14 August 2012

The Case of the Shrinking Closet

I shared my pseudo put-together closet space with you ladies several months ago with the hopes that it would spur me on to better ways to display and organize my stuff. I don't "seasonalize" my wardrobe because I like having my things available for perusal as I have a bad habit of forgetting about pieces if I can't see them. 

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Except obviously as a girl who likes her clothes (and shoes, and purses), I can't fit into just one closet. So I have half of the walk-in in the master bedroom, half of the closet in another bedroom and a dresser and assorted bins for my "foldable" items. Which doesn't really mean that I can peruse everything at one time anyways. Which also means that the items in my dresser and bins often get "lost" (do I already have several striped tees, oh silly me ...)

And since I did that closet post last March (was it really that long ago?), it seems that the contents of my closet space seem to have ... multiplied? Let's just say when I look back at my March 2011 closet, all I can think about what how much free room I seem to have had then, because now ... not so much.

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My Type A, semi-OCD self likes for everything to have their place and for everything to be neat and tidy. So now that I've taken notice of my closet again, I've been trying to think of what I could do make my things seem a bit more compact and clean.

I've been going on Pinterest for closet inspiration, but for the sake of my relationship, I just don't think it's realistic for me to turn the entire guest bedroom into my personal boudoir, à la Kardashian (though if I had several hundred pairs of Louboutins, I may feel differently). I do use those huggable hangar things but I'm not convinced that I am saving all that much space with them. I keep all my shoes in their boxes and I am wondering if it'll be more efficient if I just got shoe shelves. I don't know if those bins to store my jeans and sweaters and tees are more help or hindrance.

How do you organize your stylish things? Do you keep everything out or do you switch over your closet by season? Do you prefer to tuck your items away behind your closet doors or want your frilly frocks out on display?

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Top: J.Crew factory charley (sim, pricey)
Skirt: Ann Taylor striped flounce (worn here - same petite, cas)
Belt: Asos bow skinny - on sale (worn here - same in larger sizes, sim, sim)
Necklace: c/o Simply Livly via Etsy (sim-ish, luxe)
Bracelets: Limited & Old Navy (sim, sim)
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton (worn here - sim, sim)
Bag: Brahmin sadie (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)

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  1. I haven't got a great solution for you, because I'm like you in that if I don't see the clothes, I forget that I have them, and then guess what happens: I buy duplicates.

    Even stuff that is folded in the dresser, I forget about those pieces because they are not directly in my face. And also like you I live in multiple closets, my walk-in, part of my husband's, the dressers, and closets in my parents' home!!

    ~Natasha Fatah~

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    1. Ooh, I do have some heavy winter coats that live in my parents' home too. And I don't ever wear those anymore! Like I have coats from junior high that are still there, haha.

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  2. I grew up with a massive closet that my dad designed for all of his daughters. Well, now I am in an apartment and my closet is tiny and I can't display most of my clothing so I forget about a lot of stuff.

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    1. Lucky duck - my dad likes to build and fix things but he never made me a closet!

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  3. Well, I always pack away my summer stuff as our weather is so disparate there is not a chance I'll be looking for a flimsy cotton number after September.
    I also keep my clothes to one area, I like order and to see what I have and don't want them overspilling to other rooms - for me that would tell me I have too much stuff, though I know most Americans feel very differently about that!
    Oh and I just got rid of all the shoe boxes - many of them empty, I had been hoarding pretty boxes - the shame.

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    1. Hi my name is Lisa and I have waaaaaaaay too much stuff, haha!

      I'm not sure why I keep my shoes in their boxes - I guess they stack neater to me that way and I keep thinking about having to haul my shoes around in a black plastic trash sack if I were to move and not have my shoe boxes! (I know, I know, me and my First World problems ...)

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  4. I really love the yellow and the striped skirt. Fantastic.
    I tend to pack away only really seasonal stuff, like sweaters and shorts...but I always keep my favorites out all year. I have the worst closet ever. Tiny and cramped and no room to spill over...no help for you...

