See these Custom Organizers and more in the completed master closet makeover!
Well, that story almost happened to me!! Okay not really, but I did see Justin Timberlake in concert last night (AWESOME SHOW!!!) and I'm pretty sure he spotted me out of a gazillion people and locked eyes with me, so in the spirit of my night with Justin last night, I thought bringing sexy closets back would be the perfect theme for today's post. This will be a tough challenge since I don't think there has been a time in the history of closets that they've ever been sexy, but we'll try, just for JT.
If you recall from the Master Closet Makeover: The Beginning post, our closet has good bones, but it's kind of a hot mess. First of all, I have way too much stuff in it, so my goal is to clean at least half of it out. Here's what we started with:
|What's the opposite of sexy? This closet. Unsexy.|
Now that I got it all cleaned out and painted, my next goal was to add more organizers in the closet to help me stay, you know, organized. When thinking about organization to a closet, one of the questions to ask yourself is this:
Are you a folder or a hanger-upper?
Knowing that about yourself will help you gear towards organizational ideas that will work better for you. I myself am more of a hanger-er. Sure I could add more drawer/folding storage in our closet, but in the end I know I probably wouldn't utilize it as well as if I had more hanging options. Years ago, we moved the hanging rods around to give us more room to hang things. We had one rod going across the back wall with a weird unused space on the back right side next to the built in drawers and shelves, so we moved the rod to the right side instead and added a second hanging rod halfway down to give us more hanging storage for Rick's shirts. That gave us room to add a small dresser (which we are actually going to take out - I'll explain later in another post). That reconfiguration alone gave us so much more options in this closet. Look in your own closet and see if rearranging the hanging rods might give you more room. If you are a folder, you'll probably want to find ways to put in more drawers and shelving storage in your closet. Maybe you're a balanced combination of both, or whoever you share your closet is one way and you're another - then you'd try to have a balance of both hanging and drawer/shelf storage in your closet.
I'd love to have a custom closet company come in and do a complete makeover on our closet. That would be fun! Have you priced closet organization systems lately? Even standard items like hooks or dividers can get pretty spendy and since a professional custom closet system was out of our budget, we made own organizers. It's a lot less expensive, plus you customize it to fit your closet which maximizes your space. Maximizing is sexy.
Here's how we customized our own closet, presented in the sexiest and most exciting way I could muster:
SULTRY SCARF STORAGE
If you have a large scarf collection, try this idea for around $10 - hang two towel racks on the wall and hang your scarves over the rods! I have 20 scarves hanging here and could probably fit a few more on each rack. Yeah, baby!
You can also try some of the scarf hangers they have out there, but my collection was too big to work well on the hangers. I actually downsized my collection to the 20 that are here now! I had a scarf hanger from Ikea but my scarves just got buried and I couldn't see the ones underneath the top layer. With the towel rods, you can see them all easily. Damn straight that's enticing! Especially that Mickey scarf. Can you spot it? It's one of those hidden Mickey things.
AND AS LONG AS I GOT MY HOOKS AND TIE
Even the smallest of closets has room for a hook or two. I added quite a few hooks in the closet since I discovered I'd much rather hang than fold. Actually I've become a little lazy with my clothes and apparently I'd rather just throw them on the floor, but I'm hoping hooks will help me keep things off the floor. If you wear a robe, a robe hook is so handy. You can also use a hook for hanging clothes that you don't necessarily want to put back in the drawer or on the hanger after wearing once but can be worn again - I call those "clothes in transit" (or play clothes as my mom used to call it):
Sexy robe (maybe a little worn but still lovable)
Here's another hook idea - add a sliding bar with hooks for belts and more clothes! This makes it so easy to see and access all the items on hooks, including the stuff in the back. Hot, right?! You might wonder why you need a slideout bar since you can see everything so easily now, but a normal closet has clothes on the rods and those clothes will be up against the side there and hide those hooks from sight. Out of sight, out of mind. With slideout bars, you can pull out the bar and easily see everything on the hooks. Get the genious-ness of them now? I'm working on a post that I'll have ready later this week with directions on how to make these slideout bars. Such a tease, I know. (Update: it's ready! Link to those directions here)
By making your own slideout system, you can customize it to exactly how you use it. For Rick's side of the closet, he decided he wanted some pegs for his ties and some hooks for his belts, and then he just made it that way! Smart guys are sexy.
DAPPER DRAWER DIVIDERS
We have rather deep drawers and trying to organize small items like undergarments and socks was a lost cause. It was a jumbled mess in there. Adding custom dividers makes all the difference! You can buy adjustable drawer dividers for about $20 and this is a fine option, but they weren't tall enough for our 9 inch deep drawers. They'd be more like a speed bump than an actual divider - I could see socks trying to jump the border all the time if I bought those! For around $5, you can make your own with 1/4" MDF or other smooth wood or laminate. Just cut them to the size you want. I even saw a youtube video of someone who used foam board to make their drawer dividers, which would cost a buck or 2 at most! Since I didn't want these to be permanent, I just attached them with white duct tape. That's right, duct tape. I can't tell you how much easier it is to keep things neat now!
Drawer divider photos are so NOT sexy.
Maybe a sweet graphic of an in-depth look inside my drawers will be more alluring:
Maybe the granny panties comment should have been left off. That probably blew the whole sexy closet idea.
So that's the latest in our master closet makeover project! I might not have achieved sexy closet status in this post, but I'm a lot more organized and that could easily lead to a celebrity party invitation, right?! Stay tuned in a few days for a tutorial on how to make those decorative slide-out bars with hooks. I'm pretty sure Justin Timberlake can't wait for that post! ♪I can't wait 'til I get to see your closet, good-looking...♪
|Justin Timberlake @ Key Arena, Seattle, January 17, 2014! Not too shabby, eh? He's serenading my sister here in this shot. He wants us! ;)|
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