5.06.2012

Hi, My Name Is Erin. I Use 4 Closets.

It's true.
And sad.
And pathetic.
And let's be honest, totally awesome.

Some may refer to me as a clothes hoarder.
I refer to me as somebody who buys something if I like it, need it, or think it's a good deal.
Thankfully, everything seems to fall under at least one of those categories.
Thus resulting in this whole 60 day shopping freeze that I am on.
Word to the wise: not shopping for 60 days is for the birds.
Don't ever convince yourself that it is a good idea, because it's not.
It sucks.
Plain and simple.

Anyhow, back to the whole "I use 4 closets" thing.
You see, one of the perks of having no children is that you don't have to have any children's rooms in your home. Meaning, no closets have to be taken up by items that are the size of your pinkie.
Instead, you can use every single closet in your home for your own clothing.
How unselfish is that?
So, being the selfless person that I am, this is what I do.
And for some strange reason--a few of you have asked to see how I organize all of my shaz.
Let's take a journey down the trail that I follow every morning when getting dressed shall we?

First stop. Our main closet. The home of any of my clothing that is colored. Yes, I have it organized by color. At least, I used to have it organized by color. Until it got so packed that I could no longer squeeze any additional items further back into their appropriate colored spot, hence the grouping of colors on the far right that is random. My bad.

This is also the home of my purses, hats, sweatshirts, and whatever other random goods I can throw up top.

Next up we have pants and shorts. All tucked away neatly in their own little respectful drawers.
Up above, you will also notice a drawer dedicated to my Nikibiki Collection. Can't have those little suckers feel left out ya heard?

After making my way through closet number one, I usually have to make a pit stop at closet number two. Home of anything black//white//or work pant related. 

After I am done putting my pants on {in front of a window that my neighbors can see...} I make a beeline for downstairs where I house all of my jackets, dresses, and tank tops.

When that is all said and done and I am finally appropriately clothed, I make a 4th stop at my accessory closet. By this time of the morning, I usually have 1 minute to get out of the door so I throw on anything that I halfway think matches my outfit for the day. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. You just gotta roll with the punches.

And last but not least. Shoes. I have somehow managed to hide shoes in every nook and cranny of our home it seems. In our closet, under our bed, in baskets, and again, under our bed. This sometimes makes my life a little stressful, but hey--what fun is getting dressed and not having to dig through a pile of gold to find your treasure? Or something like that.

Once my shoes are on my feet, I make a final stop in front of this mirror, where I assess the situation that was just thrown on my body. Again, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But we don't really have time to change the "it doesn't" in the morning, so again..I just roll with it. Chances are pretty good that by the time I walk out of the house, at least one stain will have happened.

So there you have it. My closet organization {or lack thereof} tour.

Anybody else out there hoard every closet in their home? Please say yes or I am going to look like the biggest nut job on the planet. You are right. It's too late for that...
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53 comments:

  1. We don't have a lot of closets in the condo, but I have full reign of the walk in closet in our bedroom. Husband has the hallway closet. Don't feel too bad for him... it lines the hallway and is very roomy. But what I wouldn't do for a whole room that could be a closet! A girl can dream!

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  2. I envy your closet space and everything in it :)

    Miss Katie K
    Belle De Jour

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  3. oh my GOSH. :( I WISH I had that much space for clothes!! and the money!! :P

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  4. HOLY CRAP - I can't believe you have to trek all over your house just to get dressed in the morning. Don't get me wrong i have a wee shopping addiction myself but managed to keep it contained to two closets! I'm going to show this post to my hubby - he'll think i'm a saint!

    http://theselffulfillingprophecy.blogspot.com/

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  5. It's like my mind in your body. A taller, thinner and I'm sure younger one. Darn you. ;) I actually have three closets myself. The one in my bedroom has all my jeans, sweaters, hoodies, and generally warmer weather clothes along with all my shoes and purses. The one in the "office" has sweatshirts, extra jackets that don't get worn that often and ahem, larger size clothes should that need ever arrive again. And lastly, the extra bedroom closet has all my summer stuff. I gave up the top drawer of my dresser for my jewelry but it's overflowing. Not that I plan to change that. ;) Thanks for a fun post!

