If you were to go to my Pinterest profile, among the countless pins of recipes I probably won’t cook and places I’d love to travel, you’ll see tons of images of beautiful closet spaces. In fact, I have an entire board dedicated to dreamy closets! One day I see myself in a huge walk-in with an island, built ins, and beautiful handbags everywhere. Now, let’s be real for a second. While those are totally my #closetgoals, i’m currently a commuting full time college student and nanny. I live at home with my family and my bedroom is my office and my closet all in one. Unfortunately, I don’t have much of a traditional closet and have been forced to get creative with my storage. Just because I can’t have the huge, glam closet of my dreams, doesn’t mean I can’t store and display my pieces in a way that is both functional and pretty. Through trial and error, I’ve figured out how to make my storage work for me in my small space.
Tips for Utilizing Small Space
Everything needs a specific place. I have configured my room in such a way that everything has it’s own “home” so to speak. My shoes are arranged in a specific way on my shelves and go back to their spot after use. I currently have the exact number of hangers for the items of clothing that I have hanging (I should probably buy more!) When a piece of clothing is taken from my clothing rack, that empty hanger reminds me of where it goes. This is tedious but it helps me to stay on top of things.
Utilize the small and hidden spaces. I don’t have the luxury of having excess drawers and rods to store every item I own. As for pieces I reach for on a regular basis, I keep them within sight so they’re easy to reach. However, less used or out of season items get stored. I have a Rubbermaid plastic bin under my bed where I put out of season items. It’s currently Winter so this bin is full of shorts, dresses, and swimsuits. By doing this, I free up drawer and hanger space and make it easier to pick out outfits. I love that they are easy enough to get to if I need them, rather than stored in a garage or attic. I spent a couple of years working for a sunglass company so I have a pretty large collection of sunglasses. I typically will grab 5-6 of my favorite pairs and leave them within reach and I store the rest in their cases, labeled with a post it note. These extra glasses go in my extra desk drawer. It would be wonderful if I could display every pair, it isn’t realistic for my space.
Clean out often. Then do it some more. I am always hearing women complain about how they are “hoarders” and have trouble letting pieces go, even if they aren’t being used, are the wrong size, or aren’t their current style. Thankfully, this isn’t something I struggle with. Having limited storage options has forced me to be picky about what gets to stay in my wardrobe. I’m constantly picking through my clothes and getting rid of things that I no longer need. I would rather have a handful of pieces that I love and can wear a million different ways than a huge closet full of clothes that I don’t love.
Find an organization system that works for you. As you can see from the photos of my clothing rack, i’m into color coding. Within each color, the items are sorted by type. From left to right I typically start with tanks, then tees, then long sleeves, then sweaters of each color. This system makes it super easy for me to know where items are on my clothing rack. Neither of these organization systems may be for you. Maybe you want your closet sorted by occasion… workout clothes, business attire, cold weather gear. Play trial and error until you find a good system for you.
On making it pretty…
Now that i’ve explained how I keep my space functional and organized, let’s get to the fun stuff. I want to showcase my favorite items and see them whenever i’m in my room. My #1 tip for this is to display your favorite items. When I make a new purchase, I’ll put it in the front of my clothing rack so that I can look at it. When you’re a fashion junkie, it’s so fun to see these items. I choose to display what’s pretty. Yes, my hiking shoes are amazing and super functional, but I store them away and choose to display my heels on my shoe shelves because looking at them makes me happy. Keeping organized and decluttered makes everything look much cleaner and prettier. I use velvet hangers for all of my clothing items because they are not only the best when it comes to functionality, but they look uniform and clean on the rack.
I truly hope you got something out of this post! I know how tough it can be to see such beautiful, inspiring closet spaces and feel like yours can’t be beautiful. I’ve been able to really find ways to make my small closet space work for me and it makes me so happy.