Years ago, the closet in Kathryn Taylor’s family room in Alexandria served as a place to store her daughters’ toys. Now her daughters are in their late 20s and the closet is a catch-all for family photos, paintings, books, games and more. “Whatever may have been cluttering the room when company has come over . . . was stuck in this closet,” she wrote. With lighting and electrical outlets, Taylor knows the closet has “tremendous potential,” but it needs to be organized.


Provided by Jan Stotlemyer of Closet Factory, 3 J.P. Morgan Ct., Unit F, Waldorf. 301-893-1605.

L-shaped shelving provides maximum storage. These are 16 and 18 inches deep.

Paint the walls a cheery color, like Midday yellow by Sherwin-Williams.


A small work space creates a home for the desk chair and computer.

Install slatwall on shallow walls. Use accessories such as hooks and baskets to store small items.

Dimensions: 72 inches wide by 45 deep by 96 inches high.

Price as shown: $1,684, including installation.

steps before install

1. Remove everything. The first step to making over a closet is to take every item out of it.

2. Categorize your inventory. Divide your belongings into three piles: keep, sell or donate, and discard.

3. Create a clean slate. Stotlemyer recommends removing all existing shelves and rods and painting the closet a “cheery” color that matches a nearby room.

Splurge . . . or save

Office Source mesh high-back chair with fabric seat and aluminum base ($379, www.sears.com).

Interchangeable mesh task chair with black slipcover ($59, www.officedepot.com ).

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