Friday, January 10, 2014

My closet, a work in progress

I have resolved to work on my tiny, dark and dismal closet this month and I am very glad I have. There are stunning items in clutter and disarray, right beside some things that I will never use or care about. You can be very sharp and not be able to perceive what’s in this closet!

My closet door has space to hang things, and yesterday it went from a wreck of vintage slips, camisoles, dickies and the like, to an orderly arrangement of the items of that sort that matter to me. I also put an over-the-door rack on the back side of the door, for out-of-season favorites. My crazy-bright 1960s vintage half slips now are somewhat on display, which makes me happy, but I hope to extend their rack to display even more. I don’t think that a closet is just for order, it’s also for joy.


Last night, after starting my work on the closet, I had a dream that a child ran up to me and yelled “Look, it’s Barbara Billingsley!”

...she of Leave it to Beaver fame. In my dream I could not think who Barbara Billingsley was, but consciously I see the connection: The perfect 1950s housewife (Barbara Billingsley played Beaver Cleaver’s mother) subconsciously joined me in my dreams. You might say I am a closet feminist, because my closet project made my subconcious question my own motives. The fact is: I love clothing, and to have my closet show that is a reflection of my happiness and reality, not an example of submission to rules or expectations. Au revoir dear Mrs. Cleaver.

I can’t wait to continue on with my closet. In looking at hundreds of pins, websites and blog pointers, the most obviously helpful piece of advice has been “Look Up.” Usually there is something to be gained vertically. Also, look up in terms of your own style—there is always room to grow in quality, not quantity...handy for a tiny closet owner!

In the meantime, I’m pinning ideas on Pinterest. I’ll let you know what happens next.


Lisa said...

I have the luxury of having an entire room in our house dedicated to my clothes (you can check it out on my blog if you want! and it has gone through many transformations over the years as I tried to get it organized and turn it into a space I enjoy spending time in.
I can feel your excitement as you get things in order! I've been there and nothing makes me feel better than organizing and caring for the things I love and passing on the things I don't anymore!

Keep up the good work! :)

denisebrain said...

Your closet/dressing room is gorgeous Lisa! You are very fortunate to have such a big space...but of course there is the upkeep. I have a hard time keeping up my tiny closet!

Lulu said...

It always feels so cleansing to clean out and organize closets and drawers!
Luckily we are vintage dealers so we can pass on our no longer loved goodies to new homes.
I love your collection of colorful half slips!

osovictoria said...

Truly wonderful to have a whole room, nice job on the redo Lisa. But Denise how do you ever get by with such a small closet, do love the way you layered your lovely dedicates. I think I'll get brave and do a few videos of how my closet and studio space looks,cause lord knows I certainly do love seeing other folks spaces. Thanks ladies!

denisebrain said...

Victoria, I think I am able to get by with tiny because I have a small chest of drawers and a place for coats separate from this closet. Oh, and a separate shoe rack for my vintage shoes. So you see, I kind of spread it around...but most of my wardrobe is in this closet.

We are very fortunate, Lulu, that we have a way to pass along vintage clothing of value. I know that there will be much decision making this weekend!

Anonymous said...

Amen, vintage sis. I am so glad that you've undertaken this challenge not only to beautify your space, but introspectively questioning your motivations for this. Uniting the physical and the mental are important for good mental health, I've learned. I love you. Just wanted you to know.