Having to keep the master bedroom organized is definitely a work in progress. I may not have the walk-in dream closet, but I found what works best for me to maintain order despite some space limitations.
Here’s how I optimized space in my 6’10 wide by 7″10″ high closet that about one half of it with the hubby. Which technically gives me 4 feet of storage. Aren’t I sweet? 🙂
Since his side has much more clothing, I divided it into two to increase the hanging space.
Tip: Only keep the items you know you will wear. Go through each item and purge what no longer fits or suits your style.
Shirts and jackets hung above with jeans, pants, shorts and sweat pants hung below. Grab and go shoes are on the floor while the rest are contained in clear stackable bins from Ikea.
Tip: Using clear stackable bins allows you to see the contents and maximize the height of the space at the same time.
Things look a little different on my side.
Tops, sweaters, skirts, dresses, gowns and dress pants all share one rod.
Tip: Slim profile hangers reduces the added bulk, increasing the amount of hanging room.
Floppy boots and ankle boots are on the top shelf for now. I’ll do a switcheroo, bringing them to the bottom and sandals to the top, as we get closer to the fall/winter season so they are more accessible.
To utilize the height on the shelf below the boots, I repurposed two cabinet organizers normally used for stacking dishes, for my wedges and heels. Runners conveniently fit underneath.
The rest of my shoes sit on the floor for convenience as well.
I used a few clear plastic bins to store up to three pairs of sandals! The more I can fit in a bin, the less space it takes up. This stackable shoe rack purchased at Home Depot a few years ago is perfect to keep shoes organized and optimize space. I may consider using more clear bins for a cleaner aesthetic.
I contained my small handbags and clothing in these open storage bins and can easily be pulled out for easy access.
No hanging space for jeans and casual pants. I fold these up and into the bin they go. I use the same manner for sweat tops and work-out clothing.
I’ll get into folding techniques on an upcoming blog.
Under Bed Storage
Seasonal or bulky clothing that can’t find a place in a closet can be stored underneath the bed. It could also be a great storage for purses too! If you’re looking for a shoe option, this one from Amazon may do the trick.
I purchased these Gracious Living under bed storage bins some years ago. They have been so useful to store hubby’s bulky sweats and extra work clothes. These are the perfect height to slip underneath the bed.
Tip: Always measure your space, length, height and width before purchasing bins.
I immediately fell in love with this dresser drawer and armoire when my eyes landed on them. I was in search of a high dresser that would have as many drawers possible for clothing storage and an armoire that would have dual-functionality for tv storage and clothing. My bedroom had just the right amount of room for these big pieces.
Tip: Make a checklist of which clothing items need to be stored before purchasing furniture. Always have room measurements with you when shopping. Avoid cramming. Account for at least 3 feet of space at the foot of the bed and at minimum 2 feet on either side of the bed.
The top of the armoire is also useful to store hats and occasional use handbags. I used decorative storage boxes with lids since they’ll be out on display. Plus the lids help keep the items dust-free.
A piece of furniture often neglected for practical storage is nightstands.
I used one nightstand drawer to store eyewear and the other for a notepad, pen and more eyewear for hubs. You never know when an immediate aha moment may pop in your head and need to write it down! Transferring my thoughts to paper and out of my head helps me sleep better at night.
Tip: Avoid having a junk drawer! What starts off with a book and a package of tissue can often end up as the catch-all for batteries, pens, loose change or mail. Leave the drawer empty or limit its use to one notepad, one pen, a favourite book and perhaps your eyewear. Designate a proper home for everything else.
Also, if your bedroom has enough space for a chair. Use that for seating, not clothing storage. 🙂
Tip: Once you have your bedroom organized, where everything has a home, practice putting things back to avoid clutter from accumulating.
Have any questions or need hands-on help with decluttering and organizing your home? I’d be happy to help!