any items that you’re no longer using and discard things that are no longer useable. Funny thing about a closet remodel, you still need to get dressed, which means you need to be able to find your clothes. We’re not big fans of stacking clothes on the bed in the guestroom, so be sure to ask your designer about ways we can help ease the burden while your new closet is being built.
We understand your time is limited, valuable, and most likely already scheduled, which is why we work efficiently to minimize the disruption that comes with a closet renovation project. Our installers are an integral part of our process meeting with the designer to review the details of your closet before installation day. Skilled, professional, courteous, and respectful of your home is often how clients describe our installation teams.
While there are many factors to consider when remodeling a closet, truly the first step towards getting somewhere is deciding that you are not going to stay where you are. So, take the first step today. Think about your space and how you want to feel in it, call or visit a showroom and start a conversation with one of our design experts. Let us usher you through our closet redesign process – it’s so much fun! We look forward to meeting you and seeing your space!
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