I shared the before-and-after of my master bedroom closet last year, but I have added some features that I wanted to share with you. You can transform your closet by learning how to best use the space you have. Organizing your closet will also simplify your morning routine.
I am a stay-at-home mom, and I am not very adventurous with my wardrobe. I basically wear jeans and a t-shirt everyday (not the same one!) with minimal accessories, except for the weekend when I put forth more effort. I like dressing down and I like dressing up.
When I do dress up, I like options! I like my closet to look like a mini-boutique. Because I am girlie, I am just not fussy.
- Start by sorting your pieces. Sort your items and get rid of things that you know you will never wear again. Items, even expensive, good quality ones get faded, they pill, they eventually look dated. Donate them or toss them if they are in bad shape. That way you can make room in your closet for the items that you wear and love. There is no sense in having a crowded closet, when you can get rid of items that you don’t like or use. Having space between your clothing even makes putting away laundry easier.
- Display your favorite pieces. Most of my jewelry is costume jewelry and I have a lot of it. I have a stand alone jewelry armoire in my bedroom, but nothing compares to actually seeing my options when I am getting dolled-up. One of my favorite buys is this jewelry display. I find that I use my bracelets and watches so much more after I added it to my closet, and doesn’t it look like a store display? Love that.
I added an earring display (I do wish it had more room though).
And a ring display, actually I bought two. These are all faux pieces. If they weren’t, I would be blogging from my private jet. I would still be blogging though…I love it that much!
3. Add a garment valet rod. This one fit right into the pre-drilled holes in my closet system, so that I can put outfits together (when I take the time to do that) or even when I am putting away laundry, and I just want to get shirts on a hanger before the wrinkles set in.
It tucks right in, when not in use.
4. Color-code your wardrobe….Game Changer! This takes a while the first time you do it, but you will save so much time when you are getting dressed. Also, putting away laundry is faster when you know where everything belongs.
5. Laundry Folding Board for perfectly folded shirts. Honestly, I don’t use this board for my clothing since I hang up most items. I do use a laundry folding board for my husband, because he has so many t-shirts. It keeps all his shirts looking great in his closet. If you fold your shirts, it’s a must for the department-store-perfect-fold look. I found mine in The Container Store but I couldn’t find it there now, so here is a similar folding board on Amazon.
6. Invest in thin hangers (whether plastic or flocked). This will give you so much more room! Wood hangers are beautiful and they are great for suits, but they are also bulky. If you are looking to make space, thin hangers are the way to go.
7. Use a tie rack to display necklaces. Bulky necklaces are really fashionable right now and tie racks are perfect for holding larger jewelry pieces. It also keeps them from getting tangled.
8. Bring a dresser into your closet. When I shared about our master bedroom, I mentioned that we opted for a sitting area as opposed to a dresser. Adding a small dresser inside the closet definitely made up for the storage we lost in the bedroom. This dresser is from IKEA and it is topped with glass (sold separately at IKEA) so I don’t have to worry about it getting scratched. Plus, I think it looks nicer with the glass topper.
The rest of the cabinetry was built around that dresser.
9. Add a mirror to your closet. I could have added more cabinetry above the dresser, but I am so glad that I didn’t. Even a small mirror can make your closet look larger. I didn’t have space for a full-length mirror, but even this little one did the trick. I can also try on my accessories in the closet, which wasn’t possible before.
10. Use kid hangers for your pants to save space. I used to use regular sized hangers for my pants, and they would take up so much space. One day I tried using hangers from my son’s closet and they were a perfect fit! I bought a couple of sets for myself. I will be honest, I am not a fan of felt hangers. I don’t like how they cling to clothes (which I get, is the point) but for pants I did prefer the felt, it keeps the pants from sliding.
These are my favorite tips and products for transforming a closet! The key in organizing your closet is to capitalize on using all the space available, but the key to transforming it, involves a little bling.
I hope you all enjoyed this tour of my closet and I would love to hear from you. What are your favorite closet organizing tips?
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Here is an updated master closet post : Organizing the Master Closet