my closet has always been an afterthought, which is crazy because i utilize it every single day. but it’s easy to neglect when i can just slide the doors shut and pretend it isn’t a mess. when target asked if i wanted to work on a closet organization project i eagerly accepted because i needed it, badly. the first (and best) decision i made was bringing elizabeth, a professional organizer, on to provide her expertise and services. she had so many tips and tricks that i never would have thought of, and that she’ll share with you below…
the shoe area may have been the most disastrous part of my whole closet. i had no system for organizing them so i’d just pile them in there and pray i’d be able to find the right pair when i needed them. here was elizabeth’s solution to the problem: “Anytime you have an open shelf with a lot of space above it, look for a way to maximize this area so that you can store multiple levels of things like shoes or accessories. In Bri’s closet, we picked up 4 shelving units to store her shoes by type and color. Maximizing vertical space is the best way to keep everything in view.”
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one of the first steps in my personal process was giving my closet a good clean out. there was a lot of stuff in there that i hadn’t worn in years but that was saving for one reason or another. de-cluttering freed up some space (and my mind!). we all have those outfits that we say to ourselves “i’ll fit into those skinny jeans again someday. or that dress will fit once i go back to the gym.” she reminded me that keeping a bunch of clothes that don’t fit you in your closet only makes you feel bad about yourself, not good. reward yourself once you drop a few pounds…don’t torture yourself!
i love beth’s tips for organizing the top space of a closet…
“When first assessing Bri’s closet, I noticed that the top shelves on both sides were lacking any bins or tools to keep the space organized. Purses were mixed in with sweaters and there were no clear boundaries to keep like with like. Anytime you have a flat surface like a shelf or a drawer, the best way to keep those areas organized is to create boundaries by using containers. For Bri’s space, we utilized shelf dividers (which act as vertical containers, and can be purchased in target stores) to keep all the sweaters in check. As the seasons change, and this space is needed for things like bathing suits, summer hats, and totes, these sweaters would get stored in a further away spot (like a guest bedroom closet or a slim bin under the bed).”
“I also noticed that Bri was using the tall dresser to store skirts. I knew that if we got rid of the dresser, we could gain some space and hang the skirts which would open the closet up and make her belongings more accessible. In order to maximize vertical space, we put to use a closet rod extender which works perfectly for hanging her cute skirts. Closet rod extenders instantly create another rod in the closet which allows you to store blouses, skirts and shorter length garments. This closet rod can be expanded width-wise and height-wise allowing you to customize your closet. Again, because it’s winter right now, the coats are super easy to get to and access. Once summer rolls around, these coats can get moved to a less-often used closet or stored more towards the sides of the closet (which would make room for summer layers). we also added a step stool to access the top shelve and two new basket (wire and moroccan wedding basket).
Instead of having a tall drawer unit which blocks harder to reach spots on the side of the closet, we opted for a 2-drawer unit to store other categories of clothes (shorts and undergarments). Next, we organized her dresses by color as well as her blouses (I often organize clothing going from dark to light) and if you want to be hyper organized, you can organize within the color coordination by type (i.e.; All black dresses together going from long sleeve to short sleeve to sleeveless). you also might want to consider moving out any clothes that you don’t wear that often (we’ve already mentioned seasonal clothes but another category that might be relocated would be formal dresses and shoes).
ta-da! it’s amazing what a difference a little organization and space utilization can make. thanks to elizabeth for making my morning routine so much less stressful! i can’t believe this is really my closet now. i feel so adult. haha!
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