I’ll be the first, and one of many, to tell you that I am not a very organized person. I am a big believer in chaos theory and to some extent my garage and other work spaces reflect that. I guess I believe deep down that if I leave enough random tools laying about that eventually the work will get done. I mean come on, if a butterfly flapping its wings in Mexico can cause storms in New York City then its probable that my hammer and nails will work themselves in the peg board I’ve been meaning to hang.
This theory has of course backfired on me from time to time – like when I tried to fix the lawn mower and couldn’t find a 1/4 inch socket and was forced to use a 1/4 nut driver bit and a pair of pliers (oh right, I also could not find my bit driver either). Similar events have occurred in my bedroom, as I have on occasion been known to wear the same pair of socks, accidentally, for a couple of days in a row because I couldn’t delineate between my clean pile and my dirty pile. TMI? This didn’t affect me so much as a single man, but now that I’m married it would seem that the ‘gentler sex’ frowns on that… So when I started to think about organizing I thought I’d start in the closet.
The first thing to do is figure out what clothes you have and segregate them into like articles (for some of us its easier than others). You know what I mean – dress shirts, and dress slacks, jeans, tee shirts, shoes, etc. As a side note, its probably time to throw that “team building exercise ’99” company retreat shirt out, it’s almost transparent…
Then figure out the dimensions of the closet and plan out sections for each category. Not very good at that kind of thing? That’s fine, ‘TLC Home online’ has a great article about closet organization with some great tips.
- First, remember that the longest piece of clothing you have hanging is a sports coat or dress shirt. So unless you are nine feet tall you should be able to double rod your sections or have a series of shelves below or above your closet rod.
- Also consider keeping everything off the floor. This allows you to run the vacuum or clean up the loose change when you hang up your previously worn jeans.
- They also suggest storing seasonal clothing out of the way like on a top shelf or in containers somewhere else to save space.
- Utilizing shelving or hardwood plywood to create cubbyholes and wire shelving for your design can give you an endless amount of options.
Despite these useful suggestions, there are a few key element to a man’s closet that they seem to be missing. If you would kindly take a look at exhibit A to the right side here. I have taken the liberty of truly creating a ‘Man Closet’. As you can see, I think I covered all off the bases. It opens using the “Star Trek Doors” from an earlier post. There are two different beers on tap (personally I like Killian’s Irish Red and Sam Adams Boston Lager but I suppose the choice is yours). There is also a section for my martial arts weapons and outdoor equipment. A pullout shelf in the center to hold all essential hand tools accents the rest of the compartments. And finally the mini-fridge and snack shelf round out the piece. Oh, right, and the compartment to the right with the clothes acts as a secret door to the garage “Winning”. Of course it would be ideal if I had room for a big screen TV with all the ESPN channels , but sadly I’m out of space. I’m thinking a roll down screen and a projector in the bedroom. But I am open to suggestions (fire away in the comments below). Let us know what critical items you think are needed for the essential man closet.