Where It All Begins

Ok ok. I received a reader request to post about my closet. I hesitated for a quick second only because I moved last summer and while I love most things about the new house, like the brick wall in the kitchen (my blog wall), the house severely lacks closet space! To accommodate my wardrobe, I had to get creative with a spare bedroom, transforming it into a closet/office. It is still a work in progress.

My first step was to expand the space of the tiny closet in that room by using a closet doubler ($7.96 at Walmart). Then, starting at the left, I hung three-quarter sleeve tops, tees, tanks, and then camis. In each category, items are clustered by color. On the lower rack, from left to right, are long-sleeve shirts, skirts, and shorts, also clustered by color. I hang my dresses, and long pants in the right corner space not occupied by the closet doubler. I also removed the closet door for easy viewing.

Next, I searched for a cabinet for additional storage. My search ended at the back of my house where a neighbor dumped an old cabinet. Now, this cabinet was clearly garbage with its hideous cork finish, awful glass doors, and the ugliest knobs ever. But, I saw potential. A good cleaning, some paint, and a screw driver (to remove the doors) was all that was needed to transform my neighbor’s trash into a treasure.

Once I knocked the cabinet into shape, it became the perfect place to store my sweaters which are folded in stacks sorted by color. My handbags are housed in the lower shelves of the new cabinet.

Next stop—my shoes. Two stackable wooden shelves ($9.99 each at Target) provide a great storage solution for my shoes. I store my favorite and most frequently worn pairs on these shelves. Strapped for space, my special occasion sandals have to be kept in an over-the-door organizer ($5 at walmart).

Ok. What did I forget? My belts are not visible because they are tucked away on hooks along the closet doubler. My scarves, I’ve got to see; so, I got a wall hanger ($1 at Dollar Tree) to display them.

So there it is—my closet. It is not perfect, but it is functional, making it easier for me to put looks together.


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  1. Anonymous
    February 25, 2008 / 7:57 pm

    i love it! can you come organize mine? no but really thanks for that. i have been trying to organize mine to no avail. but i plan to use what you have posted today and work it out for i too have small closet space. i just hope i get it right. thanks!!!

  2. February 25, 2008 / 9:32 pm

    Oh wonderful! As long as it works for you, you got it right!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. February 26, 2008 / 3:03 am

    AWESOME JOB!!! You are truly an inspiration. Thank You for sharing your secrets.

  4. February 26, 2008 / 3:07 am

    Awww thanks Sara! I appreciate the feedback. Let me know of any secrets you have.

  5. February 26, 2008 / 8:07 pm

    this is great!!! Request granted! I have gotten awesome ideas, esp with the closet doubler. So inspiring!

  6. February 26, 2008 / 9:25 pm

    Heya Mel…this one was for you. I hope it helps for real!

  7. February 26, 2008 / 10:20 pm

    Well, I have the same question… can you come organize mine???
    The things are so well organized, I wish I could take some inspiration, but I’ve no space available, I must change between seasons clothes.
    Oh, and what a great shoes collection!!!


  8. February 27, 2008 / 1:54 am

    Thank ya! I am sure you don’t need my help the seeker 🙂

    You know, I’ve never been able change what I store in my closet every season. I like being able to see everything.

  9. March 6, 2008 / 10:58 pm

    *Droolz* My closet wants to be like yours when it grows up!

  10. March 6, 2008 / 11:33 pm

    Sure…Brandie (looking around in disbelief) Lol.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  11. mye
    March 10, 2008 / 11:29 am

    Thanks, for this post I live in a bachlor/single apt & I lack enough storage space for things. The bookcase was a great idea. I have a 4 shelf plastic bookcase in the kitchen literally collecting a whole lot of dust, with a little Fabuloso & soap & H2O, I now have a nice storage for my sweaters, shirts, & purses. Thanks again !!!!

  12. March 10, 2008 / 11:36 am

    With pleasure Mye! I am so glad that you found this post helpful. Your bookcase and your plans for it sound perfect. Let me know how it works out.

  13. March 4, 2009 / 8:09 am

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE your closet! my only question is where do you keep your boots? 🙂
    thanks for the inspiration!

  14. March 31, 2009 / 2:57 pm

    Miss Adaoro: Thanks. I’ve moved since this post and have a new closet setup now. I keep my boots in their original boxes and the boxes are stacked on a shelf in my new closet.