Closet organization is as much about wardrobe storage as it about protecting your clothing investment, your clothes will last longer if they are well-kept. A well organized closet also helps you save time from searching for pieces and, if they are stored correctly, you will also save time on ironing wrinkled blouses or pants. One of the biggest organization overload issues for many of us are our Clothes, and Shoes, and Accessories, oh my!! Never fear! We have compiled some of our favorite organization tips and wardrobe ideas for you so that you can have a closet fit for a Pin Up.
To begin, we should all redefine our meaning of “closet space.” For most of us, closet space is limited to the built-in crevices that come in our homes. However, we can create unlimited closet options once we look at our home with different eyes. For example, instead of hanging a large painting to fill a ‘focus wall’ in a living room, you can hang industrial shelving and put your wardrobe on display as an art piece. Both of the photos above are perfect examples of how your wardrobe can be gorgeously displayed, whether it is in a living room or a home office.
Most built-in closet crevices typically only come with a single rod stretched across the top. However, thanks to DIY closet kits, we can add a lot more customization to our closets. Depending on your needs you can spend less than $40 for a complete closet kit that provides shelving and multi-level hanging rods so that you can really maximize your space and keep your clothes organized. This is the most common way to make the most of your built-in closet space and it is really easy to install with the help of a power drill (and any Pin Up worth her salt owns one and knows how to use it). The image above shows how you can create 3 different spaces for hanging-clothes plus drawers and shelves for folded-clothes, sweaters, and shoes.
If your home or apartment doesn’t include (enough) built-in closet crevices, then it is up to you to use your open spaces creatively. Open-space closets are becoming more popular as women take control of the situation and redefine their space. The image above is a great example! Instead of placing your bed right up against the wall, move it into the middle of the room and use that wide-open wall as a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe space. You can always store your laundry baskets behind your headboard to keep dirty clothes of sight, and you can even hang a wall to wall curtain to hide your wardrobe as well.
If you don’t have a wall-to-wall space you can buy some cheap wire racks from the hardware store and then cover the whole thing with coordinating fabric to match your room. The wire racks are typically found in the garage storage section in hardware stores and they are very durable, meant to store heavy machines and gear, so they are perfect for hanging clothes and storing shoes. This idea is also a great supplement to built-in closets, just in case you need a bit of extra wardrobe storage. I love this as an idea for storing your Pin Up or Burlesque costumes as well, that way you can keep them separate from your “every day” wardrobe. For less than $50 you can buy a Double Rod Closet to get you started. The plus side to this is, since everything is covered up, you can put this in any room and hide your wardrobe in plain sight while adding a bit of color and fun depending on the fabric you use to cover it all.
Another overlooked option for wardrobe storage is and empty wall in a bathroom or hallway. These are great spots for open-air closets, especially the bathroom as that is where most of us get dressed anyway. However, we do not recommend using a bathroom environment for storing things like fur, silks, or feathered hairpieces or boas, as the humidity may affect the material. Even a narrow wall can provide a floor-to-ceiling option for organizing your clothes, shoes, hats, and bags. All you need is a couple of these Shelves with Hanging Rods (less than $15 a pop) and maybe a Closet Doubler (around $10) if you need extra space for hanging clothes.
We hope these ideas inspire you to get organized, creatively, without spending a lot of money! What are your favorite closet organization tips? We would love to hear from you! Share your tips in the comments section, or post them at FaceBook.com/PinUpBootCamp