Monday, September 24, 2012

Step Inside My Closet

In response to requests from y'all...I'm inviting you to take a look inside my closet.  Although it's not large, nor is it "Pinterest Worthy," it works for me.

This little pink and green sign greets me every single day.  "Wear it well!"  I try!

I am a neat freak and even though I tend to "clutter up" everything, all my clutter is in order!  There's a white wicker table and a cute pink and green lamp inside the closet.  Sometimes I pull up a chair and sit down with a glass of Merlot and work on my "Wardrobe Inventory."

This is my "Wardrobe Inventory" binder.  Every single item of clothing I own is included in this inventory.  The outfits are broken down for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter and Transitional.  I outline every outfit I wear...from the ponytail bow down to the ballet flats.  I am extremely OCD about this;  i.e., when I buy a new bracelet, all the outfits that I will wear with that bracelet must be updated.  Recently, I went through and had to delete Mlle Coco Chanel's wardrobe...all her little outfits that matched mine.  Boo hoo.

Believe me, there is constant updating going on...all the time!

I have been doing this for over 20 years...

I keep a calendar inside the binder to remind me of special dates.

You've probably seen this mannequin before...I move it all over the house.  If I'm rushed, I use the mannequin to photograph my outfit...of course, I plan my outfits the day before!

Pink chevron clothes tag...printed with the day of the week.

Of course, I love Lilly, but I don't have a closet full of only Lilly!  I also love J. Crew, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and cute clothes from Target!

Tees and Turtlenecks...

Crewnecks...There's room for more!

Monogram totes...

Ferragamo pocketbooks.  Church Lady stuff!

Chanel pocketbooks...room for growth here also!

Bermuda Bags, clutches, and wristlets...

A couple of my Guccis!

Summer baskets...

I love totes and can never get enough.  I'm looking for a nice navy blue tote right now...maybe a Longchamp or Ralph Lauren.

I used shower hooks to hang the totes...they have a large loop at the bottom, perfect to hold the bags.

A monogrammed bucket full of flip flops...

Ballet flats and cardis...The cardi section has room for growth!

MORE ballet flats!

Misc shoes...clogs, loafers, and 'Church Lady' Ferragamos!  I've stored my long-handled umbrellas underneath.

Short-handled umbrellas...

The hair adornment area and lingerie chest...No, y'all are not going to have to look at my lingerie!

Monogrammed drawer knobs, of course.

A place for monogrammed sashes, scarf belts, and pony caps.

Belts...

A scarf hanger for a few of my favorite silk scarves...some of them I've had for 30 years and I still love them!  It pays to buy the classics y'all!  Left to right:  Dior, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Ralph Lauren, Givenchy, Gucci, Hermes, Dior, and Lilly Pulitzer.  

Eyeglasses and iPhone covers.

So that's Miss Janice's Main Closet.  Husband just said, "Why don't you show them the closet you use for the overflow loot?"   {That's where I store formal wear, suits, blazers, coats, more pocketbooks, and more shoes}.  Well, I can't...it's organized, but still a bit crowded and messy!  I hope y'all have enjoyed the tour!

37 comments:

Kristen said...

I love this post! I always enjoy looking at other people's closets, and getting organization ideas!

I would love if you could do a post on time management/home organization. I always struggle with finding the time to work, volunteer, keep my house clean, plan meals, etc. Especially cleaning schedules for the house!

miss andrea lee said...

Thanks for sharing! I hope my closet will look as fab and organized one day :)

Maggie said...

I second the request for a post on organization. Your closet is an inspiration to us all!

Imperfectly Balanced said...

I adore your closet! Absolutely gorgeous! Your closet is proof that you do not need a huge closet to be amazing, just an organized one!

Anne N. said...

I just adore your closet, what a happy place!

Blue Dog Belle said...

I am beyond jealous of your fabulous closet and all your amazing pieces!

xo, Emily
bluedogbelle.blogspot.com

Maggie said...

Oh, Miss Janice,
Your closet is sooo swoon worthy. I love, love, love it and you gave me so many great ideas. Maggie

JulesTX said...

Somehow, without ever seeing your closet before this post, it is EXACTLY as I would have imagined it to be.

Such a lovely fun closet with wonderful organization.

Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled said...

Oh this is so fun! How did I know that your closet would be so very pink and smashing!?!? I love the outfit notebook!

Love and Hugs,
Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled

CeCe said...

I'm so happy you did this post. Everything is adorable! I was one of the people who asked you about how you keep all your goodies (clothes and all the holiday house loot) organized.

Thank you for showing & telling!

Lexilooo said...

wow, I am so impressed by your organization! I don't know why it never occured to me to use shower hooks to hang bags from, but it is so clever!

how i met your father blog said...

what a beautiful closet. i love two things so much i can't pick a favorite...the outfit binder AND the monogram drawer knobs are perfection!

Cottage Dreaming said...

so pretty....you inspire me!

Tikaa Herridge-Cone said...

I just ADORE YOU!!!! You perfectly organized closet, the colors, the binder...we are long lost sisters. You are FabUloUs. I did a post a little while back on my blog about my closet and a friends closet. My closet is painted two shades of pink (blush and bashfull) from top to bottom and I LOVE it. You closet is a preppy woman's dream.

We love Miss Janice,
TIkaa
Green Acres Brenham.blogspot
* Go enter my Monogram Necklace give away.

Christine said...

Your closet is absolutely to die for! I love it!

AngelaV said...

Your closet is so cute! Where's the step stool to reach the stuff up high? I'm sure you have one and it's pink. BTW, have you stopped doing your style blogs on Fridays?

The Pink Owl said...

Miss Janice!! Your closet is AMAZING! I love how organized it is, makes my OCD heart smile. A beautiful closet for a sweet, beautiful lady!

