A Peek Inside My Closet

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS MY OLD CLOSET


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Welcome to my closet. It sucks. Okay, it doesn’t suck but it could be better. I’m making due {do?} and using every nook and cranny I can to organize and fit my wardrobe/collection into. I really wanted to avoid the whole closet post until I actually had my dream closet but have received so many emails asking to see it I thought I might as well.

. . . and running out of room, I recently added this


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…which originally was going to be an actual piece of furniture. But since we are moving in June I figured it would just be one more thing to move that wasn’t going to fit in with the new decor of our fabulous new house. So a few weekends ago I found this free standing storage closet …for $19.99 which will be brilliant for storage in the future. I chose the plastic covering over no covering for two reasons 1. I wanted to hide the clutter 2. I wanted to prevent dust as this was going to be the place where I stored the more special pieces in my wardrobe.

…and it actually works quite well


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I’ve used this Burberry box from my trench to store all of my favorite little purses and clutches in and slide it right under the storage unit


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My favorite hangers are the crystal cut plastic {I have a few pink vintage ones from my grandma}, the slim flocked hangers and the wood clip hangers for skirts and pants …although they take up too much room, they are the sturdiest and I can hang a few pairs on one.

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This tall and narrow dresser from Ikea holds my underwear, bras, socks, bathing suits & lingerie


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I save most shoe boxes and stack them up. I love the Velvet Angels boxes because the slide out like drawers. Behind all the hanging clothes though, there are more shoes …hidden. They are shoes that I don’t necessarily wear right now but are still “keepers” so they can sit in the back quietly out of the way. Behind this stack of boxes is a shoe shelf on the ground like the one above.

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Using a version of this over the door hook system, I hang all sweatshirts/hoodies. Confession: I own quite a few Juicy sweat suits …none of which I wear out of the house any more but they are the comfiest and last the longest.

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I also use a few over the door hooks on the back of the bedroom door for my scarves, pashminas, and cardigans. Not to mention the three dressers full of clothes and accessories that you can’t see. Or the plastic bins in our storage shed on the patio full of more clothes, shoes and bags. And let me tell you, there is STILL NOT ENOUGH SPACE. …but some day. SOME DAY! {raises fist in the air}

I hope you’re happy now 😉


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

63 Comments

  • Stacey B

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    Seriously, my pathetic closet just ran out of the room crying and hanging it’s hangers in shame.

  • Katie

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    lace, polka dots, animal prints OH MY!

  • me melodia

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    Out of control.

    wow.

  • Becky

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    Color me impressed…my favorite part? You hang your bras on your doorknob like I do. I have a drawer for mine, but by the end of the week they’re hanging off my closet and bedroom doorknobs 🙂

  • Caroline, no.

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I really need to get my belts / scarves organised. Man – I’d love to ransack your stash. ;p

  • ediot

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    hi dear– im so impressed of how tidy your closet is.. mine cannot look like that for more than one day.. then its messy again. id love to rampage in your closet.. looks like an amazing collection of clothes

  • Jacqueline

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    wow, I think your closet is pretty neat! Cool post =)

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  • Hanako66

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    At least you are organized, my closet is a mess! I was so stoked when we bought our house because of all the closet space. paaawhaaaaaaaaaw! Now I have rolling racks and am invading the would be nursery. It makes me way unhappy to be so disorganized.

  • Katie

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    I like it! Your closet has personality 🙂

  • Charles

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    i am so in awe! i hope i have some designer bags and boxes to show for myself once i have a career of sorts…it’s always so cool to see other people’s closets, especially fashionable sorts like you–thanks for sharing!

  • J-Diggety

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    My closet is SO pathetic. I, too, dream of an amazing, organized closet… SIGH…

  • daisymay

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    That is one hell of a clothing collection. But I have the same predicament that there is never enough space, but one day I will get that perfect walk-in wardrobe room and all will be well, and fit in!!

  • Meghan

    November 11, 2009 | Reply

    Umm, wow! Your closet definitely does NOT suck! You just inspired me to take better care of my clothes:)

  • Ali

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    Love the Burberry box for your little purses and clutches… hmmmm

  • drollgirl

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    raises fist in the air! I HEAR YA! never enough! NEVER!!!

  • Closet Cravings

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for letting us take a peak into your closet. Looks like yours is stuffed with lots of fabulous goodies.

    I think every girl dreams of the perfect closet. The one where everything is perfectly organized and all the clothes are neatly arranged. A beautiful oasis that seems like a department store. A girl can dream. =)

  • Sheri

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    What a happy closet, even if it is a little bit of chaos and not perfect – I think clothes like it better that way sometimes… they can become more inspirational for you! 🙂

  • Ashley Pizarro

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    At least you have everything where you know where it is! I try to cram everything into my closet and I lose half the stuff I put in there…plus I have to share with the hubby! poor guy!

