Recently, a reader asked to see what my closet to help her imagine what a small wardrobe actually looks like. And I thought, “well that’s a darn good idea,” so here it is.
This past summer we did a major update and had wood floors installed throughout our upper level. We took advantage of having to move all of our furniture and clothing out for the project and changed up our space a bit. Before, my husband and I split space in our closet and also shared a dresser in our bedroom. The closet is off the back of the master bathroom, so getting dressed involved a few trips back and forth to get items from both the closet and dresser.
To simplify things, we bought my husband a PAX unit from IKEA to replace the dresser and I took over the entire closet. Here are some old, old pictures of the closet from my pre-capsule wardrobe days.
Master Bedroom: Before and After
My Husband’s New Closet
We spent time at IKEA (had to get a babysitter for that trip) to plan exactly what components would make the closet work best for his needs. I have to admit I’m a little jealous 🙂
My closet isn’t nearly as ‘pretty’, but I love having everything consolidated in one spot. The closet is a narrow walk in L-shape space. The lighting isn’t great and there is no natural light in the space, but I can easily see everything I have in there.
There are some items in my closet that I didn’t include in my Winter Capsule. There are things that I don’t wear regularly, but that I like to put on every so often to mix things up. I also have a few items that I’m not sure I truly love, so I’m keeping them at arm’s reach to see if I want to wear them or if it’s time to pass them along.
note: I didn’t ‘stage’ these photos for the post, just walked in and snapped a few photos as-is. As much as I’d like to go in and get it all straightened up and perfect-looking, I wanted to share a more authentic view. This is what my closet looks like every single day.
The shelving unit at the end is also from IKEA. I searched for a long time to find something that would make the most of that space and eventually stumbled upon this, which is a perfect fit. I also knew I wanted a mix of drawers and open shelves in the closet, so finding something that included both was a huge win.
The drawers have my socks and undergarments, pajamas and tees, workout gear, and the bottom drawer is rarely worn cold weather layers (long johns and fleece leggings) and special occasion jewelry. The two baskets on the top hold swimsuits and t-shirts from my school or teams.
The shelves house my pants, sweaters, basic tees/tanks, and my casual/lounge wear.
I have a long clothing rod where I hang dresses, tops, and a few bottoms.
I used to have a second clothing rod below the current one where I hung my secondary wardrobe – a bit of a clothing purgatory. When we updated, I decided to leave that space open for dresses and shoe organization.
I could easily fit more in my closet and during fall I did, but it started to feel cluttered, so I packed up more off-season and unworn items for winter.
And finally, two varieties of cubbies for my shoes and boots. I use the top of my shoe cabinet for jewelry.
The newest addition to my closet is this clipboard and a list of the items from my capsule. I decided to track how often I wear each item by marking a tally each day after getting dressed. There is an Apple app called Stylebook that will do this for you, but I…1) don’t have an iphone and 2) decided to just keep it simple. I think this will give me even more insight into my wardrobe and make some end-of-season purging even easier.
There are some upgrades I’d like to make to my closet, like a mirror and better lighting. I’d also like to install a shelf above my clothing rod for off-season items. Those are currently in a bin on an upper shelf of my son’s closet. But for now, it’s functional and organized, which is all I truly need. I should also learn to fold and stack a little nicer 😉 Truly though, I wanted to share a real look at my closet and how my wardrobe looks and feels in that space.