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How We Organized Our Closets: Ideas & A Video Tour


It appears like a miracle, however we’ve gone from completely zero closet area in our bed room (after we moved in we simply had dressers) to having simply as a lot area as our final home’s huge walk-in closet! We’ve beforehand lined how we put in Ikea Pax wardrobes and how we made them look built-in, so at the moment we’re throwing open each door & drawer to indicate you ways we’ve organized them. In case you’re on the lookout for tricks to maximize your storage & particular merchandise that may make it really feel extra custom-made, that is the put up for you.


Sherry And John Standing In Open Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closets



It must be stated upfront that neither of us have what we’d name a considerable amount of clothes (though I’ve all the time had a factor for sneakers and jewellery, so there’s nonetheless loads of that occurring). You possibly can learn all of my suggestions for curating a minimal closet right here – however I’ve truly been in a position to develop mine a bit recently, because of the entire storage we’ve added to our bed room over the past 3 years.

Since our home is in a mostly-finished part and we’re spending so much much less on dwelling renos than we’ve got for the final 15 years, I’ve been having enjoyable discovering secondhand clothes/baggage/sneakers/jewellery with among the money I’m not spending on furnishings and House Depot runs – ha! So that you’ll see somewhat little bit of that too (there’s a video tour in right here for you as effectively).

Why We Love Ikea Pax Wardrobes

The Ikea Pax closet system is in style for a purpose. It’s extremely customizable, affords tons of inside fittings and organizers, and will also be “hacked” with paint, {hardware}, and extra to offer it a personalised look. That is the third home we’ve used it in (right here was the primary, over 15 years in the past!) so it was a no brainer for us after we wished so as to add a wall of built-in closets to this room.


Wall Of Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closets With One Open Door



We had been in a position to match three 39″ wardrobe bins (double doorways) and one 19″ field (single door) alongside this wall (that’s all the best way to the fitting with no brass knob within the photograph above). The three bigger wardrobes – seen open beneath – act as our day-to-day closets. The smaller closet on the tip incorporates our vacation decor and is barely accessed very sometimes (John’s nightstand simply strikes out of the best way for the couple of instances a 12 months we have to get in there).


Wall of Open Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closets With Men And Womens Closets





We used quite a lot of Ikea’s inside fittings but in addition added another techniques together with issues we already needed to make every part work as onerous as doable for us. Don’t fear, we’re rounding up all the things on the finish of this put up for you.

Closet Group Video Tour

You possibly can see me open each door and drawer within the video beneath, so whether or not you need to see how issues are organized or simply need to poke round another person’s closets (sounds enjoyable to me), right here you go:

Word: You may also watch this video right here on YouTube.

The Left Closet: Sherry’s Sneakers, On a regular basis Equipment, & Lengthy Hanging Storage

Now we’ll take you thru every part one after the other. The left wardrobe is the one we added earlier this 12 months and it has actually been a recreation changer, particularly as a result of it offers me room to retailer longer gadgets like full-length clothes and boots much more simply.


Open Ikea Pax Closet Wardrobe With Long Hanging Clothes And Shoe Storage





Quite than put in drawers like we did within the different two huge wardrobes, we added this Ikea divider to separate the underside into two 19″ sections. You possibly can customise it with drawers or slide-out trays, however their slide {hardware} takes up extra vertical area than these primary cabinets.

With this configuration, I used to be in a position to match 25 pairs of sneakers and boots in right here and, by lining every pair up toe-to-heel, I can see all of them from the entrance (the matching shoe is behind the entrance one). I nonetheless hold another pairs of often-worn sneakers in our kitchen porch cupboard, however this can be a good spot for all the things else.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Shelves With Shoes And Boots



The highest of the divider created a pleasant little touchdown spot for some on a regular basis equipment that I have a tendency to achieve for, like belts, my fav sun shades, purses/clutches, on a regular basis jewellery I put on most frequently, and that kind of factor.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Overhead of Shelf With Jewelry And Clutches



