This closet reorganization business turned out to be more complicated than expected. I spent 2 hours at Ikea searching for boxes, and after 7 hours of organizing, my closet is finally complete thanks to the genius of Sarah Klassen from Haute Design and her amazing guide!!!!
This was no extravagant closet make over, although hopefully one day I will have a beautiful closet to resemble that of Carrie Bradshaw. As for now, organized, practical, simple and tidy is key to me :)
With Love... Closet Reorganized and Decorated
My closet was a mess! Not in a sense that it was messy, but that I couldn't find anything. It was just disorganized. I have an average size walk-in which couldn't fit all of my clothes, and no I do not have a ton :P Despite having a system of rods and shelves, things just did not work. I needed help... therefore I asked Sarah Klassen to create an easy to use guide that I followed step by step.
♥ The hardest part is trying everything on and see how it fits. Then tossing!!!! Get rid of items that no longer flatter your body or you don't like. It saves so much time getting ready in the morning. I know how hard it is to let go!!!! But do your best.
♥ Put away the off-season items. This was a great suggestion! It makes things a lot simpler when you have everything you need right in front of you.
♥ To pack away my off-season clothes and sports gear, I purchased two pairs of Ikea Lingo boxes. They are cheap and durable and come in variety of sizes. Since I didn't want to spend a lot of money on some of the decorating elements, I settled for items that can be replaced for a new look every now and then.
Two levels of shelves: since my closet is high, I have an extra shelf to store off-season items. The idea is to have everything you need within arm's reach.
Rod : make sure you buy one that is durable.
Dresser: In my dresser I keep private items, such as lingerie, PJ's and hosiery. All three go into different compartments.
Shoes: I keep all of my shoes in their original boxes instead of spending more money of boxes, and since it is easy to identify each pair.
♥ Hangers are very important: I like a large variety. I prefer my clothes to be hanging, mostly because it keeps them wrinkle-free as well as organized. However, finding appropriate hangers is key. As Sarah mentioned hangers come in variety of styles and based on my experience all 6 types are important to have in your closet.
Basic – your simple, wood hanger
All-purpose – for hanging tops + bottoms on one single hanger (think suits)
Bottoms – for hanging skirts, pants, shorts, etc. Usually with one or more clips.
Notched – ideal for thin straps, so they do not slip off.
Deluxe – has widened shoulders/ideal for suits or winter jackets.
Padded – for special, delicate dresses, such as silks, that must keep their shape
♥ Delicate items as cashmere I lay them on my shelf along with my hats and heavy knits ( that tend to stretch on the hanger).
♥ Garment bags: I keep my jackets and dresses in the garment bags that they came in. I would not recommend keeping any of your clothes in plastic dry-cleaners bags.
♥ Lastly, I can't stress enough how amazing of an idea it was to get boxes (thanks Sarah), honestly they saved my closet!
Another part of re-organizing that is quite fun is making discoveries:
I found my Ray Ban Wayfarers. So happy :)