CLOSET FRUSTRATION

As you all probably know by now, my home was built in the 70's, and this was long before walk in closets were considered a necessity.  Actually in my house they were barely considered at all.  I've done some renovations to improve my storage, but there is never enough closet space. I really love my home but,  even if I dreamed up the perfect closet, there would be no place to put it in my home….I feel like this most days.

Apartment therapy 

photo: apartment therapy

I found some images of my dream closets….

Dominomag 

This could be a little too organized for me.  Domino Magazine.

Lastylistmom 

This would be fantastic…that's probably the size of my living room.  photo-lastylistmom.com

Bostoncondoloft 

Actually, mine looks a little like Nicole's–just smaller.  (get wooden hangers Nicole!)

photo-bostoncondoloft.com

Rachel-zoe-in-her-closet 

Rachel Zoe in her closet—I imagine this is a tiny fraction of her wardrobe, love her purple dress.  

Hookedonhouses.net

Jenna lyons closet 

This is my ultimate dream.  A dressing room with a big comfy sofa.  This would be perfect! Jenna Lyons dressing room–I think this was featured in Domino.  

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59 Responses
  • The Photodiarist December 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Yours is better than mine. I live in a walk up apt. in a 100 year old building – I have a walk in closet but it is so minute that if I bring in new things, some old things have to go to storage or to goodwill.

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  • judy@judyaldridge.com December 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Photodiarist: I can only imagine–that must be terrible. I don’t know if I could live in NY with my wardrobe. ;)

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  • arline December 13, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    I love that last one too.
    I am needing to work on my closet too, and I need to get some wooden hangers. I keep meaning to.

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  • Kathleen December 13, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    I would love a walk-in closet – mine is uber small. Those are some beautiful photos!

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  • megan December 13, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    I also live in a Texas (Bryan area) 112 year old home with a recently added walk-in closet. It was built with none obviously. With 14 foot ceilings we did a “out of season” rack up high and I got a hanger hook. It helped save so much space in a smallish walk-in.

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  • Diana December 13, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    I echo the all caps CLOSET FRUSTRATION. Dreaming of a dressing room a la Jenna Lyons as well. This blog showed that the photo was styled two ways- one with the settee and one with dressers.
    http://habituallychic.blogspot.com/2009/08/jenna-lyons-home-complete-view.html

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  • simar December 13, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    I have a walk in, but it’s so awkward so I still can’t fit everything in there. My parents on the other hand, have a closet as large as my bedroom….I have a pretty large bedroom.
    I laughed at the comment about wooden hangers….I’m trying to get rid of mine. I like how plastic is lighter.

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  • judy@judyaldridge.com December 13, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Arline–I love wooden hangers–they give your clothes a longer life. You definitely won’t regret it.
    Simar–really? But what about your jackets??

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  • Gem Wilder December 13, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    The doors seem completely unneccesary in that second photo. Other than that I am envious of all wardrobes featured.
    On the hanger issue – I love my crocheted and lacy hangers crafted by my Nana. So ugly but adorably retro. They seem like one of those crafts that are going to die out one day.

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  • Sarah December 13, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Ahh yes I have seen the last one before, love it!
    Have you seen the video of Paris Hilton going through her closet….it is the craziest thing iv seen!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SU-dhIOLbQ
    Its a bit too much though, she could have built a school for the poor out of the money in that closet!

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  • Style Odyssey December 13, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    I can relate, too! Currently (hopefully temporarily), my clothes and accessories are divided between a very small home in the Caribbean (built-in closets are not an option here), and two other houses stateside. I know it sounds crazy! I sometimes forget what’s where, and still there is not enough closet space (older houses= inadequate closet space…same as your dilemma!) I did go with all wood hangers in each closet, which was a big help.
    My dream closet would be a dressing room (love your sofa idea) with a 3-way mirror and open shoe shelves.

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  • Barchbo December 13, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    I live in a Central Austin bungalow and am constantly lamenting my lack of closet space. Have you tried the Wonder Hanger? IT ROCKS! Seriously – I just bought one (in desperation) at Target last week sand then I went out yesterday and bought 10 more. Try it – you may love it! I cannot believe how much more space I have.
    And Jenna Lyons dressing room? I die. In the Domino spread, the only room I loved more was her cool black bathroom.

