LIVE SIMPLY: alternative use of closets

We all have closets in our houses, and we probably all use them for the same purpose; to hang or display clothes, shoes, linen,  towels…

But closets can be used in many creative and great ways too; have a look…

wonderful little office {image from iheartorganizing}
office closet by {appartmenttherapy}
books & trompe-oeuil {thedollshousek}
cosy corner {image from pinterest}
organised closet for stuff! {image from containerstore}
need an extra bed? {by appartmenttherapy}
pretty concept, remove doors, paint the back, use drawers {bhg}
laundry closet {junkgardengirl}

Which idea did you like? My favourite is the cosy corner, just in different colours!

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LIVE SIMPLY: decluttering your clothes…

Seems that we only use 20% of the clothes we own!

Can you imagine the lightness of your cupboards if you got rid of all the hanging dresses, jackets, trousers, scarfs, that you will never wear again?

Again, it is obvious that this is a sensitive subject; and yes I do have too many things in my cupboard that are there for sentimental reason more than for practical reasons, like the pants that i will wear when i am 5 kilos lighter, or the blue velvet evening jacket recycled from my mother’s closet…

Wouldn’t it be just great to have this:

{image from pinterest}

or this:

pretty and neat

Here are few tips for a “lighter” and simpler closet:

1. Go through your closet every 3-4 months (try scheduling it at the beginning of each season)

2. Ask a friend, or sister, cousin, mother (whom is honest and wants your best!) to help you go through your clothes; she can help you make quick decisions; Keep, Donate, Recycle (that is an issue by itself/ remaking funky clothes out of old ones; a future DIY post!)

3. Clothes NOT worn the last 1-2 years must go (think of the lucky person using it, instead of it taking unnecessary place in your closet)

4. Clothes kept for “when you will get slim and achieve your ideal weight” can either be donated or packed away. If you do loose the weight, the best reward would then be BUYING new ones!!

5. Think outfits: create outfits (dress, scarf, belt, jewelry, shoes, sweater and so on…) that look great on you, try hanging them together (i sometimes hang the belt & scarf with the dress), or take a picture of it and print it…It saves loads of desperate minutes when you need to get dressed for an event, and remember whenever you get compliments on your outfits, these are the one you should stick to. It does make life easier!

6. Scarves can be rolled and placed in a drawer, or folded neatly and placed on a shelf (easy to see), or hanged on a hanger or a rod (if you have the extra space)

7. Bags: that is a nightmare! there are Huge ones, and small ones and i am still looking for THE best solutions (to be researched), but right now they are stacked on a shelf above my clothes, by size and colour (I know it seems crazily organised, and it only lasts for a week!). If you are lucky to have space to store, separate your bags by season

8. Belts can be hanged on a hanger.

9. One item” in” means one item “out”;  for every new purchase try to see if you can get rid of one item in your cupboard.

Happy decluttering!

Let me know if you have other tools, we could all learn one or two new tricks!