Closet Organization!

Since Spring is just around the corner, I am already planning my Spring cleaning agenda. I thought today I will show you guys how I keep my small closet organized. So if you want tips for maximizing your closet space, just keep reading. Like many girls I love to shop for clothes and cute accessories. The only problem (besides the dent in my wallet) is that I have a small closet. It is so easy to just cram everything in there, hoping it will all fit. But all it does is create a nightmare every time you open it. Below are photos of what my closet looks like.

Here is a picture of the left side of my closet. You will see, I had installed a second bar to give me more space. Since tops generally do not hang very long, adding another bar will allow you to have double the garments! I do strongly suggest hanging all article of clothing the same direction. It not only looks neater, by clothes don’t seemed to get as tangled this way. Now, some people like to organize clothing by color coding, garment type, or even both. Do whatever works best for you. I personally only organize by garment type. I start with sleeveless on the far left, working all the way to long sleeve tops to the right. On the bar below I have tops in this order; open cardigans, button cardigans, sweaters and then jackets. I do strongly suggest hanging all article of clothing the same direction. It not only looks neater, but clothes don’t seemed to get as tangled this way.

img_0186.jpgNext we go onto the left side of my closet. This side only has one bar. I did not extend the second bar to that side because that is where I hang my longer garments like pants and dresses. Once again you can see I organize the items from smallest to largest, or from shorts to pants, then dresses.

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The bottom of my closet is where I keep my shoes. I used to have stacks of shoebox’s sitting on the floor of the closet. Then one day I was tired of the hassle of going through the boxes every morning. I also realized I had not worm half of my shoes in years. So one day I did a complete overhaul of my shoe situation. Now I am so glad I did it. I will only keep as many shoes as my shelving system will hold.

Finally I will discuss storage bins. I defiantly recommend storage bins for the top of your closet rack. For years I use to just throw whatever onto the shelves, only to have them not only look messy, but things like to fall down all the time. Having these bins can save so much time when your getting ready in the morning. Below is how I organize two of my bins. In case you are wondering, I keep my handbags in the two bins that you see in the photo above. IMG_0192The biggest thing to do in order to keep an organized closet is continual purging. I go through my closet twice a year to remove outdated and old items. I found it was a lot less scary, I mean overwhelming when I did it often, versus once every five years or so. Well, this concludes my closet organization tour. Stay turned for more organization tips around the house.

Vanity Tour and Tips on How You Can Keep it Organized!

Over the three years that I have owned my vanity, I have reorganized it many times because my needs tend to change through the years. Today I am letting you guys get a glimpse of how I set up my vanity to make it easier for me to get ready in the morning. First, here is picture of what it looks like:

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As you can see it is composed of 3 drawers, which provide great storage. As you guys can also see, sitting on the top of the piece, I have a basket, little white tray, a mirror and 2 apothecary jars.

IMG_0144In the basket I keep my HUGE Estee Lauder makeup pallet along with body spray, deodorant, tanning spray, and 2 hairsprays. The only reason I keep the makeup pallet in there is because it is too large to fit anywhere else. Other wise it would only be lotions and sprays. Baskets offer function and come in all kinds of pretty colors and designs.

IMG_0147My tray contains the makeup pallet I use the most often as well as the lotions I really love. And of course I had to decorate it with a pumpkin for the fall. I bought this tray at Target as a set several years ago. Trays are a must have. They make vanities look more organized and can serve as a great way to contain items in one place for quick and easy access. I recommend putting the items you use the most often on it to make getting ready in the morning go smoother.

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Now, These two apothecary jars are my favorite display pieces.  I love the way they look and they also can be used for storing so many things. Now lets take a peak inside the drawers.

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Drawer dividers are a must have for anyone who wears make-up. Nothing is worse then trying to dig through a make-up or container, trying to find products. Drawer organizers allow for all of your items to be easily visible. You can find them at Target, Walmart, Amazon.com and many other retailers.

IMG_0155Both side drawers came with velvet covered organizers. Since they were small I decided to purchase a clear container to store hair clips, ties, etc.

IMG_0141And finally I put my two curling irons and straightener in my right drawer. Keeping like items together make it easier to find them, especially when you are in a hurry.

So that’s my tour. Thanks for stopping by! I hope I inspired you guys to go through and organize your beauty products. Even if you don’t have vanity, it makes getting ready for the day much less stressful when everything you need is well organized.

Fake a clean house in 15 minutes!

Do you have unexpected guests coming over in 15 minutes, but your house is a wreck? We have all been there, but don’t despair, below are 6 things that you can do to fake a clean home. 

  1. First go through the areas that your guests will congregate, which is usually the living room, dining room, and/or kitchen. Pick up any items that don’t belong in those rooms and find a closet or another off limits to the guest part of the house. Hide everything you pick up in one place, so you’re not tearing up the house later to find them.
  2. Quickly wipe down only surfaces that have visible dirt, grime or dust with an all-purpose cleaner. My go to is Method Surface Cleaner. Not only does it do a great job, but they come in lovely scents. (you can also dry dust if you own antique pieces).
  3. Speaking of lovely scents, if your home as an odor to it, you can light a candle or turn on your essential oil diffuser.
  4. After you finished in the main area, move onto the bathroom. First check the state of the toilet. If it looks dirt, quickly wipe it down with a spray cleaner or disinfecting wipe. Also don’t forget to give the inside of the bowl a once over with the toilet brush.
  5. Once your finished with the toilet, wipe any toothpaste marks off of the sink and mirror.
  6. At the end pull out the vacuum and quickly go over only the areas that the guests will see. Vacuuming can do wonders for the appearance of your space.
  7. Finally get yourself ready, they’ll be here any minute!