It is January and it in January the urge to purge, organize & freshen up our homes is at its height.
This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens @ Walmart
After the excess of the holiday season, it is only natural to want to clear the decks so to speak.
Every year once the decorations are put away, I head up to my room & turn my attention to my closet.
I am most ruthless this time of year. In January, the pieces I may hang on to at another time of year go swiftly into a pile.
Besides the obvious purging of the items in your closet, the design of your closet makes a big difference on how well the space works for you. Fewer rods? Need drawers? Hooks maybe?
I removed a long rod on the left, added a terrific dresser, a mirror, lamp, a tray and even managed a vase of flowers thanks to the new dressers expansive top.
My jeans are now stored in a large canvas bins and my off season accessories are in two great looking wire baskets. What a difference!
You can see the before of my closet on my IG stories this week.
Follow me HERE to have a look.
Today I am sharing 5 tips on closet design that will help make the best use of the space you have.
Five Tips for Closet Design
You do not need lots of square footage or to spend lots of money on a professional installation to achieve great closet design.
Simply consider your needs, pare down what you own and find ready made fittings to customize the space.
On to my tips for closet design:
# 1 – PURGE with purpose
This is so obvious, but people prefer to skip it. I get it, letting go is sometimes hard. If you purge with purpose it is much easier.
For the long term adjust your mindset to believe that having fewer, but better things is the way to dress and you will naturally accumulate less over time. But right now you probably need a thorough purge.
My tip is to purge with purpose. Designate specific charities to donate your clothing & accessories. This is especially important with respect to business clothing.
Your pieces can take on new life & give new life to a woman entering the work force. Seek out places like Dress for Success to donate your purged items. This will make letting go so much easier.
Another excellent way to ensure a productive purge is to organize a clothing swap. Invite friends over to literally swap their purged closet items.
The Swap can be as casual or organized as you like. The thought of trading your “sort likes & might wears” for a few new to you items you love is great incentive.
# 2 – Assess the type of storage you need.
Do you need more rods for hanging clothes, drawers for tees & sweaters, bins for accessories? This is particularly important if you have had a change of career recently or started to work at home. Your current daily outfits should drive the closet design. No longer in suits & blouses, maybe remove a rod and add drawers.
BHG black bins are perfect to hold my jeans – much better than on hangers.
#3 – Measure & Go High
Once you have assessed the type of storage you need take measurements.
Use the full height of the closet for shelving. Remember to measure what you will be putting on the shelves so they are spaced correctly.
#4 – Source Fittings
Wooden rods and shelf brackets can be found at any hardware store.
For the drawers look to reasonably priced dressers. Sourcing the structure of your closet this way will save you a lot of money.
The Modern Farmhouse 6 drawer dresser from the Better Homes & Gardens Collection at Walmart checked all the boxes for me.
This dresser is sturdy and attractive with 6 extra large drawers. Adding a dresser also gives me a top surface for a lamp, tray & accessories. All that and it was a fraction of what a custom closet drawer system would have cost!
#5 – Decorate
Treat your closet like any other space in your house.
Choose a palette, personalize it and make it welcoming. Add art, a photo, a lamp, an mirror, stool/chair and the all important lavender sachets. ( did you know moths hate the scent? )
I purged, re-designed and outfitted my closet last week using several pieces from the Better Homes & Gardens Collection at Walmart.
I am thrilled with the results!!
These are the items I added from the Better Homes & Gardens Collection:
Now I am ready to roll into the new year with a closet designed for how I dress now. The new design has even inspired me to put together some new looks and not just reach for what was right on top.
Hope my tips help you to design your closet so it serves you well!
** Kelly **
See items from the Better Homes & Gardens Collection below
Modern farmhouse 6 drawer dresser HERE.
Wire & canvas baskets HERE
Black bins HERE.
Round mirror HERE.
Black felted velvet HERE.