Madeleine said...

That is just lovely!

I really love all your clever organization ideas, and the preppy colours you have added to the room. It sure helps that a major part of your wardrobe is in preppy colours^^

I would like to ask you something. I have been looking for a book (with preppy style) that says how to organize a wardrobe, what to wear when, what goes with what and what every girl should have in her wardrobe and with clothing proposals.

I read Bernard Roetzel's book about gentlemen: ''http://www.amazon.com/Gentleman-Timeless-Fashion-Bernhard-Roetzel/dp/3829020295

This book has everything one ever needs.. But it is for men. Do you know of any similar books like this or like I've explained, for women? I bought ''Preppy- IVY-league'', but it was mainly pictures. I have been thinking of buying the preppy handbook, but I am not sure it got what I want.

So sorry for this messy post, I just got so excited about this blog entry and had to write to you, while I am on the run.

Have a nice day, Miss Janice!

Madeleine:)

Merry Wife said...

Miss Janice, I love this post! Thank you so much for letting us peek inside your closet. I cannot get over your binder. That is just the best idea ever. :)

Miss Janice said...

Dear Madeleine,

"The Official Preppy Handbook" and "True Prep" are 2 books that come to mind when I think of guidelines for the preppy dress code.

Another idea is to follow preppy blogs for the latest in preppy fashion:)

Regards,

Miss Janice

Miss Janice said...

Thanks to all y'all for your sweet comments about my closet.

Suburban Princess said...

I woke up this morning, announced to husband he is switching closets with me and got to work. Now my closet is the big one with the organizing shelves...and he has the awkward closet...and his clothes take up about 1/3 of it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sharon said...

Oh My Goodness! That's a closet! Come and organize mine next please!

Sharon said...

Oh My Goodness! That's a closet! Come organize mine next please!

Savvy Seasons said...

WOW, can you come organize my closet, pleassssseeeeee? =) You have the best items and color choices, I'm just amazed at how everything has it's own place. I love wooden hangers they are definitely the way to go! Thanks for sharing, very inspiring! XO ~Liz

Sarah Harper Scott said...

Mrs. Janice...As I am sure you can imagine I am having a difficult time with my closet. With my recent knee surgeries which now have required wheelchairs, walkers and crutches; my wardrobe has been at the bottom of my list. Well...I did bring my own sheets, blankets and lounge wear to the hospital. My concern is two-fold. I am only allowed to wear athletic shoes. While they are comfortable and have a pink and green 'swoosh' the main color is white. So of course I am cringing mentally and probably physically when I must wear them public. Any ideas for more seasonally appropriate athletic shoes? Also, due to the huge brace I must wear on my leg, many of my transitional clothes are not fitting. So with the combination of white shoes in late September and wardrobe issues...I am staying home quite a lot. Any suggestions?

Sarah Harper Scott said...

Mrs. Janice...As I am sure you can imagine I am having a difficult time with my closet. With my recent knee surgeries which now have required wheelchairs, walkers and crutches; my wardrobe has been at the bottom of my list. Well...I did bring my own sheets, blankets and lounge wear to the hospital. My concern is two-fold. I am only allowed to wear athletic shoes. While they are comfortable and have a pink and green 'swoosh' the main color is white. So of course I am cringing mentally and probably physically when I must wear them public. Any ideas for more seasonally appropriate athletic shoes? Also, due to the huge brace I must wear on my leg, many of my transitional clothes are not fitting. So with the combination of white shoes in late September and wardrobe issues...I am staying home quite a lot. Any suggestions?

Sarah Harper Scott said...

Due to my recent knee surgeries this summer- I am.forced to wear athletic shoes. While they are cute Nikes with a pink and green swoosh - they are still predominately white. Any ideas for more seasonally appropriate athletic shoes. The other 'issue' I am having is two-fold. My transitional clothing does not fit over my knee brace- so I have been seen after Labor Day in white athletic shoes and shorts. (yes it really does bother me). My bigger issue is my use of a handicapped parking permit. I have had one since I was in my early twenties; I have used it much moreso recently. I had long khaki slacks on with a cardigan and those blasted athletic shoes...and as I was limping into Sam's pharmacy not one, not two but three people accused me of breaking the law by parking in the spot. Even seeing me limp(and I do not look healthy) these people verbally attacked me. If the people would have been my own age- I would have offered to remove my brace and beat them with it- but the complains were my grandmothers age! I don't want to play show and tell each time- but it has become more frequent. What would you do? And yes- I absolutely must park that close, I also use a wheelchair on occasion. Thank you in advance for any advice.

linda said...

OMG- the most organized and girly closet ever!!!!! Forget blogging- you must start a closet organization company, STAT!!!!
-linda,ny

Beaufort Belle said...

I love the excellent organizational ideas! If only I had a normal closet and could implement some of them!

John said...

I love all your colorful cable sweaters...so pretty! The monogrammed hats and totes are great too.

Glitterista said...

Miss Janice--your closet is absolutely perfect! I adore the organization, the colors, your mannequin, and of course all of the pretties inside! Thank you so very much for sharing this with us. ;)

Glitterista said...

And yes, it definitely IS pinterest worthy. ;)

Park Julie said...

love your closet!
I see some of ferragamo and burberry headbands
and whats others? i am obsessed with headbands!
thanks!

Park Julie said...

Love your closet!
I see some burburry and ferragamo headbands.
Whats others?
I am in love with headbands and I always feel bald without one. haaha:)
Thanks~

Miss Janice said...

Park Julie,
Some of the others are: Ralph Lauren, Izod, custom-monogrammed, and Target cuties!
Miss Janice

Miss Jane said...

Miss Janice, your closet is positively inspirational!