Creating clothes & accessories storage in my (small) bedroom

Last March (man, that sounds LONG ago now for some reason) I did a post about making my bedroom a cheerful sanctuary. I’ve been steadily improving the space over many years and it keeps getting better. It’s a small room and that forces me to get creative about decorating and storage, without feeling cramped. I want it to be cheerful and organized.

People’s closets are rather personal spaces and there’s several euphemisms to illustrate as much (“skeletons in the closet”, “coming out of the closet” and so on come to mind) and maybe I wasn’t quite ready to “show you my closet” before this but I must be feeling frisky now, friends.

My closet is 5′ long and 2′ wide. I hang most of my clothes on the over-worked rod, which is especially packed now because 1) in between seasons calls for both warm and cool weather clothes to be on-hand and 2) I bought a bunch of beautiful new-to-me tops this summer when the local church thrift store marked down their summer clothes to $1 apiece, and further marked them down to $3 and then $1 a bag. When things were a $1 I found many tops I liked (somewhere down the line I’d like to share them here on the blog) and now the rod is stuffed. 

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Curtain covers closet

I am unorthodox I expect in that I keep boots on two shelves above the clothes but that has worked best. The closet initially had just one shelf but I’d often peer up into the ceiling area eyeing all that excess space up there just doing nuthin’. With trial and error, I figured that the upper shelf I put in needed to be more shallow than the lower or a) I couldn’t see what the hell was on it and b) I couldn’t get whatever that stuff was down.

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Shoes go on a rack below. It’s pretty packed now too because of the changing season (I’m still wearing “fashion sneakers” but have also begun to wear short boots). You’ll notice the absence of “dress shoes”. My footwear has grown increasingly lower heeled/casual but I am making moves to bring in dressy, low-heeled shoes that aren’t boots (I just bought saddle shoes! Sure to be seen in an future post).

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I make use of two multi-hangers to make more space in the closet.

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I like short black skirts what can I say

I put two large green Dollar Tree fabric bins on a shelf over the closet (that you can see in the first picture above). They hold “overflow”, in this case athletic and warm winter socks in one and my purses in the other. I move things in or out depending on the season.

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I’d like my closet to be prettier inside but I need to figure out how to best do that (wallpaper on the back wall behind the clothes? A runner rug on the floor?)  but at least it’s going the right direction. I did put in a prettier shelf with a nice scalloped edge as well as a new closet rod. I moved/attached that rod up a little higher than normal because I’m tall enough to see it and it gave me more room for the shoes below.

I’ve posted about these tall IKEA cabinets I found early in 2016 and how I use one for clothes storage like socks, jeans, leggings, and scarves. Here’s the one in my room with a couple close-ups. (I took ALL the shelves from both units to use in just this one so I have tons of adjustable shelves.)

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I fold my socks in half to store them.

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Tights

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Thinner dress scarves

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Thicker dress scarves

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Fabric bin for pajamas and “cozy footies”

Last week I found a terrific deal on Amazon for a set of 4 5-drawer small Sterlite plastic drawers. I already had a 3-drawer unit that I keep make-up in (I don’t have a lot of makeup so 3 tiny drawers are fine). There was a crack in one of the new drawers so I got it marked down. Until I saw these 20 drawers, I hadn’t known that was what I wanted but it gave me an idea! I’d put everything small in tiny drawers. Hoo baby, there was no stopping me now!

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I found/painted this shelf unit a few years back. With the shelves removed the Sterlite drawers fit perfectly.

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Thin dress socks

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I got the tiny plastic containers (a 10 pack) from Dollar Tree

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I’m delighted with all these little drawers for storage – I have to SEE what I own or the things cease to exist; that’s something I’ve figured out about myself. It all needs to be visible and accessible.

 

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16 thoughts on “Creating clothes & accessories storage in my (small) bedroom

    1. writerinsoul Post author

      It IS organized (now)! Yeah, I’ve been in a small space for a long time. The first thing it encouraged me to do was get RID of a lot of stuff (and keep things flowing OUT). I’d almost be afraid to live in a big place now; how do you keep from filling it?!

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      1. sonofabeach96

        Hahaha! You don’t, silly. Whether it’s stuff, kids, their stuff….or a combo of all of the above. Years ago, as a twentysomething batchelor, I could move in one trip in Jeep. Not so much anymore. 😃😃

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  1. Erika

    I love the colors of that curtain! I took some pointers from you and have been trying to make our bedroom a place to go relax and stuff instead of it being a cluttered mess. Our storage is kinda limited too and a bunch of stuff got packed between the wall and wardrobe, so I got a curtain and tension rod to hide it. Looks much nicer.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      That’s wonderful! When I walk into my bedroom I want to go “aaahhhh” and feel stress leaving, not piling on (which seeing a mess does). Your curtain idea sounds very clever like you made a closet where there wasn’t one. My curtain is a actually a Kate Spade “land and sea” fabric shower curtain I found at Ross for $6 several years back. I think the style must have been discontinued because it doesn’t turn up on line. I sewed an extra white piece of fabric on the bottom so it would reach the floor.

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      1. Erika

        Pretty much. I had enough material from the curtain to make a second curtain for a small, odd window that didn’t have anything on it, and used some of that hemming tape since I can’t sew to save my life. It def made a difference.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Ha, I know! It’s taken 3.5 years for me to “show my closet” here (and not until it’s been improved a bit at that). Still, I’d like to see more people’s closets, just out of curiosity.

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  2. vanbytheriver

    Such smart organization you have there. And I love the tiny drawers…you’re so right, if you can’t see stuff, you tend to forget what you have. It’s why I hang jewelry on a rack on my bedroom wall. I never thought of putting boot/shoes on those higher shelves, makes sense. I am a fan of dollar store products for organizing, have gotten many ideas there. Nice job, C.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Thanks V! I remember about your jewelry; my necklaces and earrings hang on the wall too. I know people typically put shoes on the floor but it’s dark down there and I’d get all tangled up in clothes trying to reach boots in the corner for sure. Quite right; my Dollar Tree fabric bins have lasted years.

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  3. Sheila Moss

    Gosh, love your organizing ideas. I long ago put those white wire organizers in my closet that double shelf and pole it, short sleeves on top rack, long on bottom. I also use those plastic fishing tackle boxes for jewelry. I arrange stuff according to the colors of the rainbow — I know, obsessive compulsive. Can’t help it. Boots in boxes on top shelf, shoes on back of door. Oh, the joys of small houses with small closets.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      I’ve also eyed the double closet hanger thingees but if clothes hung to the floor I wouldn’t be able to see my shoes so I haven’t done it (I’m trying to keep the back of my door free of stuff except for a few small hooks). I’m certainly not going to call anyone who organizes obsessive compulsive, no siree! It just makes things go more smoothly.

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  4. battlewagon13

    My problem with this type of arrangement (which looks great by the way) is that when it comes time to put stuff away after laundry or something like that. You never QUITE fold it the right way again, or it doesn’t QUITE fit the same way it used to. I run into that all the time with my closet as well as my tool chest.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Ah Tim, I try to fit in a little extra space here & there to allow for “new customers” to get put away. (My tool box is a bit of a mess; I do a lot rummaging there – WHERE’S MY FAVORITE SCREW DRIVER?? – which I don’t enjoy.)

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