A number of the storage items up listed below are issues I’ve had for some time, like this stacking jewellery organizer, however a newer addition is this acrylic divider that I exploit for conserving my small clutches organized. It makes it really easy to slip one thing out with out all the things toppling over. Extremely suggest.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Purse Organizer Acrylic Dividers



For my bigger purses and scarves, we put in this pull-out hanger above the smaller gadgets. You possibly can see within the first photograph of this part that I even have some baggage hung over hangers too (be sure you watch the video for more information about why and the place we put all the things). It has been an excellent system for conserving all of my baggage in a single spot with out taking over quite a lot of area. Additionally… why sure I did get a secondhand Fendi bag just like the Jersey lady that I’m. I’m a giant fan of The Actual Actual, Poshmark, and What Goes Round Comes Round (in addition to any and all in-person thrift shops). P.S. I like animal print, okay?


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Purse Hanging Tie Rack



Oh and every of our three huge wardrobes have a prime shelf that’s tougher to entry – John can attain it, however I would like a stool – so we principally hold miscellaneous stuff up there. As an example, on this part, I’ve some unused artwork frames and canvases.

You may also see that there’s a mirror we held on the left door (we blurred stuff that’s private like pictures, drawings our children made, and so on), however that’s actually useful for selecting sun shades or throwing on a necklace or one thing. I even have one other one in every of that very same mirror on the left door of my different closet for make-up/earrings – only a small addition like that may make issues really feel tremendous useful & environment friendly.


Open Ikea Pax Closet Wardrobe With Long Hanging Clothes And Shoe Storage





The Center Closet: My Shorter Hanging Garments, Folded Garments & A Pullout Storage Tray

The center part can also be my stuff (John simply wants just a few drawers and a dangling bar and is comfortable as a clam – we’ll get to his closet in a minute). Effectively, this wardrobe can also be the place we retailer sleeping baggage and different journey stuff on that prime shelf – however in any other case it’s all my garments in right here.


Open Ikea Pax Closet Wardrobe With Womens Clothing Hanging Bar





This wardrobe is ready up like a fairly conventional closet. I’ve received my hanging bar up prime and 6 drawers beneath. For our hanging bars, we’re large followers of these slim velvet hangers as a result of they’re so compact, they’re non-slip, and so they are available plenty of colours (ours are rose gold). Sorry wooden hangers, we’ve moved on 😉


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Slim Velvet Clothes Hangers



I additionally ordered some velvet hanging clips so I may use the identical hangers for my skirts (shorter skirts are on this wardrobe, and longer maxi ones are within the different closet with my lengthy pants and lengthy skirts).


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Slim Hangers With Clipped Skirts



Beneath the hanging bar are the drawers with the remainder of my garments. Effectively, apart from the highest one which is a shallow pullout drawer outfitted with felt organizers.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Jewelry Organizing Tray



I’ve received random getting-ready stuff in right here like make-up, deodorant, hair stuff, sunscreen, lesser-worn sun shades and jewellery, and so on.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Open Tray Drawer With Velvet Organizer



I particularly love this part for storing small jewellery like rings, earrings, bracelets, and even stuff like spare buttons. And sure, these are tinkles razors that I exploit on my mustache. Me-ow.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Detail of Jewelry Organizing Tray With Rings



Beneath that shallow drawer are the remainder of my garments. You possibly can see me pull all of them out and describe how they’re organized a bit extra on the video tour, however the prime is mainly socks and underwear and pjs and stuff like that.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Drawers Open With Womens Clothes



The drawer beneath that one is the place I’ve all of my denim (the left two stacks are denims and the fitting stack is jean shorts).


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Open Drawer With Womens Denim Jeans



The subsequent drawer down homes varied tops, that are organized utilizing a few of these gentle Ikea bins that we’ve had for ages. I fold my bodysuits longer in that slot on the fitting aspect and it helps me not pull out a prime pondering it’s a tank nevertheless it’s a bodysuit (#AlmostEverythingIsBlackAndIGetConfused).


