Monday, February 18, 2013

Finally! A Walk-In!

I've been wanting a walk-in closet for the longest time and not just a regular walk-in...I wanted a whole room to just make into a closet. I finally got the "half" the opportunity to do that, by making half of my room into a closet. I suckered my parents into giving me the master bedroom last year and have been wanting to create an ideal walk-in for myself. The room is basically a rectangle, with two closets on each side, giving me enough space to do whatever I want with it. Soo I decided to make one side of the room my closet, with an open layout and the other side my bed and a workspace. I never thought I would say this but I had soo much closet space with the two closets and all that open space. Pinterest is the best source for ideas! I had an empty closet on the side where I would put my bed and I wasn't sure what I would do with until I saw this picture...

The Inspiration

It is such a cozy little nook for me to study and keep up with work.
Table was found at IKEA. Click here for details

I found these boxes at IKEA, along with the blue ones below.
Click here and here

I love my label maker :)

Delicate details

The shelving unit was also found at IKEA, they come in different sizes and colors, and you can choose any type, color bracket you like.
Can you tell I have an obsession with Paris?
Full View
A full mirror was a must, considering it's the only wall that's not slanted in my room.


This rug was a STEAL, found at IKEA, of course...Click here.

I found this idea on Pinterest and LOVED it! 
Go Green! 
Recycle your bags and frame them!

Accessory section! Jewelry stand was found at Target for $19.99.
I improvised and used a wall mount hook for necklaces. I have enough wall space so why not use it!

I used a cookie jar for my bracelets...I ate all the cookies :)
The clear jar gives it a vintage look and I can see everything inside.

The ClosetMaid shelf can be found either at Target or a hardware store like Lowe's and Home Depot. It held all my clutches in place as well as my slots for undergarments.

Sweater galore! It's better to fold your sweaters than hang them up.

My hats are just hung up on a hook instead of stacked...utilizing wall space!

I used my second closet for all my tops, folding my t-shirts, tanks, etc. on the top shelf.
I originally had two shelves put in the bottom half to use for my shoes but I found a better place for those. I utilized those shelves for jeans, and other pants. 

I hope you find this inspiring! Stay Organized!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

City Space Organizing

Living in a small apartment limits you with the space you have, but with the right tools and essentially the skills, I was able to turn this closet into something appealing. This is a charming apartment in the heart of Park Slope, overlooking beautiful Manhattan!

 Isn't this view a beauty? This apartment deserves an organized closet!

To the left, we have the beginning look before any work was started. It looks like there isn't much space for anything but in reality there was TONS of space in this great 3 door mirrored wardrobe from IKEA! (i'll even post the link below). The first two-three hours before we started the organization process, we sorted through every single piece of item that was in this closet. Though it was probably tough for this client to let go of a few things, in the end she got through it. We pulled out anything she hasn't worn in about 6 months- a year and decided she would either donate it or sell it! I'm all for setting up an eBay account! Give it a try, whatever doesn't sell can go to donation. Majority of what we went through, she forgot she even had. She was able to find things she's been looking for and also know that it's not something she wanted to keep. 
After about 3 hours of consolidating what was donation/selling worthy and what she wanted to keep, this is what it came to. Now came the organization process where I was able to establish what would go where. Every client is different and may require certain things to go certain places just because of convenience or personal preference. It's important though to create an appealing look with simple things, such as hangers and bins. We got rid of of the wire hangers that ruin your clothes and used the huggable, velvet hangers. These hangers are great space savers and make everything look unified. Don't be afraid to use color and mix it up a bit. I used black, blue and beige here. You can find them anywhere from Homegoods to Target to Bed, Bath & Beyond. 


Of course, I color coordinate everything, you're able to find items easier and it looks great.

We coordinated all her tops and pants to go into the main frame of the closet, since they are essentially what she uses the most. All her tops are on the top bar with a shelf underneath so they don't mix into the bottom bar. All her pants are on the bottom, put together in color order. She is able to find her black slacks together and brown/beige ones grouped together. 

The third door on the right was perfect to store other items such as blazers/jackets and skirts. 

The height of this wardrobe is pretty high, so the only way to utilize that top shelf without stuffing things up there was to use bins. She is able to just pull out the bin from the bottom and grab what she needs from inside. You can store anything you find convenient for her case we stored accessories such as tights and scarfs and hats.

I hope you find this inspiring and helpful! Listed below are links where you can find these items....Happy Organizing!!

Time Spent: 6 hours
IKEA Wardrobe: Pax- 3 Door Wardrobe
Velvet Hangers: Target
Black bins: Lowe's- Closet Maid

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Office Space

Organizing this office was a challenge, but a challenge I was ready to face. 
The idea behind this project was not to just organize and clean, but to establish a system that will help keep it organized. Be prepared to discard papers and junk, make sure you have enough filing systems, folders, etc. 

Time spent: Approximately 4 hours




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