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  6. Wow! Quite a collection Erin! Something helpful for your jewelry...www.untanglemychains.com

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  7. I love it! I have three closets in my bedroom and I have claimed them all. :) I just have to get on to organising them...one day x

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  8. Woah! You're so lucky!! I want all of your clothes! Haha

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  9. Love...that sounds like my sort of organization. I live on campus so my stuff is just sort of stuffed wherever it can (sort of) fit...actually it's that way at home too!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

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  10. I have so many clothes and shoes that I use all of our clothes. Heck, I would probably have to use an ENTIRE room for my closet. Get this.. I gave away almost 1000 items of clothing too. Still no room. And I still have nothing to wear.

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  11. You have TWO pairs of glitter Toms? That's awesome!
    You have a very understanding husband!

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  12. Whoa! You have a lot of clothes! I am super envious!

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  13. I swoon at the idea of 4 closets (full closets that is).. If I had 4 it would look pretty bleak. Maybe I'll catch up on my shopping while you are on your break..

    XO

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  14. I only WISH I had that amount of closet space to store clothes! My fiance' and I share ONE small itty bitty closet (since we live in a condo) PS-- I envy all your clothes! I wish I could afford to buy as many tops and dresses weekly as many can do, but teaching salary prohibit me to do so! LOL

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  15. I'm pretty sure I need to show this post to my husband, just to prove to him that I actually don't have that many clothes (and that I need more!).

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  16. Yes! I'm a closet hog too! I have three closets (I need four) and the hubs only gets one. Glad I'm not the only crazy around here!

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  17. ugh... lets stop rubbing it in ok!! haha I use two closets!! :) Love those pictures... I see a lot of items that I need to make MINE!!

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  18. I want to go shopping in your closet(s)...like fo' real!!

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  19. 100% jealous of your clothing collection! :)
    xo

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  20. This completely cracked me up and made me feel better about the amount of clothes I have because I have a lot too! You're not alone - my best friend has 3 closets in her house and she is an only child! haha. I wanna come shopping in your closets!

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  21. Omg i'm so jealous of your closet. Everything is so neatly organized!

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  22. ok, i see the problem here.
    YOU HAVE 4 CLOSETS!!!
    i may or may not be jealous.

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  23. Lucky girl! I can hardly fill up my one closet! lol

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  24. I think this 4 closet stop thing should count as a morning work-out too...so kudos for multi-tasking! haha =)

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  25. I have stuff in 4 closets... one of them is our storage closet that isn't even officially part of our apartment. I absolutely understand

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  26. If I had four closets, I'd use them. I've already had to buy a rolling wardrobe. It's still not enough. :O

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  27. wow you are organized! seems like not since you have 4 closets, but at least everything has its spot and you know where it is! I've done the same since I moved in to my own place. I turned the extra room in the house into a closet using Ikea's stolmen system (recently did a blog post on it-"how to organize your closet"). That added about 4 closets, lol. I organized by type (tanks, short sleeve blouses, long sleeve blouses, & sweaters..and also by color :) Below that I have drawers where I keep my pants, shorts, socks, etc.

    On top of that I use the small closet in the room to keep my dresses, work pants, scarves, and shoes. I keep jackets in the upstairs closet. It's crazy!! It was nice of me to leave my boyfriend with at least one closet all to himself, haha. You are not the only closet crazy person out there!!

    memoriesoftimespast.blogspot.com

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  28. I am BURSTING with jealousy about the amount of closets you have. I have one. Stuffed full. Aaaand I wish I had yours!

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  29. Dying of jealousy re: your ridiculous amount of clothing.

    LOVE.

    Can I come over? We can trade.

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  30. I am totally jealous. =) My house was built in 1928, and has zero closet space. The closets are like afterthoughts, and I have to constantly keep my clothing collection pruned: when my space gets too full and I have the itch to buy new clothes, I take a bunch of stuff and donate it to make room.

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  31. I am so bummed I didn't think of this sooner! I have 3 extra closets as potential stash-locales. Thank you! Also, I love your organized chaos. :)

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  32. I wish I had that many clothes, shoes, etc! Love it!

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  33. I have 3 closets!!! And shoes like you! Closet floor, in one of those shoe things that hangs on the door, two of those shoe bags under the bed and a laundry basket full of random shoes in another closet! Plus about 7 drawers full of clothes! I need to be put on a shopping freeze!

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  34. girl .. you have so many clothes!! :) I love your clothes though, you always look super cute!!

