Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wardrobe Tour, Part 2

The wardrobe tour begins in my largest closet, a walk-in that's about 4.5 feet wide by 10 feet deep. The closet has 2 doors, one in the entry hall and another that opens out into my main room. As you enter the closet from the hallway, you're looking down the length of it. When I moved in, there was just one shelf at the back of the closet, with a bar underneath to hang clothes. This is what it looks like now:

The first thing I did was to add a whole bunch of Cubitec shelving down the left hand side so that I could store all my folded items and keep them organized. The shelving is only 10" deep so it doesn't eat up a lot of floor space. More recently I added the over-the-door purse/hat hooks on the inside of the door to hang all my berets on. I also use them in tomorrow's featured closet for handbags. As you enter the closet this is what you see:

The little wooden shelves with green striped drawers are from Ikea; they hold hosiery in one drawer and tank tops in the other. It's a little bit of a stretch to reach them, but it's manageable.

On the right side of the closet is a set of wheeled drawers, which houses socks, tights, and then one drawer of miscellaneous things like bathing suits, gloves, and the like. One the wall above are a bunch of hooks for necklaces; this is a great way to keep them from getting all tangled up. Just beyond the necklaces are some wall-mounted racks for belts. The back of the second door has hooks for casual jackets, and as you look all the way to the right, there's yet another smaller set of drawers. This one has 2 small drawers for jewelry on top, and larger drawers for undies and bras below.

Now I'll show you the left wall as viewed from the other door.

As you can see, I've mounted a bunch of hooks on the wall for the hats that are bulkier than berets. The cubbies of the Cubitec shelving are sorted thus (starting from the topmost complete row of 3 cubbies): sleepwear and sweats, DVDs, cardigan sweaters, (next row) jeans, Mark's stuff, layering shirts for work, (next row) pullover sweaters, Mark's stuff (See how nice I am? I gave him 2 whole cubbies!), and weekend t-shirts. This shelving can be configured in any number of ways for whatever space you're working with.

The rest of the wall contains a rack for scarves (which really needs to be organized), and a shelf for my casual and frequently-worn shoes. Yep, there are even a few pairs of flip flops in there. Finally, I'll show off the most recent improvement to my closet, the switching of all my hangers over to the flocked, slimline type. I was truly amazed at what a tremendous difference these made.

Did you notice that this closet doesn't contain any dress pants, dresses, or skirts? That's because they're in the closet across the hall from this one, which I will show you tomorrow. That closet also contains the rest of my massive shoe collection. Until then...

13 comments:

Jane said...

Now I know why you always look put together.
I share one wardrobe in my bedroom with my husband and a second wardrobe in my son's room.
Everything else is stuffed into a chest of drawers and a bedside cabinet.
I can't see this changing until my kids leave home!

Spiragirl said...

That's not a wardrobe - it's a bedroom!!!!

notSupermum said...

I am coveting your closet! I love the way you have organised it all, that really appeals to my orderly side (which doesn't come out very often to be honest).

I have a big wardrobe and two chests of drawers which are fairly well organised, although I am a little short on shoe and boot storage. I also have a large - and growing - collection of scarves and have yet to find a good storage method for them.

Looking forward to tomorrows visit to the closet with the shoes!

Vanessa said...

OMG! I think your 1 closet is bigger than my master bathroom! That's what happens when you own a home built in the 60's.

Alison said...

Audi,

Thank you so much for posting your organizational systems. It is giving my ideas for my closets and motivation to clean out a few of them. Looking forward to tomorrow when I can see how you store your shoes as mine have migrated into the better part of my bedroom and I'm starting to trip on them. Yikes!

kittyscreations said...

I must say, I covet your walk-in closet. I think mine is about 1/3 of that size. Love how well you've organized it.

V said...

I'm just starting to switch all my hangers to the BBB's slimline ones and wow, what a difference it does make! I love your idea of hanging necklaces on hooks (I guess I could use thumb tacks too)...I have a MAJOR jewelry issue where it looks like 1 ball of necklaces...too much to even try to untangle, but I promised myself I would do it! Great post!

Sal said...

Looks like heaven. And makes me realize I really need a better system for my own storage. I can't see what I've got, so great items get overlooked.

Can't WAIT to see the shoes!

Kimberly said...

It is official - I have complete closet envy! Dave scored the walk-in off the master and I have the two closets in the guest room and den. Plus I keep all of my shoes, purses and jewelry in the guest room. I want a closet room! I love that you shared this! Also, aren't the "huggable hangers" awesome! I switched my closet almost 2 years ago and I love all 340 of them that I have!

bekster said...

I totally need those hangers and cube things. My closet and drawers are a constant source of frustration for me. The way my closet is, there are two door openings next to each other with about 3 feet of wall in between. They open up into an area about 2 feet deep and as wide as the openings themselves with space in between (behind the 3 feet of wall). I ask you, how can I be expected to utilize the space behind the wall in between in the openings? It is a terrible, terrible design, especially when my husband takes up half of the whole thing. When we got married, we bought up a bunch of nice wooden hangers, but they are absolute closet hogs. My whole system needs a re-do. Maybe if I show your pics to my husband, I can get a little help... :)

Eyeliah @ stylesymmetry.com said...

Wow - what a closet!! No wonder you can have so many fab clothes in your small apartment. I did a peek into mine once, literally very small (the pic shows half of it). And also a dresser. :-)
http://stylesymmetry.com/2008/04/30/closet-peek/

lunarossa said...

I envy you your beautiful hats and caps, Audi. I love hats and I tend to buy them but then I'm too shy to wear them! You look fab in them! Cheers. Antonella

Emily Kennedy said...

Yes! Love cubitec (and comparable knock-offs)! Love slimline flocked hangars! Such great closet innovations!