Small Closets, Lots Of Storage

I was lucky enough to have one of the leading closet companies in the country write a guest post for my blog.  Following are their suggestions for tight spaces. Hope you enjoy!

Small Closets, Lots of Storage

small closets, lots of storage

Too many clothes and not enough storage? We’ve got you covered.

While the perks of city living are many, the smaller spaces and minimal storage that are generally part of the deal can pose challenges to the urban dweller. When it comes to closets, you’re almost always faced with a tight squeeze. That’s why, whether you’re dealing with a small reach-in closet or no closet at all, it’s important to make every inch count.

Read our tips and tricks below on how to get the most out of your small space.

Look Up

Use vertical space and take advantage of empty and unused nooks and crannies – even if you can’t reach them easily. Take lesser-used items, like ones that are out of season, and store them in airtight space bags on the highest shelf. This will open up space at eye level for items you use on a daily basis.

Consider hanging an extra rod, poles, or hooks against the side walls for additional clothing or for accessories like scarves or belts. Including boxes and baskets along the side wall or above the highest shelf can add additional storage space for extra oddities and infrequently used items.

Use Adjustable Shelves

Adjustable shelves can turn a one-rod-closet into a multi-dimensional space for your shoes, seasonal items, and additional accessories.

For bulkier items – like thick winter sweaters – adjust your shelves to create a taller space; similar sized shelves work well for stacking jeans and pants too. T-shirts, workout clothes, shoes, and other less bulky items can live on short shelves. Decorative cubes can also fit nicely to hold undergarments or socks.

Be sure to use durable shelf supporters to lock shelves into place for extra strength and safety.

Consider Racks

Visibility is key for any closet size, and being able to see all your clothes is an essential part of getting dressed in the morning. Take advantage of the many accessories available, like slide-out belt and tie racks that can be hidden easily when not in use.

For shoes, try hanging them over your closet door or stashing them under your bed in a tidy roll-out storage drawer. Haphazardly throwing them on the floor of your closet will create a mess and make your closet seem smaller than it already is.

Choose the Right Hangers

When you’re faced with a tiny closet, the right hangers can keep you organized and help you maximize the little space you have. Tiered hangers, for example, are perfect for all your clothes, allowing you to conveniently stack your garments.

Nothing shrinks a closet like a pile of clothes spread out on the floor. To keep your clothes in place, think about investing in wood, cedar, or felt hangers. The sturdy, durable materials will preserve your clothes longer and keep them from falling to the floor.

Ask the Pros

While there are blogs and websites with DIY tips on transforming your small closet space, it helps to seek professional advice. Quality materials and hardware are essential to building a closet that will last.

Our designers at Closet America – along with leading hardware providers like The Mayor of Hardware, Richie DeMarco – will help you create smart organization solutions to make the most of your diminutive space.

-written by Closet America’s president, Skip Labella

Closet Doors Get a Face Lift…


Last week I created content for you to share with your customers…

“Getting Ready For Your New Custom Closets” – It was one of my most viewed blogs ever!!  Here’s the link in case you missed it 

Since it was so successful I thought I would try it again –

If you haven’t noticed, sliding doors are everywhere and the trend isn’t going away…

Here is a link to an Ideabook on my Houzz profile called “Closet Doors Get a Face Lift”… 

Feel free to share the Ideabook with your audience…

As I always I’m trying to think of new ways to help you stand out in the crowd.  If I can be of any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me at


Total Storage Solutions… The event that you won’t want to MISS!

December is a crazy month, trying to do 4 weeks’ worth of work in 3, figuring out what to get your significant other, planning your holiday travel etc…

Before you know it you are two weeks into January and still haven’t planned to get away for those important 3 days at the end of February… Do yourself a favor and begin to prepare now…

The ACSP has listened to your requests and created the EVENT that you asked for…

It’s in the Northeast so many of our members are within driving distance.

There will be an emphasis placed on social media, marketing and networking.

Our yearly tour is one that you will not want to miss… There will be nobody leaving early this year!

And of course you can count on a few surprises along the way…

Due to the location and the large number of cabinet shops in the area the conference, hotel rooms, and tour will fill up fast… Don’t wait until the week before the event to sign up, you might miss the best part of the show!

No matter what room in the house you work in, the Cabinet & Closet Conference should not be missed… Start planning now…

Click here to register for the Total Storage Solutions EVENT.

I look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions about the show or want to know where to get the best pastrami sandwich please contact me at 347-723-7433 or you can email me at

Are you using contact cement to apply edgebanding?


Why?  Because it’s what you have always done?

How much time do you waste cleaning up the overspray?

Fastcap has the solution… Its call Speedtape, it will save you time, energy and some aggravation.

Speedtape is the heavy duty double sided tape that you find on the back of Fastcaps or rolls of Fastedge.

Fastcap knows that they don’t make every color available and sometimes using Fastedge is not appropriate…

That is why selling rolls of the adhesive separately is such a great idea!

Speedtape comes in 50’ rolls and is available in four different heights so you will be sure to find one that works for you.

Repairing a damaged vertical on-site or banding a corner shelf by hand was never so easy.

Your turn, have you used Speedtape?  Do you have any unique uses for Speedtape?

Are there any reasons that you would prefer contact cement?

Your local Fastcap distributor should be able to answer all of your questions.  If not, feel free to contact me at 347-723-7433 or you can email me at

Using Facebook to Fill your Funnel…


I have to admit that in the beginning I was anti-Facebook… I couldn’t understand why I would want to know what someone that I knew 20 years ago was eating for dinner.

In the last 2 years I have completely changed my outlook on Facebook and social media – I hope after you read this you will too!

Facebook was the first social media platform that I used to build “The Mayor of Hardware” brand… With over 500 million users I was sure that I could find a few friends…

The first thing that I had to do was create my personal page… It took minutes and I have to admit that as I made connections there was a sense of satisfaction… Almost like the pulling the plastic off of that new iPhone for the first time, you can’t explain it but it’s a great feeling…

I use my personal page as “business casual” sure I am connecting with friends from my past, but I am also connecting with many customers and colleagues.  Getting a glimpse into their personal life solidifies our working relationship…

Next it was time to create my business page – this was equally as easy.  The main difference between the two is instead of adding friends I was adding “Likes.”

Once you reach 25 “Likes” be sure to create your vanity URL.  You must visit to pick your name.  You only get make one shot so make it a good one!

If you don’t have a vanity URL you will look like a newbie…

The second thing that I did was create custom tabs…I know I just lost you – what’s a custom tab?

See screen shot below… Facebook allows you can create up to 12 custom tabs.  My tabs contain a sign up form, links to my blog, photos and links to my other social media platforms.  It allows people that find me on Facebook to see where else I am “hanging out” and hopefully they will join me.  This is another way for me to engage my clients.

The last thing that you have to do is show up regularly!  You should be sharing content at least a couple of times a week.  Funny works well on Facebook, be sure to mix it up – remember this isn’t about you, it’s about your audience.

Big Bold Tip Coming At You…

Please make sure to interact with anyone that comments on your photos or posts… This is social media – You Must Be Social!

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I help individuals and organizations to be successful… If you have any questions about social media or hardware please contact me at 347-723-7433 or you can email me at