Thanks so much for your sweet comments on yesterday’s Date Night Style post. I loved hearing your tips and tricks for ‘encouraging’ your mate to get dressed up!
Today I’m sharing tips and tricks of the organizing kind. I still pinch myself every morning when walking in my closet, and can hardly believe that space is mine. Having it well organized has been such a game-changer for me…for both creating outfits, and kick-starting my day on a positive note. It’s the first room I walk in when I wake up (after the bathroom, of course), and it starts my day on such a calm and joyful note.
But you don’t have to overhaul your closet from top-to-bottom to achieve this wardrobe nirvana. There are actually simple tweaks and changes to turn your closet into one fab space.
ONE) Shop your home for decor pieces to use as unexpected storage, and pretty organization. Small dishes and trays are great for corralling earrings, lipsticks and sunglasses. Oversized baskets make great hampers, and add texture to the room.
TWO) Use handbags, hats, and scarves as decor. Even your favorite pair of shoes looks like art when displayed on a shelf!
THREE) Carve out an accessories area, putting your favorite pieces on display. This not only looks pretty, but helps you see all your options in one spot.
FOUR) Use hooks for everything from robes and hats, to necklaces and outfits. My hooks are part of the elfa system, but decorative ones add style and a feminine touch to your space. They’re also great for keeping items off the floor!
FIVE) Stools, ottomans and poufs fit well in closets, and make a nice place to sit and put on your shoes. They also add to the feeling that this is more than just a closet.
SIX) Replace the mismatched hangers for a single style throughout. Not only do your clothes look more uniform and streamlined, but the overall room feels less chaotic and cluttered. I’m a huge fan of these huggable hangers. (Don’t be tempted by the knock-offs like I was…they were all broken within a few months!)
SEVEN) Swap out the basic carpet for something fun. Add a rug or runner, or simply throw a faux-fur down.
EIGHT) Group like items in a way that makes sense to you…dresses, skirts, collared shirts, blouses, jackets…then organize everything, from ties and shirts, to earrings and skirts, by color. Even handbags and clutches can be arranged in rainbow order.
NINE) Display shoes in uniform pairs on shelves, or stack in clear boxes with pictures on the front. I use these boxes in bulk, and they are super sturdy.
TEN) Treat the room like any other in your home, and decorate with art and window treatments. Paint the walls or ceiling, even add wallpaper! Add an inspiration board, frame favorite quotes and family photos…basically add things that bring you joy!
ELEVEN) Replace standard lighting with something special, but make sure it provides good, functional light. Even adding a dimmer to a builder-grade light changes the atmosphere.
TWELVE) Add a mirror to reflect more light, and assist in getting dressed. It could be an inexpensive one mounted to the back of the door, or a decorative floor mirror leaning against the wall. My table mirror creates a small vanity area I use to add finishing touches like earrings and lipstick.
THIRTEEN) Store any items not on hangers in drawers or bins, instead of folded and stacked on shelves. This helps keep the space tidy and uncluttered, and makes it easier when putting laundry away. I even have a ‘junk drawer’ for things I reach for often, like scissors, receipts, lint rollers, and protective sprays.
FOURTEEN) Organize your drawers in a way that helps you dress more efficiently. Whether that means you follow the Konmari method, roll your tees, or stagger your favorite undies…the goal is to easily find what you’re looking for, while extending the life of your clothes.
FIFTEEN) Forget the rules, tips and tricks, and do whatever brings you joy! You want leopard carpet? Go for it! Purple is your favorite color? Paint it on the ceiling! Your funny sock collection is your prized possession? Hang them from hooks. Nothing is off-limits…afterall, who else will see your closet?!
Basically do whatever you want to your closet, except overlook it! It’s likely the first place you go in the morning, and the last each night…it’s also where you create the image you project to others every day. Who wouldn’t want that to be a place of joy?!
How do you organize your closet? What have you added to create a more luxe feel?