Storage Stories: Small Space Matters Part 1 | Living

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Whether you’re moving into a new home, renovating your current one or just looking to get better organized, your closets are a great place to start. Village Living asked Marc Javet, owner of Tailored Living of Central Toronto, for his advice on how to make the most of your storage.

“A century ago, houses were built with tiny closets,” says Javet. “Today people are looking to make their homes as functional as they can, and that often means storage upgrades.”

“Small condos can also pose challenges,” adds Javet. “But you’d be amazed how much storage you can get out of even the tiniest space with the right design and some practical accessories,” says Javet.

If you’re considering a closet makeover, Javet suggests starting by sorting through and purging things you’re no longer using. Next you’ll need to decide what kind of system to choose. For those who are both handy and creative, the most economical route is a do-it-yourself (DIY) solution. Another alternative is to visit your local big box retailer and choose a closet organization kit that will suit your needs. These vary in complexity, quality and price, and may require you to hire an installer.

Finally, there’s the custom route. A home organization company can design a solution tailored to your specific needs, space and décor. “If you’re working with a pro,” says Javet, “their first order of business will be to measure your space and walk through your storage needs in detail with you. Then comes a free custom design and quote.” Depending on the company, these solutions can be installed in as few as three weeks.

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No matter what solution you choose, the design should accommodate your belongings so they’re visible and accessible, and be flexible enough to change as your needs change. “In general, I’d recommend storing your most-used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high,” says Javet.

Whether you’re storing clothing, linens, cleaning supplies, pantry staples, or kids’ gear — a well-organized closet will ensure everything has its designated spot and is easy to find.

Stay Connected for Part 2 of Storage Stories: Effective closet design & Storage Stories: Best closet accessoriesthis week.


Marc and Jill Javet are the owners of Tailored Living of Central Toronto, specializing in custom home and garage organization. Contact 416-631-7272, or visit