I am convinced that to really get control of your closet doesn't start with a clever organizer, or a method, it starts from within. When you can really look at yourself at be okay with your body, your limitations, your assets, your style - then you can really know what you need in your closet. There's a whole lot more I could say on this subject - but I'll save that for another time.
We have a basic middle class suburbs style 70's home with reach in closets - the kind that spans a wall with 1 rod, 1 shelf going the length and bi-fold doors. A new closet construction would require a bit of work and money so we make do, and I think I have made do very well. My husband and I share our bedroom closet, I get 3/5, he gets 2/5. Here is a breakdown of what we fit in there:
- Closet rod with his shirts, my shirts, pants, dresses, seasonal wear, dress scarves
- Organizer drawers for necessaries, night clothes, occasional wear like swim suits
- Cube storage on middle top shelf to divide and keep organized - our pants, sweats, etc.
- Extra blankets and pillows on the shelf in the back
I used to wish for a large walk in closet with special organized places, but I have made peace with my reach in closet. If I had more room, I would want more stuff. This forces me to pare down my things to what I really wear and love. I've learned that limitations increase creativity.
Yesterday I decided to go further in my closet limitations and have limited myself to:
- 10 tops for work and going out (current season) - 2 weeks worth
- 5 tops and 5 bottoms each for working out (if I ever use them all up before washing clothes, it will be a miracle)
- 10 pairs of pants or jeans
The closet is a work in progress still, but as I limit myself to what I really need, what I love best will be what I am left with.