November 26, 2011

Current State of the Closet

A couple of months ago, a tree came through our closet. Since then, I have had my wardrobe in cardboard boxes around my bedroom, on a rolling rack in hour home office, and I have had a hard time finding anything. The roof was repaired, the skylight replaced with drywall, and I have been able to slowly get everything back in there. As a reminder, this is my last closet post... and here's the current state of the closet:

I got some of those removeable hooks to hang the most regularly used bags right next to the closet door.  You can see I have a new box on the floor for my clothes that need to be repaired/dry cleaned/ironed.  The box is collapsable yet really sturdy - the Junque Trunk from Scout by Bungalow.  They have a huge variety of prints and sizes for any situation or location.

While everything is not nicely organized, at least everything is back into one place. 

The shoes I wear most often are in this storage shelving, the out of season and special occasion shoes are to the left.

I used to keep all my clutches in one of the drawers of this closet organizer, but having them out of sight made them out of mind.  I now have a few out on this shelf and find I use them more often.

I obviously still need to organize my larger bags - a few of these are still stained and damaged from the hurricane but I have yet to find a place I trust to do the repairs (and find a place that makes the repair cost worth it).  The cognac Junior Drake has white stuff on the other side - it seems baked into the finish and I can't get it off without taking off the color.  The black J. Crew bag has the same white stuff all over it, and the white Banana Republic bag has gray streaks and a place where the finish scraped off. 
I also need to get a better storage system for my belts.  The large ring holds a lot of belts, but it sucks to have to yank off 10 belts to get to the one you want.  The classic belt/tie holder to the right I thought would work for smaller belts, but it can't handle belt buckles.  I need to take a trip to The Container Store and find some better storage systems!

Obviously there is much more that needs to be done - proper organization and protection of my collection, I need some more slimline hangers, and need to get the damaged bags repaired.  But it is so wonderful to have everything back in one place, easy to find and easy to access!

Note: The Junque Trunk from Scout by Bungalow was sent to me as a gift from that company, I was able to choose the style and print of box and how I wanted to use it in my life.

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18 comments:

  1. If you're looking for a place to repair leather bags, you might try Bedo's Leatherworks in Falls Church - http://www.leatherrepair.com/ . Might be a bit far for you, but if you're ever down that way it's worth checking out. They're a small shop but do great work and are very honest and reasonable.

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  2. I finally found a belt organizer that works for me: the Round-a-Belt. And it's cheap, at $8! I like that it has five separate rings, so I can organize belts by width and material.

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  3. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle11/26/11, 10:28 AM

    Very well done, Allie! I hope you can restore your great bags - they look so yummy from here.

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  4. Oh I dig that, thanks so much for the link!

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  5. Thank you!  It is far from me, but I could combine it with a trip to visit friends in that area.  Will check it out!

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  6. It's looking great! I really like how you stored all the clutches together - may need to do that for myself!

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  7. Catherine Casey11/27/11, 11:06 PM

    Looks great, especially after the hurricane damage! I've been organizing my closet too this month. Let me know if you find a good solution for belts. The things I bought just don't work and I'm still looking.

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  8. I'll be sure to share a review here once I find a good gadget!

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  9. Before you pay too much to clean the "white" stuff off of your bags, try this: (of course, try it in an inconspicuous places first)  Dip a q-tip in rubbing alcohol.  Lightly rub it across the white areas.  It should dissolve easily and the alcohol should dry off without marking the leather.  I just did this on a leather bag that got weird white marks from rubbing on a wall.  I couldn't scrape it off and it seemed permanent until I tried the alcohol.  It worked wonders!!

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  10. Thanks so much, I will try that! I found my usual go-to of either Coach leather conditioner or a bit of baby wash wasn't getting it done, but this sounds as though it could work!

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  11. Really all picture closet nice! I sew many
    look of design form this sites.

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  12. Thanks so much, I will try that! I found my usual go-to of either Coach leather conditioner or a bit of baby wash wasn't getting it done, but this sounds as though it could work!

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  13. cheapchicinchicago12/7/11, 7:24 PM

    I use this http://www.amazon.com/CLOSET-HANGING-BELT-ORGANIZER-HANGER/dp/B000L1H7SG to hang belts.  It's nice for 12 belts or a little more; I have about 30 on it and it's now a pain.  But a few hangers would probably do the trick. 

    I LOVE that white clutch with the silver studs, you MUST tell me where to get it!

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  14. Thanks for the link, I like the idea of that hanger!

    And I got the clutch at a shop in Rehoboth Beach and it's the bomb though I have only used it once. It folds over to be a clutch, or unsnap to be a square bag, has a detachable adjustable strap to make it a crossbody. Perfect concert bag, and was on clearance for $30!

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  15. You can send you name brand purses to Beg Borrow or Steal for repiars.  They do a pretty good job.

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