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September 25, 2012

Closet storage solutions

As some of you know, I recently gave my closet a little facelift. In order to start fresh, I dragged everything out...then got to work organizing the litte things first: my shoes, bags and jewelry.

Bags and shoes are lined up neatly on the shelves to the left. Shoes I don't wear often are in their original boxes up top. I have a step ladder on the wall to pull out when I need to reach something high off the ground.

I use an old egg crate to stash my sandals and flip flops. I don't have boxes for most of these, and since I wear them most often, I can easily see and grab what I want to wear on-the-go.

I have a few hats in hat boxes -- some were my grandmothers -- stored on the very top shelf in my closet. Next to them are two clear containers where I'm currently storing heavy wraps and clutches -- mostly ones that I wear to fancy occasions, like weddings. I'll rotate the wraps for summer tanks as the weather gets colder. 

I found a sewing box at an antique store for $8 (!) last summer, and I use it to store chunky jewelry, seasonal pins and my pappagallo belts.

I cleared out the right of my closet to make room for this small dresser from Hobby Lobby. Each drawer has a chalkboard, making it easy to organize everything from scarves to gloves and leggings. I no longer have to hunt through a messy drawer for a missing glove in a sea of underwear and tights! It doesn't hurt that it's a super cute piece of furniture, too. (I'd Rather be Thrifting print here. Pretty much sums me up perfectly!)

(Yes; I have a separate drawer just for infinity scarves. Ha ha!)

I use a small lunch tray to organize the pins, earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets I wear most often. That little brass owl is just something that makes me smile -- I found it at a thrift store recently for just $1.99!

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And finally, I'm a believer that every space should have a special light fixture, even if it's your closet! The one I was so looking forward to getting through the mail ended up being a little bit of a bust, but the hardware fit a $2.00 vintage pendant light I'd been holding onto perfectly. So, all's well that ends well, right?

So, after I organized all the little pieces, I carefully selected clothing to hang up in my closet. I donated anything I haven't worn in a year, and I arranged clothing by garment type: sweaters, blouses, dresses and shirts. Everything is in its place, and as a result, the space feels much less chaotic. Let's just see how long I can keep it this way! 

Happy organizing!

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  1. Wow! Your closet looks gorgeous. I would definitely spend time in there!! I adore that dresser. I might have to find something similar for myself. Good job reorganizing!

    1. Thank you! That dresser has made my life so much easier, that's for sure.

  2. Love the sewing box idea. Don't know why I hadn't thought of it before.

  3. This is amazing. You hands down have the most amazing closet of any non-celebrity I know of!

    1. That is so nice! Thank you :)

  4. ahhhh mazzzzing!!!! The sewing box and the dresser...are fabulous! Perfect...oh I am so jealous I wish I had space for these ideas!

  5. girl, what a dream closet! i agree with everyone else that you have a dream closet. love the chalkboard labels. hope you're having a restful and wonderful weekend.


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