Organizing a Small Space

If any of you have ever lived in a sorority house, apartment or dorm room, you understand what a pain it is to fit all of your stuff. I will never figure out how on earth Kait & I managed in that puny little room at A-Phi our sophomore year, but somehow we did. Yes, you’ll always find a way to fit everything, however, that doesn’t mean you’ll like it. This is where my closet comes in.

I failed to take a before photo, but just assume it was bad. I was presented with the task of removing my over the door shoe rack due to inconvenience and annoyance. OK, but where the hell was I going to go with all those shoes?

So, first things first, I cleaned out my closet. I went through and took out ALL of my tees, tanks, dresses and jeans. The ones I wasn’t wearing or didn’t fit went in one pile (I wound up with a huge pile of hangers), and the ones I wanted were color coded and placed back in the closet. The back row of clothes you see was originally just my winter items, so I went ahead and added my tees and tanks, and color coded the lot [tanks, tees, long sleeves/sweaters – white, roygbiv, gray, black].

This left me with the opening you see on the left. When we moved in, I shoved the bottom row up so that I could hang things. This worked out to my advantage, because it left me with two rows to play with. I put my higher heels at the top (it just worked better) and the lower ones at the bottom. On the shelf are my boots, and my flats are on my three-drawer shelves (not pictured). Lucky for me, I also have a bin in my entry way with the rest of my shoes, and I keep my winter-esq boots (note, Uggs) in the coat closet. I plan on buying this little gem from Ikea after Christmas to replace my plastic bin. Then, I strung my scarves through the additional slots on top and bottom.

Here’s a better shot of that corner:

Note, the side of the wall on the left has little cork boards with my necklaces pinned. Seriously, you can pick up four for like $5 at Hobby Lobby, and it’s genius.

This may not work for everyone, but it is proof that you can get organized within a small space.

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