It seems that folks like to see into closets, cupboards and drawers. Do these secret peaks make you happy too? I’m pretty proud of our closet because:
We installed it after we ripped out the awkward, sticky, broken mess that used to live there.
We keep it pretty neat.
It houses almost all of our clothes – we have no dresser!
See? No dresser – just a teeny tiny armoire for scarves, etc.
|One teeny tiny armoire for scarves, etc.
But it desperately needs new knobs.
Aside from outerwear, shoes and purses, all of our clothing is stored in a pretty average-sized closet (although, having grown up in a wee little 1950s home, this closet is frickin’ huge to me. I have this issue with bathrooms too, remember?) We make a dresser-less existence work by making the most of the space, thanks to a simple, inexpensive, modular closet organization system purchased from the home improvement store.
Here are our tips for living dresser-free:
Take inventory of your clothing and sketch out a closet plan that works for you.
Install a combination of shelves, drawers and rods to suit your storage needs & maximize use of space.
Make use of the height of your closet with bins on upper shelves.
Opt for a built-in laundry hamper (the wire bin) that saves spaces because it fits perfectly.
Consider storage bins for below – we use our floral bin for clothes that are neither freshly laundered nor laundry bound.
Buy a set of hangers that will hang neatly together, using less space.
Tidy seasonally – refolding and sorting ALL of your clothes makes shopping for new items less enticing. Trust me.
Consign, donate or give away items that don’t fit or won’t work for you. A streamlined wardrobe is key and makes getting dressed so much easier!
Don’t worry about “rules” regarding what gets folded and what gets hung up. Go with what works for you.
Same goes for grouping stuff – my yoga pants are front & centre (not shoved in the back) because I use them so often (for sitting around, not actually doing yoga).
|Built in laundry hamper and bins meet our needs.|
|Same size hangers maximize hanging space.|
|A mix of shelves and drawers to meet our storage needs.|
|Bins for added convenience.|
What did this space look like before, you ask? Well, I forgot to take a photo of this closet before but here’s one from the other bedroom (now the Silhouette Wall in the office). All closet fittings in the townhouse were identical:
|A sorta “Before”|
|Crappy closet fittings, no more.|
|Before I got it all neat & tidy.|