COLLEGE DORM CLOSET

College dorm closets are ridiculously small, but you can double your hanging space by adding another rod to the closet.  Hanging another rod from the existing closet rod allows you to double your hanging space, without actually installing anything.  It takes only 20 minutes, and costs and it costs less than $20!  Here’s how:

Materials:
2 sturdy wire hangers (like the ones pants come on from the dry cleaner)
2 lengths of metal chain (about 30″ each, depending on how high the original closet rod is)
2 spring link clips                  

springclip (this is a spring link clip)

1 foam t-connect for 1/2″ connection (found in the plumbing section)
1 closet rod, wooden dowel, or PVC pipe, cut to the length you desire

Method:

1.  Cut the top off of each hanger, and twist the ends closed with pliers.  Bend to make a hook, like this:

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2.  Cut the t-connection into eight 1/2″ collars, like this:

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3.  On the existing dorm closet rod, place:  one collar, one hanger hook, one collar; then, after the approximate amount of space of your new closet rod, one collar, one hanger hook, one collar.  You are basically making a sandwich with the collars and the hanger hook on the top closet rod, so it looks like this:

top

The collars keep the hanger hooks from moving along the rod.

4.  Hang the chains on the ends of each hanger hook.

5.  Add the spring link clips to the bottom ends of each chain. 

6.  Thread the new rod through the spring link clips.  Sandwich each spring link clip with a collar (so it will stay in place), so it looks like this:

bottom

And, you are done!  This is what mine looked like:

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Enjoy the extra hanging space in your dorm closet! 

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Note that I used a short rod, and if you use a rod the length of your closet, you may need to add additional supports along the way. 

All of these supplies can be purchased in a local hardware store.  If you do not want to use the t-connects for collars, use fat rubberbands:  for the top, you will have to cut the rubberbands and tie them around the closet rod in each place. 

You can customize the length of the additional rod to allow for long hanging space for dresses. 

Love your dorm closet!

 

 

LOVE YOUR JUNK DRAWER

Everyone has a “junk drawer” – somewhere that holds those necessary items that fit nowhere else. Unfortunately, other items seem to accumulate there, as well – odd screws, soy sauce packets, hair clips, an unidentified key.  Junk drawers don’t get a lot of love.  If you take 10 minutes to organize your junk drawer you will begin loving it.  Here’s how:

1.  Decide how you want your junk drawer to look.  Office supply stores have drawer organizing trays which may work for you.  Make sure to measure the dimensions of your drawer to ensure proper fit.  If you do not want to spend any money on your junk drawer use some gift boxes:  a shirt box to anchor everything, with jewelry boxes to hold small items allows you to create your own customized junk drawer. 

2.  Remove everything from the drawer.  Separate the contents:  toss anything that is trash, food, or is broken (dog biscuits, old batteries); place in an “elsewhere” pile the things that do not belong in the junk drawer, but have set up camp there (hair clips, golf balls, etc.); make a pile of things that actually belong in the drawer.  Put the “elsewhere” items away, but be honest – if it is trash, toss it!  Chances are, if it was in the junk drawer, nobody has missed it.

3.  Separate the things that belong in the drawer into categories:  pens/pencils, rubber bands, staples, stamps, note pads, etc. Put everything back into the compartments of your new junk drawer.  If there are other people in the house using the junk drawer, make sure you show them your awesome handiwork and let them know that the junk drawer is to remain this way, with every item in its own place.

Here are two examples of junk drawers I have worked on:

This junk drawer is my actual junk drawer at home.  I used a desk drawer organizing tray that I bought for about $2.50.   

my junk drawer 

I created the junk drawer below for a client whose drawer was too shallow for a premade drawer organizing tray. 

junkdrawer

Your junk drawer should be useful to you, so give it a little love now and then.  Pick through it while you are on hold with the cable company, or on a long phone conversation.  Love your junk drawer and it will love you back!

WELCOME!

Thanks for visiting JPKprofessionalorganizing.com.  As a Professional Organizer (member of NAPO), I like to keep things simple.  I want you to downsize your clutter to rightsize your life. 

Please, get rid of things that do not make you happy!  Send them out into the universe, where they will bring joy to someone else.  Throw away things that are broken!  Enjoy the space you recover when you eliminate excess from your life!