Monday, November 5, 2012

How I Organize My Clothes in a Tiny Master Bedroom

As a stay at home mom, my time to get ready is tricky. I try to wake up early before the kids are awake but when selecting an outfit it helps to have everything organized to make it a quick and easy process everyday.

This is my closet. We are renters so I took down the old brass closet mirrors and replaced them with these curtains. Open and voila! Here is my closet on the inside.
We have a loooong closet bar, a shelf above the bar (used for my heavy sweaters and hubby's textbooks),  and a dresser underneath the clothes. In order to maximize space, I am switching out all our plastic hangers for super thin huggable hangers-I have a little less than half switched out so far. I pick up one pack every pay period at Home Goods for $13 for a pack of 25.

I made labels for each drawer out of black vinyl with my Silhouette machine. This way I can sort laundry quickly and my husband knows where are all his things are too. Haha, no more asking me which drawer his socks are in! 

As much as I love my clothes, I HATE laundry. It is my nemesis, so I try to make it as painless as possible. I have four containers that have labels (again made with vinyl from my Silhouette) for Delicates, Whites, Darks and Colors. Now I never need to sort, I just grab the basket and wash. (Sorry for the poor lighting as our bedroom has no over head lighting and this was after I brightened them with Photoshop!)

I use regular hangers for my lightweight scarves. Having them laid out flat allows me to see all the scarves I have and select one accordingly.

You can also see something hanging behind it. It is wrapping paper! As a fashionista I dream of a large painted closet in a black, white and grey color scheme. But until then, I used some pretty paper to line all the shelves. I let the top shelf's paper hang down so it would cover the blank wall behind the rod.

We have a super tiny room at 8ft by 12ft and a King bed inside so our space must be used wisely. I snagged this shelf system from a stand up closet I had in my single days with my roomie. I made more labels from my Silhouette machine so I know exactly what each basket holds. The top basket holds my winter scarves and beanies, the second holds all my tights and leggings, while the third holds my hubby's scarves (hence the reverse label)

I also use it to hang my handbags from so they won't get damaged sitting on the floor.

I needed a way to store my boots because they just flopped over on shelves. I looked into boot trees but found they ranged from $15 to $20 a pair. I also saw boot clips and those were still $10 each so I went to Target and thought I could find some pant hangers to use. These were three for $3.99 and I simply clip one boot on each clip and hang them. My hanging space in the closet is at a premium so I opted to hang them on my accessory rack.

Next to the accessory tower, I have a Jewelry tower. I have always wanted one of these so I was super excited that I snagged it for $24 at Goodwill! The tower itself holds my ear rings, nail polishes, home manicure tools, and my shorter necklaces on the side doors (they swing open).

 For my super long necklaces I bought some decorative scissors with four hooks at Jo-Ann's. Having my necklaces out makes it really easy to select the perfect match for my outfit. The drawers above the tower hold my hair accessories. Normally I would store these in the bathroom but our bathroom has zero storage so I opted for this. Each drawer holds headbands, clips and bows.

Now to my favorite part: SHOES! I have a thing for shoes. They can make or break an entire outfit. They can up the glamour factor of any tee and jeans. Since I  also tend to buy many of my shoes for $5, I feel like I can have a ton and not feel bad about it. The down side is they can be a pain to store.
 For my husband's shoes, I use an over the door rack. 

Each side of our closet has two deep shelves. I use my shelves for my shoes. I organize my shoes by type and color. The heels are in the back with the summer heels next and finally ballet flats and sneakers. Again, ease is the name of the game so organize how it makes sense to you. I put my flats first because I access those most. 

Okay so how do I organize my actual clothes? I organize from least accessed on the left to most accessed in the middle. I start with my long sleeved sweaters on the left. Then I go to button up shirts, tees and blouses. From there I have my pants, skirts and finally dresses. I don't access my dresses the most but I didn't want them hanging over our hampers.

Within each of those categories, I arrange my clothes from lightest to darkest. The organization would be far more apparent if I could say I had multiples of every color and shade but alas, I don't.

Since I share a closet with my husband, I needed to conserve room as much as possible. I came across these huggable pant hangers from Target. They are a steal at $6 for a pack of two! I hang all my pants on two or three of these. It also makes it easier for me to select an outfit because I can pull three hangers and see all my pant options at once.

I also use this for my skirts. My skirts used to get lost in the shuffle and I would "forget" one even existed for months at at time. Now I just pull out one hanger and I can see them all. 

That is my closet organization! We live in a rather small very old home. But I made the best of the limited space (though I do like size of the closet with the shelves on the sides) by organizing, rearranging and re-organizing, Sometimes, you have to live with a system to see if it works for you. We are planning on moving again when our lease is up so I can tell you a home with a walk-in closet is pretty high on my list :)

I am linked up at A Bowl Full of Lemons, Not Just a Housewife, No Minimalist Here
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


  1. Hi there, I'm coming over from Deme's blog, Fresh Coat of Paint. I feel your pain when having to organize in a small space. Before we moved to where we are now, we were living in a home that is over 100 years old and the closet space was well... very small. It was so hard to keep organized, and I wish I had some of these great ideas you have posted here!

    1. Hi Stacey! Welcome to my blog...yes I found it is really hard with older homes to organize efficiently. They just didn't have that much stuff then! Ours is from the 60's and I can't believe how small each space is. I am lucky I don't have an even smaller closet.

  2. Wow - you put me to shame - my master is itsy bitsy teeny weeny - 100 year old victorian flat - great ideas you've implemented!Your newest follower - would love a follow back when you have the time!

  3. beautiful! i'm going to Philippines this winter!!

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