But it feels good to start the week with a newly organized spot in my house. Friday, I showed you some of the fabulousness in the Blog Pool, and just as I feared, Megan's new Linen Closet sparked an urge.
Just like this cabinet, a dirty secret was lurking, and barely contained, behind this coat closet door that couldn't even close!
Aaaah...attack of the scarves! You'd think we live in Michigan with the number of scarves and coats we own. This coat closet received a makeover in this post (yes, it's pink!), but life tends to wreak havoc on organized spaces, so it only took a single Winter for the handy hooks to be lost in a sea of scarves.
Not only did it look bad and prevent the door from closing, but I couldn't get a clear view of my options. Most of my scarves are lightweight and used as outfit accents, as opposed to essential Winter gear. (I talked about how handy scarves are when traveling in this post.) Enter this $8 wonder from Ikea, the Komplement...
All the images I found just showed scarves and other items draped through the openings, but I prefer something a little more stable. Scarves pooling up on my closet floor wouldn't help the situation. First step in organizing, is to clear out the space, purge through the items (be honest with what you'll use/wear), then group. In this case, I grouped them by color.
I folded a scarf in half, fed the loop through an opening, wrapped the ends up and over the top of the ring, and back through the loop of the scarf. You follow?
About 15 minutes later, all our scarves were neatly contained, and the full collection is easily visible. So far it holds 18 scarves, with room for 10 more! Sweet...just in time for cool weather shopping!
I love that it's a hanger, making it portable, and takes up no more room than a coat.
Now the door hooks are free for bags and umbrellas. See the scarves neatly tucked among the coats?
I figured as long as I was having a mini-OCD episode, I might as well sort through the rest of the closet, too. Random holiday decor and fabrics sit on the top shelf, with hats and gloves in boxes on the floor. Eventually some of it will find a better home, but that calls for a full-blown episode.
For now, I'm thrilled to have wrangled the mess, and be able to close the door! Oh, and I feel so bad for those of you without access to Ikea (the horror?!?!?!!?), so you could create something similar with a tiered hanger like this, or thin curtain rods mounted to the back of the door like this.
Have you done any quick organizing projects lately? With back-to-school just around the corner, I'm practically nesting!