With a fantastic body to showcase clothes and a genuine love of dressing beautifully, Edna has been a fun client for many years and we’ve built an extensive wardrobe over time. Recently she decided to consolidate from multiple closets upstairs to a single walk-in on the main level of her lovely home. That meant some serious discussion about ways to organize garments and accessories for efficiency and visibility …
Remember “out of sight is out of mind” and we didn’t want any of her great pieces to be forgotten, as they sometimes were with the prior multiple-closet system. Here’s a look at the storage strategies we utilized. More about the outfits we reconfigured in another post. Or two or three!
First we tackled accessory storage:
She was originally putting her shoes on the closet floor, where they were honestly a tripping hazard. We found this door-mounted shoe rack (left, above) from The Container Store that is very sturdy and holds an astonishing 36 pairs. Some reviewers said it wouldn’t hold a very large shoe size so well, but for her 8.5s it worked like a dream.
With a long, lean torso Edna had a nice collection of wider belts, so we had to be sure our hanging rack had the prongs spaced fairly far apart. This pair (center, above) just fit into a narrow section of empty wall with one hung above the other.
She also had loads of fun fashion jewelry. But stored in their boxes, stacked inside a drawer, lots of the items weren’t getting to come out an play. These wonderful hanging racks (right, above) with shelf space on top for coordinating earrings, got everything out in plain sight. They are also from The Container Store, but I can’t find them on their website now — check your local store because they are GREAT.
I’ve used various methods for keeping scarves visible in clients’ closets – clear-pocket over-door organizer (left – really designed for shoes) and towel bars (center) mounted to door frames work well too. But we were entirely out of wall space in this closet, so a hanger arrangement, similar to the one pictured on the left, saved the day.
We transferred every top garment to a flocked hanger for good support with minimal thickness. Then we sorted print under-layer tops, solid under-layers, all over-layer tops and all single-layer sweaters into their own groupings, hung in color order.
There was one longer hanging area – just enough to accommodate all her pants and jeans on clip-style hangers. Skirts and dresses (she had only a few in each of those categories) had their own spot along another wall – not pictured. Purses were along the shelf above the pants.
With all the current season items in one place we were ready to start building new, fun combinations. And that’s a story for another day. Meanwhile, what can you do to optimize the visibility and convenience in your own closet?