Well we (Matt & I) have been just a tad bit busy as of late. Not only are we in the midst of wedding planning, but we are moving in together! Matt was able to rent out his half of his duplex (income property-holla!), a month earlier than expected, so our move-in together was “bumped” up in schedule. Matt & I have lived 2.1 miles apart for about two years, we both felt it was important to have our own spaces and to keep moving in together with the excitement of getting married. Although we are moving in together sooner than planned, we couldn’t be happier or more excited!
Yes, you read correct, Matt is moving into my 700 sq ft house (from his 1200 sq ft house). No we aren’t crazy (well maybe we are), but we had always envisioned/planned for Matt’s house to be an income property (and yes, that is his favorite show and is set on our DVR). Regardless, moving Matt and his 1200 sq ft of stuff accumulated over 3 years into my tiny (ok, we like to call it “cozy”, not tiny) — my “cozy” 700 sq ft house, is well, interesting!
When I moved into my house by myself a few years back, I did what any typical girl would have done. I used the second bedroom for what you ask? Obviously a walk-in closet! Fashion/shopping/clothes are a total love of mine (I call it a hobby, Matt thinks that’s a stretch), but in an age where I was able to focus a lot of my time/money/attention on fashion, my very own girl world walk-in closet was pretty much my favorite room in my house. I am such a proponent of being able to visually see everything you have in order to best combine/accessorize into the best looks. SO, prior to Matt moving in (and me allowing a boys’ things into my glorious closet), I documented my exclusively 100% girl closet to always remember it
*Side Note, since these photos Matt and his clothes are in the closet and it has been revamped to fit both of us, and I admit, it is still fabulous- I will post pics of the co-ed closet soon, we are still doing some finishing touches/battle of the sexes.
I thought it would fun/helpful/useful/smart to go through some of the areas/organization of my closet and review them after living with them, because, let’s face it, things ALWAYS look perfect on Pinterest, but the reality of living with certain organizational tactics is a whole different story. Hopefully this will be useful or may spark some other organization lovers dream closet ideas!
I actually purchased two of these leaning bookshelves off Craigslist (2 for $80, so $40 each, not bad!). The other one is in my living room (well, it was, now it is in our storage unit). I really love not only the look of this shelf for my shoes (umm who wouldn’t want to display a bunch of gorgeous shoes?!), but I also really appreciated the ability to customize the heights of the shelves, allowing me to display my beloved boots too (very important).
The metal wood looking bin (Target clearance find) does house my flats & sandals due to my shelves displaying all my ‘pretty shoes’, which I’m fine with
I also purchased my vanity off Craigslist (hmm seeing a pattern here?) for $50 I believe. A few reasons why I love my vanity. (1) Girls, are we really neat and tidy when getting ready?! Umm, no. Do we love drawers where we can shove our makeup/junk into to LOOK like we are neat and tidy?? Yes! (2) I actually used drawer divider organizers in my drawers for my makeup for more organization (3) Beyond utility, the vanity is adorbs and I love the vintage/girly look. It makes getting ready there everyday a little more fun like I’m playing dress up (4) I love hair products and always have an excessive inventory of them, if you see on the left of the vanity top, I have a granite tile, this is for my appliances so I don’t burn into the wood (my construction father has made us girls do this for years, but great tip!) p.s. This vanity was originally going to be a ‘reno’ project for me to refinish (the original owner started priming it then stopped), but it has a rustic charm that I sort of love. I can see myself holding onto this piece for years and eventually doing it in some fabulous pop of color.
This was a gift from my older sister Adrian who did a fabulous job DIY-ing a Vintage Letterpress drawer into a fabulous work of art and very useful jewelry holder. Not only is it beautiful, it does such a great job of showing everything you have. I believe Adrian bought the drawer off of ebay and then used hardware store hooks to screw in (very time consuming)- but totally worth it. The vintage “up-cycled” look is totally up my alley.
Closet Rod System:
I have always loved/needed big closets — my dad actually built me this clothing rod system (the white with the dresser in between) for my college bedroom and since it is ‘freestanding’ we took it and low & behold I got a few more years of use out of it I designed it to fit my ikea malm dresser perfectly between 2 upper rods. Now, before all you ikea haters start, I hear ‘ya. Ikea furniture is not a vintage 1960′s made piece that will last forever, BUT, I got my dresser in 2007 and here we are in 2013, and it’s still kickin’ and serving it’s purpose The rod to the left of the dresser was to be used for longer garmets (dresses, etc.) and the right side was for shorter garments, due to the pants hanger below…..
*Another great feature about the closet rod system is the storage space ON TOP of the unit. I put my laundry basket up there and other misc. things for added storage, when you live small– you need to think up up up!
Again, iKEA, nice work. This $10 KOMPLEMENT pants hanger was fabulous and I totally loved not wrestling my pants onto hangers every day. Due to lack of space, this piece did not make it into our revised co-ed closet, but mark my words, someday it will be used again….
All in all, I loved my girly closet and it was really my favorite room in my whole house– luckily I’m marrying such a great guy that living with him will bring me lots of joy and laughter as we ‘slumber party’ every night, it’s worth it.
Farewell, Girls only Closet! It’s been real.