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What better way to wrap up a long weekend than…organizing your closet! Okay, so I have a different definition of fun than most people.
Unfortunately, I failed to take “before” pictures, because I got the idea to blog about this midway through the task. My closet wasn’t TERRIBLE, but it was getting a bit disorganized, and I always dreaded putting away my clothes that needed to be hung up because I knew it would be yet another battle to find a hanger and squeeze something in.
Reality Closet: A full 60″ of space WOWEE. Additionally, getting into this closet is a death-defying feat because half of it goes onto the stairs. I almost died today.
Lousy as this closet is, I’m an advocate of making the best of what you’ve got, and with a few modifications of things I already have, as well as some ‘as seen on TV’ helpers, I was able to get things in tip-top shape. One cool thing about this closet is that there is actually about 15 feet of what I call crawl space that isn’t great for anything you need easy access to, but is great for storing things like your suitcase, or that foot spa you HAD to have.
I think that the first part of organization is to diagnose the problem. In my closet, I realized that bulky hooded sweatshirts (I have like 100) and dresses that I rarely wear (SF is warm ~10 days/year) were taking up SO much space, and lots of stuff was just getting lost in the middle of the closet. Also, as with any closet, I was hanging on to a lot of things I never wore anymore- that was an easy fix! To the Goodwill it will go.
I ended up putting all my dresses and my Gortex shell (that was more useful when I lived in Chicago) into my SPACE BAGS aka the best $15 I have ever spent. I hung up the biggest of the hooded sweatshirts on my handy-dandy thingie that used to hold my purses:
Before I go any further, I have to confess that the impetus for this whole project was the fact that I saw the Wonder Hanger on TV and (as usual) I had to have it! Luckily, they sell it at Target so you can avoid paying that pesky shipping & handling fee. I reeaaaally wanted to try it out, hehe.
Does it triple closet space? Can I stand in my closet like the lady on the box? I’m not actually sure if it’s saving me any space, and I definitely will never be able to get my body into that closet, but I think it does help to organize things. You can hang 5 shirts on each Wonder Hanger, so I can keep my work shirts separate from my other work shirts separate from my work blazers. Man, I need some new casual wear.
That left the other half of the closet free for miscellaneous shirts that didn’t get a Wonder Hanger, and….more zip up hoodies. Ugh, anyone want a zip up hoodie?
When I moved in, I also ripped the top drawer and wheels off some clear drawers I had, and that’s where I store my measly (non-zip up) sweater collection.
Also, here is a peek inside the crawl space! It looks kind of messy, but it’s actually decently organized compared to how it was before. Also note, I have about 100 extra hangers now. Jill, remember when we were at Target and I made you buy me some hangers? Yeah…may not have been necessary.
Um, yeah, I wasn’t kidding about that foot spa.
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