December 6, 2012

Our New Closet & My Closet Makeover Tips

Our closet was installed yesterday & I feel so much more organized!!!  Until yesterday, we kept some of our clothes down stairs, some in the garage and also split them up between the boys’ bedrooms and the loft family room.  (We’re really going to miss hopping around the house half-clothed looking for pants!! 😉 😉  Our closet is where the master bathroom used to be and is about ninfeet by five feet:

{Drawers & hanging space on the right side & shoes shelves on the left…  my super-sweet husband was very okay with me using the majority of the closet (the right side/ he’s got the back) }
We swapped the locations of the master bathroom and closet because we moved our master bedroom entry to a different spot.  (Originally you entered the master bedroom from the foyer and also from the back family room, which is now our office.  We’ve closed off the back family room to become our office & the entry to our bedroom is in the dining room- which sounds so odd but isn’t that bad.  We didn’t want our bedroom entry to be the first thing you saw when you walked in the house-for privacy issues- and so have closed off that doorway too. 😉   We also swapped the bathroom and closet locations because I was able to get a skylight in the bathroom in its new location for some natural light- which is so key in good bathroom lighting.  (I’ve been applying makeup TERRIBLY since I’ve moved here because there’s no window in the current bathroom and I keep seeing bad blush lines & such on my face when I get into the car -or worse- spy a mirror at a client’s house!!!
The (elfa) closet was barely in before I started loading it up yesterday evening:


My favorite part are these little valet & jewely drawers:


Here’s a pic of the closet now that most of our stuff is in it:
I’ve lost my other box of shoes in the move.  (Not that I have a ton like most girls do…  My problem lies more with lamps & chairs 😉 😉
We’ve always had matching wooden hangers, (ours are ikea) which makes a huge difference in how a closet looks & feels.  Since was no real “decorating” to be done in here, the hangers are pretty much it.  Putting our clothes in the closet with the wooden hangers & the bright lighting, made them feel a little nicer somehow… It made me like the things I’ve slowly started to loathe.  (Why do we do this?!!! )
We hang our pants to free up drawer space:
In addition to the drawers in the closet, we’ll have a dresser in our bedroom.  We want the closet to be the area where we can go to grab outfits & real clothes, and the dresser in our bedroom will be where we keep our pjs, underclothes and -most importantly- our “work sweats.” 😉 😉
Here’s a cool feature we chose for Dave’s ties:


It rolls in and out and I love seeing how much Dave likes his gadgets- the tie rack & a valet where he can hang outfits—  He will deny loving them but his face lit up when he saw them so I know the truth 😉
It was so fun to organize my costume jewelry which has finally been freed from its ziploc bags!!


I love how the little wood cover slides from side to side:


We still have more work to do in here (more searching for long-lost items & I need to get baskets for the shelves) but I’m feeling SOOOO close to normal!!

You probably know all of this anyway, but I thought I’d share a few of my closet makeover tips:  (I’ve used these tips even when I’ve had a teensy closet.)

1) Ditch everything you haven’t worn in a year.  (And continue to ditch monthly and/or whenever you bring in new clothes or shoes.)

2) Matching hangers.

3) Separate out: his & hers and then- dresses (long and short), pants, tops & jackets, etc.

4) Color code  your wardrobe…  I do the rainbow & then I have a bigger section for white, since I have & wear so much of it.

5) Good lighting…  It’s really important that you can see everything you have.

6) ** So important for me- It’s nice to have a spot/drawer/whatever for those things that are clean -because you tried them on or wore them for a second- that you don’t have time to put back right away. It keeps them from ending up on the chair in your bedroom.

7) A fresh coat of paint on the walls

8) Matching containers for loose items likes belts or scarves or hats or bags… It feels so much better when you use 1 or 2 style of container throughout the closet because then your eye focus on the differences in the clothes and not on the mish-mash of containers.  If you can label them, even better.

9) A mirror close-by or in if possible. (Ours is just outsidde the door because it we don’t have room)

10) An at-a-glance-philosphy…  Try to make everything you can (it’s not always possible) be visible at a glance so things are easy to find & you can get ready quickly.

I have never had a closet like this before & I’m feeling very spoiled by it.  It’s not a huge closet by any means, but it’s more than I ever could have imagined.  (To be honest, with my Catholic guilt, I’m DEFINITELY feeling spoiled.)  We were able to get everything on sale during the Container Store’s Fall sale & adding the few cool little gadgets in the closet really makes it feel special & I’m so glad we did.  We’ve always fought for space in our closets before & to have something that we planned out ourselves & that works so perfectly for us feels like such a luxury.  After yesterday, I decided that I think organization might be the biggest luxury for me.  (or one of them 😉 😉  What do you think?

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