I get a lot of questions about my clothing and closet organization, so I’ve been saying for a while that I wanted to do this post. Today I’m finally ready to tackle it!
Basically, the way I organize my clothes is to keep everything in my closet that I wear regularly to create outfits, then everything else goes in my dresser drawers. I like to be able to see all of my clothes and shoes together because a lot of my outfits come together simply by seeing their components sitting near each other in my closet.
I keep pajamas, workout clothes, swimwear, and loungewear in my dresser, and I put all out of season clothes and shoes in plastic pins in the attic. Our coats are all downstairs in the coat closet in the foyer.
I spent one morning last week doing the KonMari approach — taking each item out of my closet and dresser drawers and determining if I love it enough to put it back into my closet. (Read more about that HERE.) I’ve done that before, but I still like to do it once a year because it’s amazing what one can accumulate in a year! Plus sometimes I leave things in the closet that I probably should have gotten rid of, and that all becomes clear after a year of not wearing them.
Paul and I share a medium-sized walk-in closet, and a few years ago I won a custom makeover from EasyClosets, so that makes keeping things organized very easy. When you open the door, this shelving and drawer section is front and center.
I keep socks and undergarments in the drawers on the left. My husband uses the drawers on the right, but I confiscated his side of the shelving years ago, and I’m not giving it back. LOL!!!
I’ve been asked a few times how I store my sweaters, and as you can see, I fold most of my sweaters and stack them on the shelves. The shelves are all adjustable, which is nice.
I keep my clutches on that top shelf, and I use acrylic shelf dividers to keep them standing upright.
To the left of the drawers is a set of double rods for hanging shirts and pants. I hang my shirts and blouses on the top of the double hanging section, and all my jeans and pants on the bottom. I’ve read that it’s bad to hang your jeans and you should fold them instead, but I prefer to have them out where I can see them, and if I put them on the shelves, I wouldn’t have a spot for my sweaters.
Sorry the lighting is weird. I did the best I could with my iPhone.
This section is for longer hanging pieces, mainly dresses. I also hang my jackets and vests in this section, and you can see that I have one scarf hanging there. I keep my heavy, wintry scarves downstairs in my office, which is located near the front door. I moved them down there so I can grab one when I’m leaving the house. Scarves that are more accessories than winter gear hang on pants hangers in my closet, but I only have the one at the moment.
My larger handbags go on the shelf above that hanging rack. I love those acrylic shelf dividers for keeping everything standing up properly. I also stuff my bags with the paper that comes inside them to help keep their shape.
Then on this wall, I have shelves for shoes. I can fit 4 pairs across if I put them in this way, one going forward and the other going in backwards. I also like how it allows me to see my shoes better this way.
Much to Paul’s chagrin, I keep my boots outside of my closet on this bookshelf turned “bootshelf.” Ha! There clearly isn’t room for them in my closet, and this was the next best solution I could come up with.
I assured him that I’d be happy to return the bookshelf to its intended purpose if he wants to give me his side of the closet, and he can share closet space with one of the kids. (He declined that opportunity, so a bootshelf it is!)
Okay, so here’s my dresser. I like to keep my jewelry out where I can see it, so that beautiful jewelry armoire over there in the corner is almost empty. I know, it’s criminal, but when I put jewelry inside it, I forget about it.
I bought these organizers at various places — some are Stella & Dot, and some I got on Amazon. The lamps are from Pier 1 Imports.
I hang my long necklaces on this clever little contraption I found on Amazon years ago. Unfortunately I’ve found nothing like it recently.
Finally, this hanging rack sits outside of my closet, and it is usually full. That’s where I hang clothes I’m planning to style for the blog or things I’m still debating about keeping.
I also use it as an overflow for my handbags that don’t fit in the closet. I know, it’s not really a good way to store nice bags; but I use them all often so they don’t really have a chance to get too dusty.
So there you have it! I’m not sure I have any great organizational tips to pass along. I’m fortunate to have a custom closet with organization built in. I just wish I had a better way to store the overflow of boots and handbags. I know I could probably pare them down a bit more, but I do wear them all.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my closet! I’m happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments.
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