Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Peek Inside My Walk-In Closet & Organization Tips

I've been planning a closet/organization post since last year...but my closet is a work-in-progress, and it always seems like I'm waiting for that last piece to tie the whole thing together. So instead of waiting until everything was *perfect*, I decided to share my closet as it is now - and update in the future as necessary!


My walk-in closet is located in a corner of the master bedroom. Here's a slightly distorted and fuzzy stitched-together picture showing a complete overview:


One of my major challenges was organizing my shelving unit so that my most-used items were at hand and easy to access. Canadian Tire came to the rescue - I found $1 clear plastic shoe boxes there. Not only do they keep my shoes tidy, they're also great for storing makeup and other small bits.


Shelf contents (top-to-bottom):

1st row - Overnight bags & larger handbags
2nd row - My designer handbags in their dustbags. Currently shelved in a repurposed shoe rack
3rd row - Toiletries, handbag essentials & wristlets/cross-body bags
4th row - (shown twice in the pics) My scarf collection & super-tall ZARA heels
5th row - Accessories & boxes filled with extra make-up, tights, belts and jewelry
6th row - My most-worn shoes


Choosing outfits is SO much easier now that I can see everything I own. I did a major closet purge: I donated unwanted clothes to charity and moved all my warmer pieces (sweaters & jackets) to the spare room closet. I'll rotate them back in and switch out my summer clothes when the weather gets colder.

Top Row (left to right):
- Dresses
- Long-sleeve button-down shirts
- Short-sleeve button-down shirts
- T-shirts
- Light-weight cardigans
- Sleeveless tops

Bottom Row (left to right):
- Dressy tops
- Light-weight jackets & blazers
- Jeans & jeggings (2 per hanger)


There are several techniques and products that have made organizing my closet easier:

1) Rolling my scarves - my preferred method of storing scarves. It's much easier & quicker than hanging them or folding them PLUS I can see them all at a glance.
2) Specialty hangers - slim felt hangers to maximize space, loop hangers for my belts & pant hangers for my jeans - all purchased for a bargain at Winners/TJ MAXX.
3) Jewelry organizer - another Winners/TJ MAXX find. Necklaces are an essential part of my daily outfits: having them in clear pockets in front of me makes it super-easy to pick out the perfect one.
4) $1 shoeboxes - Easy to see what's inside. I can choose the box I need and easily remove it. I can configure them any way I need to fit in my shelving space.

BEFORE & AFTER:


The key phrases driving my closet organization were "easy to access" and "simple to maintain". I love walking into my closet and picking out all the different elements for my daily outfit. Although there is room for improvement, it feels really peaceful and tidy inside.

Look what I found at the back of my closet - a 3-year old forgotten maxi dress that was perfect for today!


Oh - and in case you're wondering where hubby keeps his clothes since I took over the walk-in...don't worry! We designed a 3-door floor-to-ceiling PAX unit to hold all his clothes - and he has more than enough space for all his things :-)

How do you keep your closet organized? I'm always looking for new tips & tricks!

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14 comments:

  1. Great post! I really need to find some cheap clear shoe boxes too. I keep all of my shoes in the boxes so they don't get dusty and dirty. Which reminds me, I really need to get rid of some of my shoes that I never wear anymore. Those felt hangers are really great- you don't have to worry about clothes falling off of the hangers either.

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    1. Thanks Schnelle! The shoeboxes were such a lucky find - I stocked up on a LOT - I like having extras (I've used them to organize stationary too). And the extras are easy to store stacked up :-)

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  2. Great job!!!!need to work on my closet ASAP!!!great tips!!!

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    1. Thanks - I feel so much better now that everything is all organized :-)

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  3. Posts like these are my favorite kind! I am into home organizing too, and love to see how everyone works with the space they have in their closets. I would not have thought to roll scarves, but that is a brilliant idea. I have so many and they are in various places in the house. Coat closets, my closet, etc and I often forget the variety I own. Putting jewelry in the closet and on the door is another good idea, as it facilitates matching with different outfits. It must be so much more fun, and less stressful to get dressed in the morning!
    Good job! It looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks Mary-Irene - glad you enjoyed the post :-) Scarves & necklaces are my favorite outfit accessories - and now that they're so easy to sort through, I get a lot more use out of them!

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  4. Love this! Your closet looks quite similar to mine. It's so hard to keep everything organized, especially with accessories! I think storing all of my jewelry has been my biggest challenge. I think your closet looks great!

    And that last picture of you in that maxi? Stunning, seriously gorgeous ella!

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    1. It is really hard to keep it organized - especially when you love accessories as much as we do :-) Luckily there is space for everything and no overflow...so there is room for expansion, within reason ;-)

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  5. LOL I was thinking about your husband :P My closet is a mess - and I just cleaned it and got rid of a bunch of stuff. We still have the standard builder's shelving right now so every morning I have to get on a chair to access my shirts and skirts from the top shelf. I guess that is my workout? LOL! My husband will be building a custom wardrobe into our walk in so I cannot wait for that day!

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    1. LOL - yes, poor hubby - pushed out of the walk-in! Just kidding, his wardrobe is so awesome - pull out trouser rack, lots of hanging space, shoe shelves & drawers for everything ;-)

      Actually - I was going to suggest the PAX wardrobe system if you wanted to bypass custom-building your walk-in. One of my friends did it (you just buy the PAX units - not the doors) and fit it into your existing space - the custom built look and feel without the worry! I wish we had done that for my closet when we moved in...

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  6. Closet organization is my fav topic .... Ever! You did a great job !!!

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    1. Me too - I love seeing other people's closets. I wish I had known then what I know now and designed my walk-in better ;-P

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