Welcome to my closet…
Notice there are no boy clothes in here.
One of the conditions laid out before we moved in together was that we would not share a closet.
The reason: I’m seriously OCD when it comes to my clothes, shoes, and accessories. I take care of them like they’re my children and I have a lot of them. You can usually open my closet on any given day and it will look just like this. My husband’s closet… not so much.
I feel like I’ve mastered the art of maximizing almost every inch of my limited closet space. I thought I’d share some tips for really inexpensive tricks to overhaul your closet and get the most out of it. Your clothes will love you for it, and you’ll love how much it will simplify your style.
My closet is in the master bedroom. This is what it looks like from the door and on either side. It’s not huge, but not itty bitty. I like to think of it as a “step-in” ;) When we built the house, it just had a top rack all the way around for hanging clothes and shelf storage, and the bottom rack near the floor. Over the years, I’ve bought different organization stuff to better take advantage of the space.
Here’s the basics of everything hanging: Blouses in the middle. Dresses on the right. And to the left, sweaters/cardigans up top, and jackets, skirts and trousers below.
I bought this double hang rod for $20 for the left side that added a ton of extra hanging space.
Middle: Blouses are organized by color.
And this is the right side. All of my dresses are here, kind of organized by color but more by occassion. Casual day dresses to wear-to-work to formal and cocktail styles. All of my scarves are hanging by trouser hangers, and there are a handful of nails in the wall that hold necklaces.
These cube shelves are awesome. I got mine for about $10 each, but can’t find them online. Here’s a similar version. They’re perfect for shoes, handbags, and canvas storage totes. There are a couple of said totes hiding behind the dresses filled with bathing suits and lingerie.
I bought these stackable shelves for $15 each to sit on top of the original rack. They match the cube shelves pictured above. I have enough room to stack another shelf on top of each of them for more storage if needed. Jewelry, accessories, and bras are clearly displayed in baskets for easy access, and there are a couple more canvas totes.
Finally, this clear hanging purse organizer holds all of my small bags and clutches, as well as all of my belts. It’s on the left side, kind of hidden behind the hanging things.
A few secrets to keeping things organized in a limited space:
1. I go through my closet at least twice a year and get rid of anything that I haven’t worn in the past 12 months. I hold on to pieces that are classic and timeless and clean out the trendy stuff or pieces that are worn out.
2. For every new item I add to my closet, one thing gets donated, consigned, or sold on ebay.
3. I try to organize things so that everything is visible using shelves, clear containers, and other open systems. This has a couple of benefits: it makes getting dressed and putting complete looks together much easier and faster, and it keeps me from purchasing items that I may already have several of.
Go to a large retailer like Walmart or Ikea and see what they have in the closet organization section. You’ll likely find several systems that will work for your own closet. Happy organizing!