First Finished "Room"

>> 1.05.2012

Since we actually downgraded our living space by around 100 sqft with the new house and *maybe* have six total rooms, I would appreciate if  you all would let me call my five foot long closet a "room." Thanks!

Remember when I declared that my first project in the new house would be to take care of my the disgusting closet in the master bedroom?


You might or might not also remember that I was once the proud owner of a PAX closet from IKEA which was super efficient and stored all of my clothes in style. Since moving, I haven't been really successful at recapturing that same organization level with my wardrobe...

...and cue the "until now!"
Thanks to my addiction to buying organizational tools on clearance, I was able to get my new closet up and running after only spending an additional $10 for a double hanging rod at the Container Store (which I did actually have at some point but donated earlier last year).

I think that the key to successful organization in small spaces is to use up every square inch of space. Having matching hangers and a black-white-clear-wood-metal theme keeps everything from becoming too visually overwhelming. To sort my clothes, I basically put like-items together and tried to focus the things I would be most likely to wear on a daily basis towards the center of the door opening.

I realized that I had a problem with matching up socks and throwing shoes around so I went ahead and added bins for them at the floor of the closet.

For some reason I felt the need to label that top section as "tall shoes" instead of "boots..." I suppose I might be keeping my options open for future stripper shoes or something?? Speaking of shoes, I was thisclose to buying a fancy shoe rack for my shoes, but I'm glad that I went with the vertical plastic one (I think it was from the Dollar Tree at some point)- it's so much more space-efficient!

Anyone else find closet organization remotely interesting? Is organizing part of your New Year's resolution?

PS I do have pajamas and underwear- they're in the dresser drawers on the other side of the bedroom.
PPS Running shoes and coats shoes go in the coat closet by the front door.


Hannah January 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM  

How timely as I JUST reorganized my closet. Not because it needed organizing, mind you, but because I bought a piece of storage furniture from IKEA, it didn't work in my living room, and I had no idea what to do with it. So reorganizing my closet around it seemed the most logical thing to.

Allison January 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM  

Yes! I love closet organization. I recently bought a new house and inherited some horrible closets, which were made better with ClosetMaid systems. Your method was probably less expensive!

Jenna Scott January 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM  

My closet is organized on most days :) I have a slight case of OCD and actually color coordinate my clothes. Hubby hates it, but I can't help it... even his closet is color coded ;)

Linds January 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM  

oooo you're inspiring me! My closet looks relatively the same size as this one, but it's the only closet in the room so it houses both my clothes and my boyfriend's :S it's like a tug-of-war to get my clothes out every morning! I need to add that top shelf that the previous owners took with them when they moved! And I'll now have my eyes peeled for some of those shoe solutions!

Steve n Vickie January 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM  

Very nice. I does take a while to get things how you want them again after you move.

House of Hemingway January 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM  

sigh* so incredibly jealous that you got the 'beast' under control. Mine is still running wild through the room!

England Furniture February 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM  

Some could agree that remodeling their closet is something on their to do list. Thank you for sharing your experience.

shoe cupboard April 20, 2012 at 4:38 PM  

This is awesome! you're inspiring me!

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