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The Journal Gazette- Making Spaces

Just because you don’t own your home or have a permanent abode does not mean you can’t be neat and organized in the place where you hang your hat.

“Even if you are not able to drill holes in the walls, even if you are always on the move and prefer not to invest in costly storage solutions, there are still plenty of portable and attractive options for you,”  professional organizer Lorie Marrero said. “Find those that work best for your needs and can be as portable as you are.”

Creative closet space

Some of the most frustrating things about renting can be the lack of storage space and the inability to install permanent fixtures in closets. Typically equipped with one rod and a top shelf, rental closets don’t provide the best configurations for maximizing the available area.

You can make the most of those limited resources with a system such as ClosetMaid’s brand-new Closet Maximizer. This tool-free system securely clips to an existing wire or wood hang rod, and it easily detaches if the need arises.

The functional modern design features laminate shelves with an adjustable double-hang rod and storage accessories such as fabric bins and hanging organizers. The system is available in white, dark cherry or chocolate.

Hidden in plain view

Attractive, colorful storage pieces can enhance existing decor and brighten up the lackluster neutral walls found in most rentals. Decorative storage products from ClosetMaid come in three-, six- and nine-cube designs and are available in three finishes to blend with any interior and help take organization to the next level. Coordinating fabric bins in various shades ensure pops of color that will complement any existing scheme.

Drop zone

Create a system to keep your place tidy. A designated drop zone, whether in your entryway, kitchen or living area, is a good place to keep your mail, keys, shoes, bags or whatever you always need.

A small bench by the door for a briefcase or a colorful coat tree for hanging outerwear are good options to keep belongings off the floor. Once you’ve gotten your system down, be vigilant about sticking to the plan.

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