Taming the Closet Monster

la closet design!

You’re starting to buy into the whole monster in the closet thing — one that also eats orphan socks and tramples tutus.

Don’t be scared off by the mess. LA Closet Design’s Lisa Adams offers simple tips for kid-friendly storage spaces that can help turn a frightening situation around.

Maximize Space
Pull-down rods allow kids to store stuff up high but reach it from down low. Plus, if there’s enough vertical space, you can triple-hang the goods.

Make It Adjustable
Kids keep growing, so avoid fixed shelves in order to create a closet that can change with them.

Purge the Clutter
If they haven’t used it in six months, donate it. Trust us, they won’t miss it. And neither will you.

Personalize It
Add your child’s favorite characters to the outside of bins. Use alphabet hooks to spell his name.

Brighten It Up
Good lighting makes everything easier to see and, of course, scares off monsters.

LA Closet Design (310-289-1311 or laclosetdesign.com). Initial consultation is free.

this week in los angeles!

Designer Sample Sale
Fashion insiders put together this sample sale featuring the likes of Corey Lynn Calter, Trina Turk, and Linea Pelle (for you), plus Entertaining Elephants (for them).
Why: Free child care + proceeds benefiting the Los Angeles Family School = hands-free and guilt-free shopping.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles Family School, 2646 Griffith Park Blvd., at Hyperion Ave.

Kid Craft Summer Camp
What: Five days of sewing, crafting, and fun for kids ages 7 and up.
Why: Creating and community are beautiful things.
When: Sign up now. Camp, June 21-25., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Hands-On 3rd, 8377 W. Third St., at S. Orlando Ave. (323-655-0515). Cost is $250 per week.

Book Signing & Healthy Treat Fest
What: Allergen-free cooking and baking expert Cybele Pascal signs copies of her latest book and serves snacks.
Why: Kids with allergies can have their cupcakes and eat them, too.
When: Sat., 3-5 p.m.
Where: Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., at Holloway Dr. (310-659-3110). Admission is free.

Photo: Courtesy of LA Closet Design

Hands-On Third
8377 W 3rd St
@ S Orlando Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Los Angeles Family School
2646 Griffith Park Blvd
@ Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
8818 W Sunset Blvd
@ Holloway Dr
West Hollywood, CA 90069