My Closet

20 Jan 2011
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“Purge”, “Spring Clean”, “Organizing”.  Whatever you want to call it, that’s what I’ve been doing lately.  It all started one day when I went clothes shopping.  I bought too much.  But I really needed everything that I purchased!  At least that’s what I told my husband who couldn’t believe I spent that much on clothes just for myself!  As I was putting away my freshly washed, new clothes, I realized that I had run out of closet space.  No more hangers, no room to hang anyways, sweaters all unfolded and in a bunch and, frankly, just old.  It was then that I began “in with the new, out with the old”. 

This is not my closet but it might as well be for all the organization it had!

I only had a few minutes before I had to make dinner, but I was determined.  I got to work quickly and very efficiently, I might add.  If I hadn’t worn the item in a few years, it was on the floor, in a pile.  I didn’t allow myself to think about it…I just threw things down.  Soon, my pile was rather large.  But I didn’t stop there.  I went through my shoes and my jackets (in another closet).  Ahhh…it felt nice, very nice.  I then put everything in kitchen garbage bags and ended up with 3 large, full bags when I was done.  My bags went into the dining room until I was to take them to good will. 

Not too many people have beautiful closets/rooms for their clothing. What I wouldn’t give for something like…

The Living Space Closet - HIS modern closet


Presidio Heights Residence traditional closet


Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly Bedroom 11 modern bedroom
modern bedroom design by new york kitchen and bath Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc.

But most of us have to be content with the closets God gave us and make do with organizing them to the best of our abilities!

Designs by Shoshana eclectic closet




Invest in all the same size and style hanger. When everything is on an even plane, it is easier to keep things straightened and organized.

Purchase these really inexpensive foam hanging strips to adhere to the tops of your hanger. For pennies you can keep your clothes from sliding off its hanger (thereby reducing visual clutter) and ending up on the floor.

Take your necklaces and bracelets out of a drawer and hang on a rack or hooks on a wall in your closet (or on the door). That way you see everything you have and will wear it more (or toss, when you realize that you never wear it). It also will free up another drawer for your use.

Designs by Shoshana eclectic bedroom

eclectic bedroom design by philadelphia interior designer Designs by Shoshana


Purchase inexpensive plastic, zippered bags to store sweaters in (during  the summer) and shorts and swimsuits in (during  the winter) Or use nice fabric covered boxes, which will take up more room but look great. Store them up high, or down low when they are out of season and save the easy to reach spaces for things you use now.

Closet Storage Idea eclectic closet

Organize your clothes by type and color. All of the tops go on a top bar and should be color coordinated. All of the pants and skirts go on a bottom bar, also by color. Make sure your closet has two rows of bars. You will probably only need a small space for hanging full length dresses and coats. If you can find dividers like these (used in clothing stores to separate sizes) they are good to separate colors or styles (i.e.short sleeves from long sleeves)

If you have the luxury of starting fresh and actually planning your closet, make sure that you draw out the space, measure your clothes lengths and how much rod space you need for them and also measure the size and depth for your shoes and how many pairs you have ( or want to have!)

Stonebreaker Builders & Remodelers traditional laundry room
traditional laundry room design by chicago general contractor Stonebreaker Builders & Remodelers

We all collect things.  Some collect more than others.  But the fact of the matter is, we all have too much stuff.  To purge feels good and remember: “one man’s trash is another man’s treasures”.

Oh…and after much nagging, I finally got my husband to go through his side of the closet.  He ended up with 3 big bags too! 



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