Year in Review: Our Top 7 Posts of 2011

It's been a full year for us at the California Closets blog, posting lots of articles with organizing tips and home design inspiration.

We're looking forward to a fantastic 2012, sharing before and after stories of custom closet transformations, offering more home organizing tips, and featuring design and fashion trends.

Here were our readers' favorite posts of 2011. Enjoy and happy new year!

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The "before" picture from our most popular post this year: Before & After - A Walk-In Closet Transformation.

1. Before & After: A Walk-In Closet Transformation

We love a happy ending! Check out Sarah’s closet success story – from clutter and frustration to organization and style – with our before and after pictures and the inside scoop from design consultant Debbie Royal.

2. How to Organize 209 Pairs of Shoes? Turn a Bedroom into a Walk-In

Hanna was struggling with a common problem: Not enough storage space for her gorgeous collection of clothing, shoes and accessories.

Orange County design consultant Tarja Hull designed the solution: converting an extra bedroom into a master closet – dressing room. Now everything fits and Hanna is thrilled. See for yourself!

3. Pantry Tips: The 4 Secrets to Fantastic Food Storage

The best cooks have all of their ingredients beautifully organized and displayed so that cooking isn’t a chore, but a treat! Ready to organize your pantry like a top chef? Design consultant Leticia Pfeiffer is here to help with four simple strategies for a beautifully organized pantry.

4. From Reach-In Closet to Family Craft Room

Our Chief Design Officer, Ginny Snook Scott, takes you on a “tour” of her custom craft room. You’ll love the smart design and custom accessories that make this workspace fun and functional!

5. Sell or Donate? What To Do After You De-Clutter

You’ve done the hard work of spring cleaning and decluttering. But now you’re left with a pile of unwanted items. They’re not exactly trash – in fact, they could be someone else’s treasure. So what now? Our organizing expert Dan outlines the pros and cons of selling or donating your unwanted belongings via eBay, Craiglist, Goodwill or a garage sale – so you can decide which approach works best for you!

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Another one of our readers' favorites, a tour of Ginny's custom media center.

6. Ginny's Multi-Purpose Media Center

Our Chief Design Officer Ginny Snook Scott takes you on a tour of the multi-purpose California Closets media center in her family room. She shows off her favorite features and her thinking behind the design.

7. Four Steps to a Gorgeous Closet

Learn how to beautify your closet with these four easy steps. Simple touches can go a long way towards creating a closet that is organized and beautiful!

Here's to an amazing 2012!

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