Mastering the art of closet storage according to theme
Advisor on Organizing Storage and Concierge for Straightening Up
Mayumi Nakayama, inbloom, Inc.
Having appeared on programs such as Fukaii Hanashi on Nippon TV and Asaichi on NHK, Ms. Nakayama is an advisor on organizing storage who is in the spotlight right now. Featured in a great many other TV shows and magazines, Ms. Nakayama provides simple storage tips, as a storage pro, conducting storage seminars, offering suggestions on and supervision of the arrangement of rooms in apartments, and more.
Organizing Tips for Closets
We tend to store too much stuff in the closet without realizing. Don't delay. Pull out and check everything inside today. You may find something you don't need to keep or otherwise something that means a lot to you.
Be ruthless and purge things you've forgotten for years and therefore don't really need. Take preventive measures against damage from moisture or insects on the things you find precious before putting back in the closet.
Humidity and heat levels easily go up especially in the closet, depending on the season and the layout of your home. The thing is, you might want to use a self storage (trunkroom) service to store guest bedding you use only occasionally, different season-appropriate bedding, and objects of memory, for your peace of mind.
But there are a variety of trunkroom services out there, some of which come with a lot of moisture and mold, so watch out for them. Choose the right―fully climate-controlled and well-maintained trunkroom facility, and take advantage of it freely as “another closet.”
～Don't you keep any of these (in the closet)?～
- Mysterious cardboard boxes you've never opened for many years
- Bedding for future guests but you have no idea when they come
- Packaging boxes for home electronic products occupying unnecessarily lots of space
- Brand-new linens and towels that have already yellowed
- Clothes you haven't worn for years
Top 3 Closet Storage Tips
1．Divide the storage space “front” and “back”
If you store things in the closet with a certain depth without careful consideration, you will have trouble when you want to pick something in the back of the space.
Put things less frequently used in the back, and things more frequently used in the front.
2．Use storage accessories appropriate for each space: “upper space,” “lower space,” and “top shelf (or storage space above the closet)”
Select the right organizer or accessory perfect for the space: For the lower space, use clothing storage drawers or those on castors. Steel racks, shelf organizers, and closet racks/shelves are more useful in the back of the upper space, and storage bins with handle are perfect on the top shelf.
3．More importantly, don't put too many things
Your closet has a much bigger space than you think. The more you put things in it, the more likely you will forget what's inside. Store things moderately, and use up to 80% of the whole space for ventilation purposes.