I always find myself giggling at those real estate shows where people declare that the walk in master bedroom closets are just too small. They couldn't possibly make that kind of space work. Seriously? These people have no clue.
Closet space was clearly not a priority in my neighborhood in 1929. I guess as long as people had enough room for a few swimsuits and a pair of pajamas, life was grand. Of course, today, things are a whole lot different.
My wardrobe is a whole lot bigger.
The problem is, my closet it not.
I am always reminded of this fact when the seasons change.
This weekend, as the sun finally came out and the mercury started to rise, I knew it was time to swap out the sweaters for short sleeves.
It was not a job I was excited to do. However, this year, I decided to do it right...to make the most of the tiny storage space I had and really organize my closet for spring and summer living with a little help from the folks at Tidy Living.
Here's what I did.
|I have partnered with Tidy Living for this post. All opinions are my very own.|
First things first, I emptied out the space. I used the same process here as I do when I clean out decor. Remove everything from the closet so you can really see the area clearly and evaluate what you may need.
Things like hangers...
or shoe storage.
It's much easier to visualize when the closet is empty. It's easier to measure, too.
Cut The Clutter
Now the hard part, cut the clutter.
I looked at every piece of clothing, every shoe, every accessory I owned and asked myself a few questions.
Is this something I still find appealing? Did I actually wear it during the past season...or two? Is it comfortable? Does it fit with my current style? Does it look ragged?
And the most dreaded question of all, does it still fit? A lot can happen over a season...and it's not all pretty.
Now, I get it, just like decor, clothes can be sentimental items. However, if they don't look good on, ditch them. Donate or toss, up to you.
If something is truly sentimental, and you just cannot say goodbye, pack it away in another area, but don't let it take up valuable space in your day to day closet.
When you are done (and are thoroughly disgusted with your current wardrobe...oh wait, just me?) and you know exactly what you are keeping, the real work begins.
Once I knew what I had, I got to the big task at hand. I had to make it all fit into my tiny space.
You see, most people think that you have be organized with a big closet, so you can see everything. Otherwise, you may forget what you have in that vast cavern.
I say that it's just the opposite. When you have limited space, it's much harder to see what you have.
I often find myself jamming items into the back of the closet, stuffing them underneath or inside other items, or worse, putting them in closets in other rooms. Then I completely forget about them and never wear them.
That's a waste.
This year, I got smart.
I used a closet organizer from Tidy Living and poof...everything I needed for spring and summer living, was at my fingertips. I was shocked that one small item could make such a huge difference.
I was able to keep both my summer and winter clothes hanging in the closet and keep my sweaters on the shelf above. Usually I have to pack those sweaters away to make shelf room for my tees and tanks.
However, the closet organizer added space I didn't even think I had in my closet. I was able to fold my warm weather tops and pop them on my new shelves.
Even better, it allowed me to keep everything I would need for fabulous spring and summer fashion within reach.
I was able to move the shoes that I wear often from May to September up to eye view.
Normally, they are buried under fall and winter boots on the bottom of the closet.
Best of all, my colorful spring and summer purses are stored in plain sight. Before they hung on a nail, in the back of the closet, behind my clothes. I could never see them, and therefore, I never used them.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Oh...and you see those hats? They are a must at the beach, but I could never find them. They were always balled up in the coat closet, mixed up with the mittens and scarves. Now, I can grab a great hat, a purse and shoes that all coordinate, without fuss and go.
Isn't that what an organized home is all about? It's easier to keep neat and tidy, so it takes less time to tend to the house. I know where everything I need is and since everything has a place now, putting my items away is a breeze, no more stuffing and shoving.
Plenty of time to go outside and play.
What? I have tons of room in my closet to add a few more pretties.
If your spring and summer closet needs some help, visit Tidy Living today and if you use my code Exquisite you'll get 10% off your order.
And then you can get outside quicker, too.
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