I moved in my new house in June. I was also working nearly 60 hours a week and I have a lot of junk so moving it alone was a bit rough. Which meant there was a lot of stuff just kind of tossed where ever there was still room and my closet got the brunt of that hit. Just take a little peak:
I’m low key embarrassed by the state of it but it’s honestly what it looks like. I had both weekend days off and I decided it was finally time to tackle it. First thing to happen; the clothes. Now I love clothes. My life revolves around clothes. I went to school for clothes. I. LOVE. CLOTHES. But my style has recently be changing and even though I did a huge purge a while ago I didn’t get rid of as much as I should have. And, even though I said I wasn’t going to shop for a year that clearly didn’t happen. Sorry bout it.
I’m the queen of keeping things because I “might” need it. Girl, you know you never actually need it. And, a lot of my stuff I honestly just don’t wear. I never will and I know I never will. Time to let go. I started by going through every hanger and little fabric cube and got rid of everything that I know I won’t wear and haven’t worn (some things, and I’m ashamed to say, I have never worn) in a while. I did one little thing different though; if there was a clothing piece that I at one point loved but it has just been worn out – I added it to my “recreate” pile so I can take it apart and use it as a pattern to make a new version. I did go to school for fashion design, how about we use those skills, huh?
Next on the list; shoes. I love shoes even more than I love clothes. I do honestly wear all my shoes but there are some that are to the point of not wearing anymore. I hate just throwing them away because I know it’s not good for the environment so I’m going to do some research on how to properly dispose of shoes.
My mom had sent me this shoe caddie thing awhile ago and it works great for storing a lot of my shoes off the floor and in a kept area. I highly recommend one if you have limited closet space – the only downside is that it’s kind of tall and my clothes tend to get hooked on it. But honestly, not that critical!
Fabric bins are another thing that really help when you don’t have a dresser. I tend to keep my pajamas, workout clothes, shorts, and other things that don’t need to be hung up in them. It keeps everything contained and separated while still looking nice.
I don’t have very much storage in my room unfortunately. Which means everything goes in the closet. This is why I love the shelves above the hangers. I use that for all my Rubbermaid tubs that house all my sewing stuff, accessories, and anything else that I need but doesn’t necessarily have a to be out all the time. Adding shelving in a closet doesn’t need to be expensive at all and can be done relatively quickly. When the room outside the closet doesn’t have much by way of real-estate it’s important to max it out behind the closed doors.
This long, box, fabric, thing (what is this actually called?) I had gotten from Target, a long time ago but I’m sure they still sell something very similar, is amazing! It’s great for store undergarments, tights, socks, and all the other little things that you just quickly need to grab. It’s nice also for if you don’t have a dresser – which I don’t – but it still keeps all those necessary things at a quick grab.
The final bit was just overall organization of the closet. This one is actually much larger than the one that I was working with in the previous house, thankfully! I love having the shelves above the hangers and the amount of hanging room is quite nice. The floor space is also great! And, finally after about 3 hours, a lot of sweating (it’s hot in southern CA!), and Beyoncé radio via Pandora I finally have a clean closet that I don’t have to quickly slam stuff and pretend isn’t there.