Organizing Your Luxury Custom Closet With The KonMari Method

Posted by Larry Fox on Mar 2, 2017 12:55:24 PM

The KonMari method of organization has become wildly popular around the nation this year—especially in San Francisco, where Marie Kondo gave live seminars and trained her first consulting employees. Even Ellen featured this tiny organizing powerhouse on her show to experience the Japanese art of decluttering in person. From folding to hanging and everything in between, the KonMari method helps each of us treat our belongings with more care.

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Topics: Custom Closets, Closet Organization, bay area, Custom Shelving, Drawers

Saving in the South Bay House Market: Upgrade Your Closet Instead of Buying New

Posted by Larry Fox on Feb 8, 2017 8:03:01 AM

South Bay is, undeniably, tech city. Potential employees for the world’s biggest tech giants flock to Silicon Valley every single year—which is great for venture capital, but not so great for house prices. Whether you’ve migrated from a room share in West SJ to a family-friendly home in Campbell or are seeking a mid-range townhome in Luna Park, your price per square foot will be extreme. If you own real estate in South Bay, you know the struggle of trying to make even a generous tech salary cover the cost of living in this prime location.

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Topics: Custom Closets, Closet Organization, Drawers, Hanging Rods, Sliding Doors

Bay Area Families Use Custom Reach-In Closets To Reorganize and Donate This Season

Posted by Larry Fox on Dec 16, 2016 2:56:39 PM

It’s that time of year again, and the nights are getting colder in the Bay Area. It dips into to the low 40s in San Francisco, and even if you’re not cold, you know that some people out there are. All around us, there are people who don’t have enough blankets to snuggle up under or the right clothes to ward off the chills, who aren’t as fortunate as you or I may be. The holiday season makes us cinch up imaginary collars, and reflect on what we can do to help.

I see this all the time around the Bay Area, especially when I’m talking to people who want to redesign their reach-in closet. Their lives are full of clutter, and so many say, “What am I going to do with all this stuff once I get my closet organized?” A lot of the time—especially around the holidays—they decide to donate their extra clothes to those who need it most.

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Topics: Custom Closets, Closet Organization, bay area, Reach-in Closets, Shoe Shelves

Take Advantage of a Lamorinda Empty Nest by Turning Your Spare Room into a Closet

Posted by Larry Fox on Nov 1, 2016 3:09:15 PM

When your kids move out, a whole new world of exciting opportunities opens to you. You can sell your home and downsize to fund travel or to go back to school and learn something new. Or, like a recent Lamorinda client of mine, you could finally do that home remodel you’ve been putting off. With the kids at home, a large renovation had always seemed too overwhelming a task to undertake. With their newly empty nest, however, they found they now had the space (and time!) to finally escape the constraint of sharing a cramped master bathroom and a tiny closet.

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Topics: Custom Closets, Closet Organization, Custom Storage, Custom Shelving, Lamorinda

Resolve to Get Organized: New Year's Resolutions for your Home

Posted by Tracey Lee Davis on Jan 5, 2016 10:16:23 AM


Valet offers great solutions for storing and keeping your stuff organized, but you don’t want to just fill your redesigned cabinets and closets with disorganization and clutter. To kick off the New Year, we asked professional organizer, Lori Krolik of More Time For You, to share her thoughts on how to get your home organized and create the custom Valet cabinet, closet, or space of your dreams.

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Topics: garage organization, Closet Organization, Closet Organization Tips, Pantry Organization

Get Your Closet Ready for Summer! Tips from a Professional Organizer

Posted by Tracey Lee Davis on May 27, 2015 7:24:26 AM

Guest blog by Carla Whyte of Embracing Your SpaceThis is the first in a series of guest blogs from some of the Professional Organizers that Valet partners with. 

Spring and summer are here, and if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to put away the sweaters and boots and bring out the tank tops and flip flops! But do you feel stuck at the mere thought of this process? Is your closet tiny and/or bulging at the seams, and you think there is no way your closet can EVER be organized? Take a deep breath and read on!

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Topics: Closet Organization

A Robert Gudanets Custom Designed, Contemporary Walk-in Closet

Posted by Tracey Lee Davis on Mar 18, 2015 8:01:00 AM

This month's featured project was designed by Senior Designer Robert Gudanets. Robert has over 25 years industry experience and has been a Senior Designer with Valet since 2003. In addition to Closets as shown in this month’s featured Blog, Robert has an extensive background in cabinetry design and the versatility to create custom space enhancing solutions for any room in the home. Robert is an advocate of continuing education and has most recently completed a course in interior design color theory.

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Topics: Custom Closets, Closet Organization, custom walk-in closets, walk-in closet

5 Basic Tips for Decluttering Your Closet from Apartment Therapy!

Posted by Kimberly Fomby on Jan 9, 2013 9:57:00 AM

Article Written by Apartment Therapy

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Topics: Custom Closets, Closet Organization, Closet Organization Tips

A Messy Closet: How to Say Goodbye to Clothes You Don't Wear

Posted by Sarah Whitely on Feb 19, 2012 2:41:00 PM

I have about ten bags of clothes that I know I am never going to wear again, either because they don’t get past my calves when trying them on, or the shoulder pads are too extreme! But there is help for our closets.

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Topics: Custom Closets, Closet Organization

Closet Organization: A Valet Client Bravely Shares Her Closet

Posted by Sarah Whitely on Feb 19, 2012 2:28:00 PM

I’ve had closets and I’ve had CLOSETS…meaning, not all closets are created equal.
When I have a walk-in, I dress better because I can see where everything is, but a well designed reach-in can also enhance one’s personal style. I love me a walk-in.

This video features our client Joelle’s closet during a home design consultation by one of our fantastic designer’s, Robert. it may make you feel better about YOUR closet.

Then there are celebrity closets…then there is a COURTNEY Love closet, if you know what I mean.

But the girl knows her fashion, and it was interesting to learn that she began her style career at Paramount Studios, where she was in charge of throwing away vintage clothes that had seen better days…well, she did not throw them away, and the video at the bottom of the article from The Daily Mail Online, Be careful not to burn a HOLE in that! Courtney Love chain smokes as she gives a tour of her expensive vintage closet, features a few of these beauties and Ms. Love’s creative solutions to making them stage worthy, which in her case, is every time she steps out of the house.

And don’t forget that at Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets we have closets that can provide closets storage systems even the most extensive collection of clothes; from the industry-standard Basic closet to the customizable Classic model, then up to the ultimate in luxurious wardrobe systems, our Siena Collection. You can be sure that the quality construction techniques, including locking adjustable shelving, soft edges, and continuous tops, together with our wide range of options and accessories create the perfect combination of function and elegance.

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Topics: Custom Closets, Closet Organization


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