Happy New Year, dear readers, and welcome to a new decade. I can’t believe we’ve entered the 2020’s!
Thanks to having participated in the One Room Challenge last fall, a six-week challenge during which Chris and I completely remodeled my little dressing room, I can at least say that I’m starting this new decade with a neatly organized wardrobe.
And while I certainly can’t claim to be an organizing guru, I did pick up a little inspiration from tidying expert Marie Kondo. My takeaway: Think vertical. So here, I’m sharing some of the simple ways I organized my clothes and jewelry as I moved them back into my newly revamped dressing room.
Starting with A Clean Slate
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Before I started organizing, I donated all of my clothes to charity, and then I went out and bought a brand new wardrobe to go with my new dressing room!
Wait, no. That was just a dream.
Actually, when the dressing room remodel was in its final stages, I began to do laundry – lots of it. Although most of my clothes were already clean, I washed every piece that was going back into that room. I just wanted everything to be fresh.
This process helped me take stock of exactly what I had in my wardrobe.
I lined the dresser drawers with a cheerful retro floral shelf paper.
And I tossed a charcoal air freshener into each drawer.
Then it was finally time to start organizing.
We put a lot of thought, but not a lot of money, into this dressing room remodel. I love the south wall “built-ins” that we created by combining two salvage-shop kitchen cabinets and an old dresser.
These new built-ins are intended to look original to our 1920’s house. They frame a small window and work well with the sloped ceiling.
I was looking forward to using this upper cabinet for purses.
But then I realized it was suited to a more practical use: Denim. I have way too many pairs of jeans, but I wear them all.
In my new vertical cabinet, the jeans are stacked on top of one another. But, unlike being stacked in a dresser drawer, they are all visible. And they are organized by color and saturation.
I fold them so that the pockets are always on top. Since many brands of jeans have distinctive pocket stitching, I can quickly find the pair I want to wear.
Vertical Sweaters and T-Shirts
My sweaters and T-shirts are folded and placed neatly into drawers in the large wardrobe on the north wall.
I use a charcoal air freshener as a spacer when I remove a shirt. This keeps the other shirts neatly in place.
I use expandable drawer dividers to define separate spaces for long-sleeve T-shirts, short-sleeve T-shirts, and tank tops – and for creating zones inside of drawers for things like purses and scarves.
I love the look of vintage wooden clothes hangers, and I use them on the open clothing rod on the north wall. After all, I want this room to make me happy – not just be functional. I love the look of this rustic pipe rod with the vintage hangers.
But, in the enclosed hanging space inside the large wardrobe, I use space-saving velvet hangers similar to these. I was a little skeptical about them at first, but to me it seems that they really do save space.
The velvet makes them grippy (sometimes almost too grippy), so clothes don’t slide off.
And I love that these clothes are in an enclosed wardrobe.
I wanted a lot of enclosed storage in the dressing room because, before, the room always looked cluttered. And all that clutter tended to gather dust.
Vertical Necklace Storage
Another enclosed storage area is this little vintage cabinet that we retrofitted into the northeast corner.
In it, Chris installed dozens of hooks for hanging necklaces.
Now, necklaces don’t get tangled, and it’s easy to see what I have. The shelf is also a good spot for the earring organizer I made a few years ago when I was going through my vintage button obsession.
A Victorian-era butter dish, so rustic that it’s silver plate is wearing off, holds a couple of fun vintage treasures inside.
On the shelf below, stackable jewelry trays similar to these hold other pieces of jewelry.
I just love that this room feels more airy and spacious than it did before the remodel, even though it holds the same amount of stuff.
Now if only the rest of my house was this organized!
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