Working with Smaller Spaces
In a perfect world, we'd all have fabulous walk-in closets to call our own. Sadly, that's not the case, especially for those of us opting for city living. When you don't have a lot of space to work with, it's even more important for that area to be organized, and make the most out of what you've got!
A few weeks ago, I organized this small(er) master closet. It doesn't have the luxury of multiple hanging areas, or abundant shelving, but it's certainly long enough to accommodate the owner's spring / summer season of clothes.
My first tip for getting any closet looking better is to use all the same hangers - it's an instant visual upgrade. So, I got rid of all the wire hangers (Ugh! Ugh! My skin just CRAWLS at the mention of wire hangers! Ack!), as well as the plastic ones, and replaced them with velvet covered multi-purpose hangers. I typically always use the black velvet hangers, but this client was all about having color in her home, and opted to use sunny yellow ones.
Choose Clothes to Donate
Having "too much stuff" wasn't really an issue with this client, but we did go through all her pieces and donated those that hadn't been worn in a year, were unflattering, or uncomfortable. It always feels good to purge!
This client is one of those rare, lucky people who has maintained her exact same size and weight for DECADES - so many items past their prime still fit. She needed someone to push her to get rid of clothes that still fit... but didn't need to stay.
Organize Remaining Items
I split the closet in two halves, pants / skirts on one side and tops / jackets on the other and arranged them all by color.
This client had been holding on to some of her shoes for YEARS and they had seen better days, so we discarded quite a few pairs. I assembled a basic shoe rack from The Container Store, and lined them all up at the bottom of the closet. Next to the shoes I added a cute laundry hamper with handles - her laundry is on the first floor of the home and she needed an easy way to transport it.
Finally, I cleared out her top shelf and used matching bins for storage of her photo albums, tote bags, and a few other random items she wanted to keep.
Replacing Basic Pieces
All in all, this clean-out took a few hours, but left the client feeling much more organized and calm within her bedroom space. I left her with strict orders to never, ever, use a wire hanger again. 🙂 In the next few weeks, I'm going to shop for this client to replace some of the pieces we removed from her wardrobe with great basics she can wear throughout the remainder of the summer.
Colleen Bayus is a personal wardrobe stylist in the Washington, D.C. area. Her company, Styling by Bayus provides personal shopping, wardrobe consulting, and closet editing & organization services. Like on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Contact her with questions.