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  5. My house is old with TINY closets, so I just gave up and use one wall of our bedroom (the plan is to someday hang up pretty curtains over the whole thing so that I only see the clothes when I'm making outfits or putting clothes away, and cover them up the rest of the time; but right now it's just all hanging out). I have a really nice sturdy rolling rack that the old owners left us for all my hanging stuff (shirts, skirts and dresses--I fold all my pants). I use storage cubes for both my and my husband's folding clothes (all of our pants, my cardigans and camis, his sweatshirts). We have a 2x3 and a 3x3 side-by-side, and then I organize all my jewelry on top of that. I organize my shoes with a shoe cubical (http://www.amazon.com/ClosetMaid-8505-15-Cube-Organizer-White/dp/B000AXM2EY)--2 are enough (holds 30 pairs). They fit underneath my hanging clothes on the rolling rack. This way I can see all of my things at once, and they stay organized as well.

    You might find good use out of the cubicals for organizing your things and also making them visible. The shoe cube especially, as it is smaller than stacking shoeboxes.

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    1. Wow, you sound like you have a very organized closet setup! I need to take lessons from you!

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    2. It comes from having no space and having to get creative :) But I can't let you think that I'm super organized, because half the time it takes me more than a week to get my clothes put away after washing so I still have things all over the house!

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  6. Oh how I wish I had a huge walk in closet all to myself to display everything! Instead I have a small closet in our "master" bedroom that I have to switch over with the change of seasons. Out of season clothes hang in a closet in the basement along with a dresser that is storing all of my heavy sweaters. I have one dresser in the bedroom and 4 under the bed boxes. I have a few things in my son's closet too. Everything is so cram packed! I also store my shoes in their original boxes....they keep the shoes dust free, organized and keep them in their best shape!

    Sharon

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  7. Hehe...I actually pulled a Kardashian and turned our guest bedroom into a walk-in closet (that happens to have a bed in it...). In fairness, our house was built in the 1950s and our guest bedroom is the size of modern walk-in closets, plus there is only one small closet in the master bedroom and my husband's clothes fill it.

    I do put seasonal items in a rolling wardrobe thing in the basement, and I keep tee shirts, jeans, workout clothes, and pajamas folded in a dresser. I do have problems with buying multiples of tee shirt colors because I forget what I have but given how quickly I wear out tee shirts, it's not terrible to have a replacement available.

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    1. I grew up in the NE and remember well the tiny closets built into the older homes. Now I live in the SE where there's a load more new building and complain about running out of room for clothes in a walk-in closet!

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  8. Great outfit, this skirt is so chic!

    I would like to invite you on my blog

    http://www.perfection-and-harmony.blogspot.com/2012/08/stylelab.html

    I hope you'll visit and follow if U like ;)

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  9. Whenever I see celebrities' houses, I always dreamt that I would have the luxury of a huge walk-in closet with everything nicely displayed right in front of my eyes. I like to hang things up so when I see them, I know I have them. Whenever I fold things, they kind of disappear on me and I find myself over and over again run out and buy very similar items.

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    1. I think if we had fancy celebrity walk-in closets, we also need fancy celebrity stylists! ;o)

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  10. I love the skirt and the colors together are perfect-o! Love that blue! I don't switch out seasonal clothes and have a shelf in my closet and "milk crate" type storage bins with my shirts in them. I hang up most everything else b/c a dresser is just a big black hole for me. My shoes are supposed to be in their boxes but I also have hanging shoe thingys and they work pretty well for me.

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  11. I also forget about everything that is not in view. So no bins for me and even drawers are dangerous. I have a storage closet in our 3rd floor study that while not huge by modern standards does hold most of my clothes. I then keep a rotation geared towards a 2 or 3 month season in my bedroom closet, which is not only small but is shared with my husband, who uses more than half of it.
    Still I have to keep an eye on things and I purge out on a regular basis, really I have to get rid of things when I buy new items.
    I can see everything including shoes, I have shelves for them at eye level. Same goes for bags.
    I live in Canada which is my excuse for having loads of coats and luckily I have a small closet by the front door for their storage.
    I have things the way I want them but it took me many years to figure it out. Good luck with your organizing!

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    1. Thanks, DaniBP! I figure I need to get cracking on my closet because it is certainyl bound to get worse otherwise!

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  12. I wish I had advise, I totally need closet help! Post pics when you come up with a great idea! Love the outfit!

