open door peering into bedroom

Ideas for fun when you have been inside the house for eight days and you are full of broccoli and cucumbers:

1.  Dress up in a velvet sweatsuit and watch an entire season of Larkrise to Candleford.

2.  Cheer enthusiastically when you see the sun on your way to the mailbox.

3.  Make your 347th cup of sugar-free hot chocolate.

4.  Play games and tell stories and make smoothies and think up ways to wear a banana clip and paint a dresser….

….and decide make-up is totally over-rated.

5.  And when all else fails….

…organize your closet.

Today is the last day in my organizing series with my amazing friend Leslie.

And of course, we saved the best for last.

The closet.

Here are seven easy closet organization ideas I just used to organize my closet.

white chairs in bedroom

There are actually three closets in our bedroom.

Now don’t get too excited.

None of them would win a closet blue ribbon.

There’s one off the bathroom that my husband uses and then there are two closets on this side of the room that are mine with these amazing doors we updated with trim and this simple DIY.

I’ll give you a tour of both.

disorganized closet

Here’s the view behind closet door number 1.

There are closet organizers in this space where I keep accessories and tops and leggings and blouses and sweaters.

I had limited space to hang up my tops, so I maximized the space with these.

coat hangers

closet organizing tip number one: velvet hangers

If you’ve ever used velvet hangers before, you are nodding.

They are a game-changer. They are so narrow, so you can hang more clothes in a closet and maximize space.

But my best velvet hanger advice? They are not created all the same. I ordered some and they weren’t sturdy enough and broke easily (especially under the weight of heavy coat).

You also want hangers that have a pants hanger at the bottom so you can hang up an outfit or pants in addition to tops.

These are my favorite ones I’ve used. They come in a set of 10 and they are SO STURDY.

clothes and bins in a closet

closet organizing tip number two: a full-length mirror

Can you believe I never had a full-length mirror in this room before?

I would look at my reflection in the television and make an educated guess at what the outfit looked like.

When I reorganized the closet, I added a mirror to the back of the door.

I love this mirror that I found at Walmart.

  1. It was super inexpensive compared to other mirrors.
  2. It has a beveled edge and looks so pretty.
  3. It didn’t have a frame to distract me from my outfit.
  4. It came with hanging hardware that made it easy to add it to the door.

close up view of a drawer

closet organizing tip number three: drawer organizers

My challenge with this space is that I had these large drawers.

And large drawers?

They have a tendency to get jumbled.

So I found these expandable drawer organizers on Amazon.

They come in a set of four in different colors (I ordered them in white) and they stretch between the sides of the drawer and snap into place.

They really do stay in place and they create compartments for socks and pajamas and other items.

bags hanging on hooks

closet organizing tip number four: shoe organization

Here’s the overview of the other closet.

It’s super narrow and I knew I couldn’t add closet rods to both sides or I would end up like Lucy in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

I maximized closet area by putting the majority of the closet organization on one side with floor to ceiling shoe racks.  It freed up a lot of space and made the closet feel much more spacious and cleared out room in case I wanted to find that lamp-post in Narnia.

shoes on shelf

There are rows and rows and rows for heels and flats and tennis shoes.

In Imelda Marcos news?

They can hold up to 36 pairs of shoes.

And they’re full.

shoes and boxes on shelves

closet organizing tip number five: add storage boxes

I cannot tell you how much I love these organizers.

They look like Grace Kelly on Oscar night.

I ordered 12 of them and use them to store everything from socks to tights.

Every little cubby has a purpose.

miscellaneous bobbles in a tray

closet organizing tip number six: jewelry organization

I love these plastic dividers.

I have everything grouped in different sections of the drawer.

For example, these are my cheer earrings. Perfect for a Friday night football game.

bag and boxes on a shelf

closet organizing tip number seven: purse and scarf organization

I have spaces on the shelves for my purse.

I also stacked boxes next to it.

Here, I have my scarves and a few belts organized by color.

clothes hanging in closet

The smaller bracelets, rings and earrings are stored in the pull-out drawer at the top of dresser drawers.

It’s lined with velvet and has sections for jewelry.

And can you see my sewing machine at the bottom of the top section?

A sewing machine.

Just sitting there.

I know….right?

I never dreamed that I’d have a closet so organized that I’d have a place for my sewing machine….

…..maybe now there’s space for all that unused make-up. 🙂

view of decorated bedroom

And now? For even more closet organization ideas, be sure and stop by my friend Leslie’s today.

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Comments

  1. Image for PJ PJ

    I am with you, KariAnne. Since the pandemic began, I can count on one hand the number of times that I have put on makeup. (Total aside, as you would say: I have worn makeup pretty much daily since I was 15 and was the type of woman who would not be seen without. ) Now I am no longer shocked when I see my makeup-free face in the mirror, and it turns out that my husband prefers the natural look.

  2. Image for patricia patricia

    Hunting for that sewing machine was like a game of "Where's Waldo?", but I finally found it! Doesn't it feel good to have it all organized? Was sorting and purging a part of the project? Next up, how to maintain it. I use the one in, one out strategy. Others only keep a certain # of hangers.. When they run out, they have to stop shopping.

  3. Image for Susan Susan

    Looks great! It feels so good to have an organized closet doesn't it? Also do we need to feel worried that you haven't been out in 8 days? I hope you are all healthy! I wasn't able to find a link to your two beige wingbacks that you show in this room. Could you include the name of those chairs? Thank you!

  4. Image for Tray Tray

    I'd also love the resources for your storage boxes and plastic compartments...I think I smell "IKEA" for the plastic one??? If not, they are fantastic and sturdy but I'm always game for new organizing things! And...sounds odd, but snap the metal tab off a soda can, hang on the metal stem of your velvet hanger and attach another velvet hanger hook into the tab's hole. It creates layered vertical hanger storage ♥ I hang my scarves and light weight items on them. If you already knew this trick, I probably learned it from you Ü

  5. Image for Jodi Jodi

    Hi KariAnne. May I ask about your closet system? Is it the PAX from IKEA. If so, do you have any thoughts or opinions you’d like to share. My closet needs a system like that. Thank you for a fun, beautiful and inspiring blog.

  6. Image for Kay Kay

    If you have ever used the make-up with your fingers, it should be thrown away. You probably left germs from your fingers on your make-up and is no longer safe to use. I admire all your organization skills. I wonder if you would like to come to my house and organize for me?

  7. Image for Dawn Dawn

    Hi KariAnne! I love your closets! Where did you get the lidded storage boxes? I'm looking for pretty boxes to store a few of my purses. Thank you!

  8. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Swooning over your closet! I’m addicted to Chico’s hangers that used to be provided with each purchase...I will cry when they are no longer useable! I have downsized my closet which has forced me to be intentional on what I keep and how I store. Not sure if that’s a blessing and/or a curse!! 🤣 as always, thanks for your inspiration.❤️

  9. Image for Karen King Karen King

    Careful with the expanding drawer organizers. If your drawers / dressers are less than perfectly constructed the bottom of the drawer will fall out due to the pressure on the drawer front and back.

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