I always get asked by clients if my home is just immaculately organized. Well the truth is that, yes, it is pretty damn organized (you wouldn’t hire a personal trainer who wasn’t fit themselves right?). However, that being said, no one is perfect, including me, and sometimes on busy weeks I let my folded laundry sit in my closet for days before I put it away, even though I know that it will take about two and a half minutes to do. But no matter how crazy things get, I have most of my home set up in ways that if I do need things to look nice and clean in a hurry I can get everything back in its place in about 5 minutes (one of the secrets of this is not having too much stuff… a topic that we will touch on many, many more times throughout this blog), which is really the key to how I keep my house so organized.
This blog post is going to take you on a tour through my own closet and let you see exactly how and why I have things the way they are and how you can use some of these systems in your own closets.
Disclaimer: I know, I know, my closet is pretty big, probably bigger than average, especially if you are like a lot of my readers and live in small apartments or houses. Let me explain… A great closet has been a lifelong dream of mine. While others dreamt about white picket fences or becoming a huge celebrity, I always dreamt of a great walk-in closet. When I first moved into this space the closet was just an empty room with horrible white builders-grade shelving running along the top of each wall (which was obviously not something I was at all willing to work with). So I had a closet company come in, and for less than you would probably expect, put in this beauty of a closet tailored to my exact needs (if you are looking for a recommendation in the northern VA area, contact me, I know some really great closet people who are high quality and have better pricing than the big guys like Elpha or California Closets).
Below is the most complete view of the closet I could get. It gives you a decent idea about how big it is (it measures 5ft x 9ft).
Another note on my closet… I have a very small room that fits nothing but a bed and end tables so while this closet is very big it is also where I keep everything; there are no other dressers, drawers, or anyplace for storing things… what you see is what you get. I mention this because as a general rule of thumb it is best to keep only clothing and related accessories in your closet, and other miscellaneous items out, but like everything in life you have to make what you have work the best it can for your unique situation.
Here we go!
I wanted a lot of hanging so that I could hang the majority of my clothes (the only thing I keep in the drawers are undergarments, pjs, and tee shirts) so everything I have is hung up and in plain sight, which is exactly what I need because for me when it comes to clothes, or just about anything, if I don’t see it, I don’t use it (remember organizing is more about doing what works for you than adhering to any one set of rules).
The way I have organized my clothes is by more casual stuff to the left (jeans/pants on the bottom and casual tops on the top), then my more formal stuff on the right (skirts on the bottom and tops on top). There are a million different ways to organize your clothes in your closet and it all depends on your personal preference and space; this is just what works best for me.
I like to keep my hangers evenly spaced. It just makes it easier to function and see what I have, but I don’t obsess about them being exactly 2 inches apart or anything like that. Also, see that basket under the right bottom hanging clothes? That is my donation basket (I highly encourage everyone to get one and keep it in or near your closet). That way I can constantly be putting things in as I decide I don’t need them anymore. When you have a place for these to go it’s really easy to add to throughout the year. Since I do this regularly, I never have to do a big purge of my closet.
The left side houses all the glorious shoes. There are lots of different ways you can store shoes (for example, you can nest them so that one faces front and one faces the back or store them in plastic shoe boxes), this is just my favorite way to do it. I have my off season wedges that I’m not wearing quite yet at the top and the stuff I wear more ofter closer to the middle and bottom. I definitely recommend this system for your shoes.
Next to the shoes I have more shelving which I desperately needed since this is really my only place to store anything. So I have all of my purses at the top and all my travel type bags at the bottom. This also serves as my area for some miscellaneous stuff like future gifts and various accessories. Right now I have jewelry stored on one of the shelves (that thing that holds all of the big bracelets is an old paper towel holder, idea thanks to pinterest!). I am in the process of creating a wall unit with hooks and boards to arrange all of my jewelry on (that thing next to the bracelets it is a fuse box, which I covered by just placing a nice linen on top), but for now the shelf works.
On the right you see I have the only bit of “long hang.” For me it wasn’t necessary to have the traditional long hang section because I don’t really have any actual long dresses (since I’m only 5’3” long dresses are not exactly my friends), so I was able to save some space at the top for two extra shelves and have ample room for my long hang which is really just all short dresses. To the right of that is where I keep my other folded clothing and my laundry. The shelves are movable so I am able to change them around as my needs change. What I keep in those baskets are workout gear, tank tops, leggings, sweatshirts, and loungewear; the bottom is dirty laundry and at the top I have bathing suits. Since it’s still Spring here I won’t need to wear them for a while (thank God!) so they are okay to be stored in that cute hat box for now even though I can’t see them. Stored above the long hang are my off-season clothes which is perfect because that spot isn’t super accessible but I only need to get to it twice a year when I make the switch.
I like to keep my space pretty clean and empty so I have opted for just a few picture frames and trinkets on the shelves (I have sweaters folded on the shelf because that is the best way to store them, if you hang them they can get misshaped. However, my casual wrap sweaters that I basically live in are hung for easy access and because they won’t be damaged like a regular sweater would). Keeping this space clear is essential because it gives me a “landing area” for things that need to be assigned homes, like new purchases
So there you have it! Let me know what you guys think. If you like what you see, let me know and I will continue to show you other areas of my home.