    Amy

    Leopard and Lillies

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  13. First off, such a fabulous look! Loving the striped skirt with the yellow...you look gorgeous!
    Second, I'm dealing with the same closet woes right now! I have been finding Pinterest to be somewhat helpful, but I'lll be curious to see what you decide to do!
    XO - Marion

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    1. So far Pinterest has been a repository of "things I'd like to do/have but will never get around to." ;o)

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  14. I live in a 1 bedroom apartment that barely has closet space. My clothes are in a closet, dresser, and partially taken over my husband's dresser. Needless to say, it's a mess. I keep MOST of my clothes out year round, with the exception of heavy sweaters now while it's summer. I'm awaiting the day where I have a house and can turn an entire room into my dream walk in closet :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. You need to call dibs on that extra room now with the hubby because in his mind, I bet he's thinking game or media room! ;o)

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  15. Great necklace! I have a terrible time keeping track of my things- I have most of my foldables visible in a glass-doored wardrobe, but I still somehow lose things in there! And the closet is awful. There's no mincing words. I would kill for a dressing room- that scene in the SATC movie where Carrie's engagement gift is the massive boutique-style closet...dreamy!

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    1. The good thing right now about my closet - when it gets baaaaaaad, I can just close the door on it ...

      As for dream closets ... anything large enough for me to place some sort of poof in! ;o)

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  16. i forget about my things too if they're not in front of me - i have slowly been taking over closet space at home too, and trying to organize our storage space more wisely. love this outfit! xox P

    phiphisblog.com

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  17. I do have shoe shelves, and I think that helps...though I think I now need more of them lol :) Love your yellow and stripes!

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  18. I reluctantly had to separate my clothes, taking over half..ok 3/4 of the walk in in our master bedroom and then half a closet in one of the guest rooms. I store all of my off season items in the guest room so my current season clothes are readily accessible in the walk in. I used to keep shoe boxes but found its just a waste of space. I got a great expandable shoe rack at target for my heels and store my other shoes in hanging organizers, they are good space savers! Love this outfit. :)

    Stephanie
    http://twenty-somethingblog.com

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    1. Believe it or not, but I think my BF may have more clothes than I do, but at least he's more organized than I am about it. Top rack, all shirts, blazers. Bottom rack, all pants. Shorts on the shelves and dresser is for tees, socks, etc.

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  19. I try to stay organized, I really do! But for now we are renting, which means no renovation is allowed. I already have all of the walk in closet in our bedroom (poor Patrick has literally about eight inches of hanging space, maybe). My clothes are organized, of course, by season, color, etc. My shoes are all organized and scarves and belts and bags and hats. But it is still an overstuffed disaster in there. I don't put away seasonal items either for the same reason. What if I need a sweater in July? I love your striped pencil skirt Lisa. Perhaps that is the next guest feature you should do--show me your closet. LOL

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    1. Your hubby-to-be sounds like a prince! Eight inches of closet space and is OK with it? Keeper! ;o)

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  20. I need to find a new closet solution! I have closet doors that are on a track so that I have to slide them around to see different sections of the closet. It makes it hard to see everything at once. With the doors open one way I see tops, slide it the other way I see dresses. It's hard to make outfits when I can only see them as separates!

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    1. Ooh, track doors, I used to be really good and breakin those things, haha.

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  21. First of all, I love this look, and I totally want to steal it.
    I wish I could be helpful in the closet department, but this is something I struggle with. I have one teeny tiny closet, so I have to do some seasonal organizing. I also use a dresser and a few under-bed storage bins, but I have the same problem of things getting lost/forgotten about/really wrinkly. I don't know how to keep everything visible without my clothes taking over the entire room! (Or getting rid of stuff, but that just isn't gonna happen.)

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    1. I have realized that for myself, I can't store anything under my bed because I never ever would check there, that would be the black abyss for me!

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  22. Wow. You inspire me. The best organization I could come up with for my 3 foot closet was to hang shirts, dresses and skirts together! That's pretty sad, I know!
    Oh, I wanted to tell you about some other great books I discovered.
    Have you read Divergent by Veronica Roth? GREAT BOOK. The second book is Insurgent. I fell in love with these and I know you like to read, so I wanted to share! =)
    Kristina J.

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    1. Thanks for the rec, Kristina! I have heard about Divergent but I haven't picked it up yet. I am a big Hunger Games fan so I think that book series would be up my alley.