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  • Robyn. December 13, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    wow~ If I had a walk in closet I’d be living in a dreamworld! My clothes live in piles on my floor, hung over the ladder of my bed, or in stacks in my dresser/closet. mostly on the cloor though.
    -Robyn

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  • Prêt-à-Porter P December 13, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    i noticed in the previous season of zoe, that she was living in a condo so her closet seemed even smaller, like she had this built in cabinet thing in the hallway (can u tell i have zero clue about interiors??! lol!)
    have you looked on ikea’s website? they have beautiful closets, if you can figure out how the heck to purchase them!
    the 2nd and the 3rd one are incredible. have you ever seen mariah carey’s?! now that is a total dream! though i shouldnt complain, there’s still plenty of room in my closet.

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  • kat December 13, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    woah now I want to see your closet! I was hoping once I neared the bottom of the page that a picture of your closet would pop up but it didnt… sadly.
    xo
    http://www.thetrashedfashion.blogspot.com

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  • Cruz December 13, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    I don’t even have a closet! LOL My house is from 1912 so it’s pretty damn small. I slump all my clothes over my deskchair and my hamper. :| I dream of a decent closet haha!

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  • Simone Renee December 13, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    My closet is literally 3 feet wide and I share it with a roommate! It’s totally sad.

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  • Brigadeiro December 14, 2009 at 12:21 AM

    Oh, how I’d love a wardrobe the size of my living room too! :)
    xx

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  • Geraldina Jakupi December 14, 2009 at 2:22 AM

    I’d love to have Paris Hilton’s wardrobe! My closet is very small and I have to share it with my sister! That’s makes me going crazy! lol

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  • eLLy*ClickClock December 14, 2009 at 5:08 AM

    A dressing room with a sofa? That looks more like the size of my current apartment. That shoes corner over there, is where my kitchen AND a small 2 ppl dining table are. Yes, who wouldn’t want a closet as big as that, gotta have the ‘right’ amount of clothes to make it look like a ‘closet’ too. ;)

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  • CC December 14, 2009 at 5:34 AM

    yes, my mom insists the next house she builds will have an entire room dedicated to just a closet.
    CC

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  • anna December 14, 2009 at 5:35 AM

    I have a really big closet.. But I haven’t got the clothes to fill it with ):

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  • judy@judyaldridge.com December 14, 2009 at 5:44 AM

    WOW–it seems like lots of you are suffering from closet frustration. This week, I promise to take a photo of my closet and post it. It’s really very easy because it’s so tiny.

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  • Tara December 14, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    Yes — an entire room for dressing and storage would be my dream, as well!

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  • Blogarella December 14, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Ahhhh, wardrobe porn! Bx
    http://www.adventuresofblogarella.com

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  • masibvo December 14, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    I am loving this post. I am in the middle of trying to 1. edit my wardrobe and 2. figure out a way to redesign the space I have to get the most out of it.
    No easy task! My walk in is a really odd L-shaped place that the previous owners intalled the tacky wire organiztion system, but only but the hanger option along one wall. (?!?) The long part is completely dark and cramped so like everyone else, I live out of many baskets. Shoe storage is a completely different can of worms. I have all wooden hangers, but have been adding the velvet like “grippy” hangers just to save space!
    I love the pictures though! My favorite is Ms. Lauder’s dressing room. Stunning.

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  • Meg December 14, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    I love the shot of Jenna Lyons’ closet and it does indeed come from Domino (an issue which she fronted and which I still have. I miss that magazine). She owns a brownstone in Brooklyn (of course) and I believe she said that, as is obvious from the photo, she is using an extra den as her closet. Her entire home is so beautiful though.

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  • Kym December 14, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    I find that a walk-in is not as important as “rod inches.” Pardon me :) But, I see so much unused space in walk ins. My dream would be a six-foot “entry” into the bedroom, with 6 feet of double rod space in each side, hidden by french doors with two glass panels, the lower panel would be wood and the uppers would have fabric inside. CLEARLY, I’ve thought about this way too much!! :)

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  • Pearl Westwood December 14, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    In the UK no one ever thought to include walk-ins, so its free standing wardrobes all round, which are so tiny! I am debating the necessity of my kitchen to have a walk-in LOL! Love the last one with the couch x

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  • shopsterium.blogspot.com December 14, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    I doubt that’s Nicole’s real closet. Maybe that’s just a hallway that leads to her closet mansion :)

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  • judy@judyaldridge.com December 14, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    P–Yes I have seen Mariah’s closet–it’s incredible!! I’ll have to go and look at RZ’s site for inspiration.

