Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My Closet

We have been home in Michigan for a few days now.
I still have several hundred photos to look through and blog for the last half of our trip before the details become too fuzzy,
but I thought I'd check in and let you know we're safe and sound up north.

Coming home from a long two week trip means lots of unpacking and closet reorganizing.

Today, I unloaded the last of our suitcases and put everything back in my closet.
Since I had my camera handy, I thought I'd show you how my closet is organized.

So, when you enter our bedroom, the closet is past the first window to the right.

Despite this house being 82 years old, the closet space is amazing.
Even the hallways and extra bedrooms have walk-ins.
{ignore my messy makeup table in the sitting room- I have yet to get everything put back in its place in there}

This house is half the size of the house we built in Arkansas, so the closet is actually smaller than what we are used to, but, I feel I've organized it really well. Having a smaller closet than what you are accustomed to means you carry around less baggage and only keep what you love.

I love the high ceilings, hardwood floors, and built ins for storage.
We have a little dressing stool and some hooks when you first come in.
{In Arkansas, this stool was in our master bath}

It is a convenient place to put shoes on.
: )

And this is what you see when you look straight in.
I keep my purses at the very top and my blouses on the these two hanging rods.
Keeping all the hangers the same color and style help to stream line a closet, I think.
Even if you just have a standard closet with a sliding door, it is a pretty simple way to keep it clean looking.

To the bottom left, I keep my winter sweaters in those clear pull drawers and use the top for boot storage.
To the bottom right, I keep a hamper full of more winter wear and them summer casual clothes on top.
My belts are hanging on the little half way beside the hamper.

I covered that little pink box in scrapbook paper when we first moved in- it holds more shoes.

If you turn to the right, there is another full section of shelving and rods.
On the very top, I keep all of the family swimsuits in that green floral bag- makes it easy to run out the door to swim! I also keep my pantyhose and church slips at the top in containers

On the next shelf, I keep my jeans folded and have a basket of long sleeved winter tops.
Hanging, I keep dress pants, skirts, and church dresses.
More shoe storage is hanging and there is a shoe rack underneath.

Beside the church dresses, I keep my necklaces hanging so I can easily match them to my wardrobe.

They are on bathroom type towel hooks and work really well to hold a lot.

{In this picture, if you look into the master bedroom, you can see the built in drawers in the sitting room-
David uses these for most of his clothes.}


Seasonal hamper and belts on the half wall

This is a built in cabinet in the closet- this house is full of them and they are very handy.

It is where David keeps his hanging shirts.
 He stores most of his clothes, though, in the built ins in the master sitting room.

The space is made somewhat like an "S" shape, so once you enter, you can turn to the right.

And while I was hanging up clothes and organizing from the trip,
 Harbor was having a little free time playing Little Einsteins.
: )

So, in case you ever wondered where I kept my clothes, there you have it.
What other boring space can I put you to sleep with? Haha!

Maybe you have a really well planned out closet? Have any tips to share with me?
: )

Friday, May 18, 2012

Woo Pig!

Time is getting away from me here in Arkansas.
We are having way. too. much. fun!
: )

The whole purpose for our two week vacation home in Arkansas
was to celebrate Rachel's graduation from the University of Arkansas.
She starts her master's program in just a few short weeks.
This night was all about food, friends, and honoring Rachel.


For the reception, a full bakery/cafe was rented out and catered.
It was private, quiet, and perfect for mingling with friends.



I ordered this bag from Thirty One Gifts and had it monogrammed here in Arkansas.
It is a large utility tote with a metal enforced top that won't close.
She can use it to carry her students' papers, grade slider, stickers, and grading pens
back and forth between school and home.

Congratulations, Rachel!
Our family has gained a second teacher!