>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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Author: Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady 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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