Last week I told you about my wardrobe woes and my plans to create a simple, intentional wardrobe this fall. The first step was to declutter and simplify my wardrobe, and things are already much less stressful in the mornings. This week I tackled the second step, a quick closet update. My hope with this step was to give the closet a light, clean look to complement my goals with my wardrobe.
The Problem with the Closet
The closet in our master bedroom is a small walk-in closet with one shelf and rod, and painted the same “butter-yellow” color as the rest of the house. The space isn’t bad, especially since we don’t have a ton of clothes, but the poor lighting and the yellow walls made it feel dingy even when it was clean.
We’ve already painted most of the house, but there are a few rooms and spaces that we haven’t quite gotten to yet, like our master closet. At the time it was simpler to just paint the bedroom, since we were already moving a bunch of furniture and stuff around just to get that done. Then we painted most of the other main rooms in the house, then we were tired of painting so the closets never got done! But now it’s time to finally paint the closet.
A Quick Closet Update
We don’t have a big budget for updates, so I kept this one simple. I painted the closet and the shelf white and it felt brighter already!
I bought slim velvet hangers to replace the black plastic hangers I was using and I love the way they look. I haven’t bought enough to replace the hangers for hub’s clothes yet because I wanted to make sure we liked the velvet no-slip hangers first. I haven’t made up my mind yet though. The no-slip aspect actually makes it harder to hang the clothes neatly, though once you get them hung they will stay right where you put them.
While I was rehanging clothes and putting them back in the closet, I managed to declutter a little more. I didn’t plan to sort hub’s clothes going into this makeover, but since they were all out I went ahead and pulled the things that were way too small and the ones he hadn’t worn in over a year.
I rearranged and “decluttered” some of the furniture we were storing in our closet, which gave me room to hang our mirror on the back wall. Having a mirror right there in the closet (instead of hanging on the bedroom door across the room) has been hugely helpful. It’s so easy to just hold up an outfit or try it on right there, rather than running in and out of the closet like a crazy person trying to find an outfit that looks good! Plus it’s super nice not to hear the mirror bang every time I shut the bedroom door! It’s the little things.
Updating our master closet has given me a couple new insights and some food for thought.
The closet is still pretty dark, even after painting it white. I would like to replace the globe light, but I’m not sure what to replace it with. At first I was considering a recessed light, but wasn’t sure if that would be bright enough. We don’t have any recessed lights in our house, so I have nothing to compare it to and I’m still trying to decide before I go spending money.
While I was rehanging all my clothes and putting them back in the closet, I realized that I don’t like most of those clothes. When I decluttered a week ago I thought I would finally get around to wearing those clothes, but I’m realizing I never wear most of them because I just don’t like them. About half of them say “college-girl” and the other half say “office-job”.
I’ve decided to keep those clothes for the moment so that I have something to wear if an occasion arises, since I’m not shopping for new items until October. But now I know that at the end of my wardrobe makeover, these clothes will need to go. In the meantime, I get to brainstorm and plan and think about what I should replace those dresses and pants with when October comes.
I also realized that I would like to update my shoes, which is a little bit of a surprise to me. I’m not a shoe person. I don’t buy shoes all the time. I don’t have tons of shoes, and I mostly wear the same two pairs all the time. That being said, I do wish I had a little more variety and a few more options. So this is something for me to work on and think about for my wardrobe update as well.
I hope you enjoyed following along with the second part of my wardrobe update. All the hard work is done (I hope!) and now it’s on to the fun part, planning my fall/winter wardrobe and then (in October) finally buying pieces and putting it together!
If you want to follow along, you can read about my first step here:
Have you ever attempted to create a purposeful wardrobe? Did updating the actual, physical closet space or dresser help you create a more intentional wardrobe?