I am pretty excited to share my closet tour with you all! This post has been a long time coming. I sent out a poll on Instagram stories to see if you’d be interested in a closet tour and you responded overwhelmingly with a yes. I was also surprised by how many of you wanted to see how I hang my jeans, so I thought that in addition to my closet tour, I would also include tips for keeping an organized and beautiful wardrobe!
My closet organization actually began in my bedroom dresser drawers. I knew that I probably had some wasted space in there that I could use for things hanging in my closet that really belong in a drawer. So I started by purging my drawers and refolding everything à la the KonMari method. Have you tried it? It’s every bit as life-changing as people say. If you want details on how I folded my t-shirts, check out Goop’s guide here.
It’s difficult to envision what you want your space to be while it’s still in its current state of dumpster fire (trust me, it was that bad). I removed everything from the hanging racks and shelves and was left with a virgin closet. It looked like it did the day we moved in.
The next step is to clean everything. It is amazing how much dust settles in a closet and all the nooks and crannies that it settles into. I got out my trusty Dyson vacuum and went to work. I followed that with a wipe down with microfiber cloths. Our closet has hardwood floors which made it even easier. In our previous home we had a carpeted closet, and while it was cozy on your feet, it never felt really clean. I despise carpet so when we built our current house, we used it very sparingly.
It feels so good to do this! Start by taking inventory of what you have. There are two things to consider here – (1) have you worn it in the last year? And (2) would you buy it again right now if you saw it in the store? If the answer to either of these questions is a resounding “NO” then they go into the donate pile. I filled 4 large plastic garbage bags full of clothes and shoes. Why am I hanging on to all of this stuff? Anything that is sentimental (I still own the pair of jeans I wore on my first date with my husband a million years ago) I kept.
Get matching hangers
Not only do matching hangers make a closet look nice, they are also functional. When the size and shape of your hangers are all identical, you maximize your space. I chose these thin velvet hangers in cream with gold hooks because I liked the lightness they brought to my closet. They sell out frequently so always order more than you think you’ll need and check back often because they do re-stock them. My husband liked the black velvet ones which seem to be in stock more frequently. The velvet keeps items from slipping, too.
This is totally up to your individual or unique needs. I organized mine by placing clothing and shoes that I wear most often, which right now means my fall/winter items, up front and within easy reach. As we move into the warmer months I’ll likely move things around. Anything that I felt belonged folded into a drawer went into my newly organized KonMari dresser.
I went back to hanging all my denim. When we first moved in I thought that I wanted my jeans folded on the shelves, which was pretty at first but not very functional. I just ended up wearing the same pairs that were on the top of the pile and I could never really see the brand or fit. After hanging them again, I can now see all the brand labels and determine fit and style details, like frayed hem, skinny, or flared. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
Tip: To hang your jeans like I did, start by folding them in half length-wise so that the back pockets are on the outside. Loop the front two belt loops through the hanger hook. Grab pant legs together at the ankles and fold up toward the hook so that they are folded at the knee. Fold the ankle portion over the hanger.
Tip: To maximize space, place shoes in heel-toe-heel-toe on shelves. You’ll be able to squeeze in an additional pair per shelf.
After perusing gorgeous closet inspiration on Pinterest, I knew that I wanted my closet to also reflect my style, my personality, and be a fun place to get dressed everyday. I wanted it to feel like my own personal dressing room where I could endlessly mix and match my clothes with shoes and bags. I have a few open shelves that I styled with the bags I’m currently rotating through regularly along with my favorite heels. I added height with some pretty coffee table books that I love pulling inspiration from. Now that I can actually see everything, I’m more likely to get the most wear out of my favorite pieces.
Keep any pretty shoe or hat boxes and use them to create height where needed. They also double as additional storage space for scarves, gloves, or other accessories. I chose boxes that are similar in size and color to maintain a uniform look throughout.
I have a large brushed nickel Command hook that I use for setting out my outfits the day before or just for styling or hanging my purse. They’re removable and don’t damage walls or shelves so you can place them anywhere. I’m going to be adding a couple more of these soon.
Tip: Place flip-flops and other rubber soled sandals into a decorative basket. This makes it easy to grab a pair before heading to the nail salon and the basket is both tidy and beautiful. This woven style basket is the one I have, only in blue.
The only thing left to do is figure out my jewelry situation. I have it stored in a couple different places and I’m not loving it. Ultimately I’d like it all in one place and I’m eyeing these acrylic stacking trays and these acrylic bracelet stands. But that is a whole other project for another day. I have artwork that I bought on our first trip to Paris framed and hung on the wall. I love seeing it everyday and having those memories!
My Closet Organization Item Checklist:
- Uniform slim hangers – I prefer the velvet kind
- Chair, stool, or ottoman – If you can fit it, seating is a nice option for putting on your shoes
- Storage boxes – reuse nice shoe or hat boxes or stock up at HomeGoods or The Container Store
- Command Hooks – great for putting together outfits or hanging purses and bags
- Baskets for corralling miscellaneous items
- Jewelry organizers – I prefer acrylic so you can see everything
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I hope you enjoyed my closet tour! And I hope it inspired you to give your own closet a makeover. Have you tried any of these organization strategies?
xo – Erin
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