6 organization hacks to get your Birmingham home tidied up for 2020


all the treasures in a craft room
Bham Now’s Sheila McCallum, who writes some of our hilarious newsletters, holding some of her mom’s treasures in her custom crafting room. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

All the holiday gifts have been opened, the decorations may or may not have been put away, and it’s time to reckon with the aftermath. Is this the year you’re going to pare down to the things you really want to carry forward with you into this next decade? If you’re thinking definitely—or even maybe—find out some of the ways Closets by Design Central Alabama can help you make the most of your Birmingham home.

But first, the thrift store is your friend

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Check out King’s Home many grand openings. Photo via King’s Home

Back in 2014 (has it been that long already?!) Marie Kondo took the world by storm with her little blue book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Since then scores of people have been holding things and asking “does this spark joy?” 

If the answer is a no, out it goes. If you’re a fan of this (or any other) method for paring down your purchases, we’ve got a guide to local thrift stores that will be happy to put your castoffs to good use.

We also recommend checking out King’s Home thrift stores.

Once the clutter’s gone, imagining having a home for everything.

Once you get rid of the clutter, it’s time to think about bringing in Closets by Design Central Alabama to help you design the space of your dreams. Know you need help? Contact Closets by Design to see what they can do for you.

Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Beauty queen’s designer dressing room

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Can you imagine if your closet looked like that? Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

One Birmingham-area mom who works in a fashion-related industry had big dreams for a walk-in closet that would include the following features:

  • a boutique-like feel
  • hardworking space
  • hampers for lights and darks
  • see-through drawer fronts
  • crystal knobs and velvet drawer liners
  • a dedicated drawer for belts
  • wardrobe pulls
  • scarf pulls
  • a large chandelier and cheetah print carpet

Her designer from Closets by Design helped turn this vision into reality. Now she has a closet that doubles as a retreat space, where she can go to get a little zen.

2. Mom’s craft room

Mom's craft room
Her mom’s sewing machine has a prime spot just underneath the big work surface. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

After her mom passed away, Bham Now’s Sheila McCallum found herself with a number of treasures that needed a home.

She wanted to honor her mom’s legacy while creating a peaceful and relaxing crafting room where she could put all the fabric, lace, quilting frames and more that she had inherited to good use.

Now she has a functional multipurpose room that invites creativity. What’s not to love about that?

3. Multipurpose room including wrapping station and closet

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Imagine getting ready for the holidays with this wrapping station. In your home. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Rosa Hooper’s a woman who loves to give some gifts. Designer Naomi Morrison helped her design a multipurpose room with space for the following:

  • pantry
  • tools and measuring tape
  • mops and brooms
  • gift wrapping station

Bet her Christmases have been so much better since she got this amazing wrapping station!

4. Home office

home office
See the Vulcan statue on the top shelf? Photo via Bham Now

Mike Harris needed a fun and functional home office space that would keep him organized and efficient. Closets by Design took care of all the details, and now everything he needs is right at his fingertips.

5. Entertainment center

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I bet he never has to wonder where the remote is. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

When Tim Meehan inherited the Homewood home where he grew up, he started thinking about ways to update it. A built-in entertainment center was just the focal point he was looking for to bring his home from its 1957 charm to 2019 form and function.

He’s been very happy with the results.

6. Kid’s bedroom closet

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See how you can turn a tiny closet into a hardworking space? Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Back in 2017, when she wasn’t busy writing hilarious newsletters for Bham Now, Sheila McCallum contacted Closets by Design to help give her very tall teenage son’s tiny closet a major revamp.

By the time they were done, the clothes were up off the floor and into their new homes. The whole project left Sheila feeling “much less annoyed,” which she considered a major win.

Finally, there’s a whole team that can help make your organizing dreams come true.

Closets by Design's design team
Some of the designers at Closets by Design Central Alabama: (l-r) Karen Oosterveen, Aly Harris, Dustin Frisbee and Naomi Morrison. Photo via Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

If you’re looking for someone to help you design a fabulous dressing room or other organizational space, check out Closets by Design or give them a call 205.777.4000.

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