My new year’s goal has been to accomplish one organization project a month. This closet’s organization actually started in late December with an idea to just change out the hangers and generally straighten up in there. So bad blogger girl here failed to take any before photos because I did not think I would be doing a lot to the space. But the longer I worked on it, the more I thought of to do. I should have taken before photos. Please forgive me. Okay? Alright now… let’s get in the closet.
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It really does. Many many years ago, when we were working on the changes to the blueprints of our home, the original plan was to have two closets with bifold doors along one wall in the master bedroom. We had a builder study our plans, and he said, “You are not going to like that. Add about 6 more feet to that space, and put in a walk in closet. You won’t be sorry.” So we listened and did just that.
And now the closet truly works like a tiny dressing room…and this closet has a closet inside it. (Now you are thinking I am crazy, right?!) I am standing in the doorway to the closet coming from the bedroom in the photo above. The mirror is on a door to the closet inside the closet. The water heater, cleaning supplies, vacuum cleaner, and painting materials are all in there. (Another project for later in the year. 🙂 ) So how do you organize a closet full of clothes, make it work like a dressing room, and make it attractive? You probably already know all of this, but I am writing it just in case there might be one person who does not.
1. Purge anything you haven’t worn/used in a year. Then sort all the clothing that remains by kind (i.e. all skirts together, all pants together, etc.) and group them by color. That includes handbags and shoes.
2. Hang everything on matching hangers.
I watched for sales on these from Home Depot and Target and replaced all our plastic ones with the wooden ones over a couple of months. If you are tight on space, you might be better off with a thinner style than these because they do take up more hanging space.
3. Use matching hanging bags for sweaters and shoes.
(These came from Target.)
4. Use matching boxes to hold miscellaneous items and out of season accessories.
I already had the red boxes on my side of the closet with my scarves, make up travel bags, extra make up, etc., but I had them scattered among the handbags. Just grouping them together helped to make it look more organized. When we moved all the luggage out of this closet and into the coat closet, it freed up space for all our out of season thermal wear. So I purchased more red boxes over the last couple of months to store those in.
The boxes above are the same as those on my side of the closet. They came from the Container Store. I simply turned them in the other direction on my husband’s side of the closet and added Martha Stewart adhesive metal bookplates from Staples on one side. I wanted the labels to be black, but there is no white ink in a printer to make a light color on black. So these were printed with a black background on white paper.
5. Use ready made units with drawers for make up, hair products, and other things you need.
(Ours are also holding the linens for the bedroom.) I know built in ones would be beautiful, but since we don’t have those, we purchased 6 of these from Lowes and stacked them in 3 groups. I changed out the plastic handles for the metal ones to dress them up a little.
6. Use jars and trays to keep your supplies neat.
(I also keep little notebooks handy for jotting down shopping and to-do lists.)
7. Purge your make up and hair products down to the minimum you use, and organize them with drawer organizers.
The top drawer holds make up and things needed for clothing (safety pins, a lint roller, dryer sheets for static cling, and a razor for getting rid of sweater fuzz.) While we are on the subject of make up, I have recently switched from being an Estee Lauder girl to a Clinique girl, but I cannot find a Clinique mascara that does as good a job as the Estee Lauder ones. Do any of you have a Clinique mascara that you love?
8. Include a container to hold your dry cleaning items.
I found this tote at TJ Maxx. It had gold handles that I did not really care for. So I cut them off and replaced them with black ribbon handles. The label is another Martha Stewart from Staples product just pinned on with a safety pin. I wrote on it with a chalkboard marker.
9. Include a piece of furniture for seating.
This is a stool that I purchased on sale from Target. It was originally a maroon color, but I upholstered it with some fabric left over from the kitchen curtain project. I will have a tutorial for you soon, if you would like to recover one yourself. I still want to add wheels to the legs to make it easier to move around.
10. Include a trash can.
You know you need one for when you cut price tags off the new clothes you buy or threads that somehow hang off your skirt. I also have a phone in there because my mother calls me in the morning when I am getting ready for work.
11. Add artwork that you like.
Think about how much time out of your life you spend getting ready. Shouldn’t the space for it be a place that you enjoy seeing? That is why there are photographs hanging in our closet (aka dressing room. 🙂 )
12. Hang a full length mirror in your closet.
This is the one last thing left to do in there. I want to replace that mirror with a frameless one that covers the full panels of the door, and then the closet will be finished…and I can move on to the next organization project.
I was a little leery to even write this post here today for several reasons. First, when I wrote the one on our coat closet organization, my mother said, “You did an entire post on a … closet??” (As if I had lost my mind.) And I replied, “Yes, people need ideas for organization that are easy to implement.”
Secondly, I did not want to give the impression that I am an expert on anything. When I read posts that have “10 tips for this or that thing,” I often feel like my intelligence is insulted, and I certainly don’t want to do that to any of you. So I truly hope you find an idea here that you can use. Otherwise, my mom will think I am crazy once again! (But it won’t be the first or the last time.)
Finally, this closet is about as personal as it gets…right down to my choice in make up, and I am not very good at personal.
And while I am on the subject of being brave and putting this personal space out there in the blog world…You all say that I never include photos of myself in any post, so here is one for you. This is my personal wardrobe favorite from the organized closet. A real fashion statement, right?! 🙂
Do you have a closet organization tip you would like to share with us?
We would love to hear about it!