My goal for the next year is to make sure that I'm using my full wardrobe to the full extent.
Of course, having done two of Jane's capsule wardrobes (winter and spring), Academichics' "Dress Your Best", Mel's "Pink for Breast cancer", Kendi's "30 for 30" remix, and countless travel wardrobes, I'm much more aware of how to make my closet work for me.
In order to forward this goal, I took advantage of the first couple posts of Kendi's "Creating A Working Closet" and examined my closet.
I didn't get rid of much. In fact, I think there were two skirts and a shirt that went into a maybe pile. I do have a rather extensive wardrobe for many people in my cirucmstances, but it was nice to see that most things in my wardrobe I seem to be using.
Organization is very important for any working wardrobe. I seem to collect two things: clothes and books. Unfortunately, these are both things that take up space. As such, books are relegated to the spare room, and clothes to the bedroom. Fortunately, our bedroom has two closets, both are more sizable than they appear in photos! While they aren't as wonderfully organized as the closet organizer my dad built for me when I lived at home (see it here, here and here), considering that I do share the space, I'm rather happy with how well I did (even if Scott has less than 6 inches of hanging space: he just doesn't have the same obsession with clothing that I do).
The most ingenious idea I had is perfect for apartment living. I grabbed two pieces of wood baseboard that was sitting around my dad's work bench, and added cup hooks. By attaching the baseboard to the back of my closet rather than directly putting the cuphooks up not only saves time when moving, it's also easier to cover up 4 holes rather than 24! From these hooks, I hang my necklaces and my belts. Yes, they're stuck behind my clothes, but hangars do slide!
This closet also stores all of my hanging tops. I move from blazers to vests, to shirts, organized by colour. Then I have a hanging apparatus for my sweaters. I keep two laundry hampers in my closet - one for dirty stuff (fabric) and then the white one is where I toss clothing that probably needs to be laundered after the next wearing, such as jeans that are starting to get stretched out a bit, etc. This way, if I do laundry, I grab from both baskets, but if I don't, have save myself from digging through the big laundry basket for something that is not-quite-dirty yet.
The other half of my hanging clothing is in the closet I share with Scott. I promise you, I'm not depriving him of space. First of all, he used to live in an apartment with only one 2 foot wide closet. Second, he lost about 50 pounds over the last year, and so we're slowly rebuilding his wardrobe in his size.
His side has the few shirts, and a couple suit bags, where as I do take up the most of the space with my skirts, pants and dresses.
I also use the baskets in my bedside table. I used to keep the scarves on hooks in the back of my closet, but they were too tough to get to, and were taking up too much hanging space. Now, they're folded and filed in the middle basket. The bottom one has my slips etc.
The rest of the jewelry goes in one of two places: either the mandarin orange box (a cheap box filled with the rest of my expensive jewelry kept in their original boxes) or the bead organization box, which is great for organizing earrings. You'd think with all the jewelry I have, I'd wear more of it!
All right, now that you've seen my organized wardrobe, I now expect you all to keep me accountable for keeping it clean!! :P