Warning: shoe gals may find some of the imagery in this post distressing.
When we first moved into our house in March this year, I was very excited about the light, airy and (most importantly) spacious master bedroom. We came from a flat with a bedroom just about big enough for a double bed, if you didn’t mind banging your knees on the walls as you climbed out in the morning (I did mind that, quite a lot actually), so I was practically giddy at the prospect of space to hang my clothes and arrange my shoes. I couldn’t wait to spread out. Unfortunately, five months of ‘spreading out’ (and, admittedly, shopping) resulted in this…
Thanks to the lovely people at Sarenza my shoe collection has suddenly exploded, and the discarded corpses of brogues, heels and flats littered the floor around my wardrobe. Inside, more shoes lurked, unseen and unworn, as dresses jostled for space with chunky knits and crumpled blouses. Scarfs hung limply from hooks on one door, and belts slithered to the floor from the other. It was a diaster zone and something had to be done.
I didn’t want a minimalist look – I love a tidy house but I think a bit of organised clutter adds personality. And I didn’t want to hide my pretty shoes away in perspex boxes or cupboards. A flick through the Ikea catalogue gave me inspiration and after a quick visit I had my supplies. Then I started the sorting, clearing and arranging!
For my shoes, I bought this pine bookcase for £14.99. I didn’t want row upon row of shoes, so I mixed in a vintage handbag, straw hat, perfume atomiser and a few other pieces to create a display.
Belts and scarfs now hang from this circle storage hanger, £9.95 from Ikea.
I rearranged my wardrobe, hanging my most-worn pieces and storing everything else in drawers. The hangers are a super-thin style to make the most of the short rail – I bought them in packs of 10 for £5 from TK Maxx. More functional (and less beautiful) shoes are stored here too.
I used the doors of the wardrobe to show off my favourites. A vintage bag, a sequin jacket and the dress I wore to my mum’s wedding are proudly on display.
And finally, my current love-it-and-wear-it-every-day item – the Michael Kors leather jacket I bought at TK Maxx – hangs from a decorative hook on the wall.
My bedroom storage makeover cost about £30, took a few hours and very little effort. And the best thing? I rediscovered the shoes that were hiding under piles of other shoes and the dresses that were covered by cardigans. It’s like going shopping in your own wardrobe!
How do you keep your clothes and shoes neat and tidy? Tell me your storage solutions in the comments…