Pretty Closets

March 29, 2011

Have you read The Happiness Project yet?  Lily mentioned the book in a post just after Christmas and I was immediately intrigued.  I’m slowly working my way through it  and it has inspired me to focus on what really matters.  It might be the combination of  Spring Cleaning season and the book because I’ve been in a clean and sweep kind of mood. In the first month of her project, Gretchen went through her home tossing anything and everything that was cluttering up her life.  Then she did it again.  All she was left with was what she needed and really wanted. How good would that feel?  I went through my bedroom closet a few days ago and did the big toss.  You should see my closet now.  I have a tonne of new space to fill up again.  I didn’t stop at my closet either, my dresser is all neat and tidy again too.  It felt really good to drop off 3 boxes of clothes at the second hand shop.  Our bedroom is officially tidy.

How does your closet look these days?  Does it need a little makeover?

photographed by Mark Burstyn for Canadian House & Home

photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor

How grand would it be to have a dressing room?  I was trying to have a conversation with Lily the other day on the phone with my girls hooting and hollering in the background and foreground.  I mentioned the idea of a phone booth but I think I would like a dressing room instead.  A dressing room pour moi.  I could get used to that.  Yes.

photographed by Jean Allsopp for Coastal Living

Made By Girl

Dreams aside.  My husband and I share a standard sized closet and thankfully, neither of us has too many clothes and it really is just fine.  My side of the closet is similar in size to the one below except this one is so much prettier.  I’m all over wallpapering the interior of closets even if they are of the smaller variety.  Our closets are one of the first things we gaze into in the morning so it may as well be lovely.

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For those of you dealing  with no closet space to speak of, why not put your clothes on display?  These crisp white rooms show off an unexpected pop of colour from these clothing collections.  What do you think?

Apartment Therapy + Decor8

And for the little ones if our lives, here are some ideas that might help get all that toy clutter under control or at least make things easier when clean up time rolls around.  One closet isn’t a closet at all, just a regular Ikea bookshelf.  I love the little girl’s closet from Domino, it’s inspired me to add a couple closet makeovers for my girls to my project list.

1.  Better Homes and Gardens 2. ohdeedoh 3. Real Simple 4.  Domino via mscott218

So, where’s the best place you’ve found to hide clothes from your husband?  I promise not to tell.

7 comments

1 Ever - The red house by the lake { 03.29.11 at 12:50 am }

I have to admit I am a little bit against this “clean and throw away” in general. It often feels like people are throwing (or giving away) things just to justify getting more instead of making do what they have.

After all, isnt it a major failure when one has so many things that one does not want?

Please do not misunderstand me, I also have tons of stuff, but everything I have I got for a reason and except for the broken stuff or things I really, really know I will NEVER, EVER (such as the party clothes I used when I was 18) use again, I do not want to get rid of it just to replace it with something else.

(This is not against your post in any way, just a general comment.)

2 Rachel from { 03.29.11 at 8:59 am }

No offense taken. :) I think we’re on the same page with regards to tossing and making do. But I do think too much clutter in the home for some people (speaking for myself) can have more of an impact than people realize.
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3 The enchanted home { 03.29.11 at 3:44 am }

Beautiful and such inspirational closets…makes you want to do your closet over! I loooove wallpaper in a closet as shown above, so great looking and it gives the closet personality. My problem is I have a hard time giving things up and even those that fall way outside “didnt wear it for a year” rule…so when I do get in the mood to give away…I go a little bonkers, my cleaning lady loves when I get in those moods! Nothing like having a perfectly orderly closet, best feeling to know where everything is!
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4 Design Fixation { 03.29.11 at 11:46 am }

Love the closets that are organized by color – so aesthetically pleasing. I wish my closet was as organized as these!

5 elisa rathje { 03.30.11 at 12:52 am }

i’ll look for that book, i love pruning down to what really matters. clearly also important not to bring in more stuff that isn’t beloved and used! and the clearing does need to be done in a conscious way! i’m doing a ton of spring cleaning right now, i like to treat april as new year’s! time to make fresh plans.

i could easily live with a beautiful armoire, myself xx

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