Last week Jaime Page made our mouths water, and our green monsters grumble, when she explored the world of Real Housewife closets. Their walk-ins are more like live-ins, bigger than most of our bedrooms (and the average New York City apartment), these spaces often include glass enclosures, chandeliers, and center islands. Center islands? My current kitchen doesn’t even boast that! So what are us peons with itty bitty storage spaces to do? I’ve come up with some solutions for even the most humble storage spaces! Be ready to get inspired to get organized!
1. Glass Slippers…Sort Of– So maybe it’s not in your budget to store your pumps like Lisa Vanderpump, but I’m sure you all can spare $1.50. That’s what I paid for clear plastic shoe boxes at The Container Store. Stacked in rows of three across the bottom of my closet they look neat, orderly, and I can see each pair which saves time. So much better than shuffling through loose shoes!
2. Out of Sight Out of Mind– So you THINK you have NOTHING to wear? Perhaps you just can’t see your clothes! Try grouping your pieces by categories and colors. For example I hang all my cardigans and jackets on one side of my shallow double door closet and tops and dresses on the other. Tops are grouped by sleeve length and all categories are hung going from lightest to darkest color. This also helps with editing and knowing what you need. Note to self, no more white three quarter sleeve blouses for me!
3. Spatially Challenged– If you are anything like me, your eyes are bigger than your closet and you buy more than your meager wardrobe can hold. Create more space by storing off season items in large bins on your closet floor, or under your bed. Fold pants and jeans and store them in a dresser or armoire. In college I knew a girl who had such a shopping problem she would keep clothes she wasn’t currently wearing in suitcases under her bed. Hey, now you can store your luggage AND your sweaters…WINNING!
4. Suspended in Mid Air-Hanging soft shelving is a great solution for extra folding space. Use it to separate sections as well. For example hang one system between your jackets and blouses and stack your camis in it! Hang one between your blouses and dresses for evening clutches and shawls. The whole point is to create space and delineate sections wherever you can!
5. Dress It Up– You may not have room for a chandelier, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your closet pretty. There are many fun and inexpensive ways to add a touch of pizzazz! Use a contrasting color or printed wallpaper for your closet’s interior walls. This works great if your doorless closet has become an eyesore. Can’t stand that doorless look? Hang a rod and use a fancy shower curtain like the ones at Anthropologie . Storage boxes in various shapes and prints add glamour while giving you a place to hold keepsakes and random odds and ends. Find hangers in your favorite color and hang all of your garments on them facing the same way.
So you see, you don’t need Bethenny Frankel’s interior design-architect dream team to get your closet up to speed. Your own imagination and a trip to the Container Store can transform your closet into a lovely space, even if it’s not big enough to walk in!
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