  • josephine

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    very similar to my clothing storage situation! great post

    thequeenjosephine.blogspot.com

  • Wanderlusting

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    WOW you are inspiring – SO much more organized than me! *cries* I get dressed in the dark these days it seems…can’t find anything (I’m currently between houses) and I can’t change anything regardless.

    Hey, I did a post you might enjoy…all about the 90’s alt scene lol.

    x0x0 Lusty

  • Lainey

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    My husband and I are huge clothes horses, and we love outerwear most so it takes up a lot of space. When we first moved into our apartment, I was so happy when I saw the walk-in-closet. But after almost two years of being here-it’s turned into sort of just a step-in-closet. Lol. We have so much stuff. And even, like you, have had to buy a separate rack for him to hang some of his stuff. And it’s taking up a huge chunk of space in our bedroom. It’s awful. I need like a whole ‘nother bedroom to hold my clothes!

  • Tiffany

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    I am like you, using every nook and cranny I can. great post, it’s always neat seeing other people’s closets.

  • The Socialite

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    I think I just drooled a little bit. haha 🙂 I’m in just awe at all your amazing pieces!

    p.s. I don’t think you’re out of control, I think you’re just getting started – am I right?!

  • Belle de Ville

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    For your organizational skills alone you deserve a bigger closet!

  • Iva

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    I love this post….especially the “raises fist in air” part! HI-5!!!you will have your dream soon, so soon! you’re on your way there…it’s just days away 😉

    that dresser from Ikea….I had it {and the whole matching set} in my dorm room…I LOVED it.

    I think you have done an amazing job with the space you have, it looks fantastic, and I dont think it looks that small at all.

    Hope you are feeling better 🙂

  • Random Musings Of My Life

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    Love.It.

  • Angela

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    Oh, my GOSH!!! Do you KNOW how LONG I’ve been WAITING for you to POST THIS??!!!? Thank you. I have a closet post I’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t gotten around to. HowEVer, I’ve always wanted to know this from girls like you that do this sort of thing. If all your shoes are in boxes, how do you decide what to wear? I have to actually SEE them before me! And, getting them out of the boxes to try on different ones with an outfit seems time consuming. Then I don’t put them BACK. Then I’m taking up more ROOM. It’s a never-ending cycle.

    Okay. This comment is way too long. I’ll get around to my quasi-closet post someday.

  • Maki

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    With such a limited space, I believe you have done a great job organizing it. Seriously, I’m impressed – I definitely need to learn from this 🙂

    I love this post!
    xoxo

  • Notes From the Grove

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    I can SO see you with a Carrie Bradshaw closet. With the plush carpet, metal shoe racks, gorgeous white wood with lighting behind the frosted glass…

    Wow, I just made myself swoon!

  • diane

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    I still think you’re hiding clothes somewhere, haha. How can you possibly fit all of the stuff that you wear into those small places?
    (you little Houdini you)

  • Rebecca June

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    It is actually wonderful to see a REAL closet. Sometimes you think that your closet has to be perfect in order to achieve those perfect looks too. Love it.

    xoxo

    Rebecca June

  • Miss Caitlin S.

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    I JUST stumbled onto your blog and seriously, one of the best posts ever. Always wanting to find new ideas for my abundance of clothes in my 20-something small apartment. THANK YOU. I usually don’t follow people right way but… SOLD! 🙂

    http://candyflosspersie.blogspot.com/

  • honey my heart

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    great organization and giving each piece a place. it’s full, but looks like a working and effective use of space. also love that you keep your purses in their dust bags 🙂

  • Pretty Little World

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    I realize this post is supposed to be about your closet, but at first I got distracted by the super cool leopard print folding chair.

    And then in the later photos, I got distracted by the Louis Vuitton…

    … and then FINALLY I focused on everything else to see that you have a crazy amazing amount of cool stuff!!

  • Serena from Style on a String

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    I love it I love it I love it!

    Thank you so much for showing us. I’m just reveling in the pictures, and trying to pick out everything with my eyes…

    (P.S. it’s “do”, you were right!)

  • John

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    the black and white checkerboard vans are the best part!

  • Girl Japan: April Marie

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    Nice closet and all the things that go in it. Hey Maegan… I mailed you a little holiday something… should arrive soon, but I wanted to let you know I will be moving soon, and changing my blog, I have a few jealous.. I guess.. (can’t figure out what other reason) hater (I think I know who it is) but got so bad I may have to change my domain and move my blog…

    I’ll send you an e-mail or come here to give you the new addy = )

  • daisychain

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    you are far more organised than anyone I know!