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Open Drawer With Womens Tops



The drawer beneath that one is colder climate stuff, like long-sleeved tops and sweaters. Choose not my lack of fancy folding – that is my rise up after years of working at Categorical in faculty.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Open Drawer With Womens Sweaters



And final, however not least, the underside drawer has bathing fits and cover-ups (the best way these Ikea techniques work, you’ll be able to’t have a traditional drawer on the underside as a result of the closet door hinges must go there – so this pullout metallic basket is the best choice we’ve got discovered). Sure, I stay someplace that allows me to have a whole drawer full of these things. As a lady who used to have one bathing swimsuit and will solely actually swim exterior just a few months of the 12 months after I lived additional north, this thrills me to no finish.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Wire Drawr With Womens Bathing Suits



And simply as I discussed, you’ll be able to see that light-weight mirror caught to the left door of this wardrobe as effectively, which turns out to be useful whereas making use of sunscreen, make-up, placing in earrings, and so on.


Open Ikea Pax Closet Wardrobe With Womens Clothing Hanging Bar





The Proper Closet: John’s Garments, Hats, And One thing Bizarre In His Prime Drawer

The final of the three giant wardrobes is all John’s. It’s greater than sufficient area for him, for which I’m glad. Hashtag synergy.


Open Ikea Pax Closet Wardrobe With Mens Clothing



Earlier than we tour John’s stuff, let me level out that although it seems near the mattress, he has no hassle attending to his stuff (see beneath). If it had been too cramped, we wouldn’t have upgraded to a king-size mattress earlier this 12 months. However we did, and we like it, and we’re by no means going again.


Man Standing At Ikea Pax Closet Wall With Colorful Pink Painting



John additionally makes use of these slim hangers for his costume shirts on his hanging bar. He doesn’t put on them that always lately, which is why there aren’t too many (though there are inexplicably 3 variations on the identical blue examine sample). His lack of ten million collared shirts supplies us some bonus area to retailer the household’s winter coats in right here in the course of the colder months. And we’ve got a sneaky manner of constructing them virtually disappear in the summertime months after we don’t want them…


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Mens Shirts On Hanging Bar With Winter Coats



A lot of the 12 months all of us get by with no jackets or lighter ones which are saved in our laundry room by the entrance door (see beneath). However it does often get chilly sufficient right here to warrant a heavier coat, therefore conserving them in John’s closet to be at arm’s attain in the course of the winter months.


Loveseat Laundry Closet Wide Shot 768x1024



The place do they go the remainder of the 12 months? Effectively, we shrink them down utilizing these area baggage that connect to any commonplace vacuum hose. Look how these two fluffy winter coats slim waaaay down because of out little area bag methodology (prime pic is earlier than, and backside is after)


Before And After Of Winter Coats In Shrinking Vacuum Storage Bags



Then our little flattened coats simply slip into one of many suitcases that we retailer wayyyy at the back of our son’s under-bed space (he has baskets he makes use of and may simply attain all alongside the entrance fringe of the mattress and our suitcases stay behind these). The area baggage not solely hold our coats compact, nevertheless it makes them straightforward to unpack from the suitcase at any time when we go on a visit in the course of the hotter months.


Boys Bedroom With Built In Underbed Storage With Baskets



So, lengthy story quick, a lot of the 12 months John’s closet seems prefer it does beneath, the place his shirts have a bit extra room to unfold out. However we wished to indicate you the “winter model” of his closet to display how versatile and hard-working these areas may be for us. And what a distinction some $17 area baggage could make.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Open With Mens Shirts On Hanging Rod



One other factor John did since he didn’t want the entire hanging bar area was add this dice organizer shelf on one aspect. This isn’t an Ikea product, nevertheless it was an excellent measurement and it simply sits on the shelf and suits properly. We screwed it to the within wall of the wardrobe to additional safe it, and John makes use of these material bins to corral stuff like sweatshirts within the backside two and the household’s winter gloves and hats up prime. These winter equipment are hardly ever wanted, which is why it’s no drawback to be blocked by his hanging hats (if he takes them down he can simply slide out that prime basket).