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  35. i'm extra jealous of your closet space... we don't have 4 closets in our entire apartment, let alone 4 used JUST for clothes!

    actually, we only have 2 closets, and since our building was built in the 1800s, they aren't deep enough for hangers, and even still have the original hooks on the walls (since i guess they didn't use rods back then??)

    so, one closet is for food since we don't have any cupboards in the kitchen either... and the other is for my other half's dressy work clothes (but they hang sort of at an angle since the closet isn't deep enough for hangers)

    that leaves my clothes... we actually had to "loft" our bed (yes, like a college dorm) up about 4.5 feet and hang a road beneath it for my "walk-in" (get real... it's a "crawl-in") closet, because our bedroom is only 7'x8', with no door, and no outlets. so, i also have to use those battery-powered push lights to see anything down there (or a flash light).

    ...ahhh the "joys" of living in a city on a budget. i used to live in ohio, and have lots of ohio friends with ample space and no babies (yet) like you, and it's times like this when i hear you have extra rooms and extra closets that i wonder why i chose to leave that glorious lifestyle!!

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  36. (wow, that was a book... sorry for blowing up your comment board! but...)

    forgot.. you can see my "crawl-in" closet in our house tour here:

    http://www.beyondthestoop.com/2011/11/house-tour.html

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  37. As if we weren't similar enough this post happens. While I don't go in the other bedrooms to get ready, I hoard clothes in both of our guest bedrooms. and under the beds. Poor Billy gets NO room! I seriously get overwelmed by how much crap I have!! This is hilarious and I love you. H4L. (Hoarders 4 life) yeah, I'm 15 again.

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  38. To be honest, I was prego for almost two straight years and right before I had my second I got rid of ALL my pre-pregnancy clothes and am still rebuilding, so I hardly have anything. But--when I was single and did not have enough room for clothes in my closet, I used a couple of kitchen cabinets. Clothes were more important than food back then.

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  39. This defintely borders on the line of hoarding! ;) Looks like fun though!

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  40. talk about hoarding clothes. A guy that sells merchandise through the auction I run bought out an estate in Chicago of a man that horded clothes, etc. They loaded up 6 big box truck loads of nothing but shirts, pants, suits, coats, etc that had never been opened out of the original packs. the trucks were loaded from top to bottom, literally 1000's of items. this guy also had over 20,000 DVDs of movies, never opened. this guy also had close to 700 brand new watches with the price tags on them, most watches in the 300-500 dollar range. now that guy was a true hoarder of clothes and stuff. The sad thing is he never got to wear any of them before he died. What a shame as well as a waste of money. posted by Erin's Dad.

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  41. hahaha so fun! i am the same way... i have 2 closets... but one is a walk in, and its pretty huge. and then i use most of the hall closet, too. when we buy a house closet space is one of the TOP necessities. seriously. small closets is a deal breaker.

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  42. Girl! No WONDER your husband said no shopping for 60 days. The man has got a point.

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  43. I used the word clothes hoarder on my blog today before I even saw your post! Great minds, I tell ya! While I thought I was bad with two closets, I'm not even mad about your four - I'm impressed!!! I love it and must see this in person some day. That's not creepy right? RIGHT? Haha! xoxo

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  44. So jealous of the four closets. Oh my goodness I love all the colors!! And your jewelry collection is ah maze balls. haha. Where do you buy most of your pieces?

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  45. No wonder you always look SO cute- you have so many options! I do love that you are so organized about it!

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  46. omg! i use 4 closets too!!! you have way cuter clothes than i do, but i still somehow have 4 closets worth of stuff crammed all over the house....*high five*

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  47. just found your blog. obsessed. well done :)

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  48. You are like a rock star ;) and I totally hate you, but not really ;) Totally jealous, and thinking about kicking my kids out at the ripe age of 6 and 8 to take over their closets!
    xoxo
    Brit

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  49. Um. It seems like a ton of people would want that many clothes, but I don't think I would. I go shopping for clothes about twice a year.
    I think that you can manage not shopping for 60 days. You probably have enough clothes to last the rest of your life...

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  50. Wow, I am insanely jealous of how many clothes you have! Apparently I need to get a better job so I can shop more :)

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  51. I recently started following your blog (found it through the major follower giveaway) and wow.....you and I may be closet soul mates....except for the part where I now live with roommates and no longer have 3 closets to myself.

    Love that I found you :)

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  52. wow, you have so much it would be overwhelming to me, but i'd love to come and shop it! you & hubs must make a lot of dough for you to spend money on all those clothes.

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  53. I think I own about 1/8th of the clothing/shoes/accessories that you own. ;)

    I'm jealous

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)