  • violetville

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    wow, you’ve done so much with what looks to be not-that-much space! have you gotten that stand-alone $19.99 closet to actually stand? i’ve purchased several and they all start swaying to one side right away (probably due to my over-stuffing of them in every way, of course). i’ve got most things on metal salesman’s racks now… i love that you keep the boxes and bags for everything!

  • Jill

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    I don’t think there is ever enough space. I think you’ve seen pics of my closet on our last Mexico trip. It’s ridiculous. I keep telling myself I’m going to clear it out, but the job seems so overwhelming to me…I never do it. You have inspired me though. I have some built-in shelves that I store all of my tennis clothes, bags, and nightgowns. I’m going to steal the boot box idea to store my clutches. This will free up quite a lot of space…thanks for that!!

  • Fashioncholic Girl

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    wow 😀 I loved that

  • anhesty

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    so organized! great post!

  • Phoebe

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    I absolutley love these posts – still coming to terms with how much i’ll have to get to have a collection like yours!

  • Amy

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    Seriously! I NEED your closet- it is magnificent!!

    xoxo
    Amy

    thebargainhunterextraordinaire.blogspot.com

  • Nicole Marie

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    holy moly can i come by and borrow stuff 🙂

  • The Trendy Fashionista

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    I love your clothes! Nice blog : )
    -The Trendy Fashionista
    http://thetrendyfashionista.blogspot.com

  • WinterBlossom

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    This post is amazing. You have a fabulous collection of clothes, shoes, and bags. I want to see more!! 😀 xxx

  • Rocaille

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    You have a great closet and I’m so jealous of your shoes collection… And belts collection… And… Ok, I’d better stop now 🙂 xxx

  • Alba

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    Wow!!!! I want your closet!! really!!!

    xoxo

  • Summer B.

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    Wow! I am proud! You are like a true NY’er, hon. You used all of the wall space in there and I am so happy you did that! That is what we have to do here.

    xoxo

  • Bubu

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    Super closetttt, OH MY GODDD

  • Robin

    November 13, 2009 | Reply

    You are a clothes horse:)

  • Natalia

    November 13, 2009 | Reply

    Mnina…adorei seu closet, tudo de bom!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chessa!

    November 13, 2009 | Reply

    omg. I hve serious closet envy. i can barely see inside mine.

  • FELINE.

    November 13, 2009 | Reply

    Oh my!!!!
    I can only dream of a closet like that!!!
    I’m very very very jealous 😉

    xo

  • The New Black

    November 13, 2009 | Reply

    I love the bras on the door handle…totally looks like my house! ☺

  • Tiaras

    November 15, 2009 | Reply

    (giggles) I was always wondering how big your closet is b/c it seems like you have all your clothes from 10+ years ago. I never save(ed) anything. If I stop wearing it, I toss it in the Salvation Army bag. There are sooooooooo many things I wish I had kept!!

  • Living and Loving in L.A.

    November 16, 2009 | Reply

    I have that exact same dresser! 3 of them, actually. One dresser and then two of the night stands! I could put one together in my sleep by now!!!
    Love you closet. You are so organized!!!

  • Nani

    December 5, 2009 | Reply

    I have that same Ikea chandelier hanging in my closet… it was leftover from our wedding decor… love your closet!

  • Rowena Anne

    January 20, 2010 | Reply

    yay! found the closet post! what do you do to edit your closet? i’m constantly re-editing, but i still end up hanging on to so much! I guess i have to find the post about editing…

  • Ashley

    February 7, 2010 | Reply

    How can you think that this is an organized closet????? IT is one of the most disorganized ones I have ever seen!!!!! I have even more clothes than you but what I did was simply convert one of the extra bedrooms in the house to a closet and that is super nice and organized. Unlike your jumbled mess!

  • Anonymous

    April 8, 2010 | Reply

    My mother in law put me down with a great idea for storage. You can buy a cheap book case, say from Walmart and use the shelves for storage of shoes, scarves, etc. She even painted hers white. I found it helpful for shoe storage because my closet is almost no- existant.

  • Anonymous

    June 11, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve recently become home bound with my newborn and I’ve been browsing your blog almost nonstop for two days now. I got so inspired and with my boredom (as I’ve said home bound) I’ve started piecing together my clothes into actual outfits. It is otherwise, thrown on haphazardly. It’s like shopping in my closet again. I can’t wait to wear them.

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