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A New York City Closet Makeover with ClosetMaid and Barbara Reich

Posted by: Storganization Staff Tags: Expert Tips, Home Organization, Closet Makeover

Living in a rental is tough, especially if that rental is a small and older New York City apartment. With closets few and far between, finding storage space can be tricky, especially for Bonnie Williams, whose years in high-end retail has led to a large and beautiful fashion collection.

As Bonnie prepared to move into a new apartment, it was the perfect timing for ClosetMaid and professional organizer Barbara Reich to help her get organized. The first challenge was finding a better way to store Bonnie’s massive shoe collection.


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Next, it was time to lay out all of Bonnie’s clothes. With Barbara’s help, Bonnie discarded outdated or duplicated items, and her wardrobe was successfully reduced by about 25 percent!


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Once every item of clothing had been sorted, Bonnie needed a place to store it all. With low-ceilings and a basic plank and pole system in the closet, it was clear that a closet organizer would work best.


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A completely DIY, adjustable and flexible ClosetMaid ShelfTrack wire shelving system was selected and designed for the entryway and master closets.


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Barbara and Bonnie installing ShelfTrack in the master closet.

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Bonnie’s organized entryway closet.


Since shoe storage was a must-have for this fashionista, two 15-Cube Organizers were added, with one placed at the bottom of her entryway closet for her most frequently worn footwear, and another paired with a Stackable Horizontal Organizer in the bedroom.


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With only two closets, additional storage space was still needed to hold Bonnie’s handbags, accessories, and other miscellaneous items. Bonnie and Barbara added SuiteSymphony towers with modern-style doors and drawers to a nook in the dining room.


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The doors and drawers were perfect for keeping sweaters, workout clothes, and table linens and utensils tucked away and out-of-sight in the dining room.


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For Bonnie’s smaller items, a Ladder Bookshelf by the front door now displays her most treasured keepsakes, and a 6-Shelf Hutch Bookcase resides in the living room.


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At the end of the day, Bonnie and Barbara created a perfect, organized space with ClosetMaid!

Are you a renter? Explore more of our renter-friendly products here, and make sure to check with your landlord before installing a ShelfTrack or SuiteSymphony system. For more organization tips and closet makeovers, visit, and check out all of our other channels: FacebookTwitter, InstagramPinterestYouTubeHouzz and Flickr

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