Ms. B was left in a state of limbo after last weekend’s declutter session. Normally when I work through a space and tidy after I do not like to purchase organizing supplies, a lot of the time people have what they need to organize their space. However, in Ms. B’s case she wanted a new dresser and shoe cabinet for her closet. She needed to freshen the space and get rid of the two smaller organizational pieces in her room that were old and not serving the purpose for which they were intended.
First, we started with finalizing the closet. We built these drawers from Ikea, I believe they are meant for office spaces but I wanted to use them for her shoes less worn and they are great for different shoe sizes (sandals are quite a bit thinner than heels).
In typical Ikea Fashion: building these takes two people with coffee or one person with a long movie and wine… leave the bottle.
If you haven’t experienced Ikea furniture drama watch this video: youtube Ryan Reynolds building a crib. Enough said ;).
Here are the drawers in the closet and how we used them.
The left drawers are for art supplies, notebooks and paper for printing on the bottom.
The shoes finally have a respectable home where they don’t clutter the closet visually,
but are easily accessed and off the floor.
FINAL CLOSET PHOTOS
Her extra purses are on the right in a basket, folded into neat squares for the fabric bags and kept straight for the harder nicer pieces.
Even though the cabinets go past the opening of the door the space is still accessible and the drawers open all the way so Ms. B will be able to get to their contents. on top are boots and taller shoes, one’s that she especially loves to see and wear. While the shelf under her favorite hanging items has her record player and keepsake box.
We hung a hamper on the door so that she can keep clothes off the floor and the door still closes nicely into the closet. She can easily grab the hamper off the hook and throw it into the laundry. Love it. Her purse sits on a beautiful owl hook by the closet and everyday when she enters her room she can hang it up instead of tossing it wherever it lands and searching for it later. The purse has an official home!
DRESSER WALL ORGANIZATION
Ms. B loves her records collection and needed a special place not hidden for them. I suggested using a picture ledge to fan out and display her favorite records that were visually appealing and the favorites she chose to keep but were less than artistic were still on the ledge behind the rest. Here is what we ended up with!
Hello, Adele. Hello.
Fanning out the lovelies.
PAUSE FOR A MOMENT
I have an obsession with this floating leafy…diamond, geometric…gold thing.
want need it. At least two. In EVERY room.
Next we needed a place for her jewelry. She had an old jewelry organizer/frame she was OK with but didn’t love and all the necklaces were too many for the 5 or 6 hooks it had. You had to grab a hand full of necklaces just to find one!
I noticed she had some Ikea towel rods lying around and always fancied the idea of hanging necklaces and things on them. I had seen it a while ago and thought this was the perfect opportunity. The rods add class but keep her hipster style with her lovely necklaces and headbands as art on the wall.
Of course I made her do the dirty work after I leveled them out.
I mean look at that precision!
We hung the jewelry and a new painting on the wall. And Voila! Beautiful.
The last of her jewelry needed a home, basically the earrings, studs and a watch that didn’t quite fit on the bar visually.
Enter Nikki shopping mode. I LOVE re-purposing and shopping people’s homes for items to use in other spaces. I saw this stack of mason jar measuring cups (world market) and asked her if she used them as decorative measuring cups rarely are. I find most people like to use their plain metal or plastic measuring cups instead of the decorative for functionality and ease of cleaning.
So cute, I love having a space on dressers that is decorative. Click to find out how to make this AWESOME TILE TRAY.
A NOTE ABOUT PLANTS
Plants in a room are very refreshing and literally add life to your space. If you can keep them alive then they are great decor, but once they start to wilt or die throw them out immediately because having dying plants in your space is subconsciously depressing and very negative. That’s why I love succulents they live so well in any environment and can survive long bouts of dehydration. It’s not on purpose, life happens and I kill plants.
Lastly, Candles. Oh man. Love candles. Especially with cute little labels that say, “Hi Nikki. I am expensive and you can’t afford me.”
Just a little jealous. 🙂
My favorite piece for last!
She had a dresser before… Everything was just kind of in there and didn’t have a home. Also, it was older so she couldn’t put her clothes in the drawers as they would start to smell…like old dresser. It was a beautiful teal color, vintage style and tall and skinny.
The drawers were a little awkward in size. In the end, she gladly parted with her old dresser trading for this fabulous IKEA beauty which felt a little more chic feminine per her inspiration.
Goodbye old makeup / hair drawer
HELLO NEW TIDY MAKEUP AND HAIR DRAWERS!
Her makeup fit great in to this plastic container that had a lid we removed for easy access to work as a drawer divider.
We have lotions and skin products on the left, powders and brushes on top. Nails, lips and mini hair pieces in the dividers below. Out side the box are her fancy-pants perfumes and special jewelry she likes to keep tucked away.
Her hair supplies are in this drawer as well as her makeup go-bag.
We folded her clothes nice and neat into some inexpensive fabric containers from Ikea.
These are great for keeping together folded items like socks, underwear and bras. Everything should be folded and placed vertically for easy access. When you have fold items stacked horizontally the can get disheveled or ignored when you grab from the middle or are unwilling to dig to the bottom of a stack. Items are easily forgotten when stuffed under other clothes. The way KonMari folds can be found by clicking this link. The way she folds keeps them from flopping over in your drawer and keeps them from becoming wrinkled as well. ANYTHING CAN BE FOLDED!
Here are the final shots of her space. It is functional, fun, and brings her joy.
She loves every item in her room and can now easily find anything she needs and has less stress
when working or getting ready to head out. I think my job here is done 🙂 On to the next Miscellaneous category in her home!