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The Breakup Basket: Painlessly Edit Your Closet

The Breakup Basket is a Closet MUST

I keep a basket in my closet under my dresses. Every time I try something on that doesn't quite fit, isn't my color or even just bothers me, I throw it in the basket. At the end of the day, if something I wore made me frustrated or distracted or left me feeling less than my best, I throw it in the basket.

Shoes that hurt my feet, purses that swallowed my phone and keys—it feels fantastic to toss it all in the basket and walk away in my jammies. 

A breakup basket is an essential tool for a well-edited closet.  Call Closets of Tulsa  today for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet design:  918.609.0214

A breakup basket is an essential tool for a well-edited closet. Call Closets of Tulsa today for your FREE consultation and 3-D closet design: 918.609.0214

I call this tool the breakup basket. Over time, I've found that I do not pull things back out of it. A breakup basket helps you temporarily disconnect from things you don't really need or want in your life. Eventually, you’re ready to move on.

Edit Your Closet with Less Effort

 Clients get excited when I tell them about the breakup basket. They know they need to get rid of stuff, but it’s too easy to save closet cleaning for another day... and another... and another. The breakup basket takes no time at all!

A breakup basket should be just as stylish and functional as the rest of your custom closet. Select one you’ll love to see and use every day.  Call Closets of Tulsa  today for a FREE consultation and 3-D closet design:  918.609.0214

A breakup basket should be just as stylish and functional as the rest of your custom closet. Select one you’ll love to see and use every day. Call Closets of Tulsa today for a FREE consultation and 3-D closet design: 918.609.0214

The breakup basket makes it easier to be more aggressive about getting rid of things, despite all our reasons for keeping them. Setting pieces aside without totally giving them away today gives you time to process. And removing them from your line of sight—your shopping zone—gives you space to untrain your emotional attachment to them.

Think twice before you put your items back on a hanger or shelf. Don't pay to dry clean what you won't be excited to get back—how many times have you done that? 

If you're short on space or prefer a fully continuous closet design, a built-in laundry hamper makes a lovely breakup basket. Closets of Tulsa offers so many options, from single, double and triple hampers with soft-close drawer slides to pullout wire baskets.

Call us today to see what’s possible! Your consultation and custom closet design are FREE.

A built-in laundry hamper, storage bench or wire basket system is a great alternative to keeping your breakup basket on the floor.  Call Closets of Tulsa  today to see what’s possible: 918.609.0214

A built-in laundry hamper, storage bench or wire basket system is a great alternative to keeping your breakup basket on the floor. Call Closets of Tulsa today to see what’s possible: 918.609.0214

Experiment with a breakup basket, and stick with it for a while. You’ll enjoy the instant gratification and calm of creating more space in your closet. Your wardrobe will shrink, but it will be painless.

Eliminate Chaos. Live Better.

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Our Closet Valet Rod, Five Ways

Why We Love the Closet Valet Rod

At Closets of Tulsa, our favorite custom closet feature is also one of the simplest: The closet valet rod.

A valet rod slides or telescopes to create additional hanging and display space in your custom closet. This minuscule but mighty tool packs a ton of convenience and functionality! Like all of our custom closet accessories, the closet valet rod comes in a range of finishes to reflect your personal style. Here’s the valet rod in our NEW matte gold hardware finish:

The closet valet rod from Closets of Tulsa comes in a variety of styles and finishes, including our  new matte gold hardware .  Call Closets of Tulsa  today for a FREE consultation and 3-D closet design:  918.609.0214

The closet valet rod from Closets of Tulsa comes in a variety of styles and finishes, including our new matte gold hardware. Call Closets of Tulsa today for a FREE consultation and 3-D closet design: 918.609.0214

How to Use the Closet Valet Rod

If you're new to the closet valet rod, I guarantee you'll be surprised at how often you use it. This is one accessory you almost can't have too many of.

Here's what I do with mine: 

 

PLAN OUTFITS

Deciding what to wear or packing for a trip? Valet rods hang clothing parallel to you, like a retail display. This makes it fun and easy to quickly see what works and what doesn't. Pair pieces on your closet valet rod to put looks together. Don't forget about your jewelry, tie, hat or handbag—hang it all as a unit so you see the big picture.

Display tomorrow's outfit on your closet valet rod to spare yourself some fuzzy morning decision-making. This time-saver can help you or a loved one of any age eliminate chaos and live better. When you start the day with an efficient routine, a sense of readiness and ease come more naturally.

