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As we march out of the winter, many people get that sudden urge to organize. It’s like, once we see little wrens gathering nesting materials, we too focus on our own nests: our homes.

Space management is a daily topic at one local company. Stephanie Cline, sales and operations manager of California Closets of St. Louis, says she and the company’s team of consultants believe exceptional design can transform people’s lives.

Chesterfield Lifestyle asked Stephanie how to initiate organizational approaches to the main living areas in homes. Here are her tips and new, systematized looks that can be achieved.


People often need zones in their garages for tools, sports equipment, kids’ toys, car care supplies, holiday décor and gardening supplies, Stephanie says.

“Within these categories, you may want general storage, or you may choose to have a workstation,” she adds. “If your home doesn’t have a mudroom, the garage is a great place to have locker space for each family member to store shoes and bags.”

Stephanie says when California Closets teams work with clients, she and the other consultants inventory items already at homes, and then create storage spaces to store those items together.

For garages, she recommends baskets to store balls and larger toys. Deep shelves are fantastic for larger items that typically don’t fold up or are too awkward to store inside. Stephanie says the company provides an aluminum fusion track wall that allows for several types of hooks, which can be moved anywhere on the track. The track wall holds bike hooks, garden hoses, yard tools and hand tools. Shelving also can be mounted to the hooks.

“This wall is great for items that are needed on a daily basis or in the workstations,” she says.


When approaching a mudroom, Stephanie encourages everyone to think of the items that always end up on the floor by the door or land on the kitchen counter. She says mudroom organization can be set up to be locker-style for each member of the family, or as a general storage area.

Hooks are great for items needed for everyday, quick access, such as keys, dog leashes, backpacks, purses, caps or hats. Drawers and baskets are a great way to store gloves, scarves, umbrellas and sunglasses. Having a bench in mudrooms makes storage and accessibility to shoes functional and convenient, Stephanie says.


Pantries also can be organized into zones, such as baking, snacks, breakfast selections, small appliances, large platters and cooking supplies.

“It’s best to have the items you use daily at eye level, or at counter height, which is 36 inches from the floor,” Stephanie suggests.

Adjustable shelves are great for pantries because how people shop and eat can change often. She says pullout racks for cans and spices are helpful, so those type of smaller items don’t get lost on shelves. Having snacks organized in a drawer enables knowing exactly what is there and how many, she adds.

“How many of us have grabbed a box, and went to pull the snack out, and nothing is left in the box?” Stephanie asks.


An organized wine area is hugely determined by how many bottles of wine one wants to store, Stephanie says, and whether select wines need to be kept at specific temperatures.

Pullout storage is an option, even for wine bottles, she says. Drawers also can be used in these areas to store wine openers and other utensils. Stemware can be displayed beautifully, or stored more traditionally behind cabinet doors.


Empty nester couples and large families enjoy multifunction spaces, Stephanie says. The cabinet space of wall beds is minimal and allows the room’s remaining space to be used for daily or weekly needs.

“Then, when guests or kids come back to visit, you have a large full or queen size bed to accommodate them at night,” she says.

Stephanie says using the additional space in multipurpose rooms for a home office or a crafting/hobby room, without having to trip over a bed, is a very popular option.