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    2. Seconding the like for Divergent - it's a less-intense version of Hunger Games. Enclave is also Hunger Games-like, but it wasn't quite as good as Divergent.

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  23. love the bright blue bag with the bold yellow shirt!

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  24. My one bg gripe about our apt is the lack of storage... And rent is out of control in sf right now so we can't move.

    Adore this look!

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  25. No tips really but I feel your pain. I have stuff all over the place. One 6' closet with double bars for my skirts, pants and shirts, rather tightly packed. Another 4' closet with nice organizer for my dresses, plus shelves full of sweaters and t-shirts. 6 dresser drawers for pajamas, lingerie, and extra t-shirts. Hallway closet turned into shoe closet. Coat closet. Two out of season closets on the 3rd floor. In the beginning of the year I selected about 33 items to wear (not including coats/shoes/accessories/loungewear/pajamas/jewelry). Actually, it was more than enough to wear for 3 months, but I got BORED sick with it and I felt sorry for the other 333 items in my other closets... I guess 'if you cannot beat them you join them', so I let them all join. And (I am weak) there are always others on the waiting (aka shopping) list...
    :)

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    1. Haha, I would totally feel that way too! I could never do a 30-piece remix challenge or anything like that because the whole time I'd be thinking, "but what about my other stuff?!"

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  26. This is a gorgeous outfit! I love the colors and that bow belt is adorable!
    Meredith
    www.createthatoutfit.com

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  27. What a cute outfit! I love yellow and the belt is just adorable. I am constantly struggling with how to organize my closet... I bought an over-the-door jewelry hanger that helps, and also one of those converter things to make two levels of hanging space, but it's a constant battle. I dream of owning a home someday where I can turn an extra bedroom into a closet. :)

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  28. Great statement necklace, one of the best I've seen. Definitely checking out that Etsy store!

    I only have one closet, but when the second hanging rack collapsed, I was forced to hang all my blazers and suits in Dear Hubby's closet. He hangs nothing up, but is still not pleased at the invasion. I think we're visiting Home Depot in the near future to get some of that closet organization stuff so that I am contained in one closet. Hey, it's standard, not walk-in! I am also trying to part with stuff that I don't wear often, feels hard to style, or that maybe I bought because it looked good on other bloggers. Peeps are so susceptible that first year of style-bloggin' :o

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    1. Just keeping moving your stuff over to your hubby's racks, he'll be at Home Depot real soon then, haha!

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  29. It's not pretty, but I've been enjoying having a rolling garment rack. I'm able to pull things out of the closet and see them so I think about them and actually wear them. Right now, all my silk and cotton button down shirts are hanging on it, and I suspect by fall, all my blazers will be on it too.

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    1. My sister has done that and I thought it was great idea until ... well her rolling rack has just turned into another closet at this point, haha.

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  30. It doesn't matter what I do to my closets...I still wish they were neater :(

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  31. I own the entire master bedroom closet which I actually will say is a decent size. Sadly though like many women it doesn't fit everything. In order for it to not look like a total mess I do have to switch over seasons. The crazy thing is that each season my closet is packed floor to ceiling wall to wall. You'd think I had my entire wardrobe in there, but sadly it's not.

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    1. I think it is a good thing most of us don't have our dream closets, because it'll never be big enough. We'll figure out ways to fill it all up! ;o)

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  32. I love this outfit!! You look so cute!:)
    -amy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  33. Your post reminds me I need to clean my closet :( I love clothes and shoes and everything and like you everything keeps growing except for my closet space.

    Love the stripe skirt and stripes in general!

    Red Soles and Red Wine

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  34. i have the same kind of closet issues, and i hate the closets on pinterest. you know why they all look so good? they are EMPTY. i somehow doubt there is a way to make a lot of clothes work in a small space. and out of sight is always out of mind. I keep a good deal of my shoes in boxes, but have to remember to just switch some out sometimes, or I will only wear what I left besides my bed.

    I used to always switch out my closet, but last winter I didn't feel like it. So I didn' wear any of the stuff I had packed away and (sadly) I didn't even miss any of it. I guess I should just donate it all. though as soon as I look at it I'll be like, "oohhhhhh this sweater! i love this sweater, I could never part with you..."

