Shoes, belts and ties – everything has its place

Tina Knox of Timber and Textiles shows one of the bookshelves

In-home organizers can make life a little more, well,
Nothing says “good morning” like opening the closet door and watching a mound of dirty laundry, mismatched shoes and wrinkled ties cascade to your feet.

Chances are you spend the next few seconds vowing to organize the mess once and for all, yet the cycle continues.

With a wide variety of in-closet and in-home organizers available, there’s no excuse for being unorganized.

Take ClosetMaid’s eight-in-one closet organizer, for instance, a roughly $100 kit that offers eight different configurations to hang dresses, coats, blouse, skirts, pants and suits.

The organizer also includes shelves to stack sweaters or store boxes filled with odds-and-ends items, such as socks and underwear.

For those who wear suits and other business attire on a regular basis, consider a double-hang organizer, which allows clothes to hang their full length so they don’t wrinkle. Also ideal are tie-and-belt hangers, which are small poles with individual hooks attached.

For the ultimate tie-and-belt-selection experience, opt for an electronic organizer, which rotates ties and belts with the flip of a switch for easy viewing.

Keeping shoes organized can be accomplished in a few ways. Shoe racks slide snugly along the closet floor, while shoe cubbies are box-like organizers that sit upright on the floor.

Most shoe racks and cubbies hold anywhere from 10 to 40 pairs of shoes – enough for most people, but not for those crazy about shoes. If more space is needed, buy an over-the-door organizer, which hooks on the top of a door and hangs over one side.

For some people, organizing a wardrobe doesn’t end with the closet.

Although one purpose of bedroom bureaus and dressers is to provide storage space, sometimes the contents of the drawers end up jumbled regardless.

Stacks and Stacks, a San Francisco-based company specializing in home organization, makes a number of drawer-insert organizers made from plastic, canvas, beechwood, bamboo or cedar.

If you show up to work every day with mismatched socks, help is out there. Stacks and Stacks’ SockPro, for example, is a circular piece of fabric with indents cut into it.

Pairs of dirty socks are threaded through the indents, and the whole wheel can be tossed into the laundry.

The socks stay attached to the SockPro through wash-and-dry cycles, and when the organizer emerges from the dryer, each sock is with its match.

Once the closet and drawers are organized, it’s time to tackle the bathroom.

At Hollister’s Timber and Textiles, for instance, getting organized can double as an excuse to make your home more attractive.

The store carries several different-sized baskets and bookshelves that, besides looking pretty, can hold towels, soaps, candles, hairdryers and other common bathroom items.

Also available are peg racks, which are classy-looking boards that hang on the wall and have small hooks attached.

“The peg racks are good to hang jewelry, hats, belts, dish towels, kids toys, pretty much anything,” said Suzie Crump, who owns Timber and Textiles along with her daughter.

Some people reserve getting organized for the annual rampage known as spring cleaning, but not all, said Jim Wood, an employee at The Home Depot in Morgan Hill.

In fact, Wood said, a number of customers get creative with the organizers, using them not only for bedrooms and bathrooms but also for garages and home offices.

“I think it’s getting to be more popular to be organized,” Wood said. “By utilizing storage units, you can maintain the look you want in your home and still store a lot of your belongings. The organizers give rooms a nice, clean appearance.”

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