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Bin Organizers Shelf



John’s drawers are organized utilizing a mixture of material Ikea bins (like these and these) and random different containers we had round. His prime drawer incorporates necessities like t-shirts, socks, underwear, bathing fits, extra hats, and – sure – a stash of sweet that he retains hidden from his spouse and youngsters. He’s a sucker for these post-Halloween sweet reductions.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Drawr With Mens Shirts And Socks



As you could have additionally seen, each John and I hold a few of our toiletries like deodorant and hair stuff in these closets. That’s as a result of, as we talked about on this put up about how we stay with just one toilet, we don’t need anybody unnecessarily monopolizing the toilet with issues that may simply be accomplished in one other room (our daughter has a vanity-type setup in her room for instance). And John and I every have these mirrors on our closet doorways so we do this kind of stuff in right here as a substitute.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Mirror On Wall With John Getting Ready



Again to the drawers. His second drawer has pants and shirts (kinda like my denim drawer) and his third drawer is all train garments. He even has room in there for all of his race medals and a yoga mat.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Drawer With Running Exercise Clothes



His final commonplace drawer incorporates his “messy” garments for portray and yard work and stuff. Plus, he randomly retains some extra formal stuff in right here too, like a few ties, undershirts, and costume sneakers. Since he doesn’t put on that stuff fairly often, he doesn’t want a ton and it doesn’t take up a lot area. His day-to-day sneakers are saved in the outside shoe cupboard on our kitchen porch with the remainder of the household’s sneakers.


Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Overhead Of Open Drawer With Mens Clothes Shoes



We in some way forgot to take a photograph of his backside drawer, however you’ll be able to see it within the video (it holds John’s laptop computer bag and a few spare sheets together with Burger’s beloved blanket that we’ll hold ceaselessly). And on the very prime shelf John retains our journey duffel bag and, in the intervening time, some puzzles we’re bringing to his mother & dad the subsequent time we go to.


Wall of Open Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closets With Men And Womens Closets





We additionally each have spare area underneath our hanging bars that’s kind of a “flex area” that turns out to be useful if we’re having company over and must shortly put away some mail or packages that arrive. We additionally use it this time of 12 months to stash our vacation presents earlier than we wrap them. And talking of the vacations…

The Bonus Closet: Seasonal Decor

Like we talked about, there’s a 19″ Pax wardrobe tucked into the fitting nook of this wall, and it’s blocked by John’s nightstand more often than not, however that doesn’t imply it’s wasted area. We’re in a position to match ALL of our Christmas decorations in there – ornaments and lights up prime, random decor within the center, and our ENTIRE 6’5″ Christmas tree on the underside (because of it breaking down into smaller segments).


Ikea Pax Closet With Christmas Holiday Decor Inside



We mainly solely transfer John’s nightstand and open this cupboard two instances a 12 months – as soon as in November to get stuff out after which once more in January to place stuff away. I’m so glad it’s not only a useless nook that serves no goal and we truly get to fill it with seasonal stuff. Good storage = our love language for actual.

Our Closet Organizing Necessities

I discussed quite a lot of issues on this put up that we use to maintain our closets organized, so I wished to wrap issues up by placing them multi function place for you:

So whether or not you’ve gotten a customized closet or only a primary little nook, hopefully a few of these techniques will help. Even desirous about how you’ve gotten it organized and seeing if you can also make extra sense of issues. For instance, I may retailer my quick skirts with my longer ones and clothes nevertheless it simply made much more sense to retailer them within the different wardrobe with my shorter hanging stuff as a result of my mind works that manner and I’d be on the lookout for them on my “shorter hanging bar” versus on an “all-skirts bar” if I had it organized that manner.

Equally including an inexpensive little mirror additionally helped with operate a lot. Anytime you end up strolling to a second location to do one thing is a clue you would possibly discover it MUCH EASIER in the event you can create a spot to do this factor throughout the major location.

And lastly, generally you simply want sweet in your prime drawer. No judgment.

Different Closet & Group Posts


Sherry In Ikea Pax Wardrobe Closet Side By Side With Outfit Mood Board



In case you’d prefer to see extra peeks inside our closets, or get extra group suggestions, you would possibly get pleasure from a few of these posts:

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