Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wear It Wednesday - Storage

Having a place for everything and everything it's place has always been part of the structure of my daily life. Many of you asked to see my closet and storage system so I'm sharing that with you today.

When you enter my closet this built in shelving unit is the first thing you see.  It's a great place to keep the handbags I carry most often and jewelry. I stuff handbags with tissue and keep them in dust bags when they come with one.

Clutches are on a lower shelf and on the bottom shelf is a long basket which holds cuffs and bangles. The little straw flower can be pinned to plain straw hat.

This jewelry box was a Christmas gift from Mr. Mickey a few years ago. It is full of vintage pins and other bits as well as the basics I wear all the time.

Hats in boxes are on the top shelves. Tanks and blouses are on the top bar to the left. Tees and casual jackets as well as swimsuits and cover-ups are on the bottom bar. (I keep the pillows I sleep on here during the day. Decorative pillows to match the comforter are on the bed.)

Pajamas, dresses, long sweaters, jackets and tunics are in the next section.

Skirts, pants and jeans fill the next section. 

Mr. Mickey keeps a few things at my house so that if he comes to pick me up for a date and what he has on clashes with what I have on, he can change. This was his idea!

Decorative square and rectangle shape boxes hold evening clutches. 

Jackets are behind the door in the final section. Those odd bits on the lower right are the 'to go' section. They are on their way to a new home. I regularly edit my items to donate that which I no longer wear.

On the back of the door is a rack holding some of the black shoes I wear most often and on the wall there is a tie rack that neatly holds necklaces. 

The belt holder below also holds necklaces on the back side. The rolling rack it is hanging on has been a great tool. When I downsized to my current home, I was sad to see that the laundry room didn't have a hanging space at all. By keeping this rolling rack behind the door of my walk in closet, I always have extra hanging space for empty hangers or whatever outfit combination I am working on at the moment. When it comes time to do the laundry I just wheel it into the laundry room to hang clothes on as I take them out of the dryer. Later I can wheel them into the closet to put them where they belong.

The rolling rack, the tie rack and belt holder as well as all three shoe racks came from Bed, Bath & Beyond. 

Scarves are hung across felt hangers in half of the guest room closet. The other half has more shoes and casual boots.

This new third rack for shoes is in a finished storage room in the attic. I hung the shoes by their heels which means the back of the rack is empty. If I ever need the space I can turn it to the side instead of against the wall and use both sides to double the storage space.

I hope this post gives you some ideas for storing your own collection. 

Thank you for joining me on this journey through midlife and beyond. 
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SusanG said...

Exquisite organization! I love it.

Unknown said...

Great job. Love the belt hanger. Thanks for sharing.

LoriM said...

Beautiful! Ah, I'm so jealous.

Would you ever consider auctioning off your "go to" items - or offering them as a prize on your blog? The Pioneer Woman does that sometimes. I had to laugh the first time I saw it, but I think it's a great idea, now.

eleni said...

Hi from Toronto! Love your organized space. Busy downsizing at the moment from the family home to a small bungalow !! Talk about purging. However, I will incorporate some of your great ideas on storing purses, shoes, etc.

Donna said...

I am drooling over your closet space and the way you have everything organized. Organization is an underrated skill. Your attic doesn't get too hot and damage the shoes? My husband is a home inspector and he has come out of attics in hot weather just soaked. Thank you for sharing your "comman center".

Susan said...

Donna, it doesn't get very hot here in summer but I can leave the door open to the attic storage room to let the air conditioning in when it is hot. There are also ceiling fans in there. Thanks for your comments. I love hearing from you.

Unknown said...

Great storage!

Donna D said...

What a wonderful closet - thanks so much for sharing!

sharon said...

Love the organization! I can finally tell my sisters that I have found someone with more shoes than me! This has been a family joke years concerning the number of shoes I own!

TheKnittyContessa.Etsy.Com said...

LOVE it! Your closet is almost the size of my living room - seriously, I live in Brooklyn where space is a premium! lol

Judith said...

Hi Susan, I love seeing your closet. Lots of good ideas. I wondered tho', do you keep your lingerie and "foldables" somewhere else? I didn't see any drawers in your closet.

Susan said...

Hi Judith! Underwear and socks are kept in a four drawer vintage bureau in my bedroom.

Joanne said...

Your necklace (red/black/white with a tassel) from Chico's I would appreciate if you would leave that to me in your will. haha! My all time favorite picture of you is with black slacks, red/black/white jacket or sweater from Chico's & that necklace. And actually, I want the jacket too, so you can add that to your will as well. hahaha! It would definitely be so much fun to go shopping in your closet!! Your idea of making your black shoe purchase at Kohls work for you by adding 2 sets of toe pads, GENIUS!

Judith said...

Thanks for your reply, I suspected as much :-) Keep up the good work, love reading your blog.

Susan said...

Keep watching Joanne! I may be auctioning off some of those pieces you love to make room for new items. Visit Facebook often for details.