    PS now I want your striped skirt.
    never mind that i already have four skirts with stripes. they dont look like yours and obviously yours is 100 times better than my four put together...
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. Re: your PS - so true! I have a million striped shirts but does that keep me from getting more? Nope, because that new one is always better ...

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  35. I wish I had closet org advice! I need some myself! Or, maybe I just need a bigger closet. Yeah, that's it! However, I did find a similar belt on Kate Spade. They have a promo code for 20% off and free shipping on full price items, too. In case anybody is interested! They also have a wider one, and both in a few colors:

    http://www.katespade.com/kate-spade-thin-bow-belt/PSRU0798,default,pd.html?dwvar_PSRU0798_color=293&start=7&cgid=accessories-belts

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    1. 20% off full price items?! I am going to pretend I didn't see that ....

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  36. I know I'm the last person to provide any input as I'm the same as you, except for the shoes in boxes (those boxes eat precious space! hehe) I have those vertical shoe racks:p... I really like that skirt!

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  37. I like the cut of that skirt. I moved all my shoes to the same size shoe boxes. That helped. The huggable hangers definitely take up less space. I've measured. lol

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    1. I need to just spend some money on organizational items to get my stuff in gear. Or just buy less stuff! (No, that's not going to happen, haha).

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  38. I really like the mustard against the black & white stripes. You look great.

    And regarding closets: I'll be moving into a new place soon, and (like you!) I'm looking forward to organizing everything - and being a neat freak! I'm lucky to be gaining more closet space than I have now.

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    1. Congrats on your soon-to-be new larger closet! I am not entirely sure a larger closet would help me, I am sure I'd find a way to fill it up.

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  39. Do you have a lot of guests who use the guest bedroom? If not, I would seriously consider turning it into your personal closet. At least the space would be used instead of practically sitting empty the whole time, right? :)

    I save some of my shoeboxes but store them on a very high top shelf in my closet. Shoes I wear most often go in a shoerack by the front door. Everything else, clothes and jewelry, I like to keep in the closet/bedroom for easy viewing and access. There have certainly been times where I've "rediscovered" items I owned because it was partially hidden. Definitely a wake up call that my closet needs a clean-out too!

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  40. I forget about pieces that I don't see either! I tend to get kinda OCD about wrinkles so I hate having folded clothes. I feel like I need to iron items or hang em' out for a bit before I can actually wear them.

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  41. I really like this combination of B&W stripes with yellow and blue, and that amazing necklace, Lisa! I don't want to pick just one item because I really like how this whole outfit came out together because the colors are just fantastic!

    Living in a very small place that doesn't include much storage space, I'm very similar to you and I don't change my closet based on the season. Actually I've realized that that has helped me to make my wardrobe season to season transition very smooth. But one thing that has saved me a lot of space was going for shoe racks (I just installed them last December!) Besides being able to see everything, I've found it more organized and time saver when I'm trying to find the right pair of shoes for an outfit. And I'm totally using all the space behind (and in front!) of the doors, where I hang all my bags, jewelry, belts and scarves.

    Jenny
    www.jensoutfitjournal.com

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  42. Love everything about this look. The belt is adorable.

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  43. Hi nice outfit. I like the bow belt. I just did a massive clean out of one of my closets. I have everything organized by color now and I got rid of a lot of stuff. It was bad. I don't think I'll be buying any more clothes for the rest of the year. Accessories now that's a horse of a different color :)

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  44. My closet is pretty small so I have to change out items by season and put them away. I really like your outfit especially the color combination.

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  45. The bow belt - sooo adorable!

    I am Jekyll/Hyde with the closet. I have a good-sized closet in the bedroom, and a small one in a guest room. I hang everything except pj's, jeans (I only have a couple) and workout gear because I like to see everything. In the spring I reorganized everything by category (tops, pants, skirts, etc) then color. It helped. I also took all shoes out of the boxes. This weekend I bought one of those rotating shoe racks. It aint pretty but I feel good that it will be an effective way to store and find my shoes quickly.

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  46. love this look..all of it..I esp love the "love" bracelet...going to have to find me one...your looks always make me so happy!!!

    so thank you!
    rosalyn
    www.just2fancy.com

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