Whoops. Then you might oughta go elsewhere. (I know, buzzkill.)
The Good & Gracious Co. is about keeping it real. I can't afford to drop thousands of dollars to make my closet look like a high-end boutique. And how absurd would that be anyway - high-end boutique and the clothes that I own don't even belong in the same sentence. But everyone deserves a calm, orderly place to start their day. So this past weekend, I decided to tackle a behemoth - my master bedroom closet.
I got to work. The only thing I purchased for my "makeover" (er, "cleanup," if I'm not trying to be fancy), were a pair of $20 curtain panels from Tuesday Morning. The rest of the "makeover" was solely organization, and some elbow grease.
- Start by shopping your house. Our closet has cubby towers to hold sweaters and jeans and the like, but not enough of them - especially after hubby inherited my late father's sweater vest collection. I puzzled over this problem, and then remembered a cheap metal plant stand that's been kicking around from room to room with no real purpose. It has metal sides that corrals threads nicely, and will be a great fit for the time being (lower left pic, above).
- Rethink your current storage's usefulness. There's not a before picture of this, but there used to be a free-standing cubby tower next to the window. I kept shoes in it, but it always seemed to be kinda in the way. After looking at it closely, I realized that it comes apart. So half went under my shirts (upper right pic, above), creating a convenient countertop space, and half went on its side on the other side of the closet. On its side, the cubby tower nicely elevates the metal plant side/sweater vest holder. And bonus; even in its new configuration the cubbies still hold the same number of shoes.
- Use containers. Lucky for me, I already owned clear shoe boxes from The Container Store. If you don't, I highly recommend them, at least for ladies shoes. They keep everything organized and dust-free. (Next up, I need to consistently use them.) I also have a basket in there to hold belts, and a large wicker basket to hold extra clothes hangers.
- Use specialty organizational tools. I already owned the handy scarf holder (an IKEA purchase, I believe), but it wasn't being used effectively just hanging in the midst of all of my shirts. Moving it to the wall helps make all the scarves visible, and infinitely more accessible. Other specialty organizational tools include two tie racks and a belt holder. For less than $15, they are worth the investment.
- Follow retail rules. Hang your clothes going the same direction. You never go into a store and see unbuttoned clothes falling off of hangers (or at least you shouldn't), so button everything. Fold knits, don't hang them. Use the same type of hangers. Fold shirts correctly. I mocked the idea of of my closet being a high-end boutique, but it can certainly aspire to be The Gap.
- Organize clothes by type, and color. You'll never find anything if it's all mixed together. Hang jackets with jackets. Short sleeve shirts with short sleeve shirts. Fold sweaters with sweaters. It will be easy peasy to put your clothes away, and even easier to find things when you're getting dressed.
So, that's my good enough closet "makeover." Someday, I'll splurge and get a real closet system. Someday, I'll repaint the room a different color. Someday, I'll replace all of the plastic hangers with some newfangled skinny, non-slip variety. Someday, I'll get a pretty light fixture. Someday.
Until then, I'll open up my $20 curtains to let some sunlight in. And even though I still won't have anything to wear, at least the clothes occupying my closet will be doing so in an orderly fashion.