A tour of my new closet

My blogger friend Erin @ Loop Looks has asked for a tour of our new home, so let’s start with one of the most important rooms:  the closet. As we did in Portland, my husband and I share the master closet, with one side each. (See this post for a view of our old master closet.)

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of my new closet

This walk-in master closet was carved out of the attic space (as was the entire master suite), hence the pitched roof. Physically, our new closet is bigger and wider than our old closet, but because of the pitched roof, there isn’t as much space to hang things or stack boxes on top of the shelves, as you can see in the pics above and below. I had to get a little creative to fit everything in.

Moving in

The left side of the closet is Sam’s side, and my side is on the right. I forgot to get a pic of the closet completely empty, as I was eager to start unpacking my clothes. At this point, I was unpacking only my “de facto capsule collection” of clothes.

Our cat Ibsen was also eager to check out the closet!

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Early on, I had the idea of putting shoes on the shelves, as they’re just about the only things that fit naturally on them.

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

You can see below that on my side of the closet, there’s a little space between the hanging rod and the front wall. That little space is actually a built-in alcove, which we filled with sliding bins, which now hold my scarves, tank tops, etc. (When we first moved in, the bins held my underwear and socks, but those items are now in my dresser.)

The white shelves below the hanging clothes that now serve as additional shoe storage are actually extender shelves from our IKEA Billy bookcases. Waste not, want not!

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Intermediate stage

I took these photos at an in-between stage, after we unloaded the pod and the rest of our clothing and shoes. You can tell I’ve added more shoes along the top shelf, on some shelves below the hanging clothes, and my boots on the boot rack below the central window.

By this stage, you can tell I decided to take out the hanging shelves, as there just wasn’t enough room to hang everything up. I lost hanging space that I had had in the old closet, which was tall enough to do a second row for skirts below my tops.

The order of my items goes, from right to left (or front to back):  cardigans, jackets, button-front shirts, blouses and t-shirts, tunics, skirts, trousers, dresses, and belts in the rear.

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Final stage (for now)

I also added a curtain on the window, as the closet is wide enough to serve as a dressing room. (This window faces the street.)

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Below is a view of the front of the closet, from the perspective of the window. My jewelry is housed in the little green armoire, and the hanging mirror also serves to hold jewelry.

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

I do not have my sewing area set up yet, so for the time being, I am hanging my sewing projects on the last bit of the hanging rod, in front of my cardigans. I also put my out-of-season clothing in a clear bin, which is tucked in below my clothes, to the left side of the bottom shoe shelves. I added an additional shelf to the bottom shoe shelves, in order to fit in more shoes.

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

We will probably add hooks to the front wall to hang hats, but for now, my summer hats fit on the end of my long shelf, at the end of my row of high heels. I love seeing my high heels on that shelf, displayed almost like art! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of high heels in new closet

And a look outside our master closet, as my hanging bag of shoes is on the other side of the closet door. Yes, I fully admit that I *do* have a lot of shoes. Click here for a full look at my entire shoe collection (at least as it was a few years ago — I need to do an update post on my shoe collection!).

You can also spy a bit of my husband’s dresser on the wall to the left of the closet door.

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Lastly, whatever happened to the hanging shelves I had had in the closet when we first moved in? I’ve repurposed them in the guest room closet, to hold sheet sets and other odds and ends. And my underwear, tights, pajamas, shorts, and jeans are in my dresser in the master bedroom. But otherwise, everything else fits on my side of our new master closet!

So what do you think? Are you amazed I fit everything in? Please leave a comment and let me know! 🙂

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16 thoughts on “A tour of my new closet

  1. A Life in Progress...

    Wow! Huge closet! You have a ton of shoes! I also love the colorful clothes. Great job organizing. The attic is such an unused space!

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  2. karenstrand

    I love the freshness of a new closet. So many possibilities. What I really love is your gorgeous shoe collection. 🙂 These pictures make me want to take everything out of mine and start over!

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  3. Brenda N.

    Looks, great, Jen. Love the simplicity of having his & her sides & plenty of space in- between. The window is nice to have, we had an old Craftsman home that had windows in the closets & the natural light is great.

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Oooh, a Craftsman, sounds lovely! Our house is in the Traditional style, which transitioned between the Victorian and Craftsman styles. And yes, Sam and I have always done the equal sides to the closet thing. He likes to joke about the size of my wardrobe, but he has a very sizable wardrobe himself! 😉

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  4. Meredith Seiser

    It looks like you and your clothes will be very happy in Tacoma! Maybe install a cat perch just below the window? Would the boots still fit?

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  5. shelbeeontheedge1

    Fabulous closet! I have a huge walk in closet that I love and I essentially pushed my husband out of it and told him to go find a closet somewhere else! Haha! I also checked out your shoes collection post. Very cool! That must have been a lot of work placing all your shoes for the photographs and then having to put them all away. But I guess it was probably a really good way to take inventory of what you have. I may have tot ry that one day.

    Thanks for linking up On the Edge of the Week! I hope to see you again next week. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Shelbee

    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      It was a lot of work getting the shoes all arranged, but it’s been such a helpful reminder of what shoes I had — and as a kind of marker for that point in my life. I’m thinking of redoing that idea — because my shoe collection has changed in the last 4 years! — in our new home, which also has stairs. It would be easier in our home! 🙂

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      What our closet lacks in vertical hanging space, it makes up for in space to walk in and try things on. And it’s really the addition of the hanging mirror that helps turn it into a dressing room. I do feel lucky to share this closet! 🙂

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