The closet valet rod telescopes to create temporary storage space and disappears when you want it to.  Call Closets of Tulsa  today for a FREE consultation and 3-D closet design:  918.609.0214

The closet valet rod telescopes to create temporary storage space and disappears when you want it to. Call Closets of Tulsa today for a FREE consultation and 3-D closet design: 918.609.0214

STAY ORGANIZED

Use your closet valet rod as a holding station to keep your closet floor and other surfaces free of clutter. Easily hang your coat, hat or handbag instead of letting things pile up. Or, use your valet rod as an organization station to put away laundry or dry cleaning, see what you have, and find a place for each item.

See what I mean about never having too many of these? 

 

INSPECT GARMENTS

Need to check an item for stains, holes or damage? Struggling to tell black from navy blue? (Just kidding, those were both black.) 

Locate your closet valet rod so garments are in your line of sight,
where you can easily inspect them.

 

CLEAN UP

Whether laundry happens in your closet or a separate room, the closet valet rod is a game-changer for your hang-dry, ironing and steaming routine. Hang wet clothes to dry without a bulky drying rack—or the umpteen other places you try to hang your delicates :)

Locate a valet rod near your dryer or ironing board to move garments directly onto hangers while they're still fresh. If you steam your clothing, hang a valet rod high enough to accommodate.

Details like the closet valet rod make the difference between a custom closet you love and one that simply holds your stuff.  Call Closets of Tulsa  today to see what’s possible:  918.609.0214

Details like the closet valet rod make the difference between a custom closet you love and one that simply holds your stuff. Call Closets of Tulsa today to see what’s possible: 918.609.0214

HAVE FUN WITH IT

The closet valet rod is also an unexpected place for a thoughtful note that won't get lost among the bills. Post encouraging words for yourself or a loved one before a big day, or leave a fun surprise to celebrate a promotion or the first day of school.

 If you've found a clever or surprising use for your closet valet rod, we want to hear about it! Comment below, tag us on Facebook, or shoot me an email at jane@closetsoftulsa.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Shop Your Closet: Storing Off-Season Clothes

How Does it Feel to Shop Your Closet?

Visualize walking into your favorite boutique this time of year. The items on display are for the season ahead—not the weather that’s already come and gone. The space feels fresh, relevant and inspiring.

Your closet should bring you the same excitement and anticipation. You’ve invested a lot in your wardrobe; why not make it feel like a shopping trip every time you open the doors?

This walk in closet organizer creates a well-defined shopping zone.

This walk in closet organizer creates a well-defined shopping zone.

Discover Your Closet’s Shopping Zone

A change in seasons is the perfect time to give your closet a mini-makeover. Relocating storage for clothes you're not wearing now reserves your line of sight—your shopping zone—for day-to-day use. The custom closet above has a well-defined shopping zone.

Sort Before You Store: Editing Off-Season Clothes

Before you store last season's wardrobe in full, do away with what no longer suits you! Why wash, dry clean and make space for items you won’t be thrilled to rediscover next season? Seize the moment while you still remember what worked and what didn’t. Which outfits made you feel fantastic? What faded, stretched out or just didn’t fit? Part with the latter so you’re only storing items that have earned their place.

If space permits, use storage boxes on garage shelving to store off-season clothes. If your garage is overflowing, we can help with that, too! Call Closets of Tulsa for garage storage ideas.

If space permits, use storage boxes on garage shelving to store off-season clothes. If your garage is overflowing, we can help with that, too! Call Closets of Tulsa for garage storage ideas.

Where to Store Off-Season Clothes

If space permits, neatly store off-season clothes on garage shelving or out of sight. (Here are some helpful tips on preparing clothes for storage, and why cardboard boxes belong in the recycling bin.) Choose a spot where the items fit comfortably.

If possible, leave the top of your closet shelving and the floor of your closet clear. Empty space gives your brain a break and directs your attention where it matters—your shopping zone!

If possible, simplify your space by leaving the top of your closet shelving and the floor of your closet clear.

If possible, simplify your space by leaving the top of your closet shelving and the floor of your closet clear.

If storing off-season clothes out of sight isn’t an option, try storage boxes and baskets on higher and lower closet shelves. Or, simply create a shopping zone by rotating off-season items to the periphery.

In small spaces with less flexibility, store off-season clothes in storage boxes and baskets on your closet shelves.

In small spaces with less flexibility, store off-season clothes in storage boxes and baskets on your closet shelves.

Wear More of What You Have

Relocating off-season items creates instant space in your closet. Defining your shopping zone in this way helps you see and regularly re-evaluate what you have. As a result, you’ll wear more of what you love (instead of buying more of it). Try it! You’ll notice yourself developing healthier habits around keeping and getting rid of things.

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