>Closet Confessions

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Welcome to one of my favorite (and most sacred) places in our home: my closet! I was reading this month’s issue of Lucky, and the feature on closet organization got me thinking about my own tried-and-true tricks. 
 I run a tight ship in here, mostly because a well-organized wardrobe makes putting outfits together infinitely easier, but also because I’m a bit of a control freak. You’ll notice that by many standards, I don’t have a “lot” of clothes (seen an episode of Clean House lately? Whoa…) I weed them out every few months to keep things fresh and neat, and these photos were taken after one-such purge session and reorganization project on Saturday.  
For what they’re worth, here are some of my tips for maximizing your space and making your closet work for you. Keep reading, if you wanna! 

The method of my madness: categorizing. Probably over-categorizing to the point of near sickness, but this is my space and it’s what makes my little heart happy. You don’t have to be this obsessive, but I’d definitely recommend breaking everything down into sections — it will make pulling outfits together so much easier when you can see everything that you have to work with.
If you can’t see it, chances are you’re never going to wear it! 
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Let’s start in the middle. I put my shirts and blouses front-and-center, since I usually pick them first when creating head-to-toe looks. I arrange them by color, and within each color they’re usually short-sleeve to long-sleeve. {Depends on how much laundry I happen to be putting away that day}

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And just below the tops, open-air shelves create more storage space than the original wire rack. On the left: earrings, bracelets, rings and watches are stored in clear storage bins, flats and sandals are stacked on shelves, and short necklaces are hung on a T-stand. On the right: Lingerie and tights are stored in baskets and canvas totes, scarves are rolled up in a low basket, and clutches and small handbags are stacked on the shelves. Wedges and “every day” shoes (although not as “every day” anymore…) are lined up on the floor.

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Now to the right side of my little “step-in” closet — tunics, long sweaters, and dresses hang nicely together on their rack. I’ve moved dresses to the back since I don’t wear them too often anymore… but I still pet them and talk to them from time to time. I try to keep the things I wear most often at the closest reach.

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Just under that rack, cube shelves house my beloved, memoirs-of-a-corporate-career-gone-by stilettos and pumps. Belts are rolled up in a clear hanging storage unit, and a few well-placed nails hold long necklaces to keep them from becoming a tangled mess. Fancy, huh?

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And on the left side, casual jackets, sweaters, and cardis hang on the top rack. Suits and blazers have moved to the back of that same rack, out of sight and out of mind. Unlike my dresses and pumps, I don’t really miss ’em.
 I have a rod extender for pants and skirts, which doubles my hanging space on that side. Now that spring weather is here, boots have moved from the floor to the top shelf. Clearly I need to invest in some boot inserts, or just drink a lot of wine.

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There you have it, friends! The all-access VIP tour to my little style hive. I love to check out other closets, so if you’ve done a post on your own, link it up in the comments so I can check it out!

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About Keira Lennox

I'm a small town girl from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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  3. >Wine bottles in boots stored up on a high shelf sounds a little dangerous… I use old magazines to keep my boots upright in the closet.

  4. >Oh man I wish I could be this organized! My closet will be downsizing soon so I will keep these tips in mind. I cram anything and everything into mine. and SO jealous of TWO pairs of cheetah heels. Cheapgirlchicworld.blogspot.com

  5. >Oh man I wish I could be this organized! My closet will be downsizing soon so I will keep these tips in mind. I cram anything and everything into mine. and SO jealous of TWO pairs of cheetah heels. Cheapgirlchicworld.blogspot.com

  6. >I love this post! I read that article, too, and I organized my closet over the weekend. I don't have any pictures yet, but you summed it up with the best tips and pointers. When I do my post, I'll tell everyone… go read what Keira said. :o)

  7. >I love this post! I read that article, too, and I organized my closet over the weekend. I don't have any pictures yet, but you summed it up with the best tips and pointers. When I do my post, I'll tell everyone… go read what Keira said. :o)

  8. >Your closet is so well organized! Want to come do mine? It's a disaster of epic proportions. I know it needs to be done but it's intimidating to me. :p

  9. >I love your closet! I'm envious of how much space you have! I live in a "turn of the century" apartment so my closet is about 2 1/2 feet wide, but I made the most of my space in the best way possible. Here's a link to my latest organization post:)http://thedailyfashionista.blogspot.com/2011/03/take-gander.html

  10. >I organize my tops by color & sleeve length also!!! hehe. :) I also have a million skirts so I organize those by "statement" (meaning it requires a more neutral top) or "neutral" (meaning I should go for more of a "statement" top!). Love being that organized!! haha

  11. >I organize my clothes the same way! Unfortunately the space I have to work with is significantly smaller, but I make do. I got some great ideas for shoes and accessories, thanks!!

  12. >Beautiful Closet! Great tips, seems like I always have too many clothes and not enough hangers, guess that means it time for some spring cleaning. Specifically love the way you did your necklaces, I definitely need a system for them.nomapisasubstitute.blogspot.com

  13. >Beautiful Closet! Great tips, seems like I always have too many clothes and not enough hangers, guess that means it time for some spring cleaning. Specifically love the way you did your necklaces, I definitely need a system for them.nomapisasubstitute.blogspot.com

  14. >I enjoyed that tour! Very informative and relaxing…I strive for this kind of organization, but really need to do a 30 in 30 so I stop buying and messing up my otherwise neat closet!!!! Thanks!

  15. >Rolled up magazines work wonders at keeping boots standing up! Loved getting a peek into your closet and love all the organization tips :)

  16. >I would be afraid to show my closet. That means I'd have to actually clean it. It's organized but the dust bunnies on the floor are taking over. I also group shirts like that, have no fear there are definitely lots of people with closet OCD. Myself being one of them. If I ever get the nerve to post anything like that I'll be linking up!http://mygrowingobsessions.blogspot.com

  17. >So jealous of your step in closet – my "stick head in" closet doesn't take well to any kind of organization techniques, but I do my best.I just spent a few minutes trying to figure out why you look so different in these pictures – and then I realized you have your bangs clipped back! You look gorgeous! The bangs are cute and fun, but I have to say I think I prefer you without them!

  18. >Thanks for inviting us into your closet! I'm a bit of an organization freak also, but we are living in a very small rental right now and there is just not enough space for everything. Seeing this has totally inspired me to figure out a better way to store my clothes so I can create better outfits!

  19. >I love this!! You've done such a beautiful job. I need some racks in my closet, but live in an older home so have to figure out how to make it happen…or move. eeps! I totally agree with you: if you can't see it chances are you're not going to wear it. Truer words were never spoken!

  20. >This is such a great closet! thanks so much for this post, it's giving me such great ideas about my closet makeover. (definitely thinking about installing these shelving units for starters :) )

  21. >I'm saving this post for when there comes a day I'll have a closet with more hanging space. In the meantime, I really need to come up with some tips for my type of closet :-) Like your post, though!!

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