Before we get started, though, I just have to say a few things.
I have always loved organizing. Color-coding. Things lined up. A place for everything and everything in its place.
I definitely get it from my Aunt Deb. Ever since I can remember, she has been a pro organizer. She has systems in place, labels on everything, and a knack for making it all look pretty while still functional.
She's lived in several homes, and all of them have been super duper organized from top to bottom. I was always in awe. I loved just walking around looking at all the organization. It made me giddy, and it still does.
Recently, she downsized from a 2700 square foot house to a 1200 square foot apartment (temporarily, as she'll be relocating to sunny Florida soon!). This downsize was surely a challenge, but she nailed it -- and I have proof.
I asked her if she'd mind if I shared some pictures of her work, along with any other tips and tricks she swears by.
My Aunt Deb loves to shop like I do (well, probably more), and she loves her clothes, make-up, and accessories. She's always been super stylish and perfectly put together.
In her last home, her closet was literally a room, which was perfect for her. She was able to keep her clothes for all seasons in there.
Her apartment closet obviously isn't nearly as big, but she's made it work.
I mean, don't her clothes look beautiful? I love how she uses all of the same color/style of hangers. Just makes it look so pretty. And she has space between her clothes. I need that. I shove everything together and then struggle every time I try to pull something out.
When I asked her about how she organizes her closet, she gave me a detailed explanation.
She sorts by style and color. With her tops, she first separates them into categories: sleeveless, short sleeve, long sleeve. Second, she sorts by color.
Other categories include office clothes (dresses, skirts, slacks, suits), casual clothes (jeans, slacks, tops, and play/workout clothes.
She uses those awesome, thin, velvet-y hangers that you can find at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, T.J. Maxx, Marshall's, and HSN. I have a set of them and LOVE them, but I definitely need more.
Aunt Debbie swears by these stacking shelves, too, as you can see in one of the earlier pictures. These make it easier to access all of your clothes so you don't have to pull a huge pile down looking for something. It keeps the stacks neatly in place, too.
Here's one of Aunt Deb's in action:
Okay -- moving on.
My Aunt Deb actually uses a vanity to put her make-up on in the AM instead of the bathroom. For her, the bathroom mirror is too far away. She told me that she needs that vanity space to get ready in the morning.
Her vanity has three drawers:
1) blush and lipsticks
2) eye shadows
3) mascara, cotton swabs, some brushes.
Her bathroom, though, is still quite functional. She uses dividers and containers to keep things sorted.
Below her bathroom sinks are turntables (aka "lazy Susans") and shoebox-type containers.
And her laundry area:
And her bedside table. So pretty and quaint.
She also told me that she believes few rooms should be without a clothes tree. For example, in her spare workroom, it holds her ironing and mending. It can hold school bags, sports bags, etc.
See it there on the right?
Her best piece of advice? "Bottom line -- have a container for everything!"
Her organization puts mine to shame. I have a lot of work to do... like looking for a clothes tree - ha! (Where do they sell those things?) I'd also love to hear what some of your best organizational tips are.
In other news, we all start our official first day of school tomorrow. I still can't believe today is our end of summer. Soon our Sundays will be full of menu planning, grocery shopping, lunch preparations, etc. Yuck.
Anyway, hope the rest of your weekend is fun!