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Professional closet organizers really do exist: they're called <em>shelves</em>. If it walks and talks, it's probably organizing something far more complex than a closet and so would fall outside the parameters of this blog. That said, closets and the various items stored in them can get fairly complex, too, and of course if it were simply a matter of adding shelves the issue would not warrant much of a discussion. As it happens, there are lots of ways to organize a closet and even more tools, tricks and tips to do it. <strong>Temporary vs. Permanent Storage</strong> It's arguably all temporary, but once we move past the existential problems of closet organization we can sort storage into two categories: one that involves power tools and one that does not. Most would agree that storage options that don't involve drilling holes into anything is a plus and there are all kinds of <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/closet-storage.html" target="_blank">closet storage goodies</a> that fall into this category. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/hanging-closet-shelves.html" target="_blank">Hanging shelves</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/shoe-racks.html" target="_blank">shoe racks</a>, in-closet drawers, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/storage-totes.html" target="_blank">totes and sorting trays</a> of various sizes can really help get things in order in a closet. If you do decide to get out the drill you're not going to have any trouble as long as you keep a few things in mind: <ul> <li>Consider using a <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/stud-finders_2060.html?linkloc=newSearchRedirect" target="_blank">stud finder</a> to locate safe places to drill</li> <li>Use a <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/measuring-tape.html" target="_blank">measuring tape</a> <em>before</em> you drill and measure your closet <em>before</em> you buy</li> <li>Have an organization plan before making more permanent changes</li> </ul> <strong>The Full-Proof Master Plan  </strong> This is going to sound pretty nerdly, but to get this right on the first shot you should create an inventory. Make a separate inventory for each person who uses the closet and take note of what already goes in there as well as what else you want to fit in there. Categories you want to inventory include: <ul> <li>Short (39" or less), medium (39" - 54") and long (54" or more) hanging items, including hanger</li> <li>Folded garments on shelves</li> <li>Loose items on shelves and hooks</li> <li>Folded and unfolded garments in drawers</li> </ul> Once you have a rough idea of your storage needs you can get a better sense of what you can do given the available space and how <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> can help you become a professional closet tamer.
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