Operation Closet: Robin

Robin

When one of my best friends, Robin, approached me for closet organizing help, it was like she was asking me to give her advice on a topic that I could talk about all. day. long. Saying yes was an absolute no-brainer and when she said she’d bring along chocolate chip cookies from Joan’s On Third, it was like she was inviting me to join in on my idea of the perfect afternoon. Chocolate chip cookies + organizing is the key to my heart, in case you were curious.

The main issues I found in Robin’s closet were: hanger type (dry cleaner hangers interspersed with many different colors of slimline hangers), placement (blouses were placed next to dresses, which were sandwiched between denim), and functionality (things were not positioned in the optimal location based on the architecture of her closet). With the issues identified, we could then move onto the fun part – fixing and organizing! But first, check out the ‘before’ photographs below.

Before:

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The hanger type issue was addressed by getting rid of every single dry cleaner’s hanger and having Robin swear to me that she’d never put an item back in her closet on such a hanger again. Dramatic, but effective. We also worked to put different types of items on differently colored hangers, so while maxi dresses and jeans hung on hot pink hangers, the rest of her clothing hung on beige or mint green ones. Ideally, she would have the same color hanger throughout – I think the mint green looks great in her space! – but until that time, the sorting by type works well. With this simple change in place, her closet already began to look tidier and easier to navigate.

Next came the placement and functionality issues, which were addressed simultaneously. Of course, my main goal was to ensure that like items were placed together, but I also wanted to place like items in a location that best optimized the space. For instance, her hanging shoe storage system was formerly placed in the back of a rack, which created an awkward gap between her dresses. By moving this shoe storage system to the front of the closet, we created a seamless transition from blouses to maxi dresses to regular dresses, and the back of the closet where the shoes formerly were could now be used to adequately hang long, flowing maxi dresses. Since her maxi dress collection is next level, properly storing them was a top priority!

Following this same train of thought, heavy jackets and blazers were placed in the back of the closet, while lighter sweaters were placed in a more accessible location. Finally, skirts and jeans were hung on the top shelf so she could easily reach for them as she needed. I think it goes without saying, but each section was organized to perfection by ensuring that each item was facing the same direction on the hanger and was arranged in ascending color-order within its respective clothing group. Beginning with pinks, I moved into creams, and ended with blacks for each category.

After:

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While I finished most of my cookie well before we finished organizing, tidying up Robin’s closet was so fun and I loved raiding her wardrobe and finding items that I want to borrow. If you ever need a maxi dress, she’s your girl!

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