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  • judy@judyaldridge.com December 14, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Kym–You’re too funny!

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  • Sza December 14, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    how come the picture you take in your blog has different result than the pics you take for Jane’s? I wonder what the camera you guys use for Jane’s blog, I really love the results..

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  • Christina December 14, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    I would diee for a walk in closet! (haha not literally but i must say it would by quite enjoyable)
    http://hauteandfauxie.blogspot.com/

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  • Julia December 14, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    I also love that photo of Rachel Zoe’s closet! I used it in a post once! It’s so wonderful to imagine my dream closet. I’m like you, I want a whole room!
    xoxo

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  • Girl in the loft December 15, 2009 at 2:42 AM

    oh oh oh! u must see my closet it is literally our loft partition no couch in there! but i do love it still.
    http://girlintheloft.blogspot.com

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  • Elizabeth Fox December 15, 2009 at 7:02 AM

    I love wooden hangers for coats and blazers, but you can not beat the felt hangers sold at tj maxx-they keep your blouses on the hanger, imagine that. probably we all have too many clothes-so what? elizabeth.fox@styleblueprint.com

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  • Jill December 15, 2009 at 7:36 AM

    I’m still trying to pick a good time to do my closet makeover. The thought of dragging everything out is just too overwhelming. It will definitely be after the Holidays. Love Zoe’s closet! Well, I just love Zoe period!

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  • The Zhush @ thezhush.blogspot.com December 15, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Several weeks ago I did a post on closets that I think you would enjoy…the hangers that I suggest help to optimize space as well!
    Thezhush@blogspot.com

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  • DUSKIN December 15, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    JENNA LYON’S IS MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE TOO. HAVE THIS TEAR JUST WAITING….

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  • civetta December 16, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    very great and funny photos!

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  • carmen! December 17, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    I’m fortunate enough to HAVE the dream wardrobe (complete with a couch) but I STILL lust over other people’s wardrobe space!
    There will never be enough room! It is my curse! It is my curse and I love it more than anything!

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  • jill December 17, 2009 at 3:38 AM

    Yeah, that’s kind of my ultimate fantasy, too!
    For what it’s worth, the closet situation is even worse in London, especially in older homes (walk in closets? Try closets at all! We mostly have build in ‘wardrobes’). I’m dreaming of the day we knock everything down and re-build something open, with wonderfully efficient storage systems. I dream of storage systems.
    If I posted what passes for my ‘closets’ you’d feel a lot better, trust me. It’s heartening to hear because I’ve put you on a kind of domestic pedestal, seeing your wardrobe.. now I don’t feel like such a loser ; )

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  • Priscila December 17, 2009 at 6:13 AM

    That’s my dream too ;-) I was reading some articles about fashion and I found your blog. It’s really interesting. I’m brazilian and I will follow it by now!

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  • Die Konigin Der Herzen December 17, 2009 at 10:41 PM

    I wrote this entire thing on how the last image is my dream closet and it didn’t post!
    For the sake of having to write that all again, the final image, replete with the sofa and plain clothes rack, perfection.

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  • R December 17, 2009 at 11:56 PM

    Ahh I know exactly how you feel, my closet is soo small, I have it so packed i dont even know whats in there. I hate it, I honestly dream of one of those bigger fancy closets =)
    Those ikea storage things actually dont look too bad, but I dont even have room for that =(

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  • Olwyn December 18, 2009 at 3:30 AM

    id love a minimalist dressing room with different sized mirrors across the walls
    olwyn
    London Fashion Rocks

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  • camillemm December 18, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    The last one is my favorite too, love the natural light!
    I think I have the same problem with the bags, there’s NO way how to store bags neatly. NO WAY. I’ve tried!!

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  • wholesale clothing December 22, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Interesting views. Thanks for blogging about this. Wish I saw this post earlier.
    -mikee

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  • Ed Kavishe December 23, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    I”ll have to email you my closet…not a typical guys closet i must warn you…

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  • wholesale clothing January 11, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    I like the blue dress, its really gorgeous.
    -mikee

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    I love your closets.

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