Our 656sq ft apartment has one closet. Yes. One! Uno!
It’s narrow, deep and tall. It’s also in our bedroom, so it’s where Juan and I store most of our clothing along with our suitcases and a bunch of other random stuff.
Our closet has 2 rods, one in front of the other. We keep out-of-season and special occasion clothes on the back rod and our everyday life clothes on the front.
The photo above is how it looked earlier today.
Also, here is a photo of the laundry basket where we actually put our dirty clothes. It has been a semi-permanent guest in the living room for a couple months. Not awesome.
(Note, we only use one of the three sections of this laundry basket. One of them is holding old pillows that I want to save for a project and the other is holding clothes that need to be dry cleaned. Again, not awesome.)
Also, I don’t even roll this basket to the laundry room. I fill up a regular plastic laundry basket and take that instead.
Room for improvement? I think we can say yes to that.
On my last trip to Ikea, I picked up a SKUBB laundry bag:
It’s tall, deep & narrow. Just like our closet. SKUBB in hand, I got to work.
Here’s what I did:
- Set aside anything that no longer fit for either storage or Goodwill (hello and GOODBYE post-baby clothes!)
- Moved anything that we weren’t likely to wear in the next couple months (like sweaters, etc.) to the back rod and/or out-of-season storage.
- Emptied the 3-section laundry basket: gathered the dry cleaning for my next errand run, put the pillows in the back of the closet and washed & dried whatever was left.
Here is the refreshed closet with the new Mr. SKUBB. See how I can now fit my boots in the closet? They were cluttering up the floor in the coat room and now they have an out-of-the-way home.
I also hung all of the clothes on the front rod on black hangers and faced them in the same direction, grouping similar items together. It’s a simple change with big visual impact.
In case you are wondering about our plastic laundry basket, it has a future home in Javi’s new Pax wardrobe. And the 3-section laundry basket aka stuff-collector? It has been washed and is sitting by the door, ready to go to Goodwill.
Today has been a good day.