Moving into our new home, our closets were the last thing on my mind. You know how it is when your moving, the definition of complete and utter chaos. One thing was certain, I had way more to house than my husband did in the closet department. He was fine with taking the small closet.
One thing I had planned on, was that I would be using the spare upstairs bedroom for my things. Fast forward one month later, it was clear that I would need to get some sort of closet organization system. I wish I had taken pictures of the complete disaster that room was prior to my closet being installed, but just trust me…..a custom system was necessary! (Not really buuuuuuttt, that’s how I sold it to my husband 😉)
I had my designer measure my husband’s closet, and found out that his closet was not the standard depth. This means that his clothes, when hung, stick out past the doors.
So, I was on a mission to make his closet as functional as possible. Something to know about my husband, he’s messy. The type to get dressed, throw clothes everywhere, and walk away….messy. So I kept that in mind when thinking about how to store his clothing. His history with dressers had always been drawers that looked like they were vomiting up there contents, and I’ve never known him to fully close a drawer at that.
I purchased a few items from Amazon and got to work. First, these Shelf Dividers. (At the time of posting this, these were sold out. Here’s a link to another identical set of Shelf Dividers)
This set comes with 8 which was more than enough. Subsequently, it gave me 10 sections for organizing his clothing. This way of organizing has proven to be much more effective in allowing him to get to everything easily than drawers did. He can clearly see everything, so no need to throw things everywhere!
Also grabbed two of these Hanging Baskets by ClosetMaid. One for underwear and another for socks. These are awesome because they provided additional storage in space that typically goes unused.
Next, my husband wears suits daily. So as you know, those can be heavy. I’m also quite paranoid and kept envisioning the whole shelf unit snapping off of the wall and taking half the drywall with it, sooo…..we decluttered and got rid of all the excess things that weren’t being used. I also switched out all of the plastic chunky hangers, for sleek Velvet hangers.
I purchased 100 of these, so I have a whole box left.
Most morning’s my husband is getting ready for work while I’m still asleep, or it’s still dark outside, so I wanted to add some lighting in there. I can not rave about these Wireless Lights enough! I’ll be showing them off in later posts because I literally have them everywhere in my house! They are adhesive, but also magnetic, so because the closet is metal lined, I just snapped them on to the inside of the closet. Literally obsessed with these lights.
Finally, I grabbed him a Shoe Rack. Honestly, I’ll probably end up purchasing another one for him. There’s plenty of room in there for another one or two. I also put this together myself in about 20 minutes, so, their dummy proof lol.
I am pretty proud of how functional it is now.
Tip: If you have a similar system in your closet, and not enough depth, I actually hang clothing deeper in, on the horizontal bars. It gives more space for hanging, as well as eliminates the issue of your clothing getting closed in the door.
I hope that something in this was helpful! If I missed anything, or you would like any more tips, feel free